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    1. February 23, 2017

      Traders hiss while Labour is split over the business rates rise

      A watertight rule of changing the tax system is to ensure there are no losers — or at least not half a million vocal...

    2. February 22, 2017

      UK government under pressure to raise billions ahead of Budget

      A tax on robots. A new healthcare levy. A squeeze on tax reliefs. With the UK tax burden about to rise to its highest...

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    1. February 21, 2017

      UK on course to borrow less than forecast

      The UK government is on course to borrow less than was forecast this financial year, according to the Office for Budget...

    2. February 18, 2017

      Raising business rates will change London irrevocably

      Napoleon called the British a “nation of shopkeepers”. While Nelson was defeating Napoleon’s plans to invade Britain at...

    3. February 17, 2017

      Business rates revaluation boosts northern economy

      Mark Davies is toasting the business rates revaluation across England and Wales that has provoked anger among business...

    4. February 16, 2017

      Are you due a tax refund — or is it a fake HMRC email?

      A “simple piece of code” helped Revenue & Customs block 300m fake emails last year as part of an ambitious effort to...

    5. February 16, 2017

      Record numbers submit tax returns on time

      A record 10.8m people submitted their annual tax returns by midnight on January 31, with nearly 33,000 filing online in...

    6. February 16, 2017

      The tax system should reflect the changing way we work

      I am a lover of tax trivia, as regular readers of this column will know. And I have a statistic that may surprise you....

    7. February 15, 2017

      Amazon is not to blame for UK property tax woe

      Property taxes on businesses in many parts of the UK — London in particular — are going up sharply. Business rates are...

    8. February 15, 2017

      Bumper CGT take follows HMRC purge on non-compliance

      HM Revenue & Customs collected an additional £140m of capital gains tax (CGT) last year as the Revenue sought to crack...

    9. February 13, 2017

      Businesses face ‘astronomical’ rise in rates bills

      At the base of One Hyde Park, a development of luxury flats in London, is a reminder why some say Britain’s system of...

    10. February 10, 2017

      Candy brothers intimidated associate, court told

      A former seafood entrepreneur who is suing the property developers Nick and Christian Candy told a court he was...

    11. February 10, 2017

      Do good and save tax — invest in social enterprise

      Tax breaks for social investment will expand fivefold this April, in a move designed to boost the uptake of deals that...

    12. February 10, 2017

      Fifteen ways to reduce your tax bill

      Do you feel you pay too much tax? Would you like to find ways to cut your bills? You are not alone. While taxes remain...

    13. February 10, 2017

      Bulk of English councils plan to increase local taxes

      Almost every English council is preparing to raise local taxes, with 80 per cent saying they need more money to cover...

    14. February 8, 2017

      Theresa May accused of buying off Tory-run council to drop tax vote

      Jeremy Corbyn has accused Theresa May of using a “sweetheart deal” to buy off Surrey county council after it threatened...

    15. February 7, 2017

      HMRC sets out plans to keep trade ‘moving smoothly’ post-Brexit

      The UK tax authority has set out plans to keep trade “moving smoothly” post-Brexit, in evidence hailed by some MPs as a...

    16. Fast FT

      February 7, 2017

      Uncertain growth and unfair taxes: 5 charts from the IFS' Green Budget

      The Institute for Fiscal Studies released its annual ‘Green Budget’ earlier today, predicting that the UK’s tax burden...

    17. February 7, 2017

      Tax burden to hit highest level for 30 years, says IFS

      The UK’s tax burden will rise to its highest level for over 30 years — despite further cuts to public service spending...

    18. February 6, 2017

      New HMRC fraud unit collects £5bn of taxes

      Fraud investigators at HM Revenue & Customs recovered nearly £5bn of revenues last year, as pressure intensified on the...

    19. February 5, 2017

      Rise in business rates favours online retailers over high street

      New business rates that will apply from April will skew competition further in favour of online retailers at the cost...

    20. February 3, 2017

      Family trust funds in decline as tax liability rises

      What does this show? It shows that family trusts have sharply fallen out of fashion. Their numbers have dived by 27 per...

    21. February 3, 2017

      ‘Costly and unfair’ tax differences need reform, says think-tank

      The UK needs sweeping reforms to tackle “costly, inefficient and unfair” differences in the way the self-employed,...

    22. February 2, 2017

      Businesses face £280 cost for HMRC digital drive

      Millions of businesses, landlords and the self-employed face costs averaging £280 when they implement the government’s...

    23. January 30, 2017

      Self assessment: ‘appeal against fines for late filing’

      A charity is urging taxpayers with a “reasonable excuse” for missing Tuesday’s self-assessment deadline to appeal...

    24. January 27, 2017

      MPs urge tax authorities to get tougher on multimillionaires

      MPs have called for a tougher stance on taxing the wealthy, urging HM Revenue & Customs to tackle the perception that...

    25. January 26, 2017

      The prime minister’s transparent Brexit bluff

      The Supreme Court has ruled, and Theresa May will seek parliament’s approval before triggering talks to leave the EU....

    26. January 25, 2017

      Tax change set to create non-dom teenage property tycoons

      Plans to impose inheritance tax on the properties of wealthy foreigners could end up benefiting upmarket nightclubs and...

    27. January 24, 2017

      Lawyers fight back over HMRC offshore crackdown

      Revenue & Customs has clashed with lawyers over plans to make them divulge the names of clients with offshore trusts...

    28. January 20, 2017

      Nine out of 10 accountants think UK tax office is not improving

      Despite the efforts of Britain’s Revenue & Customs, nine out of 10 accountants say it has not become any cheaper or...

    29. January 19, 2017

      Is Theresa May’s Brexit Plan B an elaborate bluff?

      Theresa May this week summoned EU diplomats to the ornate Long Gallery of Lancaster House for a classic British power...

    30. January 18, 2017

      Have you fallen into an income tax trap? 

      If your income rises by £100, how much of it will you keep and how much will vanish in tax? Most of it, in many cases....

    31. January 17, 2017

      Risk of outsourcing HMRC tax credit crackdown outweighed benefit

      The UK taxman’s experience with outsourcing the detection of tax credit fraud was so negative it ended the contract...

    32. January 16, 2017

      Budget ‘rabbits’ a symptom of flawed policymaking, says report

      Budget “rabbits” — the surprise tax measures used by chancellors to make favourable headlines — are a symptom of flawed...

    33. January 14, 2017

      UK is rushing plans to digitise tax returns, MPs warn

      Philip Hammond is facing a backbench rebellion as MPs warn that radical plans to digitise the tax returns system are...

    34. January 14, 2017

      Betting tax change set to boost UK horseracing industry

      The UK horseracing industry is to receive a windfall of tens of millions of pounds through the reform of an “outdated”...

    35. January 13, 2017

      Inside HMRC’s digital tax contact centre

      The seventh floor of a Salford tax office block is quietly humming, as nearly 100 officials answer taxpayers’ queries...

    36. January 11, 2017

      How to fill out your self-assessment tax return

      Tax does not have a reputation for generating excitement, but last year more than 385,000 taxpayers left it until...

    37. January 10, 2017

      Should I pay inheritance tax in the UK or Ireland?

      My late father was domiciled in Ireland. When he died, he left a substantial portfolio of shares in certificate form....

    38. January 10, 2017

      Taxman reconsiders office restructuring plan

      HM Revenue & Customs has been forced to rethink “unrealistic” plans for a sweeping restructuring of its offices, the...

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