Tax amnesty for tax evaders

For decades those who are self employed and get work cash in hand have been hard to keep track of and make sure that they are paying tax as well as declaring all money that they earn. Now HMRC have had enough and are offering all self employed tradesmen a tax amnesty before the crackdown […]

Council house rent arrears, tenant cannot be evicted

A landmark case was brought to the Supreme Court just recently when a council tenant had rent arrears of £3,500 but under the new European human rights ruling couldn’t be evicted. A single mother from Hounslow with four children in her care and raking in an impressive £15,000 in benefits was granted permission to stay […]

Bait and switch

What is bait and switch? This is when a service or product is advertised at a low price to draw in customers but then swapped for a higher price service instead. A common one circulating is leaflets advertising carpet cleaning at a price too good to be true. Usually under £15 for an average sized […]

Negative reviews and defamation law

The defamation laws are clear; you should not say publicly (on television for example) anything about another person that could injure his/her reputation unless you can prove that what you say is true. Having said this, you are entitled to your opinion, but have to careful in the way that you express it if you […]

Domain laws

You might think that there are no regulations governing the use of the internet, but you would be wrong. The law was slow to get into gear as regards protecting copyrights, trademarks and domain names, but it is now up and running. If you have a business and you want to drive traffic to it […]

Tax evasion – How the wealthy are doing it

Tax evasion is illegal; it is punishable by fines and/or a prison sentence. The term covers a wide variety of money related crimes, including not paying taxes at all; paying some tax, but not declaring everything; and money laundering activities. This list is not exhaustive. There have been many famous cases where tax evaders have […]

Double taxation

Double taxation may be payable if you live abroad but work in Britain or if you live in Britain, but work abroad. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs have agreements or treaties with most countries, which mean that an individual or company does not have to pay tax twice on the same money earned, or gained […]

Tax avoidance – Is it legal?

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Denis Healey explained the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion in this way:-“The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison wall.’ Tax avoidance is legal. Tax avoidance is finding ways to ensure that you pay less tax than you would normally be […]