Tax avoidance

Who decided that keeping money in ‘paradise’ is a crime? We should all thank havens

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Maybe we should blame John Grisham. In his breakthrough best-seller The Firm, the young lawyer Mitch, played by Tom Cruise…

Rachel Johnson’s diary: My brother’s whopping tax return

16 April 2016 9:00 am

With hindsight maybe it was silly for me to bleat, ‘As everyone knows, the Johnsons are neither posh nor rich’…

The Camerons of the ancient world boasted about the tax they paid

16 April 2016 9:00 am

As Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell whinge away about how rich David Cameron’s family is, they might consider that in…

Tax avoidance and the wisdom of pitchfork-waving crowds

16 April 2016 9:00 am

In a way the headline to my fellow columnist Dominic Lawson’s Sunday Times commentary on 12 April said it all.…

Stop chasing the PM’s taxes: focus on the bad stuff that really matters

16 April 2016 9:00 am

There were moments last week when I was ready to give up journalism and retrain in a less unsavoury profession…

Sex, lies, dominatrixes and tax returns - the sorry state of British scandal

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Call this a scandal? A few years ago, it wouldn’t have made the cut. If any reporter had taken the…

I confess it all... I’ve been dodging tax since the age of eight

16 April 2016 9:00 am

As someone who still entertains hope of becoming a member of Parliament one day, I’d better come clean about my…

How to make the rich pay more tax

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The 11 million documents leaked from Panama lawyers Mossack Fonseca tell us much that we know already. It’s hardly news…

West Heslerton and other villages with one careful owner

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Squire power The village of West Heslerton in Yorkshire was put up for sale at £20 million after its owner,…

Hate tax havens? Try imagining a world without them

9 April 2016 9:00 am

However wicked tax evasion is and however distasteful some tax avoidance may be, people should imagine a world without tax…

Why Ratan Tata is still Britain’s greatest inward investor

9 April 2016 9:00 am

If asked to pick the UK’s inward investor of the century so far I would, without hesitation, name Ratan Tata,…

A big hand for the two-faced tax hacks of the Guardian

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Something odd happened at the Guardian on Monday as the paper’s editorial staff were basking in the glow of their…

Don’t expect Mr Bear to go back into hibernation anytime soon

The bears are here to stay – but we’ll survive

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Like Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant, we’ve just been savaged by a bear but we’ll probably survive. Leading UK-listed stocks…

How Labour’s 50p tax trick has ended up helping George Osborne

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Last week’s public borrowing and tax-receipt figures, headlined ‘Chancellor hails biggest monthly surplus in seven years’, received considerably less attention…

Why did the House of Lords ever have a rifle range?

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Gun lords The House of Lords shooting range is to be turned into a cupboard, having previously survived an attempt…

I don’t know why I’m against tax avoidance (and I bet you don’t either)

21 February 2015 9:00 am

On the face of it, the moral case against tax avoidance seems pretty straightforward. If you’re a UK taxpayer and…

Lord Green must answer for HSBC’s sins – but maybe it was always too big to manage

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Stephen Green — the former trade minister Lord Green of Hurstpier-point, who became this week’s political punchbag— was always a…

Why the real winner from George Osborne’s ‘Google tax’ could be Nigel Farage

4 October 2014 9:00 am

George Osborne’s promise to crack down on multinational companies’ avoidance of UK taxes by the use of impenetrable devices such…

How ancient Athens beat tax avoidance

21 June 2014 8:00 am

The taxman will soon be ordering those planning dodgy tax avoidance schemes to declare them beforehand and pay the full…

Why Gary Barlow should hang on to his OBE

17 May 2014 9:00 am

‘Strip him of his knighthood!’ Or life peerage, or CBE, OBE — or whatever. The cry goes up with a kind…

My tax avoidance tip – win literary prizes!

17 May 2014 9:00 am

David Cameron is said to want a woman to be chairman of the BBC Trust, now that Chris Patten has…

I’m scared to admit to being a Tory in today’s C of E

1 March 2014 9:00 am

I am training for ordained ministry at a Church of England theological college. I am a trainee vicar, if you…

What Vodafone should do with its huge windfall: invest it in the next Vodafone

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Vodafone, which has just collected an £84 billion windfall from the sale of its 45 per cent stake in Verizon…

The free market didn’t kill Detroit: blame bad managers and worse unions

27 July 2013 9:00 am

One of the best articles I ever commissioned as an editor was an account by James Doran of a road…