tax

  • 1 Apr 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.

  • 21 Mar 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.

  • 19 Mar 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.

  • 10 Feb 2014

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

  • 12 Jan 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

  • 3 Dec 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

  • 29 Nov 2013

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

  • 23 Nov 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.

  • 16 Sep 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.

  • 9 Sep 2013

    G20 leaders’ decisions on tax and financial transparency are welcome but they do little or nothing for poor countries, says Christian Aid.