UK Taxes

Top 12 Excuses for Being Late With Your Self-Assessment Tax Form

Stephen Hamilton | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Stephen Hamilton

The World Cup was on and two things happened. Before I knew it I'd missed the deadline. My budgie was sick. He chewed on the only pen I had in the house and he died of ink poison. I didn't have anything to put him in for his burial so I just used your envelope you sent me and you got it ... the self-assessment form was in the envelope.

Charitable Status for Private Schools Is Wrong

Ashley Husband Powton | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ashley Husband Powton

Gordonstoun's, whose alumni include the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, was reduced from £148,086 to £29,618, a taxpayer funded subsidy of £118, 468. Wester Hailes state school, where over 40% of pupils are are eligible for free school-meals, paid its tax liability of £261,873 in full... How can this be right or fair? 

A 'Social Catastrophe'... Ukip's Latest Tax Plan Isn't Going Down Too Well

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip's new "blue-collar platform", offering policies like raising the point at which the 40p rate income tax kicks in to £45,000, has been panned as ...

Lib Dems Pledge To Raise Income Tax Allowance To £12,500

PA | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Politics

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to raise the income tax personal allowance to at least £12,500 in manifesto plans announced today. The party ha...

Cameron's Migration Cap Would Leave You Poorer And Taxes Higher

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron's pledge to reduce net migration down to the "tens of thousands" every year would, if successful, leave Britons poorer and forced to pay...

What On Earth Are Flat Taxes And Why Should You Care?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics

Flat taxes may sound dull, but right-wingers love them and Tory cabinet office minister Oliver Letwin has suggested that a future Conservative governm...

Here's 5 Ways You Can Make These Two Sound Like Harman On Tax

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Politics

The Tories are very excited after Prime Minister's Questions, as David Cameron tried to sink Ed Miliband with a quote from Harriet Harman suggesting t...

With the UK Top for Science and Technology, it's Time to Close the Innovation Gap

Adam Afriyie | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

We must make sure that we take economic advantage of our discoveries, translating them into new businesses, jobs and economic growth... To keep Britain at the forefront of the international competitiveness league tables, science and technology must remain a backbone of British industry.

Osborne Wrongly Boasted Of Raking In Billions More From Tax Dodgers

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne faces political embarrassment after HM Revenue and Customs apologised for wrongly estimating how much money it was getting in additiona...

At Last, a Reasoned Contribution to the Debate on Offshore Financial Centres

Geoff Cook | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK
Geoff Cook

A recently launched report, Moving Money: International Financial Flows, Taxes, and Money Laundering, has provided a powerful answer to the critics of offshore financial centres, and demonstrated the value of having an open global financial market in helping to boost global trade and economic growth.

Osborne Has Created More Tax Loopholes Than He Has Closed

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Politics

The coalition is continuing to create dozens of new tax reliefs - opening up fresh loopholes for the tax avoidance industry to exploit, MPs have warne...

Bad News, The Taxman May Not Have Taxed You Enough

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics

Millions of workers face having to give money back to the government after inadvertently paying the wrong amount of tax. Mistakes by HM Revenue and...

A Rubbish Post

Clive Norman | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clive Norman

It's been over a year since I moved back to Wales, and the Welsh Assembly and the local Councils have, since I was last living here, decided to farm out the job of waste disposal, Waste Management, whatever you want to call it, to private contractors.

Osborne Urged To Tax Books, Food And Children's Clothes

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has been urged to slap VAT on the likes of books, children's clothes and a range of food in a recommendation by the International Monet...

Record UK Business Growth Thanks To Sound Economic Policies

Adam Afriyie | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

Today, two of the major UK business organisations delivered more good news on the economy. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) announced the best UK growth figures in May since 2003, and the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) upgraded its forecast to 3.1 per cent for 2014, the highest rate since the 2007 crisis...

Telecoms Giant Gives Tories Another £100k. Still Not Paying Tax.

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Politics

The Tories have come under fire for accepting just over £105,000 from telecoms giant Lycamobile, which has not paid corporation tax in Britain since ...

Richest 1% Doing Best Out Of Osborne's Recovery

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Politics

The richest 1% have been the biggest winners out of the UK's economic recovery that has so far come about under George Osborne's chancellorship, accor...

Tax Secrecy 'The Norm, Not The Exception' In The City Of London

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Politics

There is a "black hole" in the City because leading companies use subsidiaries based in secretive tax havens, a charity has warned. Christian Aid s...

The Freelancers Lament

The Mac Twins | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK
The Mac Twins

Leave school, go to college/university, find job in that chosen field, totter up that career ladder, receive pension, retire playing golf, making soup and joining a bridge club. This is what schools drill into us since our first times tables test, and when you don't take this path, you feel like you're on the whacky races with no guidance pit stops and a worrying lack of financial fuel.

How to Tax the Rich - in 10 Easy Steps

Joseph Finlay | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

Whatever the make up of the next government - one thing is for certain - it will need to find more revenue. All parties are committed to deficit reduction, and as services and benefits have already been cut to the bone, the only way is to increase taxes on those who can afford it most. Raising taxes is always politically tricky.

Starbucks 'Will Pay More Tax' As It Moves HQ To UK

PA | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK

Starbucks is moving its European headquarters from the Netherlands to the UK following a row over tax avoidance. The coffee shop chain announced it...

If Churches Paid Taxes

Sophie Turton | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK
Sophie Turton

In a world where money is power, any organisation that makes that much profit - whether it's a church or not - needs to be held accountable somehow. The absence of data, especially in comparison to the Church of England's detailed accounts, poses the question - what is the US Catholic Church hiding? And at what point are world governments going to start holding them to account as they do with every other massive institution?

MPs Fear Osborne's Powers To Take Your Money May Go Too Far

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's new plan to let the taxman take money direct from people's bank accounts for unpaid taxes will be examined by MPs amid mounting fears...

Osborne's Plan To Raid Your Bank Account Could Be Illegal

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's new plan to let the taxman raid Britons' bank accounts for money that officials believe is owed to the state is "extremely worrying a...

Cut Taxes For The Rich (Again) Tories Tell Osborne

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne faces mounting pressure from Tory backbenchers to cut the top rate of tax from 45p to 40p after official figures showed that the rich p...