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....And he repeated Labour's pledge to create regional investment banks to make it easier for businesses to access finance. He said he wanted to create a "level playing field" for entrepreneurs by increasing corporation tax on big business and cracking down on tax avoidance, with the cash raised to be spent on improving skills training. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....They are angry that the same Chinese importers are evading VAT as well as under-declaring the value of goods at customs. Richard Allen, from the business pressure group Retailers Against VAT Abuse (RAVAS), says his members had gathered plenty of hard evidence of widespread tax avoidance by Chinese criminal rackets. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....Successive governments, including Theresa May’s administration, have pledged to crack down on multinational companies gaming the international tax system to pay less tax. But accusations persist that some multinationals have been allowed to arrange so-called “sweetheart” deals with firms, including Google, Vodafone and Starbucks, to pay nominal sums to settle investigations into allegations of years of tax avoidance. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....British and Dutch authorities have seized more than €6m (£5. 1m) worth of assets – including luxury cars, a speedboat and properties – from an Anglo-Dutch couple accused of running a multinational tax avoidance scheme. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Trump’s proposed tax holiday would be a big boost for US technology companies which make a lot of money overseas and often park the profits in low-tax jurisdictions, such as Ireland. Apple holds more than $200bn offshore, and was last year accused of tax avoidance by the European commission and ordered to pay €13bn (£11bn) in back taxes. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... Sales at stores open more than one year were down by 1% over the period. Starbucks became the poster child for corporate tax avoidance in 2012 after details of its meagre tax contribution emerged. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....A submission by Adrian Gregory, the director of London-based recruitment agency Extraman and a campaigner against abuses within the industry, said: “Having spent 30 years in the business, I would … suggest that my particular part of the recruitment industry, that dealing with unskilled industrial staff, currently operates with little regard for the law and none whatever for any ethical considerations. “A pernicious cocktail of inadequate, impractical and muddled legislation combined with a complete disregard for the rights and welfare of the very people, the temporary staff, who earn agencies their money has led to mass exploitation coupled with huge tax avoidance. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, raised concerns about the VAT dispute and the reasons for Lycamobile’s transactions through a Madeira company. “If true, then it’s time for the Tories to get a grip and take tax avoidance seriously for once and refuse further donations from any company that funnels money via a tax haven,” he said. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Labour plans clampdown on 'sweetheart deals' to close £36bn tax gap image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of April 2017 11:01:09 PM
....Successive governments, including Theresa May’s administration, have pledged to crack down on multinational companies gaming the international tax system to pay less tax. But accusations persist that some multinationals have been allowed to arrange so-called “sweetheart” deals with firms, including Google, Vodafone and Starbucks, to pay nominal sums to settle investigations into allegations of years of tax avoidance. ...
Starbucks blames UK profits plunge on Brexit and slowing growth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 12:32:31 PM
.... Sales at stores open more than one year were down by 1% over the period. Starbucks became the poster child for corporate tax avoidance in 2012 after details of its meagre tax contribution emerged. ...
Donald Trump’s tax holiday 'would help top US companies save $300bn' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 04:00:25 AM
....Trump’s proposed tax holiday would be a big boost for US technology companies which make a lot of money overseas and often park the profits in low-tax jurisdictions, such as Ireland. Apple holds more than $200bn offshore, and was last year accused of tax avoidance by the European commission and ordered to pay €13bn (£11bn) in back taxes. ...
Firms dispute Jeremy Corbyn's claim they pay bills late image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 12:11:53 PM
....And he repeated Labour's pledge to create regional investment banks to make it easier for businesses to access finance. He said he wanted to create a "level playing field" for entrepreneurs by increasing corporation tax on big business and cracking down on tax avoidance, with the cash raised to be spent on improving skills training. ...
Criminal gangs use UK ports to defraud EU customs image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 07:02:51 PM
....They are angry that the same Chinese importers are evading VAT as well as under-declaring the value of goods at customs. Richard Allen, from the business pressure group Retailers Against VAT Abuse (RAVAS), says his members had gathered plenty of hard evidence of widespread tax avoidance by Chinese criminal rackets. ...
Speedboat among £5.1m of assets seized in tax fraud investigation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 06:53:57 PM
....British and Dutch authorities have seized more than €6m (£5. 1m) worth of assets – including luxury cars, a speedboat and properties – from an Anglo-Dutch couple accused of running a multinational tax avoidance scheme. ...
Tory donor Lycamobile in £26m tax dispute image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 3rd of April 2017 05:30:14 AM
....Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, raised concerns about the VAT dispute and the reasons for Lycamobile’s transactions through a Madeira company. “If true, then it’s time for the Tories to get a grip and take tax avoidance seriously for once and refuse further donations from any company that funnels money via a tax haven,” he said. ...
Sports Direct workers paid less than minimum wage yet to get back pay image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 10:15:04 AM
....A submission by Adrian Gregory, the director of London-based recruitment agency Extraman and a campaigner against abuses within the industry, said: “Having spent 30 years in the business, I would … suggest that my particular part of the recruitment industry, that dealing with unskilled industrial staff, currently operates with little regard for the law and none whatever for any ethical considerations. “A pernicious cocktail of inadequate, impractical and muddled legislation combined with a complete disregard for the rights and welfare of the very people, the temporary staff, who earn agencies their money has led to mass exploitation coupled with huge tax avoidance. ...
Google and Facebook now paying full tax, Australia says image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 08:36:40 AM
.... . The Australian Tax Office was given a 1,000-person strong team of tax avoidance specialists to focus on large companies and wealthy individuals avoiding tax. ...
G20 finance ministers drop anti-protectionist pledge image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 18th of March 2017 03:22:36 PM
....". However, it did include pledges on a determination to fight tax avoidance, clamp down on terrorist financing and strengthen private investment in Africa. ...
Bogus self-employment exploits workers and scams the taxman | Paul Mason image
.... We must, in other words, exert upward pressure on wage costs and resist the downward pressure that has fuelled the rise in precarious work. If governments do not actively shape the workforce of the 21st century, it will shape itself, with a nod and a wink, around tax avoidance and casualisation. ...
The farming revolution that aims to bring free-range milk to Britain image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of March 2017 12:05:09 AM
....“Coffee retailers all talk about their beans, and where they come from, but when it comes to milk, they couldn’t care less,” says Neil Brealey, of Cotteswold Dairy in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, which supplies milk bearing the Free Range Dairy label. The big coffee shops’ ethical mission statements bear out his point; the Ethical Consumer guide, which ranks coffee shops on everything from sourcing to tax avoidance, doesn’t seem to consider where the milk comes from. ...
Self-employed hit by national insurance hike in budget image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 02:24:49 PM
....However, some self-employed people appeared to have been insulated from another of the chancellor’s new initiatives. The changes to the taxation of dividends was criticised for “leaving the door open to massive tax avoidance” by wealthy people working for their own companies. ...
Key points of the budget 2017 – at a glance image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 12:41:30 PM
Taxes for self-employed likely to rise in Hammond's budget image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 08:05:27 PM
....Philip Hammond is likely to close loopholes in Wednesday’s budget that mean many self-employed workers pay less tax than their salaried counterparts – but he will come under pressure to ensure they receive better rights in return. The Treasury is concerned that the growing prevalence of self-employment is not just driven by entrepreneurialism in the “gig economy”, but by tax avoidance, which will progressively undermine Britain’s tax base. ...
Labour says £1m earners should publish tax returns image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 03:05:40 PM
....Taxpayers whose incomes top £1m a year would be forced to make their tax records public under Labour, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said. He claimed the measure, inspired by Norway and Sweden, would restore trust in the system and reduce tax avoidance. ...
HMRC criticised over film industry tax avoidance probes image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 25th of February 2017 02:46:36 AM
....". Commenting on the correspondence, Mr Tyrie said: "If a tax avoidance scheme is found by the courts to be illegal, then investors in the scheme have no option but to repay the tax that they have avoided. ...
It's time corporate tax dodgers started losing lucrative council contracts | Paul Monaghan image
.... The ruling applies to any contracts or tenders initiated after October 2016. Unlike previous regulations, which required local councils to scrutinise whether a company had been involved in illegal tax practices but overlooked the greyer area of tax avoidance, this new ruling requires councils to ask a more detailed set of questions that encompass both outright illegal practices and aggressive tax dodging that is outside the spirit of the law and something tax authorities are at last beginning to clamp down on. ...
'The UK is a tax haven' – Bermuda attacks plan to end financial secrecy image
....While Bermudian companies did not feature heavily in the Panama Papers, they have played a role in other financial scandals including Bernie Madoff’s notorious Ponzi scheme and more recently in fraudulent public offerings on the Singapore stock exchange. The mid-Atlantic nation is a major centre of tax avoidance, with Google and other multinationals attracted by a zero corporation tax rate. ...
Banks’ duty to provide free ATMs and keep branches open | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 31st of January 2017 07:55:37 PM
.... He wasn’t wrong. It included Libor manipulation, mis-selling mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Forex rigging, weakness in money laundering and systematic aiding of tax avoidance at its Swiss subsidiary. ...
UK's super rich appear to get special deal from HMRC, says watchdog image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 27th of January 2017 12:01:11 AM
....Of the 850 penalties issued to the very wealthy since 2012, the average charge was £10,500 – a figure the committee said was likely to be too small to act as a deterrent. The problem was likely to become more acute because wealthy people were moving from off-the-peg tax avoidance schemes – the “high street equivalent of Primark or Next” – to bespoke “made-to-measure Savile Row” arrangements, the report says. ...
Can credit unions finally provide a truly ethical current account? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 21st of January 2017 06:59:28 AM
. Billions of pounds of taxpayer cash pumped in, PPI mis-selling, investing in fossil fuels or dodgy regimes, money laundering, Libor rigging, tax avoidance, excessive executive pay… the list of scandals involving banks goes on and on. ...
EU negotiator wants 'special' deal over access to City post-Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 13th of January 2017 07:15:54 PM
....Elmar Brok, the German centre-right chair of the foreign affairs committee, reportedly voiced concern the UK would become “a Trojan horse of the US” – echoing fears that date back to the time of Charles de Gaulle. Werner Langen, a German centre-right MEP who is leading the investigation into the Panama Papers, wants to ensure the UK accepts international rules to clamp down on tax avoidance. ...
Malta accused of being tax haven as it takes EU presidency image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of January 2017 08:00:14 AM
. Malta has been accused of being a tax haven, just as it takes the helm of the European Union in a critical year for the bloc’s crackdown on tax avoidance. ...
Snapchat sets up international office in London image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 10:14:48 AM
....However, the European Commission has been cracking down on some of the tech companies' tax deals. In addition, the OECD has has been pushing for G20 measures on corporate tax avoidance. ...
My new year forecast: Trumpian uncertainty, and lots of it image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 9th of January 2017 11:59:13 AM
.... It was the Republicans who, in 26 states, refused to allow the expansion of Medicaid, thereby denying health insurance to those at the bottom. And why was the victor somebody who made his living from taking advantage of others, openly admitted not paying his fair share of taxes, and made tax avoidance a point of pride?. ...
Jean-Claude Juncker blocked EU curbs on tax avoidance, cables show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 1st of January 2017 01:14:31 PM
. The president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, spent years in his previous role as Luxembourg’s prime minister secretly blocking EU efforts to tackle tax avoidance by multinational corporations, leaked documents reveal. ...
HMRC empowered to name and shame tax evasion 'enablers' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 1st of January 2017 10:53:10 AM
....The Treasury said more action was planned in the coming months, including a consultation on a new requirement for businesses and individuals who create complex offshore financial arrangements that bear the hallmarks of enabling tax evasion to notify them to HMRC. May pledged during her leadership campaign that she would pursue companies and individuals who took part in deliberate tax avoidance. ...
