Archive | December, 2013

Do we measure government receipts and taxes properly?

The FT reports today on the amount of tax which Vodafone pays and comments in particular on the amount paid in the UK: “The report comes with justifications about why Vodafone pays “little or no UK corporation tax”, including listing other investments in building networks and buying mobile spectrum.” Now it seems to me that […]

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Taxing the digital economy – a safe harbour solution?

The first meeting of European Commission‘s group on the Digital Economy met on 12 December and it set me thinking about the issue. I had attended the launch of the Chatham House report on Conflict and Co-existence in resources (a report on which I contributed comments). One of the key issues explored was trying to […]

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“Who pollutes pays” : Greening taxes while preserving social protection mechanisms

I’ve been asked to speak at a conference on this subject on Thursday in Brussels organised by the Spring Alliance and welcome the opportunity. The issue of how and who pays for environmental measures has become a hot political topic and I’m going to write  a few blogs on pricing carbon, electricity supply and coal […]

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