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Written Answers — HM Treasury: Landfill Tax (23 Feb 2017)

Jane Ellison: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) takes a risk-based approach to tackling all non-compliance, including those relating to Landfill Tax fraud. This means that it does not routinely allocate compliance budgets for individual taxes, but instead responds flexibly with civil and criminal investigations based upon the risks involved. For Landfill Tax, over the past five years HMRC has issued 51...

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Sector Co-investment (23 Feb 2017)

Lewis Macdonald: ...and United Kingdom Governments. The Scottish Government and its agencies have offered help to some of those who have lost their jobs, which is welcome, and the UK Government has acknowledged that tougher times require a different tax regime, which is welcome, too. They have also acted on the recommendations of the Wood review to establish a new and powerful regulator in the Oil and Gas...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (23 Feb 2017)

Maurice Golden: ...I disagree with that analogy, I would welcome the cabinet secretary for finance making more of an attempt to grow our economy. The finance secretary is fully aware that he has the power to vary tax rates by band and to introduce new bands, and thus it is entirely possible for him to avoid forcing hard-pressed Scottish families to pay more than the 42 per cent marginal rate of tax. If we...

Cerberus Capital Management: Purchase of Distressed Assets (22 Feb 2017)

George Kerevan: I accept what the Minister is saying—it has been justified by the National Audit Office—but in the assessment of the bid from Cerberus, was any account taken of the likelihood that it would use tax avoidance measures to complete the sale?

Local Government Finance (22 Feb 2017)

Gareth Thomas: ...” in business rates. Why did the current group of Ministers not think to analyse its consequences a little earlier? How can it possibly be fair that the overall business rates bill for Amazon, which has avoided paying much in corporation tax despite making huge profits, has gone down while family-run businesses that have existed on local high streets for decades face huge rises in...

Council Funding and Social Care — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (22 Feb 2017)

Jim McMahon: I need to make progress, with all due respect, so that the Minister can give a meaningful response to the debate. Even with the 25% council tax increase, which will obviously put pressure on low-income families, particularly in areas with a low tax base, there will still be a £2.6 billion adult social care funding gap. The money will not even pay for a national insurance contributions...

Scottish Parliament: Digital Economy Bill (22 Feb 2017)

Fergus Ewing: ...of their families. That is a good thing. A second example concerns tackling fraud. Regulations under the bill’s fraud provisions could allow Revenue Scotland to share specific data with other Government departments to help to reduce tax avoidance and evasion, and to help to maintain the tax revenue that is available to support Scotland’s public services. I submit that that,...

Scottish Parliament: Industrial Strategy (22 Feb 2017)

Keith Brown: The UK Prime Minister has suggested that the way to avoid the threats of a hard Brexit is to turn back the clock to a low-tax, low-regulation economy with the associated loss of the workers’ rights, environmental and social protections and public services that we fought so hard for, even though we cannot hope to compete with—[ Interruption .]

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 Feb 2017)

Lord Davies of Stamford: ...Luton if they go ahead with the takeover of Vauxhall in this country. There is no doubt at all that every other multinational automotive manufacturer in this country will want the same kind of treatment and will have to get it. So the British taxpayer is faced with having to pay out a lot of money for this purpose to reward the shareholders of these international companies, and have no...

Criminal Finances Bill: Proceedings under this Schedule (21 Feb 2017)

Diane Abbott: We in the Opposition broadly support the thrust of this legislation, and we have noted that the Minister has proved to be a listening Minister, which we welcome. Tax avoidance and money laundering are the opposite of victimless crimes. In the first instance, there are inflated asset prices in the territories where the money is laundered, and there is no bigger example of that than the housing...

Criminal Finances Bill: Failure to Prevent an Economic Criminal Offence (21 Feb 2017)

Rupa Huq: ...Man managed to rack up 8,000 entries in the Panama papers and is being singled out by the Canadian revenue authorities for investigation. Let us not forget that in October 2015, HMRC defeated the Isle of Man on a tax avoidance scheme that took place from 2001 to 2008 and left a hole in our finances of £200 million. That is a not insignificant sum, and it is money going from our...

Public Bill Committee: Local Government Finance Bill: Power to remove or reduce mandatory reliefs in cases of business rates avoidance (21 Feb 2017)

Marcus Jones: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving us the opportunity to discuss the important matter of business rate avoidance, which the new clause seeks to address. New clause 11 would provide billing authorities with power to treat any hereditament to which section 43 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 applies as if it were subject to section 47 of that Act where they have reasonable grounds to...

Criminal Finances Bill: Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs: removal of restrictions (21 Feb 2017)

Carolyn Harris: We on the Opposition side support the spirit of the Bill and broadly support this group of amendments. We welcome new provisions to prosecute those professionals who fail to prevent tax evasion, as well as welcoming unexplained wealth orders, under which assets can be seized if owners are unable to explain how they were funded. We, of course, support the Government’s effort to tighten...

Criminal Finances Bill: Unlawful conduct: gross human rights abuses or violations (21 Feb 2017)

Ben Wallace: .... In particular, these amendments have been prompted by the harrowing case of Sergei Magnitsky. Magnitsky was not a serious criminal; he was a lawyer who tried to blow the whistle on large-scale tax fraud in Russia, and he believed that he would be protected by the law. Unfortunately, he died in state custody in 2009 after suffering both mistreatment and assault, and being denied medical...

Public Bill Committee: Local Government Finance Bill: Commencement and short title (21 Feb 2017)

Marcus Jones: ...of all sizes up and down the country, as well as business groups and others with an interest, such as rating agents and think-tanks. A clear message from those responses was a majority in favour of retaining a property-based tax. Respondents agreed with the Government’s view that property-based taxes were easy to collect, difficult to avoid and had a clear link with local authority...

Public Bill Committee: Local Government Finance Bill: Business improvement districts: property owner arrangements and levy (21 Feb 2017)

Marcus Jones: The hon. Gentleman is talking about businesses being very mobile. Is that not one of the challenges that we face? One cannot easily avoid paying a property-based tax. That is why generally Governments of all colours have stuck with a property-based tax, rather than moving to a different system, where multinational companies may seek to avoid that situation.

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