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Why tax reform is now inevitable

Coronavirus could bring about public support for long-overdue changes

By Joe Marshall  

Photo: Yui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images

Coronavirus is first and foremost a devastating health crisis, but the measures needed to halt its spread have made it an economic one too. The government has rightly prioritised saving lives and supporting businesses and households while the economy is kept on ice. Additional funding for public services, the government’s economic rescue package and the loss of tax revenues is likely to add over £200bn to public debt, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility. The crisis may also create desire for a permanently…

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