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Tax: how Amazon passed the Slough test and prospered

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HMRC believes Amazon has no fixed place of business in the UK. Perhaps it needs to look again at what goes on in BerkshireThe way companies are taxed has changed with the way corporations have developed in the last 100 years, expanding beyond national borders. The emergence of substantial international...
Tax: how Amazon passed the Slough test and prospered

SimpleTax launches in the UK to take the pain out of self assessment tax returns

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Freelancers can rejoice, not because the tax season is upon us, but because there is a company launching its service in the UK that wants to make the process easier. SimpleTax streamlines the UK self-assessment process with its online service, and it is recognised by HMRC so it will even...
SimpleTax launches in the UK to take the pain out of self assessment tax returns

18 UK government departments commit to new digital strategies to improve services for citizens

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The UK government has been hard at work this year to turn around the digital ways in which the public can find services and information more easily. Earlier this year the Government Digital Service (GDS) set out guidelines that were so popular that even Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly media applauded...
18 UK government departments commit to new digital strategies to improve services for citizens

Whitehall hopes to shave 'conservative' £100m off PC bill

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HMRC man eyes NHS and local government The government expects to cut at least £100m off its annual personal computing bill under an HMRC led standardisation program.…...
Whitehall hopes to shave 'conservative' £100m off PC bill

Letters: Tax avoidance distorts the market

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The elaborate and artificial structures used by Starbucks and other multinational groups do not only save them tax (You do evil, MPs tell Google, 17 May) - they also give them a built-in competitive advantage, because the same dodges are not available to domestic competitors in the markets in which...
Letters: Tax avoidance distorts the market

Cyber fraud threatens welfare reform, warns minister

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Online security risks pose serious threat to government's Universal Credit flagship welfare reform project, says Lord FreudCyber fraud and identity theft pose the most serious threat to the implementation of the government's flagship welfare reform project, Universal Credit, a government minister said as he outlined potential problems facing the project...
Cyber fraud threatens welfare reform, warns minister

HMRC's new online tax calculator crashes hours after launch

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New tool aimed at improving transparency crashes after 400,000 taxpayers attempt accessHM Revenue & Customs has apologised after an online calculator designed to show users how much tax they were paying and how it was being spent crashed under the weight of traffic.It said 400,000 people tried to access the...
HMRC's new online tax calculator crashes hours after launch

A sign of the times: The UK government turns to Flickr to help catch £765m tax fugitives

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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has posted to Flickr the photos of 20 individuals that have collectively defrauded the UK government of £765 million ($1.2 billion), BBC reports. If you’ve got a bad feeling about that new couple next door, you might want to check the HMRC photo stream to see...
A sign of the times: The UK government turns to Flickr to help catch £765m tax fugitives

Letters: Google searches for the right way on tax

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Google CEO Eric Schmidt says his company should "pay the taxes that are legally required" (Report, 27 May). In that case, Google should pay UK corporation tax on all its operations in the UK. That is what is legally required. It is not legally required for Google to route its...
Letters: Google searches for the right way on tax

Revenue warns of scam emails offering tax refund

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Beware emails claiming you are due a tax refund and asking for your bank detailsTaxpayers are being warned to look out for scam emails claiming to be sent by HM Revenue & Customs, after almost 80,000 phishing messages about tax rebates were reported in 2012.The emails state that HMRC has...
Revenue warns of scam emails offering tax refund

From super-fast internet to greener energy: how do George Osborne's statements stand up?

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Saving millions from the 45p tax rate, super fast broadband and a lower deficit. How do some of the Chancellor's key quotes stand up to scrutiny? We asked Guardian correspondents and experts what they thought"[The 50p tax rate] raises at most a fraction of what we were told – and...
From super-fast internet to greener energy: how do George Osborne's statements stand up?

Investigate eBay over tax payments, says Margaret Hodge

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Public accounts committee chair calls on HMRC to examine alleged avoidance of £300m in VAT by Luxembourg-based firmThe online auction site eBay should face an investigation into possible unpaid VAT owing to its complex tax arrangements, according to the chair of the parliamentary public accounts committee.Margaret Hodge called on HM...
Investigate eBay over tax payments, says Margaret Hodge

HMRC Tax Calc – consumer app of the week

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Want to work out how much tax you pay and how the government actually spends it? This is the app for youApp: HMRC Tax CalcBy: HM Revenue & CustomsPrice: FreeAvailable on: iPhone and AndroidWhat is it?"A new tax calculator enabling people to work out how much tax they pay and...
HMRC Tax Calc – consumer app of the week

Gov.uk launches in beta, bringing all the UK government’s services under one roof

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Last May, we reported on the UK government’s AlphaGov website, which was its attempt to centralise all its online information within a single domain. The Alphagov.co.uk website launched on May 11th, with its introductory gambit saying: “Alpha.gov.uk is an experimental prototype of a single UK Government website. It aims to...
Gov.uk launches in beta, bringing all the UK government’s services under one roof

Ebay traders under HMRC tax spotlight

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HMRC's ongoing tax dodging crackdown targets regular eBay traders and those who buy items to sell them on at a profitIf you are a regular eBay trader and haven't been declaring your income, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise.As part of its ongoing crackdown on tax dodging, HM...
Ebay traders under HMRC tax spotlight

Budget 2010: HMRC officers to get powers to open people's post without asking permission - Telegraph

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Budget 2010: HMRC officers to get powers to open people's post without asking permission - Telegraph

Customs urged to investigate UK spyware firm

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Surveillance tech firm Gamma International denies selling to oppressive regimes and says it complies with export controlsHuman rights campaigners have called for an investigation into the British surveillance technology company Gamma International, which they accuse of exporting controlled surveillance products without licences to regimes with dismal human rights records.Gamma International...
Customs urged to investigate UK spyware firm

Labour dragged into new tax row over £1.65m share donor

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Party likely to be further embarrassed by revelation that John Mills is linked to firm accused of exploiting tax loopholesThe businessman who gave the Labour party £1.65m-worth of his company's shares belongs to an investment scheme operated by a firm that has been accused by one of the party's most...
Labour dragged into new tax row over £1.65m share donor

iXBRL – the final nail in the spreadsheet reporting train wreck?

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iXBRL is only a matter of weeks away and panic has set in. On AccountingWeb, Excel expert Simon Hurst makes a valiant effort at seeing if he can make Excel produce a valid set of iXBRL tags. In telling words he says:If you use tax and accounts production software...
iXBRL – the final nail in the spreadsheet reporting train wreck?

Tax avoidance: time for a FairTax logo to reward the good guys | Michael White

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HMRC will never name and shame tax avoiders so what about a FairTrade-style labelling system to reward those who can pay and will payAfter I bought a book on Amazon the other day I got an email asking if I had been satisfied with the service provided. With the firm's...
Tax avoidance: time for a FairTax logo to reward the good guys | Michael White

HMRC has questions to answer over Amazon and Google's tax bills | Nils Pratley

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Surely when a company employs staff in the UK to conduct trade with UK customers it is doing business in the UK - if HMRC thinks its hands are tied it had better explain whyAre Amazon and Google the lucky beneficiaries (or shameless exploiters, if you prefer) of tax rules...
HMRC has questions to answer over Amazon and Google's tax bills | Nils Pratley

Firms must pay their fair share of tax - this is war | Jackie Ashley

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A report by MPs on the tax dodges employed by multinationals is incendiary - and ought to unite politicians to actWednesday's autumn statement will be full of big numbers and arguments about fairness. But Monday's report from Margaret Hodge's public accounts committee on how the biggest companies dodge their fair...
Firms must pay their fair share of tax - this is war | Jackie Ashley
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