Tax Avoidance

Time To Tackle The UK's Treasure Islands

Charlie Matthews | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK
Charlie Matthews

Tax campaigners turned London's Trafalgar Square into a tax haven in May 2016 On Wednesday the leaders of UK-linked tax havens - the so-called overse...

Calls For Criminal Inquiry Into José Mourinho Tax Avoidance Allegations

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK

Football manager José Mourinho last night faced calls to have his finances investigated after evidence of a multi-million pound fortune held offshore...

A Shot In The Foot?

John Watson | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Politics
John Watson

The proposals for penalising advisers are dangerous and should be dropped. Ok, so what's the big deal? Sure, Monday was the final day for response...

How Employers And Employees Alike Need To Consider A More Ethical Approach To Business

Olivia Hill | Posted 16.09.2017 | UK
Olivia Hill

How important is it to have an ethical approach to business? Very, when you take into account how consumers make their decisions as to who to shop from.

From 'Difficult Friend' to BFF: UK's Role in Global Tax System Must Be Part of Post-Brexit Reinvention

Barry Johnston | Posted 05.08.2017 | UK
Barry Johnston

In the wake of the EU referendum the UK is revising its relationship with the world. We could use a few friends. Taking on a new role as the torchbearer for global tax reform could win us more than a few.

Hints of Tory Membership Flight Following May Coronation

Sam Harrison | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Harrison

In the hours following the announcement that Theresa May would become prime minister without a vote being put to the membership of the Conservative Pa...

Parliament Still Has Power

Caroline Flint | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Flint

Despite the turmoil, Parliament must set about the business of passing legislation. And just maybe, after a quiet weekend, the Chancellor may surprise us all. Because one bit of unfinished business, where the UK could act decisively, is on multinationals and the taxes they pay.

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

Ronnie Cowan | Posted 23.04.2017 | 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 21.04.2017 | 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 18.04.2017 | 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 15.04.2017 | 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 14.04.2017 | 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 12.04.2017 | 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 11.04.2017 | 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 09.04.2017 | 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 09.04.2017 | 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 09.04.2017 | 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 07.04.2017 | 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 05.04.2017 | 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.