Please see the "LVT: what is it?" page for a straightforward explanation of Land Value Tax (LVT).
LVT isn't a new tax but is designed to replace other taxes by making them fairer, simpler and impossible to avoid. The initial proposal is that LVT will replace all property related taxes.
LVT is not a panacea, it won't solve all the problems of the current taxation and spending system so we include an article on other reforms that should accompany it.
Cut your Council Tax with LVT!
- 8 out of 10 (*) Council Tax payers will pay less with Land Value Tax (LVT).
- Those who have never paid a penny tax on the land they own will start to pay LVT.
- Those who can afford most will pay most. Seems fair to us!
- Sharing the load will make our tax system fair - and cut the tax paid by most of us!
* This figure (83%) is shown in "A Land Value Tax For England", prepared for Caroline Lucas MP by Andy Wightman.
The figure applies to the first year of LVT being phased in over a period of 10 years while Council Tax is phased out. This allows plenty of time for us to get used to the changes.
The largest impact would be on very high value properties in Central London and the East. Such properties are currently in Council Tax band H.
Land Value Tax (LVT) has supporters from the right to the left, from the Institute of Economic Affairs to us, and from all political parties: Green, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative. Reasons may vary between organisations and individuals but it comes down to what is fair and what works.
We campaign for the implementation of LVT by the next Labour government - our reasons are listed below.
We are happy to hear from anyone who supports LVT - irrespective of political position.
- 17/04/2019: Half of England is owned by less than 1% of the population.
- 31/03/2019: New article: "National v local: resolving the conflict"
- 28/03/2019: New page: "LVT: facts and figures"
- 24/03/2019: New page: "LVT: Council Tax and infrastructure"
- 17/03/2019: More than £100bn of UK property is secretly owned.
Please see the news page for more news about us and the campaign for LVT.
Don't be fooled!
LVT is not "a tax on gardens" - despite what the tax-avoiding owners of the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express and others would like you to believe! Under LVT they may pay more tax on their own land so they, and their "independent think tanks and institutes", will try to pull the wool over your eyes.
Note about "think tanks"
First rule of life: "follow the money."
Look at who funds them - that will tell you everything!
"He who pays the piper calls the tune" - no matter how much they scream about "independence" - that's like claiming The Daily Mail is "independent".
Land Value Tax
The central question of LVT
LVT is what it says on the tin: a tax on the value of land not a tax on the area of land.
Land value is totally determined by what it is worth on the open market.
"How much would someone pay for this land with its current authorised use?"
"How much would someone pay for:
- this 100 acres of fertile arable land near Spalding?"
- this 100 acres of hill land in Derbyshire?"
- this 13,500 acres of grouse moor at Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire?"
- this 12 acres of land near Derby with planning permission for 250 houses?"
- this 0.1 acres of land in Chelsea with planning permission for a six bedroom house?"
- this 1.5 acres of land in Bristol with planning permission for 4 million cubic feet of warehousing?"
Videos about Land Value Tax
These videos were not produced by us but they provide an introduction to LVT.
This land is our land
Land is a national asset and we have the right to know who owns it. We don't know for two main reasons:
- The Land Registry only records transactions on land - so we only know about land that has changed hands since the Land Registry was established in 1862. A huge amount of land has remained in the hands of the same families for hundreds of years - but we have no record of who the owners really are.
- The Land Registry records the legal owner, not the beneficial owner. This means that people can hide behind companies, many of which are not registered in this country.
Burying wealth in land, and transferring ownership of that land to a company or trust registered in a tax haven, is one of the easiest ways for the wealthy to avoid tax - and it is perfectly legal!
Land should be used wisely for the benefit of us all and for the benefit of future generations - so we need to know which individuals are responsible for our land.
Laws relating to land are complex and there are different laws in different parts of the UK
No one "owns" land in the England and Wales, all land is held by the state through the crown. When you purchase land, or the land on which your home is built, you purchase the right to hold it - the "freehold".
See our page on LVT: history of land ownership for more details on the history of land ownership in the UK.
Land Value Tax (LVT)
Public services (health, education etc.) depend on the taxes we pay.
At the moment our national and local tax system is unfair, those who earn the least pay the highest proportion of their income in various taxes. Those with the most find it easy to avoid paying tax through trusts, tax havens and other fiddles.
- Simple to understand.
- Straightforward to implement.
- Impossible to avoid.
- A replacement for existing taxes which are unfair, complex and easy to avoid.
Please see our page LVT: what is it? for more details.