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ONLY LITTLE PEOPLE PAY TAX….

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littlepeoplepaytaxLetter to Isle of Man Newspaper by PAG committee member Chris Blythe (in personal capacity):

I refer to the letter from Alan Croll last week (We’re no secrecy jurisdiction) and the faint aroma of self-interest in his assertion that tax avoidance is common sense as well as perfectly legal, his criticism of Tax Justice Network, and his statement that the Isle of Man is not a secret jurisdiction.

He is quite correct in stating that an economist’s attitude (and clearly his) is that tax avoidance is legal whilst tax evasion is illegal.  However, to the ordinary man in the street, the words avoidance and evasion are remarkably similar – to the point that it is very hard sometimes to distinguish the two, as Gary Barlow and other wealthy” tax avoiders” in the UK have found to their cost. And when HMRC tests (allegedly legal) tax avoidance schemes in court, it is often found that the borderline has been crossed and the intent of the relevant tax laws breached. In those circumstances, avoidance and evasion may be considered two sides of the same coin - “weasel words” designed to cloak the sometimes legal / sometimes slippery practices / sometimes illegal practices of well-paid tax accountants and lawyers looking for opportunities and loopholes in the wording of tax laws.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 22:49
 

Tynwald Petitions for Redress

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Tynwald recently published the full list of active Petitions for Redress, including those presented at this years Tynwald ceremony at St Johns.

 

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PAG public meeting: Tax Justice - the final countdown

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"Tax Justice - The Final Countdown"


7.30 pm Monday 30th June 2014


Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas

The meeting is open to all and admission is free.

For its final public meeting before the summer recess Positive Action Group (PAG) will re-visit a topic which it first aired in 2008 - global tax transparency.

For a number years, the Isle of Man has faced demands to improve tax transparency and regulation in financial services and has been recognised as largely successful in tackling that thorny dilemma.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:48
 

Fairness in Tax Matters

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“Fairness” should be at the heart of everything government does –in the way it raises revenue via taxation or from the provision of services, and in the treatment of its citizenry in providing those services. It has long been an accepted economic and social principle that those with the highest income – and thus the broadest shoulders – should bear the brunt of taxation via a progressive tax system.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 12:09
 

Freedom of Information Bill 2014 - PAG Submission

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foi Tyn snoopIn our February 2014 article we described the IOM Freedom of Information Bill 2014 as 'a typical Manx whum'.

Well, having taken a detailed look at the Draft Bill, in order to make a written *submission to Consultation process, that opinion hasn't changed!

We conclude that the Draft Bill appears to be based on the UK Freedom of Information Act 2000 (UK Act) but In key respects the Bill is weaker and more restricted than the UK Act.

Click 'More' below for a summary or download our full submission.

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Download this file (PAGfoiSubmissionFIN040414.pdf)PAG submission for the Freedom of Information Bill 2014214 Kb496
Last Updated on Saturday, 12 April 2014 13:41
 

Freedom of Information Bill 2014 - Initial impression "A typical Manx Whum"

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foiOne thing's for sure, journalists from The Guardian won't be clamouring to our shores if the Freedom of information Bill 2014 is made law here.

That's because only residents of the Isle of Man will have a statutory right to access information held by public authorities. And then locals may only be allowed the information if to was created after the 11th October 2011.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 April 2014 13:17
 

PAG Event video: The Truth About Drugs with Prof David Nutt

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Video recording of the joint Positive Action Group and IoM Freethinkers event

The Truth About Drugs:

A basis for a fair and rational policy?

by Professor David Nutt

Manx Museum Theatre - 7.30 pm Monday 28th April 2014

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 22:54
 

Manx Credit Union - make it happen!

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mcuThose that braved the horrible weather last night were rewarded with a valuable insight into the work going on to create a Manx Credit Union. Thank you all for such a good turnout and your valuable contributions during the Q&A.

A Manx Credit Union can only happen with your support. Please, please view their website, register your interest and make this happen.

Click on the logo for the website and more information.

Interview with David Talbot: http://www.manx.net/tv/mt-tv/watch/61798/manx-credit-union-proposal

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 09:55
 
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