FEED

That was a Budget, apparently

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:40 PM 911 views

I always had trouble with “For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.” Which is a shame, as George Osborne seems to have taken it…

Minimum wage

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 4,731 views

Could you live on the minimum wage? Do you even know what the minimum wage is? It’s £6.31 an hour, if you’re over 21. That’s £227.16 a week if you’re on a 36 hour week. Just under twelve grand a  year.…

Wizengamot

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 7,784 views

So I was at a meeting of the Wizenagemot yesterday… Ah. I probably need to step back a bit and explain? You see, it’s my belief that the debate about tax is divided between two groups. There are the tax…

Binaries

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 953 views

I’m not sure I buy into binaries. There are two kinds of people in the world: those who think there are only two kinds of people in the world, and those who don’t. Here’s a binary for you: either there…

Take the red pill

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 2,897 views

“You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.“…

Transforming legal aid: consultation response

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 1,179 views

OK then – you have until midnight tomorrow (4th June) to reply to the government’s consultation on “transforming” legal aid. Basically, so far as I can see, they want to cut the cost by moving to a US “public defender”…

Closing the enquiry centres: the final response

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 1,337 views

Don’t forget that today is the last day to make your feelings known about the proposal to close HMRC’s face to face enquiry centres. Here’s what I sent: This is an individual response and is also published online, with commentary,…

Language, Timothy!

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 1,044 views

Back to the Mail Online again today for the story about the top dozen UK companies that pay no tax. Serendipitously, there’s some thoughtful material on the same subject from Robert Maas in the last issue of Taxation (behind a paywall, sorry) where he…

Tax prat or muggle?

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 4,782 views

For me, it all started with the Public Accounts Committee under Margaret Hodge. Their questioning of representatives of the Big Four accountancy firms was an object lesson in failure to communicate (the video, all two hours of it, is linked…

Budget suggestions

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 1,399 views

The Treasury website asking for Budget representations is open until 20th February. This is, in effect, a giant electronic suggestions box where any “stakeholder” is invited to put forward ideas for changes that they would like to see as part of the…