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Tax Reliefs Not Being Monitored by HMRC

The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament was shocked this week to learn HMRC had no systematic method for monitoring tax reliefs. This after the National Audit Office has reported over 1,100 separate reliefs worth £100 billion a year. To be … Continue reading

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HMRC Used Anti-Terror Law to Investigate its Own Whistleblower

The Public Accounts Committee was shocked to find HMRC had used anti-terror laws to investigate a whistleblower from within HMRC. In Parliament this week the Committee questioned HMRC about an ex-HMRC employee who blew the whistle to the Committee itself … Continue reading

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Taxes: Schools, Hospitals and Having to Use A&E

As a tax barrister I often hear a Treasury line that taxes pay for schools and hospitals. But that also means the government has to honour it’s side. So I was intrigued that a report urging NHS England patients not … Continue reading

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HMRC Bias to Smaller Business?

Parliament has criticised HMRC for not being fair in chasing tax. The Public Account Committee chair, Margaret Hodge, was reported as saying “[HMRC] pursues tax owed by the smaller businesses but seems to lose its nerve when it comes to … Continue reading

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Europe Consults on VAT and State Sector

The European Commission has launched a consultation on the future of VAT in the State sector and exemptions for public benefit. With increased privatisation across Europe the 1970s-style divide still at the heart of VAT between broadly non-taxed public and … Continue reading

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Bank / Public Holidays in England and Wales in 2014

Especially for tax fans, here is a list of bank / public holidays in England and Wales in 2014: New Year’s Day January 1 Good Friday April 18 Easter Monday April 21 Early May Bank Holiday May 5 Spring Bank … Continue reading

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