Fraser Nelson

A tax-raising Budget

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The Red Book has arrived – and with it the magical Table 1.2, proof this is a tax-raising budget. We’ll all collectively pay the government £140m less in the next financial year 2008-09 but £790m more in 2009-10 and £1.86bn more in 2010-11. This is net increases. Here are the biggest tax rises (in the year 2008-09, unless otherwise stated)

1) Alcohol - £400m then £505m then £625m

2) Vehicle Excise Duty: £465m in 2009-10 and £735m in 2010-11

3) Biofuels: a £550m tax rise by 2010-11

4) “Double taxation treaties” - £200m

5) North Sea “fiscal regime modernisation” £25m tax cut. Sounds suspicious? Well, it is… Because

6) North Sea “abuse of management expense rules” (yes, yet another hit) £140m, rising to £175m next year and £175m year after

7) Aviation: another £40m which only kicks in 2010-11.

Written byFraser Nelson

Fraser Nelson is the editor of The Spectator. He is also a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice and the Centre for Policy Studies.

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