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Tax Avoidance: The Real Scandal Is What Multinational Companies are Getting Away With

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

The pressure on public services means that taxes will probably keep rising, particularly for people not able or inclined to afford smart advice on how to avoid them. What we need to do is get more from those global companies avoiding what less mobile businesses must pay and stop fretting about individual tax returns.

HMRC Has Made Disappointing Progress in Tackling Tax Fraud - It Must Step Up Its Game

Meg Hillier | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Politics
Meg Hillier

Most people sweating over their tax returns will be worried about whether they've made a minor mistake. They need to know that HMRC is actively pursuing those who wilfully don't pay their dues. On the evidence we saw HMRC's new top team need to step up their game.

Wealthy Tax Dodgers Know They Can Get Away With Fraud Because Of HMRC Weakness, Say MPs

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Politics

Wealthy tax dodgers believe they can get away with fraud because HMRC doesn’t prosecute enough people, MPs have warned in a damning report. The Publ...

Panama Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg: Global Tax Avoidance Is Literally Killing the Poor

Diane Abbott | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Britain's refusal to shut its tax havens also makes possible tax avoidance by global corporations and global leaders. This is a stitch up. Meaningful reform of the tax system in the interest of the public is being prevented due to the interests of the world's rich and powerful, who are making a killing. Those literally being killed from this cosy deal are the world's poor. An estimated 1,000 children die each day across the developing world because illicit and untaxed income is spirited away from developed countries into tax havens.

Dirty Politics - Stand Up for What You Believe and Get Labelled a 'Tax Dodger'!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

No, truth is, whoever passed on details of a long-running and ongoing employment tribunal dispute, wanted me discredited and shut up, and also to send a warning to anyone else who was considering making any public statements on Europe to think long and hard before doing so.

Politicians Should Be Blamed For Tax Mess Not Google

Mark Hillary | Posted 14.02.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

What Google are being asked to do is to pay tax they don't really need to pay. Imagine if you looked at your monthly salary slip and your company decided to tax you at twice the normal rate, just because it looks better for you to pay more tax. How would that feel?

The Real Reason Why UK Tories Are Against EU Tax Probes

Anneliese Dodds | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Politics
Anneliese Dodds

Despite their claims to be leading the global fight against tax avoidance, British Conservatives have been vociferous in their condemnation of EU atte...

The Google Tax Deal Is a Slap in the Face of Small Businesses

George Dokimakis | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Politics
George Dokimakis

Every small business owner that pays his and her fair share of tax, now knows that the Conservative government is not here to foster and promote growth and competition. They are here to protect established and vested interests. George Osborne hailed this deal as a "major success". It was. For Google.

Treasury Minister + No10 Refuse To Echo Osborne On Google Tax

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Politics

A Treasury minister has sparked Labour ridicule by admitting he doesn’t know what rate of tax Google is paying in the UK. David Gauke also refuse...

Tories Reveal 'Astonishing' Reason For Keeping Immigration Stats Secret

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK

Ministers are refusing to publish official migration figures, because their release would be "unhelpful" to David Cameron's EU renegotiation process. ...

Are the Conservatives Really the Party of Working People? Don't Believe It for a Second

Dave Prentis | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

If ministers are really concerned about low pay, they should start by announcing that all government departments are to become living wage employers, and encourage other employers to follow suit. They must also fund local councils properly so that the introduction of the living wage does not bankrupt the social care sector. The government should also back UNISON's Ethical Care Charter and help address the endemic levels of non-compliance in the care sector by ensuring that all care workers are paid for their travel time.

Who Collects Our Taxes and Why It Matters

Richard Murphy | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Murphy

Tax is too important to be left to very narrow interests, and yet that is what has happened in the UK and worldwide over the last few years. It is high time that this was changed: our tax system is far from progressive, and serves the few rather than the many. The left must fight to make it fairer, and these measures are a good place to start.

Friends on Benefits

Chris Tavner | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Tavner

Fingers crossed I'll snare some people in to reading this blog with its almost sexy sounding title. It's fair to say though that 'friends on benefits' is a lot different to 'friends with benefits'. Simply, having a 'friend on benefits' means only one person is getting fucked.

HMRC Wants To Stop 'Penalising Ordinary People Trying To Do The Right Thing'

PA | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK

People who filed late tax returns have been let off a £100 fine for missing the deadline, it has been reported. Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs ...

The General Election, Students, and Tax: What You Should Know and How It Might Change

The Huffington Post UK | Victoria Farley | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Tax is a tricky subject- even the adults don't get it correct all the time. As a student, every penny is precious, and paying tax doesn't seem like...

We Shouldn't Be Taxed for Bleeding, Period

Ella Griffiths | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Griffiths

Anyone who has either experienced a period or knows anything about them knows that there is nothing luxurious about the feeling of menstrual cramps, or discovering your purse is empty when you've run out of tampons. Without affordable sanitary products, those women who menstruate are prevented from leading a normal life, both in public and in private.

Actors Emma Thompson And Greg Wise In HSBC Tax Boycott

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK

Actor Greg Wise has vowed to stop paying tax until those involved in the HSBC scandal are jailed. Wise, who is married to Oscar winner Emma Thompso...

The Tories Can't Get Their Story Straight On Cash-In-Hand Payments

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Politics

Ed Balls has been accused by the Tories of showing a "complete lack of understanding" about business after suggesting people should collect receipts f...

Campaign Started To Name And Shame Companies Who Don't Pay Interns

PA | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Plans are being made to name and shame companies using unpaid interns as part of a campaign to tackle "exploitation" of young people. The National ...

Hodge Takes Down 'Pathetic' HMRC Over Tax Evasion Failure

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Politics

MPs have railed at HM Revenue & Customs' "pathetic" pursuit of tax dodgers amid allegations that Britain's biggest bank, HSBC, has helped rich Britons...

Peer Caught In HSBC Tax-Dodging Scandal Is Making Life Difficult For The Tories

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics

The Conservatives have mounted a robust defence of their former ministerial colleague Stephen Green, who was chairman of HSBC while the bank is allege...

HMRC Asks You To 'Tweet Us Your Tax Queries' And Then Wishes It Hadn't

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK

HMRC had asked people to tweet them their tax queries and probably now wishes it hadn't. The pilot scheme was mooted after it emerged people were o...

The Wrong Spending, for the Wrong Reasons

Natalie Bennett | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The public seem less convinced by the failed politics and failed economics of the past than ever. What people do want to see is a credible alternative to austerity that holds out hope for the future and removes fear and insecurity from people's lives.... As opinion polls show clearly, the British people don't believe in George Osborne's 'long-term economic plan'. And nor, it seems, does he.

Got A Swiss Bank Account? Osborne's 'Super-Tax' Is Coming For You...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Politics

Britons who have their money stored in Swiss bank accounts risk having their savings wiped out by HM Revenue & Customs in an unprecedented "super-tax"...

Leaked HMRC Memo Reveals Anti-Union Plot

Mark Serwotka | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

The revelation that senior HM Revenue and Customs officials have been plotting to undermine and isolate my union that represents 50,000 of their staff is not just shocking, it is sinister evidence of an increasing politicisation of the civil service.