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The Daily Mail and HNWI tax

Today’s Daily Mail has the following quote in an article about the tax paid by HNWI in the UK: “More than 2,000 individuals – each worth at least £20million – are suspected of dodging almost £2billion between them. But only one has been successfully prosecuted – and that was back in July 2012. The HM […]

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Apple and Deferred Tax – Will the US get any tax from the Irish structure?

The debate about the state aid challenge to Ireland about Apple has been fascinating and I’ve covered some issues in a previous blog. But what has also interested me  is the discussion about when the US tax on the profits which accrue in Ireland will be paid and which government is foregoing tax to facilitate […]

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State Aid,Ireland, Apple and the US government.

I’ve written a number of pieces about Apple, Google and the Double Irish structure. So I thought that I had better comment on the state aid judgement on Apple. There has been a lot of heat in comments but most have not focussed on the fact that this is a state aid judgement not a […]

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Do people love the Common Agricultural Policy? Opportunities for UK policy.

After the referendum result a number of banners appeared at demonstrations stating “I love the EU”. The question I want to pose is if one loves the EU, does one love the Common Agricultural Policy or CAP? Because you can’t have one without the other. The CAP has been around for a long time, since […]

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How UK Woodlands will benefit from being outside the EU

This blog argues that UK Woodlands may benefit from the UK leaving the EU if tree diseases can be stopped with better import control. It considers the position of Norway, which although a member of EEA does not participate in the Common Agricultural Policy and has greater control over the tree stock in Norway than applies […]

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Opportunities for UK fiscal policy outside the EU

  One of the issues to deal with after the UK referendum vote is that many people went very long in doom and gloom and are now having to short their positions considerably. There will be volatility going forward but we need a sober analysis of both the risks (and we’ve had plenty of that) […]

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Brexit and the “Hunger Games”

The reasons for the Leave vote in the EU referendum have been characterised in many ways over the last 2 days – many of them highly unflattering. A few days ago I wrote: “What is worrying in political terms is the gap between the views of the metropolitan areas and the rest of the country. […]

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Brexit and UK net Immigration – public spending and tax consequences

Not a catchy title but an important one. The referendum approaches and the level of debate is disappointing. It is now accepted that a remain vote will mean continued high levels of immigration to the UK as there appears no mechanism  to control some it given freedom of movement within the EU. What are the […]

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Brexit, Globalisation and Political disenchantment

As the UK EU referendum and the US Presidential election approach there is a common theme in Europe and the US with expressions of political disenchantment with Globalisation and Multilateralism. Commentators dismiss the validity of this disenchantment, in logical terms, but seem less willing to address its causes and the remedies of those causes. I […]

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Tax transparency and UK politicians – the need for simplification and clear policy

The last few weeks have seen a flurry of activity and opinion on transparency for UK politicians as a result of the fall out from the Panama papers. A number of senior politicians have published their tax returns. Much of the comment about the Prime Minister’s tax returns and the Inheritance tax liabilities of bequests […]

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