UK Tax

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.

The Waugh Zone April 13, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday April 13, 2016… 1) JEZ'S JOURNEY It’s the first PMQs for weeks and there’s lots of topics ...

Corbyn OVER-Paid The Taxman

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn has OVER-PAID the taxman in the past year, his office has revealed. A review of his tax return income has found that the Labour leader m...

Complexity, Nonsense, Unfairness - Cameron Case Underlines Need For Tax Reform

Nicola Horlick | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Politics
Nicola Horlick

Tax is an emotive issue. Tinkering with the tax system by UK Chancellors over the last 30 years has created one of the most complex tax systems in the world. There is a very strong argument now for a complete overhaul of the system to ensure clarity and fairness.

Quiz: Are You One Of Tory MP Sir Alan Duncan's 'Low Achievers'?

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Politics

Tory MP Sir Alan Duncan yesterday claimed people who aren't rich are "low achievers" as he tried to defend David Cameron in the off-shore tax row. His...

Indonesia and the Panama Papers

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

The recent leak of the Panama Papers, which shook the world, also raises the political temperature in Indonesia. Included on the list are a number of Indonesian business tycoons who have been involved in different legal cases in Indonesia.

Tory MP: Tax Critics Are 'Low Achievers'

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Politics

Tory grandee Sir Alan Duncan has sparked an angry backlash after lambasting people who are not rich as “low achievers”. The millionaire veteran MP...

Jimmy Carr Gets Special Mention In Cameron’s Tax Avoidance Speech, And He Isn’t Pleased

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK

Jimmy Carr has tackled David Cameron's take on claims he avoided in just the sort of style you'd expect. The comedian, whom the PM criticised back in...

Mamas and the Panama Papers

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

So there we have it. Some men are more equal than others - in exposure to tax liability, at least. The Panama Papers have revealed just how deviously and unethically many wealthy individuals protect their assets, reduce their exposure to tax, and pay as little into or back to their communities as they can get away with.

Cameron: 'Hurtful And Untrue' Attacks On His Father

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron will today hit back at Labour MP Jess Phillips for launching a personal attack on his late father’s tax affairs. The Prime Minister wi...

Nicola Sturgeon Has Published Her Tax Return

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 10.04.2016 | UK

Nicola Sturgeon has published her tax return, saying she will continue to do so every year while she is in office, as David Cameron tries to defuse an...

All The Details Of David Cameron's Tax Return

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 10.04.2016 | UK

David Cameron had a taxable income of more than £200,000 in 2014-15 and paid almost £76,000 in tax, an unprecedented release of his personal finance...

Taxes Aren't Optional for the Rest of Us - They Shouldn't be Optional for the Richest

Kezia Dugdale | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Politics
Kezia Dugdale

Different rules seem to apply to the richest 1% compared to the rest of us. The revelations from the Panama papers are rocking political parties around the world. Making sure that the top 1% pay their fair share like the rest of us has become a key issue in this election.

The Panama Papers: Five Ways for David Cameron to Tackle UK Tax Havens

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

The Panama Papers have rocked the world. Yet while the head offices of the law firm at the heart of the leak are far away in tropical Panama - some of the solutions to this scandal lie closer to home... Next month the UK will host a special tax and anti-corruption summit in London. Here are five things the Prime Minister could do to clean up UK tax havens.

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Spirit of the Law

Jess Phillips | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

The sins of Cameron's dad are not his fault. True, but the Government are no strangers to damning the children of people who they think aren't doing their bit for society. Barnardo's, the Child Poverty Action Group and many others have all said that the Conservative Welfare and Work Bill will make poor children poorer. Policies such as only paying tax credits to the first two children in a family directly penalise children for the decisions of their parents. So In Tory Britain poor kids are paying the price for the actions of their parents but David Cameron doesn't have to?

Panama, Loud Complaining and the Death of Offshore Centres... Again

Gray Smith | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Gray Smith

While the world tolerates tax havens, they are frequently the lowest cost way of conducting business and so they continue to grow. They have reached the point where any tax or fund adviser in London who did not recommend them to their wealthy clients would soon be out of business as the competition would have a better product.

We Got a Global Agreement on Climate Change - We Need the Same Global Action to Regulate Tax Havens

Marina Kim | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Marina Kim

Public register is perhaps too much to ask, but the pressure should be on the introduction of the global private register accessible for the international law enforcement authorities, if we really want to fight corruption. Those countries and territories that refuse to implement the register should face sanctions.

Panama Papers Explained With Piggy Banks

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK

If you still don't understand the significance of the 11.5 million offshore financial records leaked in the 'Panama papers' on Sunday, we've got help....

Panama Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg: Global Tax Avoidance Is Literally Killing the Poor

Diane Abbott | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Britain's refusal to shut its tax havens also makes possible tax avoidance by global corporations and global leaders. This is a stitch up. Meaningful reform of the tax system in the interest of the public is being prevented due to the interests of the world's rich and powerful, who are making a killing. Those literally being killed from this cosy deal are the world's poor. An estimated 1,000 children die each day across the developing world because illicit and untaxed income is spirited away from developed countries into tax havens.