Results 1–20 of 2926 for tax avoidance

Scottish Parliament: Feminine Hygiene Products (27 Sep 2016)

Annie Wells: As the equalities spokesperson for the Scottish Conservatives, I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak about the topic. We are all familiar with the debate surrounding the much-opposed tampon tax this year and last, and I was pleased to see the United Kingdom Government acting decisively to rid sanitary products of their 5 per cent VAT rate. In March, UK Government leaders spurred on...

Scottish Parliament: Local Taxation (22 Sep 2016)

John Scott: ...it is certainly the case that no system is universally popular. In view of the history of local government finance in Scotland and across the UK, it is a measure of its resilience that the council tax has lasted—although not without criticism and not without flaws—for the past 23 years. In the past, strong criticism has been levelled against the council tax. Many people will...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: 'A Vision for Northern Ireland outside the EU' (19 Sep 2016)

Claire Hanna: ...that he had. I will look at some of the issues raised. Trebling our infrastructure, regardless of our future, is vital. People look at the Republic and the advances it secured through corporation tax and fail to learn the lesson. Investors are not hanging around just waiting for the right tax deal; they want skills and infrastructure. I have said before that I am from Galway and that I...

Written Ministerial Statements — HM Treasury: Delivering the new childcare offer: trial of the joint childcare service (15 Sep 2016)

David Gauke: Ahead of the introduction of Tax-Free Childcare in early 2017 and the 30 hours extended entitlement for three and four year olds in September 2017, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will trial a new, digital, joint childcare service later this year. The trial will involve around 1500 parents, including some who are eligible for both schemes. It will enable HMRC to extensively test the system and...

Universal Basic Income (14 Sep 2016)

Eilidh Whiteford: ...to bring them up to a basic standard of living and those lucky enough to have had the opportunity to save through an occupational pension scheme depend on that income to top up their state pension. I wonder how we can avoid the risk that the value of a citizen’s income would shrink over time, entrenching poverty for those who would be most dependent on that income. In addition, we...

Cross-departmental Strategy on Social Justice — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (14 Sep 2016)

Margaret Greenwood: ...cannot get to grips with all the other issues talked about in this debate. Of course, this is not just about income. The Panama papers 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, in the last year alone the wealth of the richest 1,000 households in the UK increased by more...

Tax Credits: Concentrix - Statement (14 Sep 2016)

Lord Young of Cookham: ...the enforcement regime. As I said, the system of universal credits has a different approach with every person having a personal adviser right at the beginning, which of course is not the case with tax credits. I think that I am right in saying that Atos had its contract before the 2010 Government came to power but I take on board what she said about the need to be sensitive. I understand...

Social Security (14 Sep 2016)

David Anderson: ...to the House, but it is a shame that the matter could not have been resolved in Northern Ireland. The order is the result of months of negotiations and an attempt to break budgetary deadlock and avoid the potential collapse of the Stormont institutions. I and many hon. Members were glad to see a deal reached and credit the work of all those involved: the parties in Northern Ireland, the...

Tax Credits: Concentrix (14 Sep 2016)

Jane Ellison: I want to be very clear: the Government recognise the importance of tax credits to individuals and families. We all recognise that it is important for this support to reach the people who really need it. That is why HMRC works hard to check that it is making the correct payments, and to tackle any fraudulent claims. We must acknowledge that error and fraud exist in the system, and should be...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tax Avoidance: Property (14 Sep 2016)

Byron Davies: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps HM Revenue and Customs is taking to tackle tax avoidance in the property market.

Scottish Parliament: European Union Referendum (14 Sep 2016)

Neil Findlay: ...mean that we cannot take the railways or the buses into public ownership, and its procurement rules do not allow us to end zero-hours contracts, demand that the living wage is paid to public sector contractors or address the massive scale of tax avoidance across the European continent. Where is the Scottish Government’s challenge to those failings of the so-called free and single...

Tax: Avoidance and Evasion - Question for Short Debate (13 Sep 2016)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I join others in thanking my noble friend Lord Leigh for initiating this important debate, and for his powerful and knowledgeable speech. He made the case for lower taxation underpinned by proper anti-avoidance measures. Throughout the debate there has been a helpful range of suggestions as to how we might do better in this area and a unanimity of objective from all speakers that...

Finance Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (13 Sep 2016)

Baroness Kramer: ...of fascinating speeches that we have heard, the only noble Lord who focused on the Bill to any significant extent was the noble Lord, Lord Turnbull. His description of the complexities of the taxation system—added to rather than diminished by the Bill—left us with our jaws dropping and terror in our eyes. But that has been almost the extent of the discussion of the Finance...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education and Research Bill: Proportionate conditions (13 Sep 2016)

Gordon Marsden: .... It stipulates that the OFS ensures that the conditions applicable to an institution regarding registration requirements, costs and penalties are proportionate to the size and structure of that particular institution. For the avoidance of doubt, I shall be talking specifically about further and higher education, but there are of course alternative providers that might also benefit from...

Digital Economy Bill (13 Sep 2016)

Iain Wright: ...choice for disruptive business models that help improve our prosperity. However, some platforms have shown that, far from increasing competition, some companies dominate markets and stifle or undermine competitors. Global in scale, these multinational companies often avoid national tax requirements, so that although they benefit from the social goods of public investment, such as education...

Scottish Parliament: More Homes Scotland (Investment) (13 Sep 2016)

Alex Johnstone: ...Conservatives will support energy efficiency budget increases in the budget process on which we are about to embark. We also believe that energy efficiency improvements should be reflected in the tax system. Specifically, energy efficiency improvements could be incentivised through land and buildings transaction tax discounts or the business rates system. The SNP should be held to account...

Wales Bill: Transitional Provisions (12 Sep 2016)

Wayne David: ...-powers model. There have been disputes about legislation that the Scottish Government have wanted to introduce in relation to adults and juveniles, and there has been controversy about legislation to replace council tax with a local income tax. A few years ago, there was a famous controversy over the Antarctic, which, apparently, was omitted from the list of reserved powers held by...

Wales Bill: Apprenticeship levy (12 Sep 2016)

Guto Bebb: ...or effective response to youth offending. New clause 9, proposed by the hon. Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (Jonathan Edwards), would open the door to the apprenticeship levy becoming a devolved tax. When introducing the apprenticeship levy, the Government wanted to make the system as simple as possible for employers to operate, and to avoid adverse impacts on the integrated...

Lifelong Learning - Question for Short Debate (12 Sep 2016)

Baroness Garden of Frognal: ...have been made, but relaxing the rules would give great benefit in meeting shortages in the workforce. The second is individual learning accounts, where individuals contribute to their training costs alongside contributions from employers and tax exemptions from government. The scheme fell apart over fraudulent mismanagement, but the basic idea was sound and would be well worth revisiting,...


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