Tax

The Coffee House podcast: David Cameron’s tax headache

11 April 2016 15:24

David Cameron has bowed down to pressure by publishing his tax return and now the Chancellor has done the same.…

Cameron’s handling of the tax row means it won’t go away any time soon

11 April 2016 10:24

David Cameron will give a statement in the Commons addressing the row about his tax arrangements, with George Osborne expected…

Tax boost for savvy savers

11 April 2016 10:09

Savers have been handed some much-needed support at the start of the new tax year, but the number of government…

Most people try to avoid tax – the rich are just better at it

10 April 2016 12:08

However wicked tax evasion is and however distasteful some tax avoidance may be, people should imagine a world without tax…

David Cameron’s tax returns tell us nothing. So why did he publish them?

10 April 2016 6:44

It’s just as well that David Cameron abandoned his career in public relations because he seems to be comically (or,…

Lily Allen in a spin over David Cameron’s offshore trust stake

8 April 2016 17:47

Oh dear. David Cameron’s bad day just got worse. After he admitted to previously owning shares in his father’s offshore fund,…

‘Cameron comes clean’: Newspapers savage PM after offshore tax confession

8 April 2016 7:48

This morning’s newspapers were never going to make enjoyable reading for the Prime Minister following his admission yesterday that he…

Budget blues: who will be the biggest losers?

14 March 2016 9:25

A song is buzzing around my head. ‘It’s the same the whole world over: It’s the poor what gets the…

Scottish Labour, peering into the abyss, wake up and decide to do something

2 February 2016 16:45

Last week Kezia Dugdale, the leader of the Scottish Labour party, ventured south to the Imperial capital to brief the…

Does John McDonnell have any savings for a rainy day?

1 February 2016 16:26

It is very sporting of John McDonnell to release his tax return for us all to inspect. It is reassuring…

Google tax row is convenient for Labour

27 January 2016 9:04

In the Google tax story, which continues to run in the papers today, Labour has found a theme that it…

Google plays the global tax game – and charitable moves aren’t common

26 January 2016 18:52

When George Osborne announced at the Conservative Party conference in 2014 that he would force companies such as Google, Facebook…

MPs hammer Treasury ministers on ‘completely unacceptable’ sweetheart deal for Google

25 January 2016 17:57

Even though, as Fraser argued last week, Google has done nothing wrong in agreeing to pay £130 million to settle…

Google obeys tax laws, and gives us awesome services for free. Why complain?

23 January 2016 12:06

If Google hoped for some good PR in offering £130 million to settle UK tax claims dating back to the…

This is not the end of ‘austerity’ – the IFS verdict on George Osborne’s Autumn Statement

26 November 2015 13:45

This is not the end of ‘austerity’. A swathe of departments will see real terms cuts. On the other hand…

Does George Osborne really want to make himself the scourge of the strivers?

6 November 2015 11:59

Without George Osborne, we’d probably be living under Prime Minister Ed Miliband right now. His value to the government goes…

A beginner’s guide to Corbynomics

3 August 2015 15:37

‘Corbynomics’, aka Jeremy Corbyn’s plans for the UK economy, has entered the Westminster lexicon today. It appears to consist of…

A British policeman shouldn’t take orders from a radical Islamist preacher

23 June 2015 16:58

Each year Anjem Choudary earns more in benefits than a soldier does starting off in our armed forces. This is…

George Osborne must implement Charlotte Church tax reforms – and urgently

6 June 2015 7:42

As the Chancellor prepares his post-election Budget, he faces an obvious opportunity. Throughout the last general election campaign, we heard from…

Why is big business so interested in left-wing politics?

29 May 2015 10:23

Numerous commentators have noted how the Irish marriage referendum was influenced by big business, especially Californian-based companies like Google. It’s one…

Don’t Labour tax advisers pop up in the funniest places?

19 May 2015 14:10

Remember Jolyon Maugham, the QC who had fifteen minutes of fame during the General Election campaign when he ‘advised Labour…

Politicians seem to fetishise laws that bind their own hands

29 April 2015 16:09

What is the point of government passing a law to stop it doing something when it can just as easily…

At last, tax receipts are surging as Osborne’s recovery continues

23 April 2015 13:20

The economic good news continues. Until now, the Achilles’ heel of the recovery was weak tax revenue – in part…

Are the Conservatives being honest about their new minimum wage policy?

14 April 2015 20:07

The Conservatives have sent out a campaign email from David Cameron this evening promoting their key manifesto pledges. You’d expect…

In defence of the 1 per cent: a Spectator debate

13 April 2015 17:12

Ed Miliband’s manifesto can be boiled down to the simple act of shaking his fist at the wealthy. Yes, the…