Tax Avoidance

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.

Starbucks Helped Me Give up Coffee

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

I don't think I'm alone in hating Starbucks, the American coffee shop that has spread its tentacles all over the world. They haven't lied like Volkswagen did but they are hypocrites. The annoying thing is that I need Starbucks and if you get to the second half of this article I will explain why.

The Bitter Taste of Tax Avoidance

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

Caroline Muchanga showing her market stall tax receipt Mazabuka is known as "the sweetest town in Zambia". The town's other source of fame, industr...

End This Secrecy on Taxation: Our Message to President Juncker

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

Denying the European Parliament the right to receive key documents is simply unacceptable and disrespectful of the only institution with elected European representatives. This is what the Greens will unanimously tell Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for taxation, when they visit the European Parliament today.

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.

A Chance for a Global Tax System That Works for All - Not Just the Richest

Adriano Campolina | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK
Adriano Campolina

A just and global solution to the problems of international taxation is required if developing countries are to realise economic self-sufficiency. But if developing countries cannot have a meaningful voice in global tax rules, then they have every justification for going their own way.

Dear Ambassador - The 'Duty' of Company Directors to Avoid Tax Is a Myth

Paul Brannen | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

As Mr Gardner enters his second year as US Ambassador to the EU I hope he will reconsider his views on this controversial issue and use his influence positively to encourage companies to act in the wider interests of society as a whole by moving away from aggressive tax avoidance.

Labour Will Abolish the Non-Dom Rule

Richard Murphy | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Murphy

The inevitable question that will arise in the right wing press will, however, be about whether this will result in three things. The first is an exodus of wealthy non-doms. The second is a collapse in London house prices as a result. And the third is a collapse in tax revenues. Let me deal with these issues...

Osborne Has Really Changed His Tune On Tax Avoidance Since This 2003 Video

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne has insisted he was simply pointing out the loopholes in Labour's tax system when, back in 2003, he appeared to give advice on how to a...

HSBC Profits Dive As 'Painful' Tax Furore Bites

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK

HSBC chief executive Stuart Gulliver has admitted the banking giant "disappointed" last year after its annual profits slumped 17%. The group has be...

Miliband Faces Awkward Row Over 'Inappropriate' Labour £400k Gift From PwC

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband faces a new row with his fellow Labour MPs after the party took nearly £400,000 from PwC, the accountancy firm recently accused of "promo...

Explaining (Aggressive) Tax Avoidance and Evasion

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Dealing with the current problem is not rocket science, but it needs the political will to be there to take action. Fortunately one Party has that political will: Ukip. Each of the points above were raised by Ukip long before the current scandal. Why? Because it's the right thing to do, and it didn't just start when the media spotlight fell on this issue.

Is This a Tax Avoidance or a Pink Bus Election?

Stuart Thomson | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Politics
Stuart Thomson

This week could be seen as the defining moment of the 2015 election. The week that the true nature of the election made itself clear. Whether it is going to be an election based on policy or frippery - a tax avoidance or a pink bus election.

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...

Tory Peer 'Running Away From Questions' Over Tax Avoidance

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Politics

Former HSBC boss Lord Green has stepped down from a financial services industry body amid claims the bank enabled tax dodging while he was in charge -...

'Milly Dowler' Row Could Be The Moment The Westminster Bubble Finally Lost It

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Politics

Conservatives are calling for Ed Miliband's head of press to resign over comments about the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler that appeared in a blog b...

Is Tax Avoidance Really Normal?

Richard Bassford | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Bassford

Avoiding tax is evidently not the answer to addressing these issues of fairness.  It just exacerbates the problem; increasing inequality and placing the tax burden on those unable to avoid it, who may have the least to begin with.

This Is How Much You Need To Earn To Dine With A Cabinet Minister

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Politics

The Conservative Party's annual Black And White Fundraiser on Monday saw the rich and famous elite splashing hundreds or even thousands of pounds to r...

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...

HSBC Tax Dodge Claims Are Also Rather Awkward For The Tories

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

Britain's biggest bank HSBC helped clients cheat the UK public purse out of millions of pounds in tax by using Swiss bank accounts, according to an ex...

Should We Hate Benefit Fraudsters?

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

If it is "cost" that truly concerns us, why do we focus so much attention on "benefit fraud" or even welfare, which relatively have an invisible economic impact? Is our concern genuine, or is it more an issue of bitterness?