tax Archive

  • A warning for fiscal federalism

    The financial crisis claims another victim.  The Californian city of San Bernardino is going bankrupt.  Its liabilities are rising but its revenues are not, with the result predicted by Mr Micawber.  There is a lesson to be learned. Not the obvious one, that governments cannot […]

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  • The case against Rupert Murdoch

    Passing judgement on Rupert Murdoch appears to be today’s fashion, and this blog is not one to shirk a challenge.  His dislike of the EU is well-known, as are the anti-European opinions of his newspapers, as is the eurosceptic influence he has had on British […]

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  • Another corporate tax dodge

    Another corporate tax dodge

    This is, I suppose, the time of year for things to come back to life, and stories of corporate tax avoidance are among them.  It is reported this morning that online retailer Amazon pays no corporation tax on profits in the UK, despite sales revenue […]

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  • The global super-rich: a problem or an asset? (27 March 2012)

    The global super-rich: a problem or an asset? – wealth, taxes, and inequality in the age of austerity A seminar organised by the Global Policy Institute Date: Tuesday 27 March 2012 at 5.30 for 6.00pm Location: London Metropolitan University, Main Lecture Theatre (JSM-34), 31 Jewry […]

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  • Strike!

    Trade union leader Dave Prentis was on the radio this morning, while up to 2 million public sector workers are on strike protesting at cuts to their pensions, criticising the government’s approach to sorting out the public finances.  Why should the poorest bear such a […]

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  • Fair shares at the IMF?

    Conservative MP and leading critic of the EU John Redwood has complained on his blog about the cost of participating in the IMF bailout for Greece.  He does not think that the bailout is working and should not be pursued by anybody, but if other […]

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  • How corporate tax evasion can be tackled worldwide

    Letter in the Financial Times, published 20 December 2010 Sir, Contrary to Michael Skapinker’s fears, a crackdown on corporate tax evasion can be delivered with something less than world government (“Companies face the people’s fury over taxes”, December 14). An international treaty to agree a […]

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  • How to make companies pay tax

    Saturday is a day of action by tax campaigners UK Uncut against companies that do not seem to be paying their fair share of tax.  I have some reservations about the campaign even while endorsing the basic principle. A particular concern is the way that […]

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  • EU taxes: who decides?

    Janusz Lewandowski, member of the European Commission responsible for the budget, has floated the idea of introducing a new tax to finance the European Union independently of the member states.  The tax base, that is, would be independent, not the decisions about whether and how […]

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  • Where should non-doms pay tax?

    Labour and the Liberal Democrats are in uproar today over the news that Tory vice-chairman and major donor Michael Ashcroft is a non-dom, that is to say he pays tax in the UK as though he were a foreigner resident here but whose permanent home […]

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