Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Britain to Target Online Giants With New 'Digital Services Tax'

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Delores Daniels | 31 October, 2018, 20:15

With the tax-minimization efforts of global technology firms in the spotlight, the British government unveiled a new plan Monday to ensure that Silicon Valley's finest pay their dues.

If the Scottish higher rate tax threshold is unchanged, someone earning £50,000 in Scotland would pay £9060 in income tax, £1560 more than an English equivalent.

Scotland's Finance Secretary has pledged to take a "more progressive approach" to income tax than Philip Hammond when he delivers Holyrood's budget.

Beginning in 2020, the tax would be assessed on "digital services companies" that register minimum annual revenues of £500 million ($640 million) globally.

Philip Hammond has gambled with public money by using a fiscal windfall to splurge on the NHS - and could take the country down a path of higher debt and taxes, experts have warned.

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"While this [£20bn for the NHS] spending commitment addresses significant political pressure that has built up over the years, it does not address the fundamental long-term weakness of United Kingdom fiscal policy that comes from healthcare spending", Moody's said.

At the moment in the rest of the United Kingdom, the 40p higher income tax rate applies to earnings above the threshold of £46,351 - with this to increase to £50,000 at the start of the next financial year in April 2019.

Hammond had used a windfall of 20 billion pounds (about 25.4 billion USA dollars) revealed in new data and statistics from the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR), the independent government data body.

Green MSP Patrick Harvie said: "Instead of a budget to fix the harm done by austerity or respond to the climate emergency, we saw a budget which once again gives the biggest tax cuts to the richest 10% and continues the reckless pursuit of an unsustainable economy".

The IFS said it was debatable whether the budget heralded the end of austerity, but it added that the plans marked a change of fiscal direction for Britain.

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Jagjit Chadha, the director of NIESR, said public spending on health would need to rise significantly to accommodate Britain's ageing population by the middle of this century.

As well as the tax cuts and increased departmental spending, the Chancellor set out one-off bonuses for defence, schools and local authorities after being given positive forecasts for the public finances by the OBR.

"We recommend that the government undertakes a comprehensive review of taxation and how it charges for public services, such as adult social care, with the aim of raising revenue more efficiently and equitably than it does at present", it said. They might. There's perhaps a one in three chance of that.

Mr Mackay told MSPs he would set out his intentions in the draft Scottish Budget on December 12. "What we are preparing for is Britain's future". "That would not be in the national interest".

But he said voters would be "crushingly disappointed" that the Budget did not deliver the end of austerity.

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But given the dominance of United States tech giants, President Donald Trump's administration may not appreciate the proposal at a time when Britain is trying to agree new trade deals.

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