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    1. March 26, 2015

      MPs call for radical reduction in use of UK tax relief

      The Treasury often shows a “worrying lack of curiosity” about the cost of tax reliefs, according to MPs who have called for...

    2. March 20, 2015

      Chart that tells a story — income tax rates

      What does this show? It’s the overall rate of income tax paid on annual gross salaries by UK taxpayers between the 1990/91...

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    1. March 18, 2015

      Budget 2015: Old masters no longer count as wasting assets

      The most obscure tax loophole to be blocked in the Budget was inspired by a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds, the English...

    2. March 18, 2015

      Budget 2015: Death of the tax return confirmed

      Self-assessment tax returns will be scrapped in favour of real-time online accounts by 2020, George Osborne has announced....

    3. March 17, 2015

      HSBC reviews Jersey accounts of UK customers

      HSBC is writing to all UK customers with Jersey bank accounts questioning why they are needed as part of wider efforts by...

    4. March 17, 2015

      Solicitors criticise ‘premature’ tax avoidance proposals

      Proposed penalties for “serial users” of tax avoidance schemes have been criticised by lawyers, who denounced them as...

    5. March 13, 2015

      Tax scheme investors face redress dilemma

      Investors facing tax demands for their participation in disputed avoidance schemes should pursue claims against their...

    6. March 13, 2015

      Save for your children

      Parents with child trust funds (CTFs) will finally be able to get a better deal by transferring the cash to more competitive...

    7. March 12, 2015

      Mass flight from tax feared without freelance clamp

      An estimated 55,000 employees would go freelance to save tax if contentious anti-avoidance rules were scrapped, according to...

    8. March 11, 2015

      Civil servants’ travel costs increase 10% despite fall in numbers

      Whitehall travel costs have risen more than 10 per cent in four years, despite big cuts to civil service numbers, a spending...

    9. March 9, 2015

      HMRC moves to ostracise tax avoidance promoters

      Promoters of arrangements that fall foul of tax rules will be subjected to financial and reputational penalties that aim to...

    10. March 9, 2015

      Tax and housing dominate Budget wishlists

      Tax and housing dominate recommendations made by business, local government and trade unions in the run-up to the last...

    11. March 6, 2015

      Warnings over threats to ‘non-dom’ regime

      Changes to the regime that allows wealthy foreigners living in the UK to pay limited tax could have unforeseen and...

    12. March 6, 2015

      Deadline looms for employee benefit trust users

      Taxpayers who have been paid through disputed trust arrangements have been warned they may face payment demands from the UK...

    13. March 6, 2015

      HMRC nets £1.1bn as it doubles take from probes at multinationals

      HM Revenue & Customs raked in £1.1bn from challenging the pricing of multinational companies’ internal deals in 2013-14 —...

    14. February 27, 2015

      Setback for HMRC tax avoidance push

      The tax authority’s counter-avoidance campaign took a knock this week after judges upheld the legitimacy of a scheme that...

    15. February 25, 2015

      UK tax authority summons law enforcers over HSBC data

      Britain’s tax authority has called law enforcement agencies to a meeting early next week to assess whether there are grounds...

    16. Westminster Blog

      February 25, 2015

      Live: HSBC and HMRC bosses face MPs

      HSCB’s group chairman Douglas Flint (above, left) and chief executive Stuart Gulliver (right) are due to appear before the...

    17. February 24, 2015

      RBS’s Sir Howard appointment stirs revolving door concerns

      Powerful rotation The expected appointment of Sir Howard Davies as the chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland has reignited the...

    18. February 23, 2015

      George Osborne vows crackdown on banks that facilitate tax evasion

      George Osborne has promised a legal crackdown on banks that facilitate tax evasion, saying that he will use his Budget to...

    19. February 20, 2015

      Female million-earners on the rise

      The number of women with an income of more than £1m a year in the UK is growing three times faster than the number of male...

    20. February 20, 2015

      Married couples tax break applications open

      More than 4m married couples can now apply online for a new tax break, which could reduce their liabilities by up to £212...

    21. February 20, 2015

      How to invest in enterprise investment schemes

      It is nearing the end of the tax year. You are a high earner who likes to invest in a tax-efficient manner and have stashed...

    22. February 19, 2015

      Court rejects film scheme tax appeal

      A landmark ruling by the UK’s Court of Appeal this week has given a further boost to HM Revenue & Customs’ campaign against...

    23. February 18, 2015

      Hard-lunching, soft-pedalling HMRC must pursue cases like HSBC

      HSBC was “surprised” by a dawn raid on its Geneva offices. Swiss prosecutors, who are probing money laundering allegations,...

    24. February 16, 2015

      Revenue sees rise in requests from abroad to trace tax evaders

      Britain was asked for help by foreign governments seeking to track down tax evaders on nearly 2,500 occasions in 2013, up 45...

    25. February 15, 2015

      Labour draws up plans for review into HMRC dealings

      The firestorm sparked by the release of secret files on HSBC’s Swiss operations continued to rage over the weekend, as the...

    26. February 13, 2015

      Projected income tax take falls by £5bn

      The amount of income tax that higher earners are expected to pay this year has been revised down by the government, driving...

    27. February 12, 2015

      HSBC chiefs to face MPs’ scrutiny

      Watchdogs and politicians are lining up to scrutinise HSBC following criticism that the UK tax authority’s response to the...

    28. February 11, 2015

      HMRC targets property scheme investors

      Investors in several commercial property ventures deemed to have misused generous tax reliefs now face demands to repay...

    29. February 11, 2015

      Ed Miliband attacks David Cameron’s ‘dodgy donors’

      Ed Miliband has sought to enmesh the Conservatives in allegations that HSBC helped clients evade tax, calling David Cameron...

    30. February 11, 2015

      MPs attack tax chief over ‘pathetic response’ to HSBC scandal

      Top officials at Britain’s tax authority were lambasted by MPs over their response to the HSBC tax evasion scandal, in a...

    31. February 11, 2015

      Ed Miliband attacks Conservatives over donors

      Ed Miliband has labelled David Cameron “a dodgy prime minister surrounded by dodgy donors”, as the Labour leader sought to...

    32. February 10, 2015

      Pressure mounts for formal investigation into HSBC unit

      The US, France, Belgium and Argentina are all doing it. So why do UK authorities seem reluctant to formally investigate...

    33. February 10, 2015

      UK government closes ranks on HSBC tax issue

      The UK government insisted on Tuesday that ministers did not know the full facts about the HSBC tax scandal until this week,...

    34. February 10, 2015

      Q&A: Swiss tax evasion fallout

      HSBC, Europe’s largest bank, faces the prospect of possible legal action in light of detailed allegations this week that its...

    35. February 10, 2015

      UK business secretary Vince Cable raises concerns on HSBC clean-up

      HSBC’s private bank furore Doubts over HSBC’s claims to have cleaned up its act after alleged collusion with widespread...

    36. February 9, 2015

      MPs set to grill tax authorities over HSBC

      HM Revenue & Customs is set to be grilled by MPs this week over the use of the HSBC data which has resulted in one...

    37. February 6, 2015

      HMRC tax probe powers set for boost

      More taxpayers with undeclared overseas assets look set to be targeted with criminal investigations, as the UK tax authority...

    38. February 6, 2015

      UK Revenue & Customs urged to do ‘much more’ to help taxpayer

      HM Revenue & Customs has some of the best managers in Whitehall but needs to do “much more” to improve customer service,...

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