So have we seen yet another Labour stealth tax grab? The more astute pundits studying the Chancellor's Pe-Budget Report reckon we have.
David Bradshaw, tax partner at Baker Tilly's Birmingham office, commented: "This looks to be a tax raising Report."
And Yorkshire Bank chief economist Tom Vosa said of Gordon Brown's twists and turns: "It will leave businesses to bear the brunt of funding his pay-outs to the public and plugging the gaps left by his missed forecasts.
"With the household sector under strain, it seems the Government was in no mood to increase revenues by taxing the public and so it has chosen business instead."
Perhaps the most controversial new move is the property windfall tax - affecting those who sell development land at a profit after obtaining planning permission.
The Government plans to earmark the tax revenue to invest in new homes and their supporting infrastructure.
A neat wheeze but could it backfire?
RICS West Midlands certainly believes it will hold back development. But is it unworkable?
British Retail Consortium director general, Kevin Hawkins, said: "Planning gain supplements will be a significant barrier to growth in the economy. The Government has failed to take advice from industry experts and has now announced a public consultation, which is clearly not needed as the entire industry has already stated that a PGS will compromise the viability of development in the UK.
"Previous governments have tried on a numerous occasions to implement PGS but without any success."
But the biggest snatch of the day was on North Sea oil - doubling the supplementary charge.
When will governments understand that oil multinationals simply pick up their ball and go somewhere else.
Kevin Honey, Birmingham-based tax partner at Ernst & Young, said of Mr Brown: "He spent a lot of time talking about winter warmers for pensioners, which is a good thing, but the small print shows that the supplementary charge on North Sea oil will raise an extra £2 billion in 2006-07. That's the real winter warmer for Gordon."
Anti-tax avoidance measures should pull in more cash - start checking your inheritance tax dodges for starters.
And easiest hit of all was dormant bank accounts.
Eric Williams, head of tax at Grant Thornton in Birmingham, warned: "It is difficult not to see the dormant monies which end up funding community projects as proposed by the Chancellor effectively replacing what would otherwise be Government funding and in this sense these proposals can be seen as yet another stealth tax."
And no bonanza on Self Invested Personal Pension Schemes.
Mr Williams cautioned: "The Chancellor has done a serious bit of back pedaling. It has been suggested that residential property such as second homes and buy-to-let property could be used for a SIPP, but this has now been clearly prohibited along with a range of other assets such as wine."
Another good reason not to toast Mr Brown.