Labour 'finds £2.6bn black hole in Treasury's tax avoidance measures' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 23rd of December 2016 07:00:09 AM
. Labour have accused the Treasury of failing to fully tackle tax avoidance as it claimed to have identified a £2. ...
Tax avoidance, expenses scams – welcome to the recruitment industry | Adrian Gregory image
.... Much of this growth is, however, easily explained. In combining aggressive tax avoidance with systematic worker exploitation, recruitment agencies are able to supply labour at prices far below the cost of direct employment by labour users. ...
Computer error blamed for HMRC blunder in Scotland image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 06:54:44 PM
....uk website pages but, according to HMRC’s own analysis, there was no noticeable increase in the traffic as a result of the notification letters. The report also identifies the risk of tax avoidance and evasion if there are differences in tax rates or thresholds between Scotland and the rest of the UK. ...
What the US economy doesn't need from Donald Trump | Joseph Stiglitz image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 11:19:56 AM
.... And back-loaded stimulus has its own problems, unless it is managed extremely carefully. If Trump’s pick for US treasury secretary, the Goldman Sachs and hedge fund veteran Steven Mnuchin, is like others from his industry, the expertise he will bring to the job will be in tax avoidance, not constructing a well-designed tax system. ...
Apple fights back with appeal against EU Irish tax ruling image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 03:26:21 AM
.... . The Commission may end up losing this particular battle but there is progress in the international war against tax avoidance. ...
Savers are slowly choking off the life of the world economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of December 2016 07:00:44 AM
....Then there is the way most people, businesses and governments have accumulated their savings. Just a quick look at the $100tn total and we can see that most of it is the result of tax avoidance. ...
HMRC claws back celebrities' tax relief image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 12:17:51 AM
....Household names involved include Kenny Dalglish, Roy Hodgson, Terry Venables, Marouane Fellaini, Lady Elizabeth-Ann Redgrave, Arsene Wenger, Oscar-nominated producer of Harry Potter films and Gravity, David Heyman, and co-owner of T in the Park and V Festival, Simon Moran. Comedian Jimmy Carr, who was criticised in 2012 for sheltering income using the legal but aggressive K2 tax avoidance scheme, resigned as a member of Cobalt Data Centre 2 in May. ...
Bermuda is world's worst corporate tax haven, says Oxfam image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 12:01:40 AM
.... It warned that allowing these territories to act as tax havens “undermines Britain’s efforts to be an outward-facing, responsible member of the international community”. To compile the list, Oxfam looked at practices such as offering unfair and unproductive tax incentives and zero or extremely low corporate tax rates, as well as failure to co-operate with international processes to combat tax avoidance. ...
McDonald's to scrap Luxembourg tax structure image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of December 2016 05:11:31 PM
....The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, a thinktank for developed economies responsible for drawing up the revisions, has estimated that, even on conservative assumptions, large global businesses were shifting profits and eroding the tax receipts of economies around the world at a cost of $100bn-$240bn (£65bn-160bn) a year – equivalent to between 4% and 10% of global corporation tax revenues. Luxembourg was exposed as one of the most popular jurisdictions for tax avoidance planning two years ago after hundreds of confidential tax deals it had awarded to big businesses were leaked. ...
McDonald's to move non-US tax base to UK image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of December 2016 02:38:31 PM
.... . Companies were also "deciding it's no longer worth the hassle and the risk" of using low-tax arrangements due to work by the OECD on "base erosion and profit shifting" - or corporate tax avoidance, according to Ms Self. ...
Heard the latest Christmas story? It’s about how UK banks pay all their taxes | Prem Sikka image
.... It does not even contain an acknowledgement of the fact that the financial sector relies on support provided by taxpayers in the shape of loans and guarantees, or profits made through the private finance initiative (PFI). It is silent about the effective rate of corporation or capital gains taxes paid by financial services companies, profits shifted to tax havens, their tax avoidance schemes, or any sweetheart deals with HMRC. ...
HMRC chief calls for tax crackdown on Premier League footballers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of December 2016 08:08:13 PM
.... He said “the vast majority” of clubs were very open with inspectors about how they calculated such payments – though a minority were less forthcoming. Foreign players at top clubs are best placed to exploit the tax avoidance opportunities available through image rights payments. ...
MP calls for inquiry into José Mourinho tax avoidance allegations image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 4th of December 2016 10:03:39 AM
....The European Investigative Collaborations consortium – which worked alongside several newspapers including Germany’s Der Spiegel and the Sunday Times – claims to have found evidence suggesting tax officials in Britain and Spain had been misled by Mourinho’s advisers. Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo is also cited in the reports as having allegedly moved money to a tax haven in the British Virgin Islands in what the Sunday Times described as “highly aggressive tax avoidance”. ...
MPs warn of tax phone line 'collapse' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 03:23:39 AM
....Tax credit removals criticised by MPs. The tax authority is aiming to make most processes automated and have more staff focusing on specialist work to crack down on tax avoidance and evasion. ...
'Disastrous decline' in HMRC customer service predicted due to cuts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 12:01:00 AM
.... They also questioned whether HMRC might be “painting too rosy a picture” of its success in reducing the gap between the amount of tax due and the total collected. The warnings come days after Philip Hammond pledged in the autumn statement that HMRC will retrieve £2bn lost to the exchequer via tax avoidance but was criticised for failing to pledge extra resources towards its revenue-raising department. ...
Tax avoidance: Philip Hammond pledges to retrieve £2bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 05:45:27 PM
. Philip Hammond has pledged to retrieve £2bn lost to the exchequer via tax avoidance, continuing the recent tradition of chancellors using set-piece speeches to target aggressive planning schemes. ...
Chancellor to close tax avoidance loophole exposed by Guardian image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 05:31:10 PM
. The chancellor is to close an aggressive tax avoidance scheme that was exposed by a Guardian investigation as depriving the taxpayer of “hundreds of millions” of pounds a year. ...
Film industry tax avoiders face multi-million pound bill image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 19th of November 2016 09:15:30 PM
....HMRC is pursuing investors in the Eclipse scheme, including celebrities, financiers and sports stars, for up to 20 times their original investment. Courts ruled that the film investment partnership was in reality a tax avoidance scheme. ...
The Guardian view on employment law: an overhaul is needed | Editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 07:25:14 PM
.... He should slash fees for employment tribunals, which have led to a two-thirds reduction in the number of cases. And, after our report on employment agencies, he should make sure that HMRC really is making the people behind tax avoidance schemes feel its inspectors’ hot breath on their necks. ...
In the gig economy, recruitment agencies are the gangmasters | Faiza Shaheen image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 01:08:37 PM
....“Recruitment agency: an organisation that matches employers to employees and vice versa; an intermediary in the labour market” – or so the dictionary tells us. But, given recent findings that agencies are using aggressive tax avoidance schemes at a time when new benefit caps are driving single parents into poverty; that some agencies have conned low-paid temporary workers into buying worthless accident insurance; and, from my own research, that agencies are enabling the undercutting of workers’ rights and wages by pitting migrant workers against local people, it would be truer to life if we described recruitment agencies as arbiters of capitalism and the mass exploitation of workers. ...
Labour MP calls for urgent investigation into tax avoidance scheme image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 11:42:27 AM
. HM Revenue & Customs has been asked by an influential Labour MP to launch an urgent investigation into an aggressive tax avoidance scheme used by recruitment agencies that is depriving the taxpayer of “hundreds of millions” of pounds. ...
Labour and unions demand action on temp agencies’ tax avoidance image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 07:00:12 AM
. Labour and trade unions have called on the government to take action after a Guardian investigation found that an aggressive tax avoidance scheme used by temporary recruitment agencies is depriving the taxpayer of “hundreds of millions” of pounds a year. ...
Revealed: temp agencies' avoidance scheme costs taxpayers 'hundreds of millions' image
. An aggressive tax avoidance scheme used by temp recruitment agencies is depriving the taxpayer of “hundreds of millions” of pounds a year, a Guardian investigation has found. ...
