Tax Dodging

The UK Must Not Backtrack On Tax Transparency

Simon Kirkland | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Kirkland

The British Government currently leads the world on tax and transparency. We were the first major country to introduce a public register of who owns ...

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...

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.

Time to Tackle the UK's Tax Havens

Charlie Matthews | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK
Charlie Matthews

Today's Anti-Corruption Summit in London is a golden opportunity to deliver on promises the Prime Minister made in 2013, and open up a new era of transparency and openness, with the UK at the forefront. Unfortunately, it looks as though what we will see instead is business as usual...

The Fighting Is Over - Now the Real Battle Begins

Rachael Orr | Posted 07.05.2017 | UK Politics
Rachael Orr

It's very encouraging that Sadiq Khan has committed to establishing an 'economic fairness' team in City Hall, which will promote the living wage and access to good quality apprenticeships, while also encouraging positive business behaviour. But economic fairness also means ensuring that the huge wealth of London is used in an equitable way to reduce poverty and support long-term, sustainable opportunities for everyone living and working here.

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

Lovisa Moller | Posted 25.02.2017 | 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.

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

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 01.02.2017 | 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.

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

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 19.01.2017 | 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 24.11.2016 | 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.

The Bitter Taste of Tax Avoidance

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 08.10.2016 | 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, industri...

If We Want to Live in a World Without Poverty, We Have to Take on the Tax Dodgers

Nick Bryer | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Bryer

The Government yesterday announced its final pre-election budget and, as expected, there was quite a bit in there on tax avoidance. That's hardly surprising - we know that there is overwhelming public support for action on tax dodging. Unfortunately none of the big parties have yet gone far enough - and yesterday's budget announcements don't change that.

Don't Dodge the Issue, We Need to Crack Down on Tax Avoidance

Billy Hill | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Politics
Billy Hill

Like 30 million other Brits, the PAYE system automatically takes a certain chunk from my salary each month. However, for some, it's a different story. Tax avoidance has become global issue splashed across every national newspaper.

Taxman's Power To Raid Your Bank Account 'Unacceptable', Warn MPs

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's new powers allowing the taxman to raid Britons' bank accounts for money that officials believe is owed without a court order has been...

Taxman 'Judge And Jury' On Taking Money Direct From Your Account

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's plan to let the taxman search thousands of Britons' bank accounts for unpaid taxes has drawn concern from experts for its lack of ove...

Five Things to Set on Fire Which Aren't Katie Hopkins

Rebecca Winson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Rebecca Winson

Hopkins has been rude about fat children and snobbish about working-class ones, but has she ever really done anything which really merits a 30-foot steel effigy of her being burned in front of a baying mob high off toffee apples?

World's Wealthy One Percent Highlights Extreme Inequality

Max Lawson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Max Lawson

One percent of the world's population own half of the world's wealth. Meanwhile, the poorest people on earth, who constitute two thirds of the world's population, own just 3% of the world's wealth. This is clearly nuts. This hasn't happened overnight. The global disparity between incomes has been spiralling out of control over the last few decades.

How Many Of The Most Wanted Tax-Dodgers Have Been Caught?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK

Just one of a list of 20 'most wanted' tax-dodgers has been caught, the government has admitted. A year ago, HMRC took the unprecedented step of pu...

Tax Dodging and Global Poverty: What the G8 Must Deliver

Melanie Ward | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Politics
Melanie Ward

Over the next two days leaders of the G8, the world's eight richest countries, will meet to discuss reforming the global tax system. Over these 48 hours, developing countries will lose £1.4billion to tax dodging.

Tax Havens - Who Pays The Price?

Alex Prats | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK
Alex Prats

'Tax haven' may increasingly be a term of abuse but for multinationals, they remain extremely popular places to have subsidiaries. With their low tax rates and high secrecy, their financial benefits outweigh their reputational risks.

Accountancy Firms Using 'Insider Knowledge' From Treasury To Dodge Tax

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Politics

Big accountancy firms are using "insider knowledge" gained from Treasury staff to help companies and wealthy individuals avoid paying UK taxes. The...

Stars 'Using Offshore Trusts And Tax Havens' To Avoid Tax

PA | Posted 05.09.2012 | UK

Celebrities and corporations are using offshore trusts, tax havens or wives and civil partners to avoid paying their fair share of tax, according to a...

MPs Get It Right On Tax And Poverty

Rachel Baird | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK Politics
Rachel Baird

Those of us who campaign for the powerful to pay their taxes are delighted with the cross-party MPs' report because it sets out the shocking facts on tax and poverty with admirable clarity. It also calls on the Government to stop making excuses and get on with helping poor countries collect the taxes they're owed.

Tax Dodging: It's Time to Widen the UK Debate

Rachel Baird | Posted 30.09.2012 | UK
Rachel Baird

If the UK government is actually serious about tackling tax dodging, then it should be working with other countries to tackle the international dimensions of the problem, as well as chasing relatively esay, media-friendly villains such as tradesmen and 'cowboy' tax advisers in the UK.

Time for Tax Dodging Multinationals to Learn From Jimmy Carr

Joe Ware | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK Politics
Joe Ware

Good for Jimmy Carr. In the face of a national outcry and a Twitterstorm of protest at revelations that he uses tax havens to pay as little as 1% income tax, the acid tongued comedian has seen the error of his ways and apologised.

'A Rogue Case Appears To Be Commonplace': Whitehall Tax Deals Revealed

PA | Posted 03.05.2012 | UK

More than 2,000 senior public officials benefit from controversial pay deals that allow them to slash personal tax bills, an official review has revea...