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MPs Warn High Street is Coming Like a Ghost Town

A group of MPs who submit expenses for attending meetings under the brand of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee have warned again on the state of the UK high street, and have, yet again, said what we really need is more in online sales taxes to hit the digital sellers and reinvest the takings in rates cuts for bricks & mortar trades. Read More >>

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MPs Call for 1p New Trousers Tax

Those new trousers people buy that have holes in the knees on purpose should be taxed a bit more, says a group of MPs, which would like a 1p-per-item charge added to the sales price of all new clothes to pay for the old ones that have the wrong sort of unfashionable holes in them, or just aren't stylish enough to wear any more, to be recycled. Read More >>

food
Top Doctor Says Subsidise Fruit & Veg With Unhealthy Food Tax

One of those so-called experts has weighed in again with some advice on how we're supposed to live our lives, calling for much more in the way of taxes on unhealthy foods -- and suggesting that these revenues could be used to subsidise better choices in one dream vision of a healthier UK by the year 2040. Read More >>

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Smart EV Chargers Could be Used to Tax Future Electric Car Owners

The next generation of smart electric car chargers come with the ability to throttle charging rates to alleviate potential bottlenecks in local areas, but there's one additional tool within the chargers that could herald a future in which EV drivers are taxed for their power. Read More >>

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Then They Came for the Little Plastic Windows on Sandwich Packaging

The little plastic window on the sandwich pack that reassures you the person in the factory remembered to put the ingredients in is the latest target in the war on all things plastic, as the government is said to be planning a 15p levy on food manufacturers that sell sandwiches in hybrid cardboard/plastic packaging in order to close the little plastic windows – PERMANENTLY. Read More >>

money
Government Plans £400m Tax Raid on Tech Giants

Yesterday's budget did indeed contain measures designed to increase the tax bills of the transatlantic tech giants, with the chancellor outlining a plan to make as much as £400m a year from the introduction of the UK Digital Services Tax in 2020. Read More >>

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Facebook’s UK Tax Bill Just Rose to £15.7 Million

There's always a lot of outrage whenever it's revealed how much tax big companies are paying, generally because it looks as though they're paying an absolute pittance when compared to the rest of their income. Well for those who feel it's incredibly unfair they can seemingly get away with not paying very much, there's good news. Facebook's tax bill just rose to £15.7 million, which is triple what it had to pay the previous year. Read More >>

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Ireland Not Keen on Cashing Apple’s £12bn Tax Cheque

Apple has paid the massive back tax pile the EU said it owed Ireland over alleged state aid violations, but instead of blowing the money on loads of skyscrapers, high-speed train networks, bridges and tunnels and installing big wheels in every town and city across the nation, Irish politicians are keeping the money safe and untouched in an account. And trying to be allowed to give it back. Read More >>

politics
How Would Jeremy Corbyn’s Plan To Tax Big Tech Actually Work?

It turns out that when Jeremy Corbyn isn’t busy being present but not participating in wreath-layings with dodgy characters, he likes to spend time thinking not about wreaths, but Reithian values. Read More >>

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Despite a Profit Increase, Amazon UK’s Tax Bill Dropped to £4.6 Million

Last year Amazon Services UK generated a £48 million profit and paid a measly £7.4 million in tax, which pissed off a lot of people. Those people are going to be furious this year, because the company was handed a tax bill of £4.6 million - despite profits rising to £80 million. That said it's only having to pay £1.7 million, with £2.9 million being deferred until a later date. Read More >>

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Netflix Joins “Tax-Efficient” Tech Elite With UK Bill of £0

Netflix has truly joined the ranks of the transglobal superjumbo tech titans, as it's gone down the road of complex offshore taxation shenanigans to ensure a UK corporation tax bill of... zero. Not only that, but it somehow wangled a rebate from the government of around £174,000. Maybe that was a thank-you for keeping all the youths inside and sedated in front of their screens? Read More >>

health
The Government’s Thinking About Including Milkshakes in the Sugar Tax

Today is the day that the government's sugar tax goes into effect, increasing the price of any drink that includes more than five grams of added sugar per 100ml. Currently this doesn't affect natural sugar in fruit juice (because it wasn't added later) or drinks that are milk-based due to the high calcium content. That might change, though, with the government warning milkshakes might be thrown into the mix. Read More >>

business
Government Plans New Tax to Catch the Internet Giants

The offshore titans that rinse the UK population for all of its money then book it through Luxembourg, Ireland, Laos or the International Space Station or whatever they do, might be about to trigger a reworking of the tax laws specifically to stop the annual outrage at how little corporation tax these firms pay. Read More >>

environment
Blue Planet II Fuels Reusable Coffee Cup Guilt-Buying Spree

Frontline consumer bellwether Argos claims to have spotted a hot new trend emerging from the chaos of Christmas 2017, with sales of one particularly bearably designed disposable coffee cup rocketing by 537 per cent over recent weeks. Read More >>

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Apple Asked to Pay £136m More in UK Tax

What's been described as an "extensive audit" of Apple's tortuous business arrangements carried out by the HMRC has raised its UK tax bill, with the maker of those telephones everyone's always on about handed a tax demand for an additional £136m as a result of the investigation. Read More >>