tax

  • 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

  • 2 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.

  • 4 Aug 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.

  • 18 Jun 2013

    The Lough Erne declaration on tax, agreed today (Tuesday 18 June) at the G8 summit, is too easy to get round, a senior trade unionist has warned.

  • 16 Jun 2013

    I am on a train that’s just pulled out of Leeds, following a great day at ‘Not the G8', a conference run by the World Development Movement (WDM).

  • 14 May 2013

    Holy Trinity Brompton is expecting a protest today after inviting executives from the investment bank Goldman Sachs to speak at its “Leadership Conference”.