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Government Tax Targets Attract Criticism

The Treasury Select Committee has criticised the government’s current tax targets. In particular, the Committee has questioned the accuracy of the expectations on which these targets are based. An example used to illustrate this point was the yield that came from tax agreements with countries such as Switzerland. The deal carried a target of £3 […]

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Government Dismisses PAC Recommendations

According to minutes from a recent meeting, the government has dismissed a number of recommendations from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). The recommendations relate to issues such as the tax gap and the way HMRC accounts are reported. Specifically, the PAC suggested that the government should be more transparent about the alleged limitations of the […]

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UK Steps Up Efforts Against Offshore Account Holders

The UK is to expand its efforts to target holders of offshore accounts who are avoiding UK tax. A new campaign aimed at offshore tax evaders has been launched following the agreement of a new global information-sharing deal. So far 42 different tax jurisdictions have signed up to the new information-sharing initiative, which was agreed […]

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Record Number of Self-Assessments Filed

A record number of self-assessments was filed at the end of January. This comes in part because HMRC stood firm on the 31st January deadline, despite many calling for it to be pushed back until the 3rd of February. With a rise in self-employment in the past tax year and a record number of new […]

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50% Tax Rate “Not Anti-Business” Says Balls

Ed Balls has defended Labour”s pledge to bring back the 50% top rate of tax. In particular, he has insisted it does not mean that his party has an “anti-business agenda.” Ed Balls Wants To See Tax Rates Falling Balls also said that even though those earning over £150,000 would pay more in tax, he […]

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Bitcoin Taxation Under Review

Bitcoin Is Being Used For Tax Evasion & Money Laundering The taxation rate of the popular virtual currency Bitcoin has come under review by HMRC. The review comes amid concerns that the currency could currently be used for tax evasion purposes or even for money laundering. Concerns Raised Against The Attached Bitcoin VAT Rate Concerns […]

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Government Grants Tax Cut of £200 per Employee

The government is set to introduce an employment allowance in April. This will result in a tax saving of £200 for each employee. Thanks to this allowance, employers are set to save nearly £5.5 billion by the end of the current parliament, according to figures from the treasury. The allowance will also reduce employers’ total […]

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690 Convictions for Tax Fraud in 2013

HM Revenue and Customs have confirmed the number of tax fraud convictions made in 2013. It has been revealed that almost 700 perpetrators of fraud where discovered and convicted. Tax Fraud Convictions Have Risen Since 2012 2012 saw only 477 successful convictions as a result of HMRC’s efforts to combat tax fraud. In 2013, this […]

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Record Numbers of Christmas Tax Returns

The number of tax returns submitted over the three core days of the Christmas period has reached a record. The number has been rising for several years, and continued to do so in 2013. The busiest of the three days was Christmas Eve. Roughly 17,000 people chose the day before Christmas to submit an online […]

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“Overcomplicated Tax Rules” says OTS

The Office of Tax Simplification has said that the rules surrounding employee expenses are a complex “minefield,” and said that they need to be updated. The rules in question have remained unchanged since the 1990s. For example, the OTS has highlighted the example of a restaurant bill. They have suggested it should simply be an […]

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