According to reports, if successful the legal challenge would force the
government to repay ?2bn.
Gordon Brown doubled the duty in December’s pre-Budget report, taking the
levy on short-haul flights to ?10 from 1 February and on long-haul to ?40.
The FTO claims that under international laws included in European legislation
in 2004 the government is not entitled to impose charges on aircraft solely for
the right of transit over, or flying in or out of Britain from another country.
The Treasury though has defended the legality of the tax.
Report argues that the government must change the way it makes tax and budget decisions
Drastically fewer offices for HMRC in the hope to reduce their running costs
Tayabali Tomlin and d&t directors launch £20 a month TaxGo service, aiming to be the 'biggest UK firm' by client numbers
Companies must report on their complex financial structures including offshore accounts and notify HMRC