Nadhim Zahawi’s SLAPP results in disciplinary action for his lawyer. Why it happened, and what it means.
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by Dan
1w ago
Nadhim Zahawi’s attempt to silence me has now resulted in disciplinary action for his lawyer. This is a short piece on why it happened, and what it means – for the lawyer, for SLAPPs, and for Zahawi himself In July 2022, Nadhim Zahawi’s solicitors, Osborne Clarke, threatened me with libel for saying that Zahawi had […] Source ..read more
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Avoiding VAT on school fees – the risks parents and schools are taking
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by Dan
1w ago
We wrote in January about some of the ways private schools might try to avoid Labour’s proposed 20% VAT on school fees. One approach we mentioned – paying years’ of fees in advance – is now being widely used. We are concerned that schools and parents are not fully understanding the risks that these advance […] Source ..read more
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Half the British public doesn’t understand income tax
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by Dan
1M ago
New polling evidence from Tax Policy Associates and WeThink shows that half the public doesn’t understand a basic principle of income tax: the way that tax rates apply to income above a threshold. Our polling suggests that 50% of people believe that, once you hit the higher rate threshold, the 40% higher rate applies to […] Source ..read more
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Are you living with your spouse? The unreal world of capital gains tax
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by Dan
1M ago
It’s very hard for normal people to understand tax legislation, and it’s often equally hard for tax lawyers, unless they have a deep familiarity with the rules. Here’s an example, promoted by the Angela Rayner CGT controversy (although I don’t believe this point has any bearing on her position). A couple who are not living […] Source ..read more
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The Post Office’s top priority is covering-up its mistakes
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by Dan
1M ago
The Post Office’s incompetent compensation process left thousands of postmasters with large tax liabilities. When we revealed this, the Government forced the Post Office to fix the situation – but the Post Office did so far too slowly. New Freedom of Information Act disclosures reveal that, when we identified this new problem, the Post Office’s […] Source ..read more
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The Post Office has finally stopped intimidating postmasters into silence; but it’s too late
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by Dan
1M ago
Aside from the labelling of nil offers which we accept was inappropriate, and without waiving privilege in their advice, our legal advisers confirmed that the 'Without Prejudice' label on offers of financial compensation was entirely correct and proper as a matter of law and recommended that we keep the labelling on such offers. Source ..read more
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Less Tax for Landlords’ tax guru expelled from the ICAEW
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by Dan
1M ago
Less Tax for Landlords was the trading name of the One Consultancy Group. It was badly named, because its incompetence means many landlords are now paying more tax. Most of LT4L’s key staff were salesmen who, by their own admission, know nothing about tax. They relied on LT4L’s co-founder Chris Bailey. Bailey was previously severely […] Source ..read more
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“No tax for genocide” – an anti-tax cult, and its false claim you can legally stop paying tax
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by Dan
1M ago
There’s a campaign claiming that you can legally stop paying tax to protest the war in Gaza, or even that it is illegal for you to pay tax. None of the claims have any legal basis – they originate in a racist US anti-tax cult. The man behind the campaign used the same arguments to […] Source ..read more
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Public attitudes to paying more tax to fund the NHS
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by Dan
1M ago
The Sunday Times has a report on the poor state of NHS infrastructure. Thanks to pollsters WeThink, we polled public attitudes to paying more tax to provide the NHS with additional funding. We found a majority against raising tax, and few of those in favour of raising tax willing to pay more than £100 per […] Source ..read more
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The Lib-Dem buyback tax won’t raise £2bn, and could raise nothing
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by Dan
1M ago
The Lib Dems are proposing a 4% tax on share buybacks that they say would raise £2bn/year. It’s based on a similar proposal in America. But circumstances in the US and UK are very different. This means that the rationale for the US tax isn’t terribly relevant to the UK and, more importantly, that Lib […] Source ..read more
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