UK Tax

Budgets Are About a Message, Not the Maths

Melissa Davis | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Melissa Davis

Prime minister David Cameron - First Lord of the Treasury - may be the government's PR man by background, but the Budget, the most high stakes public relations event in the politics calendar, is entrusted to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Encouraging People to Save? Don't.

Steve Doran | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Steve Doran

In purely economic terms, someone splashing out of high end electronics or making bi-weekly trips to the salon could be a good thing. In societal terms... well, we can't condone that sort of behaviour, now can we?

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

Nick Bryer | Posted 19.03.2015 | 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.

A Source of Injustice: Why Students Should Campaign Against Tax Dodging

Simone Ramacci | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Simone Ramacci

We have a chance to make a tangible difference in the lives of people across the globe: people we might never meet, but who are as real as we are. After all, who wouldn't want all human beings to be able to thrive, study and become economically independent?

Now We Have Westminster on Our Side, We Really Can Stop Taxing Periods - Period!

Laura Coryton | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Coryton

Now that George Osborne has shown his support, we need to persuade the rest of Europe to stop taxing periods too before we start to see some real changes... Together we can stop the sanitary tax that has marginalised issues traditionally associated with women, damaged the accessibility of a vital item and jeopardised the sexual health of millions across the world.

People Remain the Weakest Link in Security

Graham Welch | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

The trouble is we, the computer users, can be made aware of the risks and some simple steps to prevent opening a malicious link. However, we can hardly be blamed as some of them are incredibly sophisticated and are very hard to spot as being fraudulent.

We Shouldn't Be Taxed for Bleeding, Period

Ella Griffiths | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Griffiths

Anyone who has either experienced a period or knows anything about them knows that there is nothing luxurious about the feeling of menstrual cramps, or discovering your purse is empty when you've run out of tampons. Without affordable sanitary products, those women who menstruate are prevented from leading a normal life, both in public and in private.

Historic Hat-Trick Essential for UK's Economic Growth

Steve McAllister | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Politics
Steve McAllister

British drinkers are not getting a fair deal compared to their counterparts in the rest of the EU. Despite being the second most important brewing nation in Europe, beer duty in the UK remains significantly higher than our European neighbours.

Osborne's Big Budget Giveaway Has Labour On Edge

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne is reportedly preparing to raid pension savings to fund a pre-election tax cut for working Britons, in a move which has senior Labour f...

Who Are the Swing Voters?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Politicians who want to protect and support that which is best about our country need to help people reconnect with our sense of fairness and our desire to live in a decent community that welcomes all human beings, in all their diversity.

Actors Emma Thompson And Greg Wise In HSBC Tax Boycott

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK

Actor Greg Wise has vowed to stop paying tax until those involved in the HSBC scandal are jailed. Wise, who is married to Oscar winner Emma Thompso...

My Friend Died Last Week - Tax Could Have Saved His Life

Max Lawson | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK
Max Lawson

I will not accept a world where the wealthy are allowed to collude with their cashiers to squirrel away billions to gather dust in vaults in Geneva, when that money could have paid for insulin to save my friend.

A London Tourist Hotel Levy for London

Ivan Massow | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

The tried and tested continental practice of the bed tax is one such improvement that I find hard to ignore.

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...

Ed Balls Window Cleaner Story Isn't Quite As Embarrassing As We All Thought

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Politics

Ed Balls has been accused by the Tories of "total hypocrisy" after his window cleaner admitted that the Labour frontbencher has never been asked for a...

Embarrassing Video From 2003 Puts Osborne On The Defensive Over Tax

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne has been forced to defend the coalition's record on clamping down on tax dodgers amid controversy over its failure to prosecute evaders...

Explaining (Aggressive) Tax Avoidance and Evasion

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 16.02.2015 | 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.

A Clip From 2003's Daily Politics That George Osborne Would Rather Forget

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Politics

With another tax avoidance row hitting the headlines, the Tories have busily tried to push the spotlight onto Labour and the tax arrangements of vario...

HSBC Apologises After 8 Years, A Whistleblower And A Public Outcry

PA | Chris York | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK

HSBC has issued a public apology amid a political row over its Swiss private banking arm, saying it has "no appetite" to deal with clients seeking to ...

Hodge Takes Down 'Pathetic' HMRC Over Tax Evasion Failure

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Politics

MPs have railed at HM Revenue & Customs' "pathetic" pursuit of tax dodgers amid allegations that Britain's biggest bank, HSBC, has helped rich Britons...

Ed Miliband Gives Monaco-Based Boots Boss Both Barrels

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has fought back after Monaco-based Boots boss Stefano Pessina said Labour's policy platform would be a "catastrophe" for the country. A...

Ukip's Big Tax Cut Pledge Will Help The Rich Most

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Politics

Nigel Farage's flagship tax pledge, promising to cut the rate of tax for higher earners to 35p, will actually help the richest taxpayers most, experts...

Asa Bennett

Critics Mock Osborne's 'Nonsense' Excuse For Keeping His Tax Bill Secret

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne has been ridiculed for insisting that the coalition has ditched its plans to publish ministers' tax returns in order to protect "taxpay...

Taxing Times

Horace Trubridge | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Horace Trubridge

The UK film and gaming industries have both enjoyed generous tax breaks over the last few years. It's now high time that grass roots musicians and music venues got a break.

HMRC Asks You To 'Tweet Us Your Tax Queries' And Then Wishes It Hadn't

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK

HMRC had asked people to tweet them their tax queries and probably now wishes it hadn't. The pilot scheme was mooted after it emerged people were o...