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UK taxman told to go easy on transformation with Brexit in headlights

The UK government's spending watchdog has warned HMRC is biting off more than it can chew by undergoing major transformational projects while simultaneously coping with the fallout of Brexit. HMRC's transformation programme is not as "deliverable" as planned due to unrealistic assumptions and increased pressure from the …
Kat Hall, 12 Jan 2018
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Apple agrees to pay £136m in back idiot taxes to UK taxman

Apple has agreed to cough up £136m in back taxes to HMRC following an "extensive audit" by the tax man. In its Company's House filing for the year ended April 2017, Apple Europe said: "Following an extensive audit by HMRC the company has agreed to pay the adjustment covering prior years up to September 26 2015. This payment of …
Kat Hall, 10 Jan 2018

UK security chief: How 'bout a tax for tech firms that are 'uncooperative' on terror content?

Tech firms are indirectly costing the UK government millions in "human surveillance" of extremist content and should have a windfall tax levied against them to make up for it, according to security minister Ben Wallace. Wallace said that inaction from internet giants means the cost of tackling terror content is "heaped on law …
Rebecca Hill, 2 Jan 2018

Republican tax bill ready to rescue hard-up tech giants, struggling rich

Wealthy individuals and businesses can direct their underlings to ice the Dom Perignon and fuel their private jets in celebration of the US Senate's expected passage of the Republican tax bill on Wednesday. It would have happened Tuesday but for a procedural problem that required two provisions to be removed from the bill. The …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Dec 2017

Italy leans on Amazon to retrieve €100m in unpaid tax

Amazon and the Italian government have agreed that the online shopping colossus will pay €100m (£88.3m) in back tax for 2011 to 2015, after a year of arguing. In a statement to Il Messaggero (in Italian), the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) said that its relationship with Amazon was back on track, and that it …
Richard Priday, 18 Dec 2017
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Facebook announces ad revenue reroute: When Irish eyes are crying

Facebook has said it will no longer send advertising revenue through Ireland, and instead pay taxes in the countries where profits are earned. In a major overhaul today, the firm said it will make the change in every country outside the US where it has an office. By Dave Wehner, chief financial officer, said: "We believe that …
Kat Hall, 12 Dec 2017
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Apple looks forward to wiping $47bn off its overseas profit tax bill – thanks to US shakeup

While Apple may have to fork out €13bn (£11.4bn) to the Irish government in back taxes, on the other side of the Pond it could gain $47.2bn (£35.2bn) in tax breaks. The US Senate and House are working on shaking up America's tax rules, mostly giving the super-rich tax breaks while giving poor people a rough deal. The draft …
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Escrow you, Apple! Ireland expects Cupertino to cough up to €13bn

Apple has agreed to start paying the Irish government up to €13bn (£11.4bn) next year. A spokeswoman from Ireland's Department of Finance confirmed an agreement had been reached with Apple in relation to the framework of the principles that will govern the escrow arrangement, whereby it will deposit money with a third person …
Kat Hall, 4 Dec 2017
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French activists storm Paris Apple Store over EU tax dispute

French activists on Saturday occupied a Paris Apple Store as part of a campaign to try and shame Cupertino into paying local taxes. According to local reports, around 100 members of an anti-globalisation group called Attac occupied the store, near the Paris Opera, for “several hours”. Agence France Presse quoted Attac's …
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Budget 2017: How to make a downbeat forecast sound better. Say 'tech' a lot?

“The world is on the brink of a technological revolution,” UK chancellor Philip Hammond declared in Blighty's Autumn budget today. “We choose the future; we choose to run towards change, not away from it.” Indeed, lip service to tech featured prominently in the budget – including re-announcing funding for driverless cars ( …
Kat Hall, 22 Nov 2017

Paradise Papers reveal Apple moved bits of biz offshore

Apple has continued to avoid the heavier taxes that some countries would like to exact by moving parts of its company to Jersey, the Paradise Papers have revealed. Outlets that have perused the papers – a large scale leak of financial documents from offshore law firm Appleby – say they show how the company used the firm to …

Boffins befuddled over EU probe into UK's tax rules for multinationals

Experts are mystified as to why the European Commission has launched a probe into the UK tax arrangements of multinationals. Last week the commission opened an investigation into a UK government scheme it claims exempts large companies from anti-tax avoidance measures, believing the dispensation may break EU competition rules …
Kat Hall, 30 Oct 2017
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Watchdog slams HMRC, Amazon over 'dismal' response to UK biz hurt by online VAT fraud

HMRC, Amazon and eBay have not done enough to crack down on overseas sellers evading VAT in the UK, a “dismal” failure that has hit British businesses hard, the House of Commons' Public Accounts Committee said today. The select committee's report, Tackling online VAT fraud and error, warned that online sellers who do not …
Kat Hall, 18 Oct 2017

Hi Facebook, Google, we think we might tax your ads instead – lots of love, Europe x

More details have emerged on the various plans being considered by European governments to force internet giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon to pay more in taxes, including a levy on internet ads and even withholding money for online transactions. Following a letter earlier this month from the finance ministers of Europe' …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Sep 2017

EU's tech giant tax plan moves forward

A proposed plan to make sure that digital giants like Apple, Google and Facebook pay more in tax within Europe has moved forward with remarkable speed and a paper will be put to European governments at the end of the month. That's according to the European Commission's tax commissioner Pierre Moscovici, who told reporters [ …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Sep 2017

Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

Fed up with how Amazon, Google and other American digital giants pay tiny amounts in tax, European ministers are proposing a big change: tax based on revenues rather than profits. A joint letter – signed by the finance ministers of France, Germany, Italy and Spain, Europe's largest economies – is forthright, stating: "We …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Sep 2017
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Corporate criminal tax offences likely to further increase HMRC's use of dawn raids, says expert

"Dawn raids" by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on businesses and individuals are likely to remain high following the entry into force of new corporate criminal tax offences, an expert has said. The number of property raids carried out by HMRC as part of its clampdown on white collar tax evasion has increased by 34% over the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 9 Aug 2017
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Now here's a novel idea: Digitising Victorian-era stamp duty machines

Government tech often gets slagged off for being old and clunky. But spare a thought for the folks issuing stamp duty, who have to handle machines from the 1870s which "close down" at 2pm every day to be cleaned. In a report this week [PDF], the Office of Tax Simplification urged the government to digitise paper stamp duty on …
Kat Hall, 14 Jul 2017

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