Tax Avoidance

Tax Avoidance Is Running Through the Veins of Westminster - But What's the Cure?

Ronnie Cowan | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Politics
Ronnie Cowan

We cannot let Panama Papers become yesterday's news, it is important that we continue to ask questions and hold our Government to account. We must continue to shine a bright light on the people responsible for making laws in this country and as the gap between rich and poor continues to grow we must continue to ask why?

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.

Lift the Panama Brim - A Catalyst for Greater Transparency in Public Service Contracting

John Tizard | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The recent revelations of off-shore investments, tax avoidance and much else arising from the leaks of the so called "Panama Papers" should be a wake-...

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...

The EU: Why We Should Be 'Loving It'

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

The EU may not be perfect but it is a vehicle to tackle injustice in a top-down and bottom-up fashion. The Panama Papers should serve to reinforce our efforts to bring about more changes to the way companies and individuals report their tax activities. In the case of these petitions, the European Parliament is uniting workers from Belgium, France and the United Kingdom. This is the essence of the European Union: cooperating to improve the conditions for all our citizens. This should not be undervalued.

The Waugh Zone April 14, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday April 14, 2016… 1) THE NARCOLEPTIC EUROSCEPTIC It’s taken several months, but Jeremy Corbyn w...

Corbyn: Vote For A 'Socialist' EU

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn will make the “socialist case” for reforming Brussels today as he urges the British public to vote to staying the European Union. In...

Politicians With Feet of Clay

William Davie | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
William Davie

There are plenty of reasons to protest against the Government, the rise in food bank usage over the last six years, the failure to invest in renewable energy and hands off attitude to British industry to name but a few. But demanding Cameron's resignation because he's human is neither sensible nor helpful.

Panama Papers: Cameron Won't Jump & Britain Won't Push Him

Jordan Daly | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jordan Daly

While our own Prime Minister benefits from an offshore fund established to avoid tax - one of my grandparents is lumped with a backdated tax collection totalling £2500, and has to take out a bank loan to repay it. This is our economy. This is the system that we operate within and, frankly, it's on us to do something about it.

Are We Really All In This Together?

Banseka Kayembe | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Banseka Kayembe

We always knew that the super rich hide much of their money away, but that still does not detract from the horrifying revelations of this leak. I fear we live in a faux democracy; a society that has all the appearance of a nation that treats everyone the same, but under that veneer is an ideologically driven system, assembled to benefit those who already have it all. It remains to be seen what information will emerge if/when Cameron publishes his tax returns. But for the public, I suspect the damage is already done.

Taxes Aren't Optional for the Rest of Us - They Shouldn't be Optional for the Richest

Kezia Dugdale | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Politics
Kezia Dugdale

Different rules seem to apply to the richest 1% compared to the rest of us. The revelations from the Panama papers are rocking political parties around the world. Making sure that the top 1% pay their fair share like the rest of us has become a key issue in this election.

The Lives Ruined by Cameron's Government Makes His Resignation Non Negotiable

John Wight | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Politics
John Wight

In 2016 the number of people in Britain forced to rely on foodbanks to feed themselves and their children is legion, as is the number who've been reduced to despair because their benefits have been cut for the most minor of infractions...

Question Time Audience Member Gets Right To The Heart Of The Cameron Tax Avoidance Debate

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK

An BBC Question Time audience member has cut right to the heart of the issue surrounding tax in light of the Panama Papers with one succinct statement...

The Panama Papers: Five Ways for David Cameron to Tackle UK Tax Havens

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

The Panama Papers have rocked the world. Yet while the head offices of the law firm at the heart of the leak are far away in tropical Panama - some of the solutions to this scandal lie closer to home... Next month the UK will host a special tax and anti-corruption summit in London. Here are five things the Prime Minister could do to clean up UK tax havens.

Panama Papers Explained With Piggy Banks

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK

If you still don't understand the significance of the 11.5 million offshore financial records leaked in the 'Panama papers' on Sunday, we've got help....

Watch Iceland's Prime Minister Walk Out Of Panama Papers Interview

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK

Iceland's Prime Minister has walked out of a TV interview after being asked questions about his connection to a secretive tax haven in Panama. Sigmund...

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.

How The Simpsons 'Predicted' Panama Papers Leak

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK

Headlines around the world have been dominated by the leaked list of world leaders and influential political figures with tax-evading offshore account...

Better UK Tax Deal for Bangladesh Could Pay for 18,000 teachers

Lovisa Moller | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK
Lovisa Moller

Bangladesh lost around US$14.5 million as a result of a single clause in its UK tax treaty in 2013. That's enough to pay the salaries of up to 18,000 new teachers in a country where more than 4 in 10 girls are not in secondary school.

If the Tories Are Tough on Corporation Tax, Why Are They Lobbying to Protect Google's £30billion Tax Haven?

Ryan Curran | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ryan Curran

Following widespread condemnation of the 'sweetheart' deal agreed between Google and HMRC recently, George Osborne would have been hoping the week would end on a rather lighter note. Unfortunately, for him and his party, it seems the corporation tax scandal is one set to remain in the spotlight for the foreseeable future.

Sixty-Year-Old UK Tax Deal Is Hurting the World's Poorest Country

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

The Malawi Government desperately needs money to tackle poverty. Yet a 1955 tax treaty with the UK is tying their hands and making it nearly impossible to collect tax from UK companies operating there. The tax treaty is so old that it was signed by the British Governor on behalf of the British colonies of Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

A Tax Package to Keep Us One Step Ahead of Google

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

The announcement by Google that it will magnanimously pay £130 million for the tax it has avoided since 2005 has rightly been greeted with outrage an...

Crude Spoils: Nigeria's $3.3bn Tax Break for Big Oil Companies

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

Three of the world's biggest oil and gas companies - Shell, Total and ENI - were granted an extraordinary series of tax breaks worth a staggering US$3.3billion in Nigeria, a country where millions of people live in extreme poverty.

It's Time for Companies to Lead the Fight Against Tax Dodging

Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK
Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona

Tax avoidance is now scarcely out of the news, and many companies have faced huge reputational damage for playing fast and loose with the rules. Alongside the urgent reforms to regulation that are required, good businesses should recognise that they too must play their part. The world expects nothing less from corporations and their leaders.