UK Taxes

How to Solve Google's Tax Problem

Grant Feller | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK
Grant Feller

Adidas is clearly a brand that cares about its reputation. So much so that it recently cancelled its high-profile sponsorship of international athleti...

Sixty-Year-Old UK Tax Deal Is Hurting the World's Poorest Country

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

The Malawi Government desperately needs money to tackle poverty. Yet a 1955 tax treaty with the UK is tying their hands and making it nearly impossible to collect tax from UK companies operating there. The tax treaty is so old that it was signed by the British Governor on behalf of the British colonies of Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

The Real Reason Why UK Tories Are Against EU Tax Probes

Anneliese Dodds | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Politics
Anneliese Dodds

Despite their claims to be leading the global fight against tax avoidance, British Conservatives have been vociferous in their condemnation of EU atte...

A Tax Package to Keep Us One Step Ahead of Google

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

The announcement by Google that it will magnanimously pay £130 million for the tax it has avoided since 2005 has rightly been greeted with outrage an...

Treasury Minister + No10 Refuse To Echo Osborne On Google Tax

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Politics

A Treasury minister has sparked Labour ridicule by admitting he doesn’t know what rate of tax Google is paying in the UK. David Gauke also refuse...

The Waugh Zone January 25, 2016

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday January 25, 2016… 1) COUP DE GLACE All this snow in the US reminds me of the infa...

Google To Cough Up £130m In Unpaid Tax

PA | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK

Internet giant Google has agreed a £130 million deal with the taxman to pay money it has owed for the last decade.The US online search firm said it h...

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.

January Blues

Kathryn Berens | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Berens

Rather than languish in a mire of irritability on my own, I have decided to share with you those things which are really getting my goat this January - after all, a problem shared is a problem halved...or so they say.

Drum Roll, Please, for George the Magician Chancellor

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Politics
Fiona Hotston Moore

Magic comes in many forms. Take the autumn statement from George Osborne: Delivered by a Conservative but sounding rather Labour. Stories in advance ...

It's Time for Companies to Lead the Fight Against Tax Dodging

Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK
Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona

Tax avoidance is now scarcely out of the news, and many companies have faced huge reputational damage for playing fast and loose with the rules. Alongside the urgent reforms to regulation that are required, good businesses should recognise that they too must play their part. The world expects nothing less from corporations and their leaders.

One Direction Throw Shade On Facebook By Paying A Lot More Tax

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK

Britain's most successful boyband One Direction paid at least £8.2m in tax last year, enough to fund 370 junior nurses, 260 secondary school teachers...

6 George Osborne Tax Bloopers That Brilliantly Counter Claims Of Competency

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne is experiencing yet another tax nightmare after being forced into a humiliating withdrawal over his controversial cuts to tax credits. ...

Five Black Cab Drivers Together Pay More Tax Than Uber

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK

Uber’s reputation has taken yet another knock after it was revealed that the company paid just £22,134 corporation tax in the UK last year despite ...

Facebook Paid Less Tax Than The Average UK Worker Last Year

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Tech

Facebook paid £4,327 in corporation tax in the UK last year according to the company's latest filings. This is despite paying its 362 UK staff an ave...

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...

George Osborne: Axeman, Taxman, or Northern Powerhouse-man?

Spencer Thompson | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Politics
Spencer Thompson

The Chancellor can't have it all. As much as he likes to hang out in a hard-hat, cutting public services to their knees is not a good look. Up to now the burden of deficit reduction has fallen on some of the poorest in society, but he has had to start reaching into working tax credits to make savings, provoking the ire of leading members of his party and the Sun newspaper...

This Is Not The Conservative Government Business Thought It Was Getting

Stuart Thomson | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK
Stuart Thomson

The 2015 Conservative Party manifesto promised to 'back British business' and make Britain 'the best place to do business in Europe' but since being elected in May this has not been the type of Conservative Government that business thought it would be getting.

Raising More Tax Requires Investment in Civil Society

Hans Zomer | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Politics
Hans Zomer

We must not allow a situation to arise where the focus is merely on increasing government income, without ensuring adequate accountability mechanisms are in place to ensure the tax money raised is spent wisely. And as we know only too well from our experience in Ireland, a healthy civil society is absolutely vital in that regard.

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.

Time for the UK to Keep Its Promises on Global Tax Reform

Charlie Matthews | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK
Charlie Matthews

If Justine Greening was to change the UK's position on a global tax body, it would not only increase the chances of a successful agreement at Addis, but also generate a huge amount of goodwill which she could use to ensure greater progress on the UK's other priorities, such as gender equality.

Labour's Leadership Contenders Should Think About Taxing Land

Barry Gardiner | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

Public demand for better services requires increased revenue, but international market competition for capital and labour drives down the ability of any one country to raise either corporate or personal income tax. For any aspiring Labour leader, the issue of UK tax rates has become a straight jacket. The obvious answer has to be to raise revenue some other way.

Boris Johnson Just Solved Andy Murray's Wimbledon Problem

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has claimed that cutting the 45p tax rate would spur Andy Murray on to win Wimbledon - but admitted a living wage would need to be broug...

Inequality Under the Tories

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

In times of austerity, such policies inexorably exacerbate the already alarming issue of inequality. Britain is currently the only G7 country with wider inequality than at the turn of the century. Right now, the top ten percent own over fifty-four percent of Britain's wealth and Britain's five richest families own more wealth than the bottom twenty percent.

Church Brands Cameron 'Misogynistic', Says She'd Be Willing To Pay 70% Tax

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK

Singer-turned-activist Charlotte Church branded David Cameron "misogynistic" and "gross" at an anti-austerity rally on Thursday, while claiming she wo...