BUSINESS TAXES should be replaced by a simpler, single levy on distributed income, according to Accountancy Age readers.
Of the 50 polled, about 80% agreed a single levy should be imposed, with the remaining 20% dissenting.
The taxation of major international corporations has been thrown into sharp focus in recent months after it emerged companies including Starbucks, Amazon and Google had used tax avoidance arrangements to drive down their tax bills.
The trio was called before the public accounts committee, where their representatives were criticised for failing to pay a “just tax” and accused of being “immoral”.
Google’s European base is in Dublin and is administered from Bermuda, while its revenue in the UK was £396m in 2011, with £31m profit and £6m corporation tax paid.
Starbucks’ global CFO Troy Alstead told the committee that in the 15 years the coffee house had been operating in the UK, it had only been profitable in 2006. In that year, it paid £8.6m in corporation tax.
Amazon director of public policy Andrew Cecil was roundly criticised by the committee for his lack of “serious” responses, and was told a more senior executive would be summoned in his stead.
CIot urges HMRC to consider a delay to the 1 September 2017 introduction of its new corporate offence of failure to prevent the criminal facilitation of tax evasion
The current business rates system is over-complex and reform is needed, but reforms should focus first of all on simplifying the appeals process, particularly for businesses which are subject to business rates exemption
The CIoT has called on the government to rethink its approach to ensuring online sellers pay the correct amount of VAT.
Jane Ellison to serve as 'tax minister' following ministerial responsibilities for public health. David Gauke become chief secretary to the Treasury