The Colombia UK tax treaty: 80 years in the making

Hearson, M, 2017. The UK-Colombia Tax Treaty: 80 Years in the Making. British Tax Review (4):375-384. Today at 2.30pm, the UK parliament’s Third Delegated Legislation Committee will debate tax treaties with Lesotho and Colombia. It will be interesting to see how much debate really takes place, a matter on which I’ve commented before once or… Continue reading The Colombia UK tax treaty: 80 years in the making

Tax competition: Tax Justice Network and the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation agree!

The [corporate tax] system allows countries to compete with one another in a manner that destabilises the system itself. Countries compete to attract economic activity and to favour ‘domestic’ companies…Such a goal is not easily reconciled with another goal often explicitly held by governments: ensuring that companies should pay to some country or countries a… Continue reading Tax competition: Tax Justice Network and the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation agree!

Taxing the digital economy is (going to be) an African issue

This is the second of three posts in which I’m reflecting on the recent report on BEPS and developing countries [pdf] during a short stay in Africa. Today, I’m looking at the digital economy. This visit to Africa has been the first time I’ve really grasped the scale of what mobile internet is doing to… Continue reading Taxing the digital economy is (going to be) an African issue

Satellites in geostationary orbit: a new tax justice issue?

When I made an amused reference to item on satellites in the new UN tax committee’s agenda, I wasn’t really sure what it was about. Richard Murphy thought it might be a plan to create tax havens in space. But, now that the UN secretariat have released some preliminary documents for the committee meeting next… Continue reading Satellites in geostationary orbit: a new tax justice issue?

BEPS Part 2: international politics and developing countries

I wrote earlier this week with some questions about UK tax policy and the OECD’s Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting. A lot of the areas that it’s looking at are probably not going to affect smaller developing countries very much, but there are a few things worth highlighting. I also recommend Chris… Continue reading BEPS Part 2: international politics and developing countries

Britain’s fracking tax incentives: do they pass the test?

It’s funny, if you’ve only ever thought about an issue in terms of other places, when it suddenly it pops up in you back yard. Gives you a different perspective. So the announcement today that the Britain is going to create the “world’s most generous shale tax regime” [£] to encourage ‘fracking’ is a chance… Continue reading Britain’s fracking tax incentives: do they pass the test?