UK Taxes

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...

HMRC Wants To Stop 'Penalising Ordinary People Trying To Do The Right Thing'

PA | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK

People who filed late tax returns have been let off a £100 fine for missing the deadline, it has been reported. Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs ...

'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.

Global Tax Reform: Solution Lies in Working Together, Unilaterally

Alex Malley | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Alex Malley

As we all continue to adjust to the realities of the digital, interconnected global economy, one of the more perplexing challenges relates to the mobi...


Clive Norman | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Clive Norman

Well by the time this gets posted the 2015 Election will be over. Thank goodness! The last time I voted was over 30 years ago. Many on social media accuse me of wasting my vote. Politicians accuse me of betraying those who died fighting two world wars to give me the right to vote...

Inheritance Tax: Why We Shouldn't Give Up on It

Alex Yeates | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Yeates

This massively unequal allocation of wealth is a dire problem for liberal societies because it directly impedes social mobility. By perpetuating a system whereby those at the top continue to accumulate assets with little to no redistribution, you are contributing to a world whereby the poor get poorer.

Calling for the Abolishment of Inheritance Tax

Lewis Worrow | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lewis Worrow

Though left wing supporters commonly advocate the Inheritance Tax, most strongly to those who support Marxist values, they ignore the fact that there is no moral ground supporting that it's morally acceptable. The highest earners are already taxed on their income as all earners are.

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?

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...

HSBC Profits Dive As 'Painful' Tax Furore Bites

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK

HSBC chief executive Stuart Gulliver has admitted the banking giant "disappointed" last year after its annual profits slumped 17%. The group has be...

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...

Some Questions for the Uber Rich

Robin Lustig | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

How I wish I could sit down in front of a microphone with one of HSBC's "ultra wealthy" Swiss banking clients. How I'd love an opportunity to discuss with them the way they look after their money -- and dodge paying taxes.

Excessive Tax Avoidance - Blame Politicians

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Politics
Fiona Hotston Moore

As the country enters the general election period, a time of spin and political advantage, it is time we questioned not just individuals about their tax affairs, but the politicians who created the laws left so open to exploitation.

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...

PMQs Gets Highly Personal Over 'Rotten Heart' Cameron

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

David Cameron is "rotten" and a "dodgy prime minister surrounded by dodgy donors", Ed Miliband said during a highly personal exchange at Prime Ministe...

This Is How Much You Need To Earn To Dine With A Cabinet Minister

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Politics

The Conservative Party's annual Black And White Fundraiser on Monday saw the rich and famous elite splashing hundreds or even thousands of pounds to r...

Peer Caught In HSBC Tax-Dodging Scandal Is Making Life Difficult For The Tories

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics

The Conservatives have mounted a robust defence of their former ministerial colleague Stephen Green, who was chairman of HSBC while the bank is allege...

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...