UK Tax

Leaked HMRC Memo Reveals Anti-Union Plot

Mark Serwotka | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

The revelation that senior HM Revenue and Customs officials have been plotting to undermine and isolate my union that represents 50,000 of their staff is not just shocking, it is sinister evidence of an increasing politicisation of the civil service.

If The Government Was Honest About How It Spent Your Taxes, It Might Look Something Like This...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Comedy

The government has sent out 'Annual Tax Summary' letters showing voters exactly how their tax money is being spent. We have to say, it's pretty honest...

Here's Why The Rich Would Love Dave's Big Inheritance Tax Cut

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron's pledge to cut inheritance tax to help those who were not "in any way mega-rich" would also save the richest families hundreds of thous...

Ukip's Message Now Needs to be Clearer Than Ever

Sean Howlett | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Politics
Sean Howlett

This is not merely a shallow populist and reactionary revolution, but a revolution with deep thought, based on the right political philosophy. This is the only way Ukip can distinguish itself from the current establishment - whereas if they start playing the same political game as the rest, it will do them no favours.

The 'Dry And Dusty' FT Absolutely Savaged Dave's Big Speech

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron's speech to Conservative activists at his party's last conference before the general election, promising £7.2 billion of tax cuts, was ...

Tax Cuts For The Rich? 4 Damning Graphs Cameron Doesn't Want You To See

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron revealed today that the Tories plan to fight the next general election on a tax-cutting platform, as he unveiled two major pledges at th...

Tampons Are Not a Luxury, Period

Megan Macqueen | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Megan Macqueen

Collectively, it seems periods are pretty pricey. With this in mind, would you believe me if I told you that tampons and sanitary towels are deemed not essential enough to be tax free? Admittedly they are taxed at a reduced rate of 5% but this still means they are thought of as luxury items, which all sane females would agree they are certainly not.

A 'Social Catastrophe'... Ukip's Latest Tax Plan Isn't Going Down Too Well

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip's new "blue-collar platform", offering policies like raising the point at which the 40p rate income tax kicks in to £45,000, has been panned as ...

The Myth of Britain's Social Recovery

Tom Johnson | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

In the first wave of 'problem families', 32% had a disability or long term illness and 82% had a problem related to education, while 15% had children with a problem of substance abuse. This suffering can not be combatted by slashing budgets, but investing time, care and resources into tackling the root causes of these problems, as well as their aftermath.

Lib Dems Pledge To Raise Income Tax Allowance To £12,500

PA | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Politics

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to raise the income tax personal allowance to at least £12,500 in manifesto plans announced today. The party ha...

Cameron's Migration Cap Would Leave You Poorer And Taxes Higher

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron's pledge to reduce net migration down to the "tens of thousands" every year would, if successful, leave Britons poorer and forced to pay...

Labour Dismiss Cameron's Talk Of Increasing 40p Tax Threshold

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics

Labour has dismissed suggestions by David Cameron that he wants to increase the 40p tax threshold as "vague talk of jam tomorrow". The Prime Minister ...

What On Earth Are Flat Taxes And Why Should You Care?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics

Flat taxes may sound dull, but right-wingers love them and Tory cabinet office minister Oliver Letwin has suggested that a future Conservative governm...

Tackling Tax and Saving Lives

Francis West | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Francis West

With world champions Spain, the Netherlands and Chile in their World Cup group, it's fair to say that Australia were always going to struggle to make an impact in Brazil last month...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday 17 July 2014... 1) LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE You can tell a general election is around the corner. ...

Always Look On The Bright Side: 8 Upshots To Today's Strike

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK

Today's strike sees hundreds of thousands of people from across the public sector walk out in protest over their terms and conditions. Schools ...

Osborne Wrongly Boasted Of Raking In Billions More From Tax Dodgers

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne faces political embarrassment after HM Revenue and Customs apologised for wrongly estimating how much money it was getting in additiona...

Domestic Revenues Will Need to Be Mobilised to Realise the 2014 GPE Pledges

Manos Antoninis | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Politics
Manos Antoninis

The Global Partnership for Education brought together governments and donors at its Replenishment Conference in Brussels last week. While donors fell short of the $3.5 billion target, governments stepped up to the mark. These governments will now need to work on mobilizing more domestic resources in order to make sure they meet their commitments.

At Last, a Reasoned Contribution to the Debate on Offshore Financial Centres

Geoff Cook | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK
Geoff Cook

A recently launched report, Moving Money: International Financial Flows, Taxes, and Money Laundering, has provided a powerful answer to the critics of offshore financial centres, and demonstrated the value of having an open global financial market in helping to boost global trade and economic growth.

It Is Right for the Government to Merge Employees' National Insurance and Income Tax

Adam Afriyie | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

My heart lifted as I read Monday's reports that the Government may consider merging Employees' National Insurance and Income Tax. If the Chancellor is strongly considering this idea, he will enjoy widespread backing from Conservative MPs, activists and supporters.

Less Taxes, But More Tax? George Osborne's Plan For NI Merger

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne could merge income tax and national insurance if the Tories are re-elected at the next general election. In a manifesto pledge that ...

It's Time for Prince Charles to Join Twenty-First Century

Prem Sikka | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK
Prem Sikka

The duchy has to comply with the UK employment and health and safety laws. It collects and pays VAT on its turnover. This compliance gives it the appearance of a public organisation, subject to the laws applicable to everyone else. At the same time, its ancient privileges enable it to function as a state within a state.

Osborne Has Created More Tax Loopholes Than He Has Closed

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Politics

The coalition is continuing to create dozens of new tax reliefs - opening up fresh loopholes for the tax avoidance industry to exploit, MPs have warne...

Bad News, The Taxman May Not Have Taxed You Enough

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics

Millions of workers face having to give money back to the government after inadvertently paying the wrong amount of tax. Mistakes by HM Revenue and...

FIFA Is a Global Tax Bully

Rachel Baird | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Rachel Baird

World football organiser FIFA has in recent days been compared with the Mafia, accused of rampant corruption and described as 'beyond the pale'. But,...