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Helen Miller

Helen Miller

Deputy Director


MSc Economics (Distinction), University College London, 2010
BSc Economics (1st Class), University College London, 2007

Helen is Deputy Director of the IFS and Head of the Tax sector. She is chair of the Royal Economic Society’s Communications Committee.

Her main research interests are the effects of the tax system on individuals and firms behaviour and the design of tax policy. Her recent research also includes work on the drivers of firm investment and the UK productivity puzzle. She is Tolley's 2018 Tax Personality of the year. Helen joined the IFS in 2007.



The parts of the UK tax system that dictate how different forms of income are taxed are of central importance and are not fit for purpose.
External publication
This paper asks when a wealth tax would in principle be a desirable part of the tax system, setting aside the practicalities and politics that would be crucial in reality.

News and comment

IFS immediate reaction to the Prime Minister's announcement about social care.
Taxes are often the subject of debate; that is as it should be. But those debates need to be well-informed to produce sensible policy outcomes.


Presentation given by Helen Miller at the IFS Spring 2021 pre-Budget event on the need for a plan regarding the transition from support to recovery measures.
At this event we discussed findings from a new report, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, which sets out the problems with the current tax treatment of business owners’ incomes and investment and discusses how the government could take practical steps towards fixing them.