Sam Bowman's comments on national insurance contributions feature in the FT Advisor

Research Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Sam Bowman, was quoted in the FT Advisor on the benefits of taking minimum wage earners out of national insurance tax.

Sam Bowman, research director of the Adam Smith Institute, added that national insurance contributions are not affected by this threshold rise.

"Raising that threshold and pegging the new NI and income tax thresholds to the minimum wage rate should be the next government's top priority to beat the scourge of low pay once and for all."

Ben Southwood's comments on 'Buy British Day' feature in CityAM

Head of Policy at the Adam Smith Institute, Ben Southwood, highlighted the problems with 'Buy British Day' in CityAM.

The father of modern economics Adam Smith wrote: "In every country it always is and must be the interest of the great body of the people to buy whatever they want of those who sell it cheapest".

His writings find voice today in the think tank that bears his name. Head of policy at the Adam Smith Institute Ben Southwood commented:

If people get satisfaction from buying British off their own bat then, there's no problem with that—but that is no reason to encourage them.

Globalisation and the worldwide division of labour have lifted hundreds of millions in the developing world out of poverty, and simultaneously added hundreds of millions of customers onto the world market.

Adam Smith and David Ricardo's theories of free trade are no less true today than they ever were.

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Ben Southwood’s comments on Labour’s proposed mansion tax are featured in CityAM

Head of Policy at the Adam Smith Institute, Ben Southwood, was quoted in two CityAM articles, criticizing Labour's proposed mansion tax:

In the wake of Ed Miliband's speech to the Labour party conference last week, the Adam Smith Institute's head of policy Ben Southwood said:

Labour’s proposal to tax expensive houses and hypothecate the funds for the NHS is bizarre. Although property value taxes are among the least inefficient taxes, and shifting the burden from costlier taxes like stamp duty land tax, corporation tax and income tax is a good idea, we already have a perfectly good property tax system: council tax.

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Miliband’s proposals have come under fire from economists and homeowners. Adam Smith Institute’s head of policy Ben Southwood dubbed the measures “bizarre” and former Eng­land footballer Sol Campbell said he might join the Conservatives.

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Sam Bowman's comments on the PM's pledge to lower tax rates feature in the Mail Online

The Adam Smith Institute’s Research Director, Sam Bowman, was quoted in The Mail Online, supporting the Prime Minister’s pledge to cut taxes for low-income workers.

The changes were welcomed by tax campaigners. Sam Bowman, research director of the Adam Smith Institute, said: 'It’s great news that the Prime Minister has pledged to raise the tax-free personal allowance to £12,500. Tax cuts for the poor are one of the best ways to help beat poverty in Britain.

'Taking minimum wage workers out of tax is a way of giving workers a ‘Living Wage’ without risking jobs. The difference between the Living Wage and the minimum wage is entirely tax – if we stopped taxing minimum wage workers, they would earn the equivalent to a post-tax Living Wage. '

Mr Bowman said more could still be done, including easing the burden of National Insurance, which works in a different but similar way to income tax and in effect adds 12 per cent to the tax most workers pay.

He said: 'National Insurance contributions are just another form of income tax and are not affected by this threshold rise. Raising that threshold and pegging the new NI and income tax thresholds to the minimum wage rate should be the next government’s top priority to beat the scourge of low pay once and for all.'

A further tax-cutting commitment was given on business tax, with the Prime Minister promising that the UK would 'always have the most competitive corporate taxes in the G20'.

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Sam Bowman is quoted in The Daily Express supporting the PM's pledge to cut taxes for low-income workers

The Adam Smith Institute's Research Director, Sam Bowman, was quoted in The Daily Express, supporting the Prime Minister's pledge to cut taxes for low-income workers.

Plaudits from colleagues and business leaders came after David Cameron's conference performance yesterday.

Tory Chief Whip Michael Gove said "absolutely fantastic speech" had laid out the "very clear choice" for next May.

Chancellor George Osborne said it was Mr Cameron's "best speech" to date and that the contrast with Labour rival Ed Miliband's speech was week "wouldn't be starker".

Sam Bowman of the Adam Smith Institute said: "Tax cuts for the poor are one of the best ways to help beat poverty."

Press Release: PM's personal allowance announcement will help beat low pay once and for all

Commenting on the Prime Minister's pledge to raise the tax free allowance from £10,500 to £12,500, Research Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Sam Bowman, said:

It’s great news that the Prime Minister has pledged to raise the tax-free personal allowance to £12,500. Tax cuts for the poor are one of the best ways to help beat poverty in Britain.

Taking minimum wage workers out of tax is a way of giving workers a ‘Living Wage’ without risking jobs. The difference between the Living Wage and the minimum wage is entirely tax – if we stopped taxing minimum wage workers, they would earn the equivalent to a post-tax Living Wage.

This has been a key policy advocated by the Adam Smith Institute for over a decade, and will allow the working poor to keep more of their earnings. And with just a few more steps, we can guarantee a basic standard of living for all workers that boosts the economy too.

National Insurance contributions are just another form of income tax and are not affected by this threshold rise. Raising that threshold and pegging the new NI and income tax thresholds to the minimum wage rate should be the next government’s top priority to beat the scourge of low pay once and for all.

Notes to editors:

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The Adam Smith Institute is an independent libertarian think tank based in London. It advocates classically liberal public policies to create a richer, freer world.