Results 1–20 of 2765 for tax avoidance

Anti-corruption Summit — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (3 May 2016)

Jon Ashworth: ...countries to thrive, and the absence of corruption is one of those conditions. The Opposition welcome the summit because, as has been said many times in this debate, some campaigners estimate that illegal tax evasion, corrupt deals for natural resources and money laundering cause between $100 billion and $2 trillion-worth of money to flow out of developing countries every year. Estimates...

Business of the House (28 Apr 2016)

Paul Flynn: ...ago, is now employed by industry in China—presumably using his insider knowledge—whose firms are in competition with British firms. Some 70% of former senior civil servants who worked on income tax are now working in the tax avoidance industry. When can we debate the need to euthanise the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, which should be a fierce Rottweiler watchdog,...

HMRC: Building Our Future Plan (28 Apr 2016)

David Gauke: Back in November, HMRC announced important changes to how it would operate. Its aim was simple: to create a modern, efficient organisation that would continue to protect this country’s tax revenues, while, at the same time, providing better value to the taxpayer. HMRC is determined to make sure that it is better able to focus on its core priority—to bring in more revenue by...

The Economy - Motion to Take Note (28 Apr 2016)

Viscount Hanworth: ...All the while, they have been fondly imagining that the UK economy can be revived by encouraging investors from overseas. One of their encouragements to investment has been a regime of low business taxes. Our corporation tax rate of 20% is one of the lowest in Europe. It compares with the OECD average of 25%. The measures by which we protect our workers from exploitation by their employers...

Public Bill Committee: Investigatory Powers Bill: Terms and conditions of appointment (28 Apr 2016)

Joanna Cherry: ...of three years, at which time their renewal will come up. If the amendments are made, the term of appointment will be six years, which is probably quite long enough to be doing this sort of important and taxing work, and there will be no renewal thereafter. The six-year terms would allow the commissioners to develop their expertise and avoid any concerns about stagnation. Importantly,...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Bank Services (27 Apr 2016)

Lord O'Neill of Gatley: ...’ set out that a vote to leave the EU would be the start, not the end, of a process. It could lead to up to a decade or more of uncertainty. One consideration for the UK Government would be how to avoid regulatory gaps in the UK’s domestic legislative framework once the EU Treaties ceased to apply. This would involve questions over how existing EU law could or should be adopted...

Backbench Business: Social Security (Equality) (26 Apr 2016)

Debbie Abrahams: ...issue is about not just income but wealth. If we think back a few weeks to when the Panama papers were published, they revealed the shocking extent to which the assets of the richest are kept in offshore tax havens, where tax is avoided and evaded. According to the Equality Trust, another good source of data, in the past year alone the wealth of the richest 1,000 households in the UK...

Immigration Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (26 Apr 2016)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: ...the principle that we have a duty to work and contribute to society should appeal to all noble Lords, on whatever Benches they sit. The potential financial savings from allowing asylum seekers to work include reduced asylum support costs and increased tax revenue. In addition, asylum seekers will have increased disposable income which they can then spend in the wider economy. There will...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tax Avoidance (25 Apr 2016)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total amount of lost revenue to the United Kingdom from the tax avoidance of UK citizens revealed by the Panama Papers.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tax Evasion: Prosecutions (25 Apr 2016)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many UK citizens have been prosecuted for non-payment of taxes in the last 10 years; and how many of these were prosecuted for avoiding paying 1,000 or less.

Council Tax Valuation Bands Bill [HL] - Committee (22 Apr 2016)

Lord Marlesford: ...because the existing system is totally out of date. It is totally irrelevant. One has only to note the public complaints that there have been about the fact that the difference between the council tax paid by the humblest dwelling and the most expensive, luxurious penthouse in London is only 3:1. My noble friend spoke about fixing on particular dates. Indeed, it is fixed on the date of the...

BBC Charter Review (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (21 Apr 2016)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: ...independence it needs to thrive and ensuring that it is efficient and fit for purpose in a much-changed media landscape. It is for this reason that we do not agree with the committee’s suggestion that the licence fee should be set by a regulator. To respond to the noble Lord, Lord Young of Norwood Green, the licence fee is essentially a tax and should therefore be government-led. The...

Business of the House (21 Apr 2016)

Chris Grayling: ...would be the best First Minister for Scotland. If the SNP is successful in May, it will be interesting to see how it adapts to having the powers that it will have to wield and the decisions it will have to take, including tax decisions. So far the SNP has studiously avoided taking tough decisions in Scotland. It has demanded more powers, which it seldom uses, and tried to convince us that...

Horserace Betting Right - Question for Short Debate (20 Apr 2016)

Lord Donoughue: ..., noting that they are under more pressure than at any time in my lifetime, and that we will resolve any legal challenges and the familiar problem of European Union state aid. Of course, we might avoid many of these problems if we take the free market approach so lucidly expressed by my noble friend Lord Lipsey. His experience is greater than that of most Members in this House. I have...

Companies: Overseas Territories Registration - Question (20 Apr 2016)

Baroness Anelay of St Johns: ...or not there is transparency only in cases where there is a revelation that might assist with prosecutions, either in the civil courts or criminal courts, on matters such as evasion or aggressive tax avoidance. That is a wider issue, but the right reverend Prelate is right to say that it is one that we ought to be pursuing.

Scotland Act 2016 - Question (20 Apr 2016)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: The Scotland Act transfers very considerable income tax powers across all bands to the Scottish Parliament. Is the noble Lord aware that the Scottish National Party has now abandoned its long-held policy to restore the 50p additional rate because it anticipates that 7% of additional ratepayers in Scotland would configure their tax affairs to avoid paying taxation in Scotland? What are the...

Cardiff Coal Exchange (20 Apr 2016)

Stephen Doughty: ...HMRC. I am deeply concerned. Given the investigations into these schemes in the past and the risk of their not being approved, where does the liability lie? We also ought to ask, given the current climate and concerns about tax avoidance and transparency: is this the right scheme to be funding this sort of building? Should we be assisting wealthy individuals and shadowy funds to avoid tax...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Taxation (20 Apr 2016)

Diane Abbott: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to reduce tax avoidance and tax crime in the UK's overseas territories and Crown dependencies.

Bank of England and Financial Services Bill [Lords]: Appointments relating to Part 1 (19 Apr 2016)

Richard Burgon: ...have not been accepted by the Government. The leak of the Panama papers in the past fortnight has reawakened public concern about our financial system. There has been publication of thousands of documents detailing the systematic use of tax havens for the registration of secretive trusts and shell companies that are serviced by UK banks and that hold trillions of pounds out of reach of...


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