UK Tax

A Sugar Tax Is Not Just Anti-Consumer, But Anti-Business too

Brook Whelan | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Politics
Brook Whelan

The sugar tax, the proposal to ban TV advertising, the proposal to restrict 'buy one, get one free' offers - they are not just anti-business, but they are also anti-consumer.

Tory Minister Left Red-Faced By Google Tax Migrants Jibe

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK

Conservative Transport Secretary Patrick McCloughlin had his defence of the government's controversial tax deal with Google rubbished - after it was p...

Murdoch Says 'Posh Boy' Cameron Let Google Infiltrate Downing Street

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK

Rupert Murdoch has hit out at David Cameron and George Osborne - deriding the pair as "posh boys" lobbied by Google executives cleverly planted in Dow...

The Google Tax Deal Is a Slap in the Face of Small Businesses

George Dokimakis | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Politics
George Dokimakis

Every small business owner that pays his and her fair share of tax, now knows that the Conservative government is not here to foster and promote growth and competition. They are here to protect established and vested interests. George Osborne hailed this deal as a "major success". It was. For Google.

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

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 20.01.2016 | 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.

George Osborne Uses Emotional Blackmail to Keep His Tampon Tax

Thomas Church | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Politics
Thomas Church

Women still have to pay unfair tax, women still get abused and assaulted, and women still get underfunded support and treatment. Don't let the emotional blackmail trick you. Giving to charity should be an 'as well as', not an 'instead of'.

Russell Howard Brilliantly Explains Why Tampons Aren't A Luxury

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 08.11.2015 | UK

Russell Howard has blasted George Osborne for slashing tax credits while simultaneously refusing to ditch VAT on tampons. In his latest hilarious p...

The Bitter Taste of Tax Avoidance

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 09.10.2015 | 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, industr...

End This Secrecy on Taxation: Our Message to President Juncker

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

Denying the European Parliament the right to receive key documents is simply unacceptable and disrespectful of the only institution with elected European representatives. This is what the Greens will unanimously tell Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for taxation, when they visit the European Parliament today.

Who Collects Our Taxes and Why It Matters

Richard Murphy | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Murphy

Tax is too important to be left to very narrow interests, and yet that is what has happened in the UK and worldwide over the last few years. It is high time that this was changed: our tax system is far from progressive, and serves the few rather than the many. The left must fight to make it fairer, and these measures are a good place to start.

Death of National Insurance Could Mean the Death of Universal State Benefits

Nick Stephenson | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Those who still have a sentimental attachment to children shouldn't worry: Duncan Smith is in the process of redefining child poverty so you won't have to hear about the suffering his policies create as their experiences grow more miserable but they fit within a happier category. If NI and income tax are joined, expect to see the welfare state look radically different within a very short time.

Moving Beyond UK Aid to Improve Health in Sierra Leone

Martin Drewry | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK
Martin Drewry

The relationship between the UK and Sierra Leone is both historic and complex. It stretches back centuries - encompassing colonialism, and UK intervention in the civil war. Today the ties between the two countries remain strong - and not always in the ways most visible on the surface.

7 Motivational Steps To Start-Up Success

The Huffington Post UK | Shihab S Joi | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK

You’ve had a great idea, you want to turn it into a money-spinner, you’re ready to go it alone and start-up your dream business straight away. ...

'Benefits Street' Is a Red Herring for the Real Issue Surrounding the Welfare State

David Mooney | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Politics
David Mooney

Deny it all you want, but at some point in your life you've been forced to clear your browsing history because of some questionable content you found yourself viewing at nearly midnight on a Friday after a stressful week. Sometimes the temptation is just too much to avoid surfing to the wrong side of the tracks and what follows is a swift re-writing of history where we pretend that we were on the phone or had dropped off for a moment instead.

How 'left wing' is the SNP really?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

As we enter the final week of the general election campaign we have been relentlessly bombarded from all sides with 'facts', statistics, conjecture...

The General Election, Students, and Tax: What You Should Know and How It Might Change

The Huffington Post UK | Victoria Farley | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Tax is a tricky subject- even the adults don't get it correct all the time. As a student, every penny is precious, and paying tax doesn't seem like...

Should We Re-elect the Worst British Government for 75 Years?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

I am not a partisan man. Although I was once, many years ago, a member of the Liberal Democrats, I have since tried to help make the world a better pl...

A Taxing Problem for the UK

Sir Michael Snyder | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK
Sir Michael Snyder

Surely if Brussels has any real part to play in this debate it must be in persuading its members that harmonising their tax systems to a much greater degree than at present is to their mutual long term benefit.

Labour Will Abolish the Non-Dom Rule

Richard Murphy | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Murphy

The inevitable question that will arise in the right wing press will, however, be about whether this will result in three things. The first is an exodus of wealthy non-doms. The second is a collapse in London house prices as a result. And the third is a collapse in tax revenues. Let me deal with these issues...

Budgets Are About a Message, Not the Maths

Melissa Davis | Posted 24.05.2015 | 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 24.05.2015 | 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 19.05.2015 | 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.

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

Simone Ramacci | Posted 18.05.2015 | 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 10.05.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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.