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UK sales for 2013 surge to $5.6bn, bringing its corporation tax arrangements back into the spotlight

Strike action set to disrupt self-assessment deadline

People who miss next week's tax self-assessment deadline will not be fined because of a strike by tax office staff.

Late-return fine of 100, even if taxman owes you

Taxpayers who do not owe tax, or are even due a rebate from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), will be fined £100 for the first time this year if they do not complete a return by January 31.

Thousands set to strike in three separate disputes

Thousands of workers will go on strike this week in three separate disputes over jobs and pensions affecting consumer goods giant Unilever, tax offices and a leading gallery.

John Williams gave no great thought to changing Britain’s tax law when he decided to fight Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs over a £500 fine imposed on his client

Government 'generates cash using fines for late tax returns'

The Government is unlawfully using late-payment penalty fines against tens of thousands of small firms who do not file their tax returns on time as a "cash generating scheme" for the Exchequer.

John Williams gave no great thought to changing Britain’s tax law when he decided to fight Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs over a £500 fine imposed on his client

Exposed: Taxman's 'illegal' war against Britain's small businesses

Tax Tribunal rules HMRC is waiting months before alerting firms returns are late so that fines stack up

Oliver Wright: These cynical tactics undermine our faith in the fairness of the tax system

It is unconscionable to withhold information from taxpayers who have forgotten to file returns
Chief operating officer Ali Russell told the Rangers' official website: 'The fans have intimated for some time their desire for a standing area within Ibrox and following the feedback we have had from fans' groups it is only right as a response that we are willing to explore the possibility.'

Rangers shares suspended from trading

Rangers have seen their shares suspended from trading on the stock exchange after submitting unaudited accounts.

HMRC checks the bill at tax-cheat fast-food outlets

The food might not be up to much but at least they know how to cook the books. But Britain's fast-food restaurants have been put on notice: the taxman is after them.

Cooking the books: Fast food faces taxman probe

The food might not be up to much but at least they know how to cook the books. But Britain's fast-food restaurants have been put on notice: the taxman is after them.

David Cameron believes that ‘opening up’ the health service will make it a magnet for innovation

David Cameron: I will kill off safety culture

Prime Minister David Cameron today said that his new year's resolution was to "kill off the health and safety culture for good".

Dave Hartnett faced a barrage of hostile questions

HMRC accused of harassing small businesses

Tax officials were last night accused of double standards over plans to target thousands of small businesses for spot checks on their paperwork – despite letting big companies like Goldman Sachs off millions of pounds in tax.

Tax investigators 'focus on footballer perks'

Premier League footballers and their clubs are being investigated by the taxman over "secret perks" enjoyed by players and their families, according to reports.

Letters: Tax

Taxation without representation

Dave Hartnett, Britain's most senior taxman

'I'm scandalised': Cable condemns taxman's let-offs

Business Secretary claims lack of scrutiny into 'cosy' deals for large firms shows preferential treatment

Taxman's 'cosy' deals with big business

Tax chiefs are today savaged by MPs for their “unduly cosy” relationship with large companies following allegations that major firms had billions of pounds cut from their tax bills in “sweetheart deals”.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee