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Westminster Debate on VAT Discrimination on Big Seller Sites

A Westminster Hall (WH) debate is scheduled in Parliament for Thursday 14th on VAT evasion and internet retailers. A WH debate allows MPs to debate an issue outside of government control of the Commons. The problem is discrimination against UK … Continue reading

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HMRC Phasing-Out Use of Premium 0845 Numbers

HMRC is phasing out its use of 0845 telephone numbers and moving to 03 numbers. According to the government 03 number costs up to 9p a minute from landlines and 40p a minute from mobiles, similar to calling a geographical numbers. This compares to … Continue reading

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Government Consultation on State Marriage Ceremonies Outdoors

A non-tax item but as a lawyer my eye was caught by a government consultation on allowing non-religious groups to conduct their own form of state recognised marriage ceremony outdoors. The problem is English law on selected state recognised religious marriage is based … Continue reading

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Italy Cancels Non-EU Internet Tax

The new Italian government has announced it is to cancel the introduction of an Italian tax on non-EU internet companies paying no, or little, Italian tax on Italian profits from Italian sales. Eamon McNicholas Tax Barrister, Accountant

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UK Selling Visas on eBay?

In another “What do we get for our tax?” piece I was interested as a tax barrister in proposals for the UK to auction off visas to wealthy visitors to settle. Criticised by some as an Ebay culture. In evidence … Continue reading

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Possible Increased Taxes for English, Welsh and Northern Irish Taxpayers

The governor of the Bank of England, the UK central bank, has warned of possible increased taxes for the remaining UK if an independent Scotland tried to keep the UK £ Sterling. But England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with no … Continue reading

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Tax and Human Rights

As a tax barrister I have an interest in human rights to help clients. So a radio piece today by an MP seeking to amend how the Human Rights Act works was intriguing. A big complaint some MPs have is … Continue reading

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Energy Taxes

The future of energy taxes has been in the headlines again following more big prices rises by the energy companies. Ex-prime minister Sir John Major this week floated the idea of a special tax levy on energy companies. Now the … Continue reading

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VAT for Clubs and Associations

An updated notice 701/5 Oct/13 has been issued by HMRC this month on VAT for clubs and associations. Always a handy guide for anyone running a member club as the VAT can be complicated sometimes. Changes to note in this … Continue reading

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Rising Tax Take on Rising Energy Bills

The government tax take from energy bills was £1.7 billion last year and is set to rise again on the back of the latest hikes in energy bills. The Treasury points out that under European law the VAT on energy … Continue reading

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