Tag Archives: scotland

Rangers EBT “Big Tax” Case off to Supreme Court

The liquidators of the past owners of Rangers football club have been granted leave to appeal to the Supreme Court in their employment benefit trust (EBT) case. Known in Scotland as the “Big Tax Case” concerns Rangers past use of … Continue reading

Posted in Tax and Accounting News | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

SNP Does Well for Scotland on Devolved Tax

The SNP government in Edinburgh has done very well for Scotland in the new block grant and devolved tax powers negotiations with the UK Treasury. In particular the deal protects the Barnet formula, under which Scotland gets extra money to … Continue reading

Posted in Tax and Accounting News | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SNP Calls for VAT level Playing Field for Fire and Police

The Scottish Nationalist Party in debates on the budget have called for a level playing field for input VAT recovery by fire and police in Scotland. Most government and public sector bodies can claim back indirect tax costs. If they … Continue reading

Posted in Tax and Accounting News | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

English Tax Decided by English Votes ?

Election tax promises continue, now with the Conservatives launching an English mini-manifesto promising English votes for English laws, including tax. Despite the protests from nationalist parties in other countries of the UK the logic and basic, democratic fairness is inescapable. … Continue reading

Posted in Tax and Accounting News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tony Blair Tells Us What to Think

Tony Bair has, I think, been unfairly castigated for giving a speech in which he said membership of the EU was too important for the people to decide. But what he is reported as saying was “…following the Scottish referendum … Continue reading

Posted in Tax and Accounting News | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Pros and Cons of Scottish Fiscal Independence

The SNP says if it could it would cut all fiscal ties to the rest of the UK. The devo-max plan would help with fiscal and economic autonomy for Scotland to stand alone. This might also include ending the Barnett … Continue reading

Posted in Tax and Accounting News | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tax Rates in England Decided By Other Countries

The problem of the unfair and undemocratic way England has its taxes rates decided partly by other countries within the UK, but not the other way around, keeps haunting the election campaign. William Hague reportedly summed it up as “We … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment