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  1. September 21, 2014

    Calls to end national insurance tax subsidy for self-employed

    A hidden tax subsidy for the self-employed has risen by two-thirds to £2.9bn over the past two years, sparking calls for a...

  2. September 19, 2014

    Scottish tax powers afoot despite ‘No’

    The Scottish electorate may have voted against independence, but promises of enhanced fiscal autonomy look set to open the...

  1. September 18, 2014

    Tax changes hit wealthy foreign homebuyers

    A little-noticed tax change has levied another blow on foreign buyers of luxury London homes, adding to the slowdown in the...

  2. September 17, 2014

    A first blow against corporate tax avoidance

    Governments across the developed world have long been concerned by the need to crack down on corporate tax avoidance. As...

  3. September 12, 2014

    First tax demands sent to avoidance scheme investors

    The first wave of controversial new tax bills has been sent by the tax authority, as part of a government strategy to...

  4. September 12, 2014

    Scotland after the vote: tax

    Whether or not the Scottish electorate elects to remain part of the UK next week, the country’s tax regime will not be left...

  5. September 9, 2014

    Businesses face ‘double whammy’ over rates bills

    A Bristol newsagent facing a 500 per cent increase in business rates is among 67,000 small firms in England facing...

  6. September 7, 2014

    UK’s prime housing market hit by tax changes

    Tax rises on high-value properties, along with the prospect of a “mansion tax” and the uncertainty caused by a looming...

  7. September 5, 2014

    HMRC child benefit letters cause confusion

    Letters issued by the tax authority to high-earning couples about child benefit charges have caused “widespread confusion”,...

  8. 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...

  9. September 5, 2014

    HMRC seeks severe fines for tax evaders

    Savers and investors who have kept assets offshore should make use of disclosure facilities to settle with the UK tax...

  10. August 29, 2014

    Cash Isas drop as investment picks up

    Savers put away less money in tax-efficient individual savings accounts last year as banks offered investors some of the...

  11. August 25, 2014

    Tata Steel calls for reform of UK business rates

    One of the largest companies investing in the UK has called for reform of Britain’s business rates, arguing they are...

  12. August 22, 2014

    Stamp duty receipts top £1bn

    The Treasury collected more than £1bn in July from stamp duty on property sales, for the first time since the financial...

  13. August 19, 2014

    Osborne goes after offshore evaders

    The UK tax authority will on Tuesday set out details of plans to make it easier to prosecute people who hide money offshore,...

  14. August 15, 2014

    Banks warn George Osborne on HMRC tax grab plan

    British banks have warned the chancellor of the exchequer that HM Revenue & Customs is not competent enough to be trusted...

  15. August 15, 2014

    UK house price boom set to lift inheritance tax revenues

    The boom in house prices is soon expected to propel inheritance tax revenues to their highest share of the economy since the...

  16. August 15, 2014

    Taxing wealth on death is nothing new

    When Sir William Harcourt, a Liberal chancellor, introduced a top tax rate of 8 per cent on estates of more than £1m in...

  17. August 14, 2014

    HMRC says offshore trusts cannot use settlement facility

    A potential loophole that promised to cut the costs of settling tax avoidance disputes involving offshore trusts has been...

  18. August 10, 2014

    HMRC turns spotlight on inheritance tax in avoidance crackdown

    A tax avoidance crackdown is set to turn the spotlight on previously undetected inheritance tax planning schemes, where HM...

  19. August 8, 2014

    HMRC reverses non-dom tax treatment

    The tax authority has unexpectedly withdrawn a concession to wealthy foreigners living in the UK, giving many less than two...

  20. August 6, 2014

    Fairer fixes for the public purse lost in a chancellor’s drawer

    Between 2003 to 2007, when I was head of the Government Economic Service, I led the writing of three reports. The one on...

  21. August 1, 2014

    Inheritance tax take nears pre-recession levels

    Inheritance tax receipts are approaching their pre-crisis peak, rising to £3.4bn in 2013-14 on the back of rising house...

  22. August 1, 2014

    MP criticises Uber for ‘opting out’ of UK tax regime

    The row over the future of the London taxi market reignited on Friday after an influential MP said new entrants such as...

  23. July 31, 2014

    George Osborne reaps rewards from taxing ‘envelopers’

    In 2012, George Osborne, the UK chancellor, jacked up taxes on people who used companies to buy expensive residential...

  24. July 31, 2014

    Tough puzzle of who owns property held in offshore vehicles

    Property ownership through an offshore company evokes an image of a rich foreign buyer wanting to protect their privacy and...

  25. July 31, 2014

    Tax haven buyers set off property alarm in England and Wales

    At least £122bn of property in England and Wales is held through companies in offshore tax havens where ownership is...

  26. July 28, 2014

    Small businesses attack new HMRC powers

    Small business lobby groups have attacked plans to allow HM Revenue & Customs to seize unpaid tax directly from bank...

  27. July 27, 2014

    Supermarket tax ‘would push up food prices’, says UK government

    An attempt by English councils to impose a tax on large retailers to boost smaller community enterprises is likely to be...

  28. July 25, 2014

    Escaping poor cash savings rates

    I am risk-averse and retain my non-pensions savings in a cash Isa, the value of which has been eroded over the past five...

  29. July 25, 2014

    HMRC offers contractors six months to settle £430m tax dispute

    Thousands of contractors in IT, finance, consulting and healthcare have been given six months to settle a £430m dispute with...

  30. July 24, 2014

    Google pays £21.6m tax in UK, where revenues are $5.6bn

    Google’s UK operation paid £20.4m of corporation tax on its profits in 2013, according to accounts filed at Companies House...

  31. July 24, 2014

    Bookies lose on UK gambling tax proposals

    The threat of a new gambling tax sent William Hill and Ladbrokes slumping on Thursday. The bookmakers dropped after the...

  32. July 22, 2014

    UK taxman criticised over £10bn IT costs

    HM Revenue & Customs has been lambasted by an influential MP for its “unacceptably poor” management of its multibillion IT...

  33. July 22, 2014

    Stamp duty revenues hit £10bn

    The government raised £10bn through its tax on property transactions in the year to the end of June, as a combination of...

  34. July 20, 2014

    Yes or No – Scotland looks set for significant fiscal change

    Britain has become so transfixed by the idea that Scotland could become an ­independent country that it has paid relatively...

  35. July 18, 2014

    Q&A: Accelerated payment notices

    The UK tax authority this week published a list of more than 1,000 schemes that it considers tax avoidance vehicles, and...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. July 14, 2014

    Norway shows how to boost oil exploration

    Those tasked with overhauling Britain’s fiendishly complicated North Sea tax regime could do far worse than look at Norway....

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