The Great Debate UK

from Breakingviews:

Bank liability levy may not be foolish

By Hugo Dixon
January 13, 2010

A levy on bank liabilities would get the industry squealing - especially if it approached $120 billion. But the Obama administration isn’t crazy to float the idea. A well-crafted tax could help recoup bailout costs while also giving banks an incentive to behave more sensibly. It doesn't have to apply just to the United States, either.

from The Great Debate:

UK bonus tax both cynical and justified

December 10, 2009

(James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

A cynical election maneuver it may well be, but Britain's plan to impose a punitive tax on bonus payments is also reasonably well crafted and in broad terms justified.

Darling’s pre-budget should support small business

December 3, 2009

Joe White -Joe White is chief operating officer at Gandi, an Internet domain name registration firm. He will participate in a Reuters pre-budget live blog on Dec. 9, at 12 p.m. British time. The opinions expressed are his own.-

Pre-budget report delicate balancing act for Darling

December 2, 2009

thomas-story – Thomas Story is tax director at BDO. He will participate in a Reuters pre-budget live blog on Dec. 9, at 12 p.m. British time. The opinions expressed are his own. -

Simplify employment tax to kick-start recruitment

October 15, 2009

David Ellis-David Ellis is partner and head of human capital at BDO LLP. He specialises in the development of tax efficient, performance driven long term incentive plans for senior employees. The opinions expressed are his own.-

from Commentaries:

“Tobin tax” gaining ground in Europe

By Paul Taylor
September 21, 2009

No longer just a hopeless cause for anti-capitalist activists, the idea of a global tax on financial transactions is gaining ground in Europe.

Wrong, wrong and wrong again – a response to “Latvia: let the lat go”

July 31, 2009

morten-hansen1- Morten Hansen is a guest columnist, the views expressed are his own. He is head of the economics department at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga -

Budget boost for savers

April 24, 2009

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–Fay Goddard is chief executive of the Personal Finance Society. The opinions expressed are her own.–

from Luke Baker:

In for a penny, in for £175 billion

April 22, 2009

It may not be tax and spend exactly, but it's definitely tax and borrow.

For the best part of 12 years, Labour has pursued essentially conservative (with a small 'c') economic policies, steadily underburdening itself of the 'fiscally unreliable' tag that some earlier Labour administrations were (wrongly or rightly) saddled with.

A short circuit for electric cars

April 20, 2009

REUTERS– Neil Collins is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –