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OECD: employment tax burdens rise despite static income tax rates

Taxes have risen by around one per cent on the average worker's wage in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries since 2014, although the majority of governments have not increased income tax rates, the OECD has said . ... 15 Apr 2015

HMRC: IR35 'disguised employment' tax provisions worth over £500m annually

Abolishing rules designed to ensure that contractors in 'disguised employment' pay their full share of employment taxes would cost the UK Treasury £550 million a year, according to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). 16 Mar 2015

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Office of Tax Simplification: 'lack of clarity' around self-employment status for tax purposes must be addressed

The UK government and tax authorities need to produce clearer guidance, with more real-life examples, to help firms decide whether a worker is employed or self-employed for tax purposes, according to the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS). 06 Mar 2015

Tax rise for higher income Singaporeans contrasts with Hong Kong approach

Singapore is to raise taxes on its wealthiest residents to raise money for healthcare and to help low income earners and retirees, Reuters report ed, while Hong Kong has raised tax allowances and waived business fees to help the lower-paid.   27 Feb 2015

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