EU Takes Ireland to Court Over Unpaid €13bn State Aid Bill

Apple hasn't paid Ireland the vast amount of tax it was deemed to owe as the result of a competition investigation into how it handles its European tax affairs, so the European Commission is launching legal proceedings in the European Court of Justice to force Ireland to recover the bill. Read More >>

Now the EU is Going After Amazon for Back Taxes [Updated]

[Update]: The EU has ordered Amazon to pay €250 million (£221 million) in back taxes after the EU determined three quarters of the company's taxes had not been taxed. According to European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager Luxembourg had allowed the retailer to pay "substantially less tax" than other businesses. Such deals are illegal under EU law. Read More >>

Booksellers Demand Tax Changes to Thwart Amazon

Amazon's latest tax return created its usual amount of controversy, with everyone suddenly an expert in international taxation laws and thinking it a bit odd that a company so big can somehow end up paying what appears to be such a small tax tab in the process. Read More >>

Amazon UK’s Tax Bill Was Only £7.4 Million Last Year

Get ready to put on your angry hat and start ranting about a company that you'll never stop doing business with, because it's been revealed that Amazon UK's 2016 tax bill was a mere £7.4 million. That's 50% lower than the £15.8 million it paid the previous year. Read More >>

Plastic Straws are the “Ultimate in Wastefulness” and Should be Taxed to Death

The little plastic drinking straws that are the highlight of any trip to a pub or restaurant for a child are EVIL, it turns out, and should be taxed out of existence due to the fact that they're tough to recycle and are the sort of fiddly little thing it hardly seems worth recycling anyway, so off to the landfill site for the next million years they go. Read More >>

Campaigners Want the Sugar Tax on Sweets as Well

Campaigners are already demanding that the Sugar Tax that's about to be added to overly sweet soft drinks should be expanded, with anti-sugar lobbyists suggesting that adding the levy to all confectionary and forcing manufacturers to reduce sugar or raise costs should be next. Read More >>

It’ll Probably Always be a Man Delivering Your Stuff

A survey of people who work in the vague world of the "gig economy" has found the work is massively tilted toward being a MAN JOB in some areas, with delivery drivers and cyclists most likely to be men -- and women sticking to selling services and products from home. Read More >>

We Should Pay by the Mile to Drive Our Future Whizzy Cars

People with calculators thinking of ways to keep the road network financed when we're all driving things that don't require vehicle tax to be paid have had an idea; charge people by the mile. Bin the current system entirely and make people pay vehicle duties when they actually do some driving. Read More >>

Government May Expand Congestion Charge to Everywhere Stinky

The government is keen on having some of the same riches that London hoovers up via its congestion charge scheme, and is considering introducing the idea of forcing commercial drivers and some car owners to pay to drive through the middle bits of towns and cities to 35 locations across the country. Read More >>

London’s £10 Banger Tax Arrives in October

London's pressing ahead with plans to introduce its "Toxicity Charge" later this year, with the scheme adding an extra £10 to the cost of driving some older models of car into the city from October 23. Read More >>

HMRC Told to Stop Cosying up to the Super Rich

A group of MPs operating as part of the public accounts committee has had a good old look at how HMRC handles the bloated tax affairs of the super rich, and has come up with a list of ways the national tax collector needs to toughen up. Read More >>

One Third of the “Super-Rich” are Being Investigated for Tax Fiddling

The National Audit Office has released a collection of data covering the tax affairs of the super-rich in the UK, saying that around one third of all people in the richest of the rich category are being investigated by the tax department in some way or another due to the complicated tax worlds they live in. Read More >>

Facebook Still Liking the UK’s Soft Tax Regime

The Facebook accountants have been working their magic around the fringes of UK tax law again, with the biggest internet thing in the entire world somehow ending up with a tax credit of £11m for the last year -- a windfall that can be used to offset any taxes in the future, should it ever actually declare anything taxable. Read More >>

How an IBM Typewriter and Snail Mail Lead to the Release of Trump’s Tax Returns

In a fine example of vintage journalism, New York Times reporter Susan Craig landed a scoop that every newshound in the world wanted—a copy of Donald Trump’s tax returns. For that, we have old fashioned mail and an IBM Selectric typewriter to thank. Read More >>

Wales Prepares to Go it Alone on Taxes for the First Time in 800 Years

The Welsh Assembly is making its poor members read a 220-page document all about property tax, as Welsh authorities push ahead with a plan to ditch stamp duty on property sales and replace it with a new tax. A tax that'll stay in Wales and become part of their budget to do with as they please. Read More >>