UK Taxes

Whistleblowing in the Public Interest Goes on Trial

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

This week, the man who lifted the lid on the cynical practices employed by large, profitable corporations to avoid paying taxes goes on trial. Through...

Sweet and Sour: Sugar and Environmental Taxes

Luke Dale-Harris | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Politics
Luke Dale-Harris

Let's hope that the Chancellor's newfound enthusiasm for a sugar tax translates into a wider appreciation of the benefits he could be delivering through environmental taxation on the same model.

Tax Avoidance: The Real Scandal Is What Multinational Companies are Getting Away With

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

The pressure on public services means that taxes will probably keep rising, particularly for people not able or inclined to afford smart advice on how to avoid them. What we need to do is get more from those global companies avoiding what less mobile businesses must pay and stop fretting about individual tax returns.

Parkrunners! Unite and Take Over

Sam Larcombe | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK
Sam Larcombe

I am slightly stunned that this council has voted this plan through but I feel this is a small example of the country's problems at large. Just as this council seek to sacrifice a genuine force for good at the alter of finance, the Prime Minister sought to cut disabilities benefits with one hand and take tax free gifts with the other...

The Waugh Zone April 12, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday April 12, 2016… 1) TAXING TIMES David Cameron got through his Commons statement yesterday relative...

Morality, Hypocrisy or Just Envy? The Panama Papers

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

Let's conduct a thought experiment. Imagine the government (of whichever country) introduced a tax break, or a tax loophole if you like, that if used, could benefit everyone irrespective of level or type of earnings. How many of us would refuse to use such a tax break because we felt that it was morally wrong to pay less tax when we could pay more? I may be totally wrong but I'm not imagining a long queue of people lining up to pay more tax.

Women Need Tax Justice More Than Once a Month

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

Osborne must realise that genuine tax justice for women is not a once-a-month occurrence. It must cut across all tax and spend policies, universally, and help rather than hinder the fight for gender equality.

The Panama Papers Show That There's Enough Money to Solve the World's Problems - It's Just in the Wrong Hands

Bradley Allsop | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The money we desperately need to fix the world's growing problems is there, but we have an economic and political system that ensures it stays in the wrong hands, for a reason no more noble than greed. A better world is possible, but only by challenging the dominance and privilege of the rich.

The Panama Papers: Five Ways for David Cameron to Tackle UK Tax Havens

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

The Panama Papers have rocked the world. Yet while the head offices of the law firm at the heart of the leak are far away in tropical Panama - some of the solutions to this scandal lie closer to home... Next month the UK will host a special tax and anti-corruption summit in London. Here are five things the Prime Minister could do to clean up UK tax havens.

VAT Is a Feminist Issue

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

The theme of this year's International Women's Day is gender parity. It is clear that ensuring a Europe-wide VAT exemption on sanitary products and creating a 'gender sensitive' taxation system is an important step to achieving such parity.

Better UK Tax Deal for Bangladesh Could Pay for 18,000 teachers

Lovisa Moller | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK
Lovisa Moller

Bangladesh lost around US$14.5 million as a result of a single clause in its UK tax treaty in 2013. That's enough to pay the salaries of up to 18,000 new teachers in a country where more than 4 in 10 girls are not in secondary school.

Dirty Politics - Stand Up for What You Believe and Get Labelled a 'Tax Dodger'!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

No, truth is, whoever passed on details of a long-running and ongoing employment tribunal dispute, wanted me discredited and shut up, and also to send a warning to anyone else who was considering making any public statements on Europe to think long and hard before doing so.

Politicians Should Be Blamed For Tax Mess Not Google

Mark Hillary | Posted 14.02.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

What Google are being asked to do is to pay tax they don't really need to pay. Imagine if you looked at your monthly salary slip and your company decided to tax you at twice the normal rate, just because it looks better for you to pay more tax. How would that feel?

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 infamous ‘snow plo...

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...