UK Tax

Happy Danes - A Budget Season Reminder Of 10 Ways Denmark Is Different

David Vigar | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David Vigar

There is a reason why the happiest country in the world is also the highest taxed. It's because they use tax to invest in excellent public services. They believe in the concept of a society that everyone contributes to and benefits from. They realise that taxation, rather than being an evil, is the subscription fee you pay for a civilised society.

Budget 17: Tax Is The Biggest Elephant In The Room

Simon Sapper | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

But the bottom line is that the government needs money to run public services and things that the private sector either can't or doesn't want to do. That money comes predominantly from taxation in one form or another. To have turned taxation into the most sacred of all sacred cows is an act of supreme folly and self-delusion. We cheat ourselves by not talking about tax or condemning those who do.

Let's Make The Tax System Less Taxing

Mark Prisk | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Prisk

Our tax code is too long and far too complex. Since 1997 the total volume of tax regulations has more than trebled, to over 21,000 pages. The vast majority of that new red tape was created when Gordon Brown was Chancellor, but it continued to grow under George Osborne.

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 ...

Business Leaders Are Losing The Authority To Lead

Charles Wookey | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Charles Wookey

Companies like Patagonia, Interface and Unilever have demonstrated that being purpose-driven not only earns you a reputation and respect from customers and competitors, but that it is also profitable, and can drive long term sustainable performance.

If Jeremy Corbyn Wants To Tackle Pay Inequality, He's Going About It The Wrong Way

Richard Murphy | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Murphy

I do wish Jeremy Corbyn would engage his brain before talking... A wages cap not only could not work, but also misses the target. That makes it very poor policy indeed.

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...

Around 100 BBC Presenters Are Being Investigated For Alleged Tax Avoidance

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 08.10.2016 | UK

Around 100 current and former BBC presenters are being investigated for alleged tax avoidance. HMRC is examining the tax records of freelance staff ...

Six Months On From The Panama Papers, Here's Five Ways For Theresa May To Tackle Tax Dodging

Charlie Matthews | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Charlie Matthews

The new UK Prime Minister Theresa May set out her stall early, promising on the steps of Downing Street that her tax policy would "prioritise not the wealthy, but you" and pledging that "we have decided to do more to stop aggressive tax avoidance and to fight corruption". It all sounds very promising, but success will depend on how she puts her words into action. Ahead of her speech to Conservative Party Conference we look at what she can do...

Tax Credits Company Receiving 'Suicidal Calls' From People Down To Their Last £1

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK

A firm employed by the government to cut people’s tax credit payments has been receiving phone calls from suicidal people which some staff were not ...

Nine Middle East Countries At Risk Of EU Sanctions Over Tax Governance

Michael Barron | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Michael Barron

High profile cases involving companies such as Google and Apple show that it is spreading to all sectors of the economy. Middle Eastern governments and companies are not insulated from this trend. They will find themselves under more scrutiny regarding governance around their tax affairs.

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

Olivia Hill | Posted 15.09.2016 | 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.

Businesses Like Apple Need Politicians Who Can Stand Up To Them

Jem Bendell | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Politics
Jem Bendell

Have you heard the one about the government that teamed up with a major corporation to prevent itself from being paid billions in lost taxes, equal in value to its annual health care budget?

Theresa May's Opportunity To Fight Tax Avoidance And Improve The Lives Of Millions of People Living in Developing Countries

Natasha Adams | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Politics
Natasha Adams

Developing countries lose hundreds of billions of dollars every year to corporate tax avoidance. Healthcare, schools and other key public services are left starved of resources as they are deprived of tax revenues, often hitting women and girls hardest. And while tax policy can often feel remote and complex, it has real implications for millions of people living in poverty.

The Tories Are Prepared To Let Tax Evasion Run Rampant - Only A Corbyn-Led Government Will Tackle Dodgers

Rebecca Long-Bailey | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Politics
Rebecca Long-Bailey

Instead of playing this tax avoidance game, we have to call tax avoidance what it is: tax dodging. It is wrong. At a time of deep economic insecurity after years of austerity economics, ensuring that enough tax is raised is a matter of national security. A Corbyn-led Labour government will make the changes that are necessary to make a difference.

Transparency Is The Key To Multinationals Paying Fair Taxes

Caroline Flint | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Politics
Caroline Flint

Parliament will be standing up for fair taxes. For all companies to pay responsible tax and to play by the same set of rules. If Parliament steps up, we won't be the last country to do so. But the UK will be at the front of the pack. Right where we should be.

Amazon And Starbucks 'Pay Less Tax Than A Sausage Stand'

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 03.09.2016 | UK

Austria’s chancellor has attacked Amazon and Starbucks for paying little tax in his country, saying cafes and sausage stands pay more tax than the g...

Apple's €13 Billion Tax Bill Is Bascially Loose Change To The Tech Giant

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Tech

The European Commission has ordered Apple to pay Ireland €13 billion (£11 billion) in back taxes. Apple’s enormous tax bill is the result of a th...

Africa's Massive Revenue Losses From Tax Incentives

Mark Curtis | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK
Mark Curtis

For over 30 years, Western countries such as the US and UK, and international bodies like the World Bank and IMF, have told African governments to cut...

Brexit and Ongoing Tax Litigations in France for UK Residents

Corinne Lecocq | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK
Corinne Lecocq

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU. France has one of the largest populations of expatriate Britons, with 400,000 British est...

Health Campaigners Are Way Off-Track With Their Demonising of Sugar and Other Foods They Don't Like

Brook Whelan | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Brook Whelan

Amid the fallout from the EU referendum, and all the talk about leadership elections, the promised childhood obesity strategy seems to be ever more elusive. Will it ever be seen?

The Sugar Tax Is Going to Cost Us All a Lot of Money

Brook Whelan | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Brook Whelan

We know what the inflationary impact of the UK sugar tax is. It is a massive £1 billion of additional national debt interest. We know this because the Guardian newspaper let this slip in one of their sub-headings a few weeks after the sugar tax was announced. People against Sugar Tax wrote to the Office for Budget Responsibility, and they confirmed this was the case. We were genuinely shocked at this astronomical figure.

Parliament Still Has Power

Caroline Flint | Posted 28.06.2016 | 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.

Time to Tackle the UK's Tax Havens

Charlie Matthews | Posted 12.05.2016 | 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...

Why It's Time to Scrap the Inheritance Tax

Chris Whiting | Posted 17.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Whiting

There is nothing nice about loss. The grief and mourning families go through when faced with the deaths of loved ones can be extremely traumatic. With that in mind, it seems simply wrong to take from families at times like these.