Solemn commitments have been made. David Cameron and Ed Miliband have wrung promises out of each other. The tax arms race has escalated to the point where the options available to Labour and the Conservatives for raising extra revenue are narrowing.
Royal Bank of Scotland is expected to face shareholder attacks at its annual meeting on Wednesday after paying out £3.4bn in bonuses in the past four years.
Over the past month or so, the City has woken up to the idea that 11 countries in the European Union are planning to introduce a Financial Transaction Tax.
The Bank of England signalled modestly higher growth this year and a faster fall in inflation, as the governor Sir Mervyn King took a swipe at proposals for a Europe-wide financial transaction tax.
A group of 10 eurozone countries moved a step closer to introducing a financial transaction tax when Brussels gave its approval to the idea of placing a small levy on trades.
Supporters of a financial transaction tax have a strong ally in the new French president, François Hollande, who wants to recycle the revenue raised from the so-called Tobin tax into growth-enhancing investment projects.
Depending on whom you ask, it's an evil plot by Brussels to eviscerate the City of London; a progressive blow against socially useless casino finance; or a way of ensuring banks repay taxpayers for billions of dollars of bailouts.
Here are a few links to some interesting Bloomberg, Daily Telegraph and Reuters stories currently doing the rounds.