How taxes can redistribute upwards
A round table discussion was held at Artillery House on 29 November, hosted by LITRG and addressed by Professor Adrian Sinfield of Edinburgh University. Adrian presented a paper arguing that tax and NIC reliefs and other forms of ‘fiscal welfare’ should be accounted for and resources allocated to them alongside public welfare (‘the welfare state’) and occupational welfare. With the aid of examples concentrating particularly on support for pensions in both tax and NIC, and examining national data on the costs and distribution of such forms of fiscal welfare, Adrian considers how a better appreciation of the role played by fiscal welfare may help in tackling problems of inequality and poverty.
An abstract of the paper and notes of the ensuing discussion (on Chatham House principles) are to be found here: How taxes can redistribute upwards – Roundtable discussion