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Both sides know that the top rate of income tax is mainly symbolic

Government acts over loan chief's tax dodge

The Government today said it was ending a deal under which the head of the Student Loans Company has been paid via a company without tax being deducted.

Clegg vows to push for mansion tax

Nick Clegg pledged today to push for the introduction of a mansion tax as he demanded faster cuts for taxes on low and middle-income earners.

Harry Redknapp in court over tax evasion

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp went on trial today accused of receiving offshore bungs from his former employer.

Matthew Norman on Monday: Labour's forgotten man remembers how to line his pockets

What halcyon days, on and off the pitch, for Sunderland FC. Mackem fans will be so thrilled by the team's revival that they will forgive David Miliband for dividing his time even further. Reportedly paid £50,000 to be the club's vice-president, he already moonlights as an MP, of course. He is also reported to trouser £92k as a consultant to a Californian energy firm, and more from speechifying in the Middle East.

David Cameron warns large companies over tax

Prime Minister David Cameron called today for a tougher approach to large companies who use "fancy corporate lawyers" to "endlessly reduce" their tax bills.

Davies was determined to uphold the literary reputation of his brother Rhys

Lewis Davies: Philanthropist and librarian whose generosity benefited many Welsh writers

Lewis Davies was the younger brother of the writer Rhys Davies (1901-78). Like him, he was born at Blaenclydach, a mining village near Tonypandy in the Rhondda valley. Their father kept a small grocer's shop, known rather grandly as Royal Stores, and their mother was an uncertificated schoolteacher. Lewis, born in 1913, was the youngest of their six children.

Britain's poorest hit by £2.5bn 'stealth tax'

Tax cuts for low and middle-income families in April will be dwarfed by hidden reductions in tax credits, according to a study for The Independent.

What the Sunday papers said

The Sunday Times: RBS to offload Hoare Govett as new cuts bite

Rüschlikon holds on to Glencore bonus

The Swiss village's decision to give itself a tax cut is facing criticism. By Tony Paterson

Swiss village wins tax break thanks to billionaire

Residents in the Swiss village of Rüschlikon are celebrating an unexpectedly generous Christmas tax break thanks to billionaire Ivan Glasenberg, the head of commodities giant Glencore, who lives there.

Business Diary: Savers to target Bank Scrooge

In the mood for carols? If so, try the Bank of England tomorrow lunchtime, where Save Our Savers, which campaigns for higher interest rates, plans a sing-song to highlight its cause. Mind you, we can't promise traditional carols – the list we've been sent includes this take on Rudolph: "Mervyn, the red-nosed banker, Had a very nasty cold, Said he could cut inflation, Wish that we had all bought gold. All of the nation's savers, Used to cry and call him names, They never let poor Mervyn, Join in any saver's games."

Warning as Dublin plans £1.2bn cuts

The Irish Government warned there is no hiding from difficult decisions that need to be taken in the interests of the State and citizens as €1.4 billion (£1.2 billion) spending cuts were outlined.

Christopher Smallwood: We're in desperate need of new roads and railways – so let's borrow while we can

Borrowing to invest is an attractive option when interest rates are so low

Daniel Howden: A political class rent asunder by tribalism

Since the end of Greece's dictatorship, two parties have taken turns to rule. While nominally to the left and right of the political spectrum, socialist Pasok and conservative New Democracy are best understood as tribes. They bought, or at least hired, public support through a patronage machine that distributed jobs and contracts which reached into every nook of the economy.

David Prosser: An easy £7bn gain for the public finances

Outlook It has long seemed peculiar that during a period when the public finances are so stretched, we continue to spend billions of pounds on a tax relief for savers who really do not need it.

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