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Striking a new balance

The future of tax and public spending

Many of the foundations underpinning our current system of tax and public spending have shifted in the past decade. While some of this has been caused or accelerated by the COVID pandemic, there are also many longer-term shifts. These include the changing nature of paid work, the rise of the digital economy, the need to tackle the climate crisis with the clear requirement for government spending to do so,  an increasingly outward facing role that companies play in our society, and a re-examination of the role that the state can play too. This content series examines these trends and what they might mean for future tax and public spending policy.

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Article

The future of tax after COVID-19

  • 09 Mar 2022
The past two years have seen significant changes in the way we live and work and there is a consensus that we won’t go back to how it was before. What will this mean for taxation policy?
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Article

The future of taxing work

  • 09 Mar 2022
New ways of working are reshaping all our lives. How can tax policy keep pace and help smooth a difficult social and cultural transition at the same time as maximising revenues?
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ARTICLE

The future of tax is green

  • 09 Mar 2022
Despite multiple challenges, governments are pushing forward with taxation policies to curb carbon emissions. More coordination will be needed if they are to use the tax system to help prevent the planet overheating.
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Article

The future of business tax sits on shifting sands

  • 09 Mar 2022
A social compact appears to be changing.
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