Tax

Labour’s wealth tax proposal is deeply flawed

6 July 2020 11:25 pm

Will Labour ever stop pushing for punitive taxation? Not content with gifting the Conservatives an 80 seat majority in December,…

Switzerland is now an enemy of the rich

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad The staff are back and all is well, as they used to say long ago in faraway places. The…

Can anyone lay a glove on Donald Trump?

14 December 2019 9:23 am

Donald Trump just got another spot of good news. The Supreme Court has cut him a break by taking up…

The RMT strike is a demonstration of what to expect in a Corbyn-McDonnell regime

7 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s unusual for a Governor of the Bank of England to announce his next job before Downing Street has named…

What happened to the other Dukes of York?

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Old Dukes of York Prince Andrew is the 14th royal to have held the title Duke of York (three were…

It’s easy to sex up the business of paying tax

8 June 2019 9:00 am

To fund the war against Napoleon in 1813, Princess Marianne of Prussia invented an ingenious tax-raising scheme. Wealthy Prussians were…

The super rich aren’t all bad – some even pay their taxes

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Paying tax — which many of us have been doing this week before HMRC’s 31 January deadline — is a…

The slow death of the public-sector pension

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Hedge funds have already spotted it: Jim Mellon’s latest book, Juvenescence, reviews the new science that will lengthen our lives…

Why my name didn’t appear in the Panama Papers

23 April 2016 9:00 am

My, my, the rich are under attack everywhere, and I thank God the Panama Papers didn’t include the name of…

Portrait of the Week: David Cameron’s tax troubles and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s paternity

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, after spending a week parrying questions about his late father’s investment fund Blairmore, suddenly…

How to make the rich pay more tax

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The 11 million documents leaked from Panama lawyers Mossack Fonseca tell us much that we know already. It’s hardly news…

West Heslerton and other villages with one careful owner

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Squire power The village of West Heslerton in Yorkshire was put up for sale at £20 million after its owner,…

Buy-to-let investing just became a very, very bad idea

13 February 2016 9:00 am

If you pick up a buy-to-let property now, you’ll be fighting the full might of the Chancellor and the Bank of England

Maybe you should tax me more – just don’t touch my dishwasher

13 February 2016 9:00 am

There was a big fuss a year or so ago about a book by a French chap called Piketty about…

Don’t expect Mr Bear to go back into hibernation anytime soon

The bears are here to stay – but we’ll survive

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Like Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant, we’ve just been savaged by a bear but we’ll probably survive. Leading UK-listed stocks…

Archive: Motoring as a hobby should be discouraged

23 January 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The Conscription of Wealth’, The Spectator, 22 January 1916: At recent race meetings streams of motor-cars have proceeded from…

How far can Bernie Sanders go?

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Could the socialist senator of Vermont be on track to win the Democratic nomination?

A non-dom speaks: ‘The Swiss, Hong Kong, the Singaporeans, they are all saying “Come”!’

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Indian magnate Nirmal Sethia on what the English get wrong about tea – and the other countries seeking to recruit our discontented non-doms

Susan Hill’s French notebook: My struggle to avoid local cuisine

11 July 2015 9:00 am

An overnight stop on the Ile de Ré taken between the St Malo ferry and the Quercy, where we always…

I don’t want to be a mansion tax migrant

2 May 2015 9:00 am

The super-rich can shrug off Labour’s big tax idea. People like me will be forced out

Why so many bankers secretly like Labour’s non-dom proposal

25 April 2015 9:00 am

The interesting thing about Labour’s pledge to abolish non-dom tax status — a squib designed to trap Tories into expressing…

Ed Miliband’s 100 days – and the first Ed Balls Budget

11 April 2015 9:00 am

There will be tax rises to suit every taste. But the people he’s expecting to pay will probably just leave

James McAvoy is wrong – the arts are better off without subsidy

14 March 2015 9:00 am

The season of cringe-making acceptance speeches at arts awards ceremonies is nearly over, thank heavens. But it hasn’t passed without…

Where Alcibiades once walked, amateur tax spies are trying to entrap poor pistachio-sellers

14 March 2015 9:00 am

 Athens I am walking on a wide pedestrian road beneath the Acropolis within 200 meters of the remaining Themistoclean wall…

How Labour’s 50p tax trick has ended up helping George Osborne

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Last week’s public borrowing and tax-receipt figures, headlined ‘Chancellor hails biggest monthly surplus in seven years’, received considerably less attention…