Category - taxation

  • December 2, 2013

    The government’s General Anti-Abuse Rule (GAAR) is so poorly designed that it will allow 99 per cent of tax avoidance to continue, says a new expert briefing

  • November 29, 2013

    Despite advocating transparency and tighter tax rules, key G20 economies are actively and aggressively promoting financial secrecy, says a new report.

  • November 23, 2013

    The latest international clampdown on tax evasion must involve both rich and poor countries if it is to stop criminals hiding billions, campaigners say.

  • September 16, 2013

    In his book The Great Tax Robbery, Richard Brooks notes that "the institutions that shape the tax system have been captured by the tax industry and corporate interests. Policy is determined through committees and consultation processes in which the tax avoidance industry’s representatives dominate, before being nodded through by parliament without proper debate. This cosy cartel urgently needs dismantling," he declares. Wendy Bradley argues that replacing recently resigned David Heaton with someone on the General Anti Abuse advisory panel (GAAR) who represents ordinary people rather than the tax wizards would be a good place to start.

  • August 4, 2013

    The Patent Box is supposed to be a tax technicality: from April of this year (2013), any company that makes profits out of a patent can pay a lower tax rate on that bit of their profits. It is meant to encourage investment and economic growth, and to prevent the movement of intellectual property offshore. But Wendy Bradley discovers that the devil is in the detail of what is actually a multi-milion pound giveaway to big companies. The government needs seriously to look at benefits, procedure and priorities in adjusting the tax system.

  • May 1, 2013

    Germany's biggest Protestant gathering has made a strong appeal for an end to international tax evasion and speculation on foodstuffs.

  • April 8, 2013

    I was two years old when Margaret Thatcher came to power, and thirteen when she resigned.

    Thatcher’s policies led to mass unemployment, leaving my father on the dole for much of my childhood. I started secondary school the year that Section 28 was brought in, banning schools from presenting same-sex relationships as legitimate.

  • April 5, 2013

    This week, I completed a survey on the BBC website to discover which class I belong to. In reality, I don't have much doubt about which class I belong to, so I was really discovering more about the people who designed the survey than I was about myself.

  • March 26, 2013

    Leaders working on an anti-poverty plan, including David Cameron, have been told to ensure it helps poor countries collect the tax billions they are owed.

  • March 5, 2013

    Christian students applauded staff in a Manchester branch of Costa after the company paid its taxes, but vowed to keep up pressure on corporate tax avoiders.