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The Poor Pay the Most Tax

The UK tax system is incredibly unfair. The very high levels of indirect taxes, like VAT and the peculiarities of the Council Tax system mean that the poorest 10% of the population pay about 11% more in tax than the rest of the population.


The publisher is the Centre for Welfare Reform.

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Taxing a Tax - The Impact of Secret Tory Cuts

Taxing a Tax

Jim Elder-Woodward reflects on the way in which the further targeting of disabled people also impacts the Care or Disability Tax

Poor Pay the Most Tax

Poor Pay the Most Tax

This short film explains the surprising fact that in the UK it is the 10% of poorest families who actually pay the most tax - 47%.

Poor Pay Different Taxes

Graphic: Poor Pay Different Taxes

The poor pay a higher rate of tax than the rich. Essentially the poor are paying higher taxes, because they are paying different taxes to the rich.

A Fair Income

A Fair Income

Simon Duffy explains how the tax-benefit system can be reformed to promote citizenship and families.

Let's Scrap the DWP

Let's Scrap the DWP

Simon Duffy and John Dalrymple make the case for Basic Income Security - a system to integrate and reform the current tax and benefit systems.