I read an article recently which argued that it’s not helpful to criticise those who are “merely making legitimate use of UK legislation in a lawful and appropriate way”.
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Simon Sweetman was an inspector of taxes for 18 years. He left the Inland Revenue in 1989 to join Chartered Accountants Scrutton Goodchild & Sanderson, later part of Scrutton Bland, where he was successively a senior manager and later a partner. He has been an independent consultant since 2001. He is a former member of the tax policy unit of the Federation of Small Businesses and the small business working group of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
A man, a plan, a canal, Panama as the palindrome goes. Well, rather a lot of men and a lot of plans.
So George, having gone for an Ides of March budget (so how do we cast this?
Don’t we wish we all had perfect, well-behaved clients?
So on 23 June we get to vote in or out (or was that Cameron or Johnson?). Let us read the runes (now an official substitute for opinion polls – they can’t do any worse).
It must have seemed like a good idea at the time, a bright spark in David Cameron’s mind.
Google (or, at least, one of its avatars) is to pay £130m in tax to the UK, apparently after discussions and an agreement with HMRC. Not enough, they all cry. And what about Amazon, Microsoft and everyone else who trades online and internationally?
This is the week, first of all, that I get to feel old and out of touch (again). Does the death of David Bowie mean a great deal to me? No.
Morsels of information in the Autumn Statement report indicate that by 2020 individual taxpayers will be expected to report and pay their liabilities every quarter via their new digital tax accounts, says Simon Sweetman.
Outrage upon outrage! Not content with all his other sins against humanity, The Chancellor is changing the law to make cricketers’ benefits chargeable to income tax. It would never have happened in the old days, we cry, when respectable politicians were members of MCC.