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The results are out: how much income tax do you think top earners should pay?
George Bull

22 March 2017

Many of those who had tweeted cogently about tax fairness after the Budget fell strangely silent when I asked them what they regard as a fair share of income tax to be paid by the highest earners. My MP would not be drawn on the point. But I wanted to know what people think. So I asked readers of Tax Brief. The results are now in and analysed below.

NAO urges HMRC to 'farm' wealthiest people for more taxes
George Bull

01 November 2016

Paying the right amount of tax is a principle which underpins the tax system, but a report published by the National Audit Office (NAO) contains the unprecedented recommendation that HMRC should now do more to identify the most effective approaches to maximising the tax revenue paid by the wealthiest people in the UK

Pensions tax the new Chancellor must fix past failings
George Bull

12 October 2016

Nobody will ever criticise former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne for bringing forward too few new tax laws.

Unauthorised pensions withdrawals – does the punishment fit the crime?
Andrew Hubbard

21 September 2016

It is easy to think that after all of the recent legislative changes anybody can get hold of their pensions pot at any time without tax consequences. However, unauthorised payments out of pension schemes can, and do, attract substantial tax charges. Two recent contrasting cases illustrate the point, but also raise questions as to whether the punishment always fits the crime.

Business taxes to remain low, personal taxes to rise after referendum?
George Bull

29 June 2016

Following the confirmation by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that there will be no immediate 'Emergency Budget' following the referendum result, there are nevertheless some clues as to the likely short-term changes in the UK tax system.

Would you publish your tax return? 94 per cent say no!
George Bull

19 April 2016

It’s been the question on everyone’s lips since a number of MPs decided to publish their tax returns - would you be happy to share your tax details with the wider public? We wondered what our readers thought, and the results were overwhelming…

Would you make your tax return public?
George Bull

12 April 2016

With the publication of the tax returns of the Prime Minister, we have passed the point of no return when it comes to tax transparency. But in deciding who should be required to publish their tax information, where should the line be drawn?

Weekly tax brief - 30 March 2016
George Bull

30 March 2016

In this edition of the weekly tax brief, we predict that country-by-country reporting will be on the public record sooner rather than later. We try to get to grips with the complexity caused by tax devolution, provide some top tips for last-minute year-end tax planning and explain why investors will have to get used to greater uncertainty over multinationals’ tax liabilities

Beware Chancellors bearing Budget Day gifts warns RSM
George Bull

09 March 2016

With the referendum on the UK’s EU membership now set for 23 June, the Chancellor is coming under increasing pressure not to rock the boat with more tax hikes on Budget Day.

Errors show online government forms need independent quality control
George Bull

05 January 2016

In RSM’s Weekly Tax Brief dated 22nd December 2015, I looked at the tax consequences of an error which had been exposed in an online form provided by the Ministry of Justice for use in connection with divorces.

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