Companies should be forced to say how much tax they pay and where image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 11th of November 2016 07:00:13 AM
.... The will of the people becomes a secondary consideration. Alleged tax avoidance may have worked for US president-elect Donald Trump and he may think it makes him smart – but it is not a great thing for corporations to engage in. ...
Treasury tries to thwart EU plans for tax haven blacklist image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of November 2016 07:07:19 PM
.... Brussels pledged to throw light on the shady “treasure islands” that help multinationals and wealthy clients avoid paying tax. Crown dependencies Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, as well as British overseas territories Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, are among the jurisdictions that have a zero rate of corporation tax, according to the EU’s executive arm, the European commission, in a recent analysis of risk factors intended to show whether a jurisdiction may be promoting tax avoidance. ...
HMRC chasing £1.9bn tax from UK's richest people image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of November 2016 02:11:03 AM
....It covers some cases that have been open for many years, and £1. 1bn of it relates to tax avoidance schemes that are marketed at wealthy investors. ...
Uber employment tribunal: Ruling due in London image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 27th of October 2016 11:05:02 PM
...."This case represents the first proper legal review of whether jobs in this part of the so-called gig economy really represent a new paradigm of freedom and self-employment, or in fact are simply a new technology ploy to deny employed workers ordinary employment rights and a national minimum wage," says Maria Ludkin, legal director at the GMB. "In our view Uber's business model is underpinned by the shaky foundations of worker exploitation and tax avoidance, both of which end up being underwritten by the ordinary taxpayer. ...
How to hide it: inside the secret world of wealth managers | Brooke Harrington image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of September 2016 05:00:17 AM
....The economist Gabriel Zucman has argued that the offshore financial system has grown to the point that it calls into question the future of national sovereignty. His argument is based primarily on tax avoidance, which he calls “theft pure and simple”. ...
Wales moves to replace stamp duty with new land transaction tax image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 11th of September 2016 11:01:13 PM
....An announcement about the rates and bands for the proposed land transaction tax will be made closer to spring 2018, taking into account economic conditions at the time. The bill will also include measures to tackle tax avoidance, based on lessons learned in Scotland, which has a different system to the UK. ...
Britain’s biggest cash revolution in decades, all yours for a fiver image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 9th of September 2016 02:14:59 PM
.... The new tenner, featuring Jane Austen, goes into circulation in summer next year, while the £20 note – by far the most commonly used – won’t be in our wallets until 2020. The Bank has yet to decide if £50 notes will be printed in polymer, raising suspicions that it would rather be rid of them altogether, given how much they are used for tax avoidance and the drug trade. ...
Dukes and other super-rich are not the only ones who can reduce death duties image
....“The rules in place in the 1950s are likely to be hugely different from the rules now,” says Chas Roy-Chowdhury from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. “You also need to remember that the government is coming down very hard on tax avoidance, so ensure you abide by the rules. ...
US criticises EU tax probes ahead of Apple ruling image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of August 2016 04:45:07 PM
. The US Treasury Department has warned the European Commission about taking action against US companies over tax avoidance allegations. ...
Tax avoidance: Accountants face tougher penalties image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of August 2016 11:09:38 PM
....Currently those who advise on tax face little risk, while their clients face penalties only if they lose in court. The rules would "root out" tax avoidance at source, the Treasury said. ...
Firms giving advice on aggressive tax avoidance could face large fines image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of August 2016 11:01:16 PM
....Plans set out in a consultation document released on Wednesday will suggest that tax advisers whose schemes are defeated in the courts might pay a fine of up to 100% of the money lost to the taxpayer. It follows prime minister Theresa May’s pledge last month to clamp down on corporate tax avoidance – widely seen as part of an appeal to working-class Britons struggling with their finances. ...
HMRC claims victory in film tax battle image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 5th of August 2016 11:35:12 AM
. HM Revenue and Customs claimed victory in a tax avoidance battle over schemes run by Ingenious Film Partnership and Icebreaker, worth more than £820m. ...

