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  1. July 11, 2014

    Tax avoidance, a muddle of our own making

    At the start of this month, new rules came into force designed to curb the worst excesses of the payday lending industry. In...

  2. May 23, 2014

    Fraudsters face stiffer penalties

    Fraudsters and money launderers face stiffer sentences under official guidelines that give new recognition to the impact of...

  1. April 11, 2014

    Income taxes rise across industrialised world, says OECD

    Income taxes rose across most of the industrialised world for the third year running, as governments set about rebuilding...

  2. March 14, 2014

    Government panel urges Spain to cut taxes

    Spain should slash its income and corporate tax rates in an attempt to boost growth and employment, a panel of tax experts...

  3. March 12, 2014

    Higher-rate UK taxpayers bear heaviest burden

    One in 10 adults will pay two-thirds of all income tax this year as George Osborne leans heavily on Britain’s highest...

  4. March 6, 2014

    Scottish Labour’s infighting endangers ‘no’ campaign

    Deep divisions emerged within the Scottish Labour party over plans to be unveiled this month that propose the control of...

  5. March 3, 2014

    Dave Camp tax plan cuts through web of US interests

    The reaction from Wall Street lobby groups was swift and fierce, just a few hours after Dave Camp, the top Republican tax...

  6. November 17, 2013

    Vale offered chance to settle $14bn tax dispute

    An overhaul of Brazil’s tax amnesty scheme is set to allow Vale to almost halve a $14bn claim against it while potentially...

  7. October 30, 2013

    Late tax returns in UK decline due to HMRC’s tougher penalties

    The number of people filing their tax returns late in the UK has fallen 21 per cent after harsher penalties for slow payment...

  8. October 9, 2013

    UK leads world with 5p cut in top tax rate

    The UK has bucked a global trend with the biggest cut in the top rate of personal tax of any country in 2013. The 5p cut in...

  9. August 2, 2013

    Tax avoiders go to ground

    How much tax would you choose to pay? We can make it happen,” says one. Another states: “The tax rate doesn’t matter; it’s...

  10. July 15, 2013

    North Carolina tax deal tempers radical tax cuts

    North Carolina’s Republican governor and legislature struck a deal to cut income taxes for individuals and businesses, in...

  11. June 4, 2013

    Andrew Cuomo proposes tax-free zones to lift New York economy

    While Apple, Starbucks and other big companies are drawing scrutiny for their low tax rates, New York’s governor wants to...

  12. April 5, 2013

    Employers braced for real-time tax reporting

    British business owners are preparing themselves for payroll problems as HM Revenue & Customs initiates the biggest shake-up...

  13. January 25, 2013

    Revenue timetable to catch tax evaders

    You’ve filed your tax return and said goodbye to the accountant for another year. But don’t relax too much, warns Smith &...

  14. December 21, 2012

    Entrepreneurs follow Depardieu out of France

    Jean-Gil Boitouzet’s departure may not cause the same hullabaloo as the tax exile of Gérard Depardieu but, like the film...

  15. November 23, 2012

    Landlords targeted by HMRC

    Textiles companies and landlords are among the latest targets of a tax crackdown by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The...

  16. November 19, 2012

    Report backs income tax powers for Wales

    Wales should be given the power to vary income tax from rates elsewhere in the UK by 2020, a commission set up to review...

  17. October 19, 2012

    Households seek ways to keep benefits

    HM Revenue & Customs has begun sending out letters to 1.2m families that stand to lose some or all of their child benefit...

  18. September 24, 2012

    Serious tax evasion cases fall 23%

    Serious tax evasion cases in the UK have fallen by almost a quarter in the past year, as HM Revenue & Customs has bolstered...

  19. September 21, 2012

    Was I mis-sold a film partnership scheme?

    A number of years ago I invested money in a film partnership scheme. The investment was sold to me on the basis of offering...

  20. September 21, 2012

    Lawyers targeted by HMRC taskforce

    HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is targeting the legal profession among other sectors during its latest search for suspected tax...

  21. August 17, 2012

    HMRC ramps up property searches

    Searches of houses belonging to individuals suspected of evading tax have hit record levels, as HM Revenue & Customs...

  22. August 3, 2012

    Should we include Spanish property in our will?

    My wife and I have just bought a house in Spain and are keen to include the property in our will. Should we make a separate...

  23. June 29, 2012

    Taxpayer may give up on rules, HMRC warns

    Taxpayers’ willingness to play by the rules could be eroded if the public got an exaggerated impression of the use of...

  24. June 25, 2012

    Top tips on reducing inheritance tax

    The government has vowed to get tougher on tax avoidance after HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) said it is investigating tax...

  25. June 22, 2012

    End in sight for ‘aggressive’ tax planning

    Opportunities for wealthy individuals to minimise their tax bills using “aggressive” schemes are certain to shrink,...

  26. June 21, 2012

    PM’s ‘political tin ear’ on tax attacked

    David Cameron’s decision to criticise tax avoidance by Jimmy Carr, the comedian, has prompted unease in Westminster from...

  27. May 31, 2012

    Q&A: Charitable donations U-turn

    The Treasury has announced the cap on tax relief for charitable donations proposed by George Osborne in the Budget is to be...

  28. March 30, 2012

    Delays to tax rebate payments worsen

    HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is getting slower at paying tax rebates, a new survey reveals. Accountants surveyed by...

  29. March 23, 2012

    At last: a nice surprise from the taxman

    ‘Income tax payers will receive a personal statement next year in an effort to increase the transparency of government...

  30. March 18, 2012

    Osborne sets out case for 50p rate cut

    George Osborne on Sunday began the complex political task of explaining how a Budget that abolishes the 50p top rate of tax...

  31. March 7, 2012

    Families spared cut in child benefit

    Hundreds of thousands of middle-class families will be spared a cut in child benefit as part of a Budget that will aim to...

  32. January 26, 2012

    Strike delays self-assessment tax deadline

    Taxpayers have been given an extra two days to file their online self-assessment tax returns due to a proposed strike by tax...

  33. January 26, 2012

    Time is running out to reclaim tax

    Taxpayers who unwittingly paid too much tax to HM Revenue & Customs are running out of time to reclaim it after the taxman...

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