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Today: Mon, September 26 2016  -  Last modified: April, 26 2007
20 April 2016
The other Panama Papers: Playing hide and seek with psychopaths
by Garry Reed
 sub-topic» Taxes

Off-shoring is legal ("legal" being an amorphous concept that can become "illegal" whenever statist rulers think they can personally benefit by making something legal or illegal) and off-shoring has many legitimate uses for everyone. These include requirements for holding property in another country; minimizing and simplifying probate hassles; exercising personal privacy rights, providing asset protection from frivolous lawsuits; creating a broader, internationally diversified-investment portfolio; hedging against dollar inflation, operating a business in another country, and – those amorphous words again – avoiding taxes (legal) as opposed to evading taxes (illegal).

But libertarians have even more legitimate uses for off-shoring. They understand that Governments are predators. Governments are nothing more than self-legalized organized crime syndicates and its organizers are the most avaricious, rapacious, soulless money-grubbing creatures of all.

18 April 2016
Panama, Ethics and the Law
by Eamonn Butler
 sub-topic» Taxes

The solution to this mess is quite obvious. Taxes on businesses and individuals should be so low that it is not worth evading (or even avoiding) them. And much simpler – the more complicated your tax code is, the more places there are to hide in it: and the UK tax code is one of the most complicated in the world. Indeed, George Osborne has made it even more complicated with all kinds of new reliefs, subsidies, schemes, limits and whatever else. If you are worried about money drifting off to Panama, you really need to start at home.

04 February 2016
Why taxes and snooker rules are not that different
by James Knight
 sub-topic» Taxes

For a more generalised indicator about when it is likely to be bad to interfere in the market in terms of negatively affecting people’s behaviour, consider the game of snooker as an analogy. I used to play in two types of snooker league: the open league and the handicap league. In the open league both players would start the game on zero, and the best players had the best chance of winning. However, in the handicap league, based on a points system conditioned by past results, better players would give inferior players a head start in an attempt to narrow the gulf in ability and make the frames more evenly contested.

03 February 2016
Time to reform our broken tax system
by The TaxPayers' Alliance
 sub-topic» Taxes

What really gets me is the politicians pontificating about what companies like Google have paid (or not, as the case may be) when they are only playing by the loophole-ridden rules set by those same politicians in the first place! Many people are understandably angry about the situation and our anger is surely best directed at the politicians with the power to do something about it. I have discussed the issue on Sky News while John O'Connell wrote a commentary for The Sun< on why our broken tax system needs to be fixed and Alex Wild explained in City A.M. why the current corporation tax regime lacks legitimacy.

06 August 2015
Brace yourself: here’s your lifetime tax bill!
by Jonathan Isaby of the TaxPayers’ Alliance
 sub-topic» Taxes

£734,240. That's what the average family hands over to the Treasury in tax over a lifetime, according to new research we publish today. For the average household, worked out over 40 years of work and 15 years of retirement, the bill comes to £253,040 of Income Tax, £146,775 of VAT, £92,795 in Employee's National Insurance and just shy of £60,000 on Council Tax. Imagine what you could do with that in your bank account!

24 July 2015
Is HMRC being given the power of judge, jury and executioner?
by Jonathan Isaby of the TaxPayers' Alliance
 sub-topic» Taxes

As the country continues to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, we have been scrutinising the new powers which the Government wants to hand to HMRC, which fly in the face of the rights enshrined back in 1215. The Direct Recovery of Debts proposal would give the taxman the ability to seize money he believes we owe him directly from our bank accounts, without giving property rights or due process a second thought. Of course those guilty of tax evasion should be properly pursued and brought to justice, but the current draft legislation is deeply concerning, especially when you bear in mind how many millions of tax bills are miscalculated by HMRC each year. Click here to read the legal briefing written for us on the subject by leading barrister Francis Hoar and read commentaries by me for the Daily Telegraph, Dia Chakravarty for City A.M. and Andy Silvester for the Yorkshire Post and ConservativeHome.

20 March 2015
The Spending Plan
by The TaxPayers' Alliance
 sub-topic» Taxes

However, this report isn't just about cutting spending. We are setting out a more positive vision for how we want the country to look. Sustainable spending and living within our means will mean faster growth in a competitive international economy and, crucially, it will mean we can leave more money in the pockets of those who earned it.

12 December 2014
Stamp Duty Stamped Out?
by The TaxPayers' Alliance
 sub-topic» Taxes

Victory! With that passage in the Autumn Statement this week, the Chancellor finally acted on one of the most pernicious taxes one could invent: Stamp Duty.

09 August 2014
The Power to Tax (Progressively) is the Power to Destroy
by John Engle
 sub-topic» Taxes

Furthermore, so long as the tax burden is disproportionately leveled on the few, no one can see the growing size of the state. When a citizen outside the tax base, or on a low rung of a progressive tax system, experiences an increased income through expanded redistribution from wealthier citizens, they only experience the net benefit and not the cost. That creates the perverse incentive to support further redistributions. On the other hand, with a flatter and broader tax, everyone feels the growth of government spending. They can also better understand the costs associated with it, driving them to have more realistic preferences and to make more rational demands of the state rather than treating the rich as a perpetual piggy bank.

09 May 2014
Tax Rebels, Come Out of the Closet!
by Seth King
 sub-topic» Taxes

The same is happening today with cannabis users. People are much more open about their cannabis consumption than they were twenty years ago. And as a result, its usage has become normalized. The peaceful and productive pot smoker is replacing the imagery of the deadbeat, careless, thief. The same level of courage and pride needs to come from us tax rebels. If we try to sneak by we will always be seen as moochers and freeloaders, or rich people who don’t want to pay their “fair share.” The truth is we are principled, compassionate, and productive. We’re somebody’s brother or sister, parent or child.

There are risks in coming out of the closet. But there are risks staying in the closet as well. And if history teaches us anything, the risks are lessened by us openly disobeying. Join me. If you are a tax rebel like me, tell your family. Tell your friends. Tell anybody who cares about you that you do not pay taxes. That is how we will change hearts and minds.

24 March 2014
Pay Taxes or Go Directly to Jail
by Christiaan Elderhorst
 sub-topic» Taxes

Opposing taxation is not an excuse for big business. By opposing taxation we root for the entrepreneurs, small business owners, worker cooperatives and the self-employed. However “Taxation is theft” must be followed by, “and economic privilege is bribery” otherwise it is rendered meaningless to those who truly seek liberty.

07 March 2014
National Insurance: politicians start calling it what it is
by Jonathan Isaby
 sub-topic» Taxes

We have been saying for a long time that politicians need to be honest about how much they are taking from us in tax. This is particularly important with the three chunks of our earnings that are snatched by the taxman: Income Tax, Employee's National Insurance and Employer's National Insurance.

30 December 2013
All I want for Christmas is the abolition of corporation tax
by Tim Worstall
 sub-topic» Taxes

As to why we want to abolish it it is disguised taxation. 90% of the country believes that it is actually the companies that pay it. The other 10% of us are aware that it is the shareholders and the workers (in the form of reduced wages) that do. So better to lay the taxes openly on those who really bear the burden than disguising the cost of government from people.

19 December 2013
What is Fair?
by R. Lee Wrights
 sub-topic» Taxes

The simple but unspoken truth is that it is never right or moral, even if it is legal, to take money by force from one person and give it to another. That is theft. No one, not even the government, has the right to do it. Theft is theft, no matter who is doing the stealing. The claim that most Americans won’t have to pay more in taxes is not a justification. No matter how much you make, it is never fair to take someone else’s money.