UK Taxes

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...

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...