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  1. September 5, 2014

    HMRC claims victory against tax scheme

    Investors in a vaccine research scheme face having to repay millions in tax reliefs, after a second tribunal found in favour...

  2. July 17, 2014

    Special tax unit nets extra £1bn from richest Britons

    Scrutiny of some of Britain’s wealthiest individuals has yielded £1bn of extra tax since 2009, HM Revenue & Customs said on...

  1. July 15, 2014

    Thousands of taxpayers in avoidance schemes to repay billions

    Tens of thousands of UK taxpayers who took part in tax-saving schemes over the past decade learned on Tuesday that they face...

  2. June 22, 2014

    Tax avoidance crackdown set to cause wave of litigation

    Plans to recruit dozens of new judges have been drawn up to cope with a wave of litigation expected in response to a £7bn...

  3. May 27, 2014

    UK tax authority heralds ‘record breaking’ compliance results

    HM Revenue & Customs booked more than £8bn of extra tax from big businesses in the year to April, helping push up its...

  4. May 7, 2014

    Pfizer case stirs unease at UK tax haven charges

    Pfizer’s bid for fellow drug company AstraZeneca – and its mooted move of its tax domicile to Britain – has highlighted...

  5. January 17, 2014

    Plight of the small pension pot saver

    From our television screens to Twitter to the Houses of Parliament, there’s barely a place where annuities – and questions...

  6. November 25, 2013

    UK tax avoidance schemes fall to all-time low

    The number of avoidance schemes disclosed to HM Revenue & Customs has fallen by more than a third in the past year to an...

  7. September 13, 2013

    Revenue adviser caught listing ways to avoid ‘chancellor’s grubby mitts’

    A government tax adviser was forced to quit on Friday after being recorded offering tips to a “tax planning conference” on...

  8. June 11, 2013

    Revenue wins back £2.4m by defeating tax avoidance scheme

    A tax avoidance scheme that channelled profits from a tax advisory business through employee benefit trusts has been closed...

  9. May 30, 2013

    HMRC wins £190m tax avoidance case

    More than 400 wealthy individuals who took part in a “highly complex” tax avoidance scheme involving shares in a British...

  10. April 18, 2013

    Treasury uses tax levels to woo US groups

    The Treasury has stepped up its marketing of Britain as a “respectable” low tax country in a series of high level meetings...

  11. February 21, 2013

    Tax evaders named and shamed

    HM Revenue & Customs has intensified its crackdown on tax evasion by publishing a list of names and addresses of “deliberate...

  12. February 13, 2013

    Cameron raises Tory tax-cutting hopes

    David Cameron raised Conservative hopes that he might begin a tax-cutting drive after the prime minister criticised Gordon...

  13. January 17, 2013

    Tribunal blocks tax planning scheme

    A tax planning scheme designed to shelter £80m of tax has been struck down by a tribunal in a decision hailed by Revenue &...

  14. January 6, 2013

    PM defends child benefit changes

    David Cameron has defended the decision to remove child benefit on Monday from those on higher earnings as “the right...

  15. December 3, 2012

    Osborne talks tough on big tax avoiders

    George Osborne stepped up his attack on tax dodging on Monday after MPs rounded on Starbucks and other multinational...

  16. October 18, 2012

    HMRC hails drop in ‘tax gap’

    HM Revenue & Customs on Thursday hailed a drop in the tax “gap” – the difference between what it collects and what it ought...

  17. July 27, 2012

    Cash in hand is worth £35bn in the tax bush

    ‘Getting a discount with your plumber by paying cash in hand is something that is a big cost to the Revenue and means others...

  18. July 25, 2012

    A satirist of Olympian standing

    Whatever else the Olympics may achieve, they will spread the fame of Boris Johnson. A few days ago the editor of a Swiss...

  19. July 24, 2012

    Treasury attacks ‘dodgy’ tax advisers

    The Treasury sought to draw a line between “reasonable tax planning” and aggressive avoidance schemes as it pledged to crack...

  20. July 22, 2012

    Crackdown proposed on tax-dodge sellers

    Sales people promoting abusive tax dodges will be forced to hand over client lists, under proposals aimed at cracking down...

  21. July 17, 2012

    Revenue wins back £100m in avoided tax

    About 200 people face tax bills totalling about £100m after the Court of Appeal ruled against an avoidance scheme...

  22. July 17, 2012

    Universal credit to go live in 2013

    The flagship reform of the welfare system is “on track, on budget, on time” ministers insisted on Tuesday as they brushed...

  23. July 5, 2012

    Stolen data used to convict tax evader

    A wealthy property developer who hid money in a secret Swiss bank account has been convicted of tax evasion in the first...

  24. Westminster Blog

    May 31, 2012

    The scramble to announce a charity tax u-turn

    Journalists were told two days ago in the wake of the u-turns on the pasty tax and caravan tax that there would be no...

  25. May 29, 2012

    How Greggs turned up the heat

    Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Greggs, insists it is the bakery chain’s customers who are the winners from the...

  26. May 28, 2012

    Online HMRC tax tool crashes on first day

    An online tax calculator that allows people to work out how much income tax and national insurance they pay and how the...

  27. May 8, 2012

    Minister hits back in charity tax row

    A government minister has hit back in a row over plans to limit tax relief on charitable donations, suggesting most of the...

  28. May 6, 2012

    Tax inquiries of wealthy yield £200m

    The extra tax take from inquiries aimed at some of Britain’s wealthiest individuals rose by nearly a quarter to £200m in...

  29. April 17, 2012

    Real charity tax is nationalised overseas aid

    Who would have thought that a Liberal Democrat-Conservative coalition government, heirs to William Gladstone and Margaret...

  30. April 15, 2012

    Osborne to offer charity tax concessions

    George Osborne is willing to give ground on his controversial plans to limit tax reliefs on charitable donations, but is set...

  31. March 29, 2012

    Finance bill is biggest ever published

    The biggest finance bill ever published was released on Thursday, in an embarrassing setback to George Osborne, chancellor,...

  32. March 14, 2012

    Treasury closes agricultural tax loophole

    The Treasury has snapped shut a “contrived and aggressive” tax avoidance scheme involving losses on agricultural businesses...

  33. March 4, 2012

    Companies assess risks of tax planning

    Businesses are scrambling to assess the reputational risks of tax planning, after the closure of two “highly abusive”...

  34. FT Alphaville

    March 1, 2012

    Knights, damsels, and tax-advantaged debt buybacks

    FT Alphaville has been very curious about exactly what went on in two tax schemes that the UK government legislated against...

  35. February 28, 2012

    Tax deals of over £100m face scrutiny

    All tax settlements involving more than £100m will be scrutinised by a newly appointed “assurance commissioner”, in an...

  36. February 27, 2012

    Barclays faces block on tax schemes

    Barclays has been blocked from implementing two “highly abusive” tax schemes that could have cost the Treasury £500m,...

  37. February 8, 2012

    US deal on tax reporting rules eases foreign bank fears

    The US has eased onerous reporting requirements on overseas financial institutions, which it had sought to impose as part of...

  38. February 2, 2012

    HMRC launches contractual disclosure facility

    Taxpayers who are not under investigation but want to admit to tax fraud can come clean in exchange for not being criminally...

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