Labour avoided paying tax on £4.3 million worth of profits last year
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 5th of August 2016 09:41:22 AM
....He also pledged to find £500 billion for public spending funded "through expanding the economy and driving down tax evasion". Mr Corbyn has previously labelled tax avoidance an “evasion of your social responsibilities”. ...

Government undermining efforts to put an end to tax avoidance from behind the scenes, warn MPs
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....The all All-Party Parliamentary Group on Responsible Tax has said the government should force multinational companies such as Google to publish information on their activities in every country where they operate. Their report suggested Britain had been two faced in its approach to tackling tax avoidance, by defending schemes such as patent box relief, which allows businesses to cut the amount of corporation tax they pay on profits generated by UK-owned intellectual property. ...
Land Registry sell-off decision likely to land in new government's lap image
....”. A sell-off would also defeat steps to tackle institutional tax avoidance with a private company able to shield data, he claimed. ...
Land Registry sell-off 'is short-term profiteering', warns Labour MP image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 30th of June 2016 05:01:02 AM
....Lammy said: “I have called for this debate because it is simply not in the public interest for the government to sell off the family silver to turn a short-term profit. “This privatisation would be a huge step backwards in tackling the large-scale institutional corruption and tax avoidance brought to light by the Panama Papers. ...
Land Registry sell-off 'is short-term profiteering', warns Labour MP image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 30th of June 2016 05:01:02 AM
....Lammy said: “I have called for this debate because it is simply not in the public interest for the government to sell off the family silver to turn a short-term profit. “This privatisation would be a huge step backwards in tackling the large-scale institutional corruption and tax avoidance brought to light by the Panama Papers. ...
Borrowing rise makes budget deficit target look shaky again image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of June 2016 12:54:42 PM
....Whatever the result on Thursday, the chances of Osborne meeting his target of running a budget surplus by the end of this parliament are diminishing. As Samuel Tombs of Pantheon Macro notes, the chancellor’s numbers only add up as a result of “very optimistic” assumptions for welfare savings and from cracking down on tax avoidance. ...
Make UK super-rich pay one-off wealth tax, says Fabian Society image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of June 2016 03:47:49 PM
.... Private hospitals insulated the wealthy from the shared experience of the decline of the NHS during the 1980s. But nothing is more corrosive to the body politic than tax avoidance. ...
Hermes fund manager drafts plan to end City short-term investments image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of June 2016 03:45:14 PM
....He cited the tobacco industry’s attraction as a safe investment, because in bad economic times addicted consumers still buy cigarettes. Other instances of harmful behaviour included aggressive corporate tax avoidance that drains government funds, and poor pay and conditions that demoralise employees and leave them with little to spend, he said. ...
Are England’s academies becoming a cash cow for business? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of June 2016 08:00:18 AM
....Dwan is undoubtedly a canny investor. He is a member of a “tax deferral” scheme run by the Invicta Film Partnership that has until recently been under investigation by HM Revenue and Customs over suspicion that it is a vehicle for tax avoidance. ...
Now’s the time for this government to act on tax avoidance | John McDonnell image
.... Labour MEPs will be supporting both. Across Europe, and in the European Union itself, action is being taken against the social scourge of tax avoidance and tax evasion. ...
Panama Papers inquiry expected to call George Osborne as witness image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of June 2016 06:20:41 PM
....George Osborne, the chancellor, and ministers from the UK’s extensive network of tax havens are among key witnesses that MEPs intend to call as part of a major inquiry set to be launched into the Panama Papers. Leaders of the European parliament meet in Brussels on Thursday to approve the creation of an influential 65-member “inquiry committee”, which is expected to target the tax avoidance industry nurtured by Britain and other European member states. ...
Revealed: 9% rise in London properties owned by offshore firms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 26th of May 2016 05:21:34 PM
....“First-time buyers are being priced out whilst properties rise in value and the equity leaves the UK,” he said. “The government needs to clamp down on tax avoidance and recognise that these properties are homes and not simply a way of extracting money. ...

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