Category - tax

  • April 22, 2014

    Government plans for a public register of who owns millions of UK companies are a step forward, but much more action is needed, says Christian Aid.

  • April 1, 2014

    Cutting air passenger duty to encourage international flights to and from Scotland is likely to lead to a rise in damaging CO2 emissions, the climate change minister has admitted.

  • March 21, 2014

    After the election, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats got together and agreed on a programme of what they would actually do together in government. On taxes, they agreed their priorities were to make taxes simpler, fairer, greener and more competitive.

  • March 19, 2014

    The Annual Investment Allowance is the amount a business can spend on capital equipment like computers without having to learn a whole set of tax rules about writing down allowances.

  • February 10, 2014

    The UK government is lagging behind business leaders in its support for corporate transparency, a new survey suggests.

  • January 12, 2014

    There is a new but rather unwieldy political buzzword: "differentiation". This is the process by which the Liberal Democrats are attempting to distance themselves from their Coalition partners prior to the next General Election. It is a delicate business, as Nick Clegg tries to highlight the differences in values and priorities between his party and the Conservatives, whilst avoiding an outright split in the Coalition

  • December 3, 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.