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

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Wife of fallen tycoon to cross-examine Philip Green in £400m divorce battle

The Topshop boss will be questioned by Michelle Young about £80,000 cheques he said he paid to an estate agent

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How to keep your money 'out of the Chancellor's grubby mits': Government expert resigns after being secretly filmed giving tax avoidance advice

A government tax adviser has stepped down from his post after he was secretly filmed offering tips on how to keep money “out of the Chancellor's grubby mits”, according to reports.

Sony Computer Entertainment make the Playstation consoles

Unpaid intern who sued Sony awarded £4,600

The company had argued that Mr Jarvis was a volunteer so did not need to be paid

Students applying through Ucas risk big phone bills

Students may be on the recieving end of large phone bills - thanks to a premium number used by Ucas

Public funds tax bills of some of Britain's most senior civil servants

Investigation suggests some civil servants have portions of their tax bills paid for

More 'tax-dodgers' added to most wanted list – but only one of last year's 20 has been caught

Ten new names added as HMRC renews appeal on 19 suspects wanted for variety of tax offences

Callers spend £56m waiting for Government to pick up

Callers to government departments paid £56m on higher-rate phone lines last year despite a drive to reduce their use, a report has revealed.

Taxman opts for assets ahead of liquidation

The number of winding-up petitions issued by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has slumped by more than a third in the past year, according to figures released on Monday, with experts claiming the taxman is increasingly choosing to seize goods from companies instead.

QE 'could be back' as officials say recession was worse than thought

The UK's great recession was considerably greater than previously thought and the recovery's momentum is looking weaker, according to official figures released yesterday.

Department-by-department - the winners and losers

A comprehensive guide to spending cuts across Whitehall

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Brady ‘makes soup on hunger strike’

Questions of Cash: How mother without a will left brothers a bleak house

Q. My mother died two years ago leaving an estate, but no will. I have one sibling, who lives and works at a house on her property in Wiltshire, which is valued at about £300,000. Since my mother died, my brother has been repaying an interest-only mortgage on the property, which I offered to pay off, but which my brother refused to accept. There are two small patches of land, apart from the house, which have been registered in my brother's sole name at the Land Registry in Weymouth. As far as I know, the house has not been re-registered.

'For a corporation there is no such thing as personal ethics': Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says companies should be taxed the same as 'the little man'

Tech pioneer says companies should be taxed on all of their revenues, under a system similar to income tax

Dave Hartnett, who resigned as Permanent Secretary for Tax at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, will work one day a week for Deloitte, the auditor of Vodafone and Starbucks

'Sweetheart deal' taxman Dave Hartnett joins accountancy firm Deloitte

The former tax executive criticised for making "sweetheart deals" with multinational companies has been appointed as a specialist adviser for a leading accountancy firm.

Google chairman Eric-Schmidt has rejected claims that the company is not paying their fair share of taxes

Former Google exec says he has 100,000 emails showing how 'immoral' company avoids paying UK tax

A former Google executive-turned-whistleblower says he has 100,000 emails that expose an “immoral” tax avoidance scheme used by his former employer, that has “cheated” British taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of pounds.

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