Report (C102)

The IFS Green Budget: January 2007

Date: 31 January 2007
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Publisher: IFS
Volume, issue, pages: 250 pp.
DOI: 10.1920/co.ifs.2007.0102

 

The Green Budget 2007 was edited by Robert Chote, Carl Emmerson, Andrew Leicester and David Miles, and copy-edited by Judith Payne.

It was produced in collaboration with Morgan Stanley and with additional funding from the ESRC-funded Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at IFS.

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Chapter 1: SUMMARY

Chapter 2: THE PUBLIC FINANCES UNDER MR BROWN

2.1 Introduction: Brown's fiscal objectives
2.2 Brown's inheritance
2.3 The Brown decade
2.4 Brown's bequest
2.5 Brown's plans and forecasts
2.6 Uncertainty and the Treasury's fiscal forecasts
2.7 Fiscal monetary coordination
2.8 Conclusion

 Chapter 3: THE FISCAL RULES AND POLICY FRAMEWORK

3.1 Introduction
3.2 The golden rule
3.3 The sustainable investment rule
3.4 Reforming the rules: a golden opportunity?

 Chapter 4: THE ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

4.1 Introduction
4.2 Recent developments
4.3 Productive potential and the economic cycle
4.4 The short-term outlook
4.5 The medium-term outlook

 Chapter 5: GREEN BUDGET PUBLIC FINANCE FORECASTS

5.1 Introduction
5.2 Short-term projections
5.3 Medium-term prospects
5.4 Alternative macroeconomic assumptions
5.5 The fiscal rules and the budget judgement

 Chapter 6: FUNDING ISSUES AND DEBT MANAGEMENT

6.1 Introduction
6.2 The likely scale of debt issuance
6.3 Demand for gilts from the Bank of England
6.4 Optimal debt management
6.5 The impact of changing debt stock composition
6.6 Longevity and new types of debt instruments
6.7 Tax deductibility of corporate interest payments
6.8 Conclusion

 Chapter 7: CHALLENGES FOR PUBLIC SPENDING

7.1 Introduction
7.2 Trends in UK public spending
7.3 Scenarios for the 2007 CSR
7.4 Longer-term spending pressures
7.5 Conclusion

 Chapter 8: PUBLIC SERVICES PERFORMANCE

8.1 Introduction
8.2 Measuring public sector output and productivity
8.3 Trends in public sector preformance
8.4 Conclusion

 Chapter 9: VAT FRAUD AND EVASION

9.1 Introduction
9.2 The vulnerability of VAT to evasion and fraud
9.3 Estimates of losses through evasion and fraud
9.4 Policy options to tackle VAT evasion and fraud

 Chapter 10: TAXATION OF MULTINATIONALS AND THE ECJ

10.1 Introduction
10.2 Background
10.3 Controlled Foreign Companies rules
10.4 Taxation of foreign profits
10.5 Corporate tax rates

 Chapter 11: ENVIRONMENTAL TAXATION

11.1 Introduction
11.2 The economics of environmental taxation
11.3 Current environmental taxes
11.4 Environmental tax revenues
11.5 Possible reforms
11.6 Conclusions

 Chapter 12: SUPPORTING COUPLES WITH CHILDREN THROUGH THE TAX SYSTEM

12.1 Introduction
12.2 What should governments think about when designing taxes and benefits for couples?
12.3 The current system and its perceived drawbacks
12.4 Three proposals for reform
12.5 Conclusions

 APPENDICES

Appendix A: Forecasting public finances
Appendix B: Headline tax and benefit rates and thresholds

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