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Morally wrong and unfair #London #unfair #taxation #takingadvantage #commonsense #taxpayer #TFL


Here’s another list that I should have started years ago but hey ho….

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1. June 2014 London Congestion charge to rise by 15%. Ever heard of inflation Boris? Just in case you haven’t, it’s currently about 2%, so where’s the justification in a 15% rise in this TAX?

2. July 2013 Diplomats owe over £60m in unpaid congestion charge fines. Just beggars belief in this day and age!

 

 

 

Watch this space for more hypocrisy…

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HM Revenue & Customs: Tackling tax avoidance: Spotlights #QE #BOE #HMRC #tax #taxpayer #saver #pension #hypocrisy

September 9, 2013 Leave a comment

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HM Revenue & Customs: Tackling tax avoidance: Spotlights.

Interesting article from HMRC on tax avoidance.

Go towards the bottom of the page…

Further information, tax planning to be wary of:

Tax planning to be wary of

  • It sounds too good to be true.
  • Artificial or contrived arrangements are involved.
  • It seems very complex given what you want to do.
  • There are guaranteed returns with apparently no risk.
  • There are secrecy or confidentiality agreements.
  • Upfront fees are payable or the arrangement is on a no win/no fee basis.
  • The scheme is said to be vetted by a top lawyer or accountant but no details of their opinion are provided.
  • The scheme is said to be approved by HMRC (it does not follow that this is true).
  • Taxation of income is delayed or tax deductions accelerated.
  • Tax benefits are disproportionate to the commercial activity.
  • Offshore companies or trusts are involved for no sound commercial reason.
  • The involvement of professional trustees is claimed to guarantee that the arrangements succeed.
  • A tax haven or banking secrecy country is involved without any sound commercial reason.
  • Tax exempt entities, such as pension funds, are involved inappropriately.
  • It contains exit arrangements designed to sidestep tax consequences.
  • It involves money going in a circle back to where it started.
  • Low risk loans to be paid off by future earnings are involved.
  • The scheme promoter lends the funding needed.
  • There is a requirement to take out insurance against the failure of the tax planning to deliver the tax benefits.

is it just me, or do some of these sound like the definition of QE?

Common sense?

Carney Cripples Savers for Years With Rates Pledge: U.K. – Bloomberg #savers #pension

September 9, 2013 Leave a comment

cropped-tomb-commonsense.jpgCarney Cripples Savers for Years With Rates Pledge: U.K. – Bloomberg.

Seems a bit harsh to kick Mr Carney in the ‘painfuls’ when his predecessor Mr King failed to even spot the financial crisis. Either way neither will go hungry.

Common sense and fairness, not really!

BBC News – Vodafone: No UK tax to pay on £84bn sale #pension #taxpayer #fairness #HMRC #UK #takingthep

September 3, 2013 Leave a comment

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BBC News – Vodafone: No UK tax to pay on £84bn sale.

What an absolute disgrace.

So whilst hard-working honest people pay through the nose for the mistakes of the banks and the treasury over the past few years, corporate UK walks away again, laughing in the face of HMRC!

No wonder the UK stock market is near a high.

Want to solve the financial crisis and budget deficit? Don’t look at me, look at the NON taxpayers.

Common sense, has the UK government or HMRC got any?

Legal & General, just wondering how this works? #pension #saver #savers #prudence #savings

August 7, 2013 Leave a comment

no wonder the younger generation don't bother saving!

no wonder the younger generation don’t bother saving!

Despite announcing a profit after tax up 15% to £464m yesterday, I was shocked to receive my pension statement this morning showing the following.

According to my statement my fund value has increased by 17% over the past 6 months. Not bad at all to be honest. So why has my projected pension  actually decreased in value?

Something not right here surely?

Common sense, don’t save, just spend spend spend!

Another part of London to be desecrated? #homes #starbucks #mall #EarlsCourt


London Mayor approves £8bn Earls Court plan Ι Construction Enquirer.

Let’s stuff in another 7500 new homes into an already overcrowded city, strain the public transport system even more and more. Make sure there are a couple of tall landmark towers, which are totally out of context with the surrounding residential area and make sure they block out the light to the remaining residents.

Let’s build another multiplex cinema, a Starbucks, a McDonalds, some phone shops, another supermarket and a Nandos.

Earls cLets throw in a couple of hotels as well, build some cycle lanes and narrow the road access for cars. Chuck in another 20 years of transportation chaos and building grime whilst the development is completed, for good measure.

When it’s finally built, we can all moan about how many of the homes are in the hands of overseas investors, either as second homes or as rental units and then we can complain about how much landlords are overcharging.

And finally goodbye to Earls Court, an exhibition and conference venue that has hosted, amongst others, events at the 1948 Summer Olympics, the volleyball events of the 2012 Summer Olympics, music concerts, Motor shows, Ideal home exhibitions and so on.

Does the building itself have some historical and architectural significance or would Londoners prefer another aseptic tall tower block, with a restaurant and a few penthouse flats at the top?

You decide by voting on this poll.

Sorry Boris but I think you’ve really lost the plot.

The benefits of cycling #TFL #London #hypocrisy #twotierbritain #fairness


bikeTfL Figures Show Bikes Are 25% Of London Rush Hour Traffic | Londonist.

On the face of it these figures look very encouraging. After all, where else in the world can you use the roads under the influence of alcohol, drive up one way streets the wrong way, drive through red traffic lights and best of all, no tax, no insurance, no laws.

Hardly surprising that there is so much ‘congestion’ in London with cars and buses trudging behind the cycling revolution. Lucky that motorists are paying all the taxes to keep the roads in good order then.

Common sense, get on your bike! #free #lawless #society