No safe havens
for offshore tax cheats
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
confirmed today that it is working with the United States and
Australian tax administrations (the IRS and ATO) on data which
reveals extensive use of complex offshore structures to conceal
assets by wealthy individuals and companies.
The 400 gigabytes of data is still being analysed but early results
show the use of companies and trusts in a number of territories
around the world including Singapore, the British Virgin Islands,
the Cayman Islands, and the Cook Islands. The data also exposes
information that may be shared with other tax administrations as
part of the global fight against tax evasion.
So far HMRC has identified over 100 people who benefit from these
structures and a number of those individuals had already been
identified and are under investigation for offshore tax evasion.
They have also identified more than 200 UK accountants, lawyers and
other professional advisors who advise on setting up these
structures who will also be scrutinised. UK residents who use these
offshore structures should review their taxation arrangements, and
seek advice if necessary, to ensure they are compliant with UK tax
law. HMRC encourages voluntary compliance and early disclosure of
tax irregularities. Failure to do so may result in a criminal
prosecution or significant financial penalties and the possibility
of their identity being published.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said:- "The message
is simple: if you evade tax, we're coming after you. The Government
has invested hundreds of millions of pounds to fund the fight
against tax evasion, both at home and abroad. This data is another
weapon in HMRC's arsenal. Ahead of the UK's presidency of the G8
this year, the Prime Minister has made it a key priority to drive an
international effort to increase transparency and clamp down on tax
avoidance and evasion. By working with our international partners in
this way, we are again demonstrating our commitment to this work."
Jennie Granger, HMRC Commissioner and Director General for
Enforcement and Compliance said:- "Working with the
international tax community to pursue offshore evasion is another
important step in closing the net on tax evasion.
There is nothing illegal about an international structure,
especially in a globally integrated economy and these arrangements
may be perfectly legitimate and may already have been declared to
HMRC. However they may involve tax evasion, avoidance or other
serious offences by taxpayers. What has to stop is using offshore
structures to illegally hide assets and income".
learners who have been nominated for national awards are to be
presented with certificates at a special ceremony. The event
is part of Adult Learners' Week which celebrates of the benefits of
lifelong learning and focuses on the many types of learning
available to adults from all walks of life. It will take place
at the World Museum on Friday 24 May
14 Learners from Merseyside who have been nominated for awards from
the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) will
receive certificates. There will also be presentations to four
projects (information below).
A further 21 learners the City Council's and Unison schools project
which brings training to school support staff and parents via
Archbishop Beck and St Cecelia's primary schools adult learning
service will also receive certificates along with 11 other learners
from the adult learning services who have achieved level five in
numeracy or literacy
The event will also involve more than 40 learning providers who will
hold a learning market place with information stalls and workshops,
followed by walks and tours of the City.
Councillor Nick Small, City Council cabinet member for employment,
enterprise and skills, who will present the certificates, said:-
"You are never too old to learn. It should be a lifelong process
and we want to encourage adults to engage in learning of all kinds.
We also want to recognise those organisations who provide the
opportunity for adults to engage in learning and develop new
The event is open to the public between 10am and 4pm. It has being
led by unionlearn , Merseytravel and the Adult Learning Week NW
Regional Consortium, who are deliverers for NIACE.
Detectives appeal after 25 year
old has cheekbone fractured in Liverpool to Newton le Willows train
from the British Transport Police are appealing for information
after a man suffered a fractured jaw during an assault on board a
train in Liverpool.
incident happened shortly after 8pm on Sunday, 5 May 2013, the same
day as the Merseyside derby; as a group of young men travelled from
Liverpool Lime Street towards Newton-le-Willows.
A second group of older men boarded the train at Lime Street and
immediately became aggressive to the younger men.
DC Mark Douglas said:- "The older group challenged the younger
men who were singing football-related songs. The men stopped
singing, but the aggressors continued to cause problems and punched
one the younger men; a 25 year old; in the face, causing a double
fracture of the cheekbone. As the train pulled into Broadgreen the
older group became even more aggressive and threw the younger men
off the train. The 25 year old victim was treated as hospital for
his injuries and will need reconstructive surgery on his cheekbone.
Following the incident the older men got back onto the train,
possibly travelling to either St Helens or Newton-le-Willows. We
have conducted a number of enquiries and are now appealing for
anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward."
If you have any information which might assist the investigation,
please call British Transport Police on:- 0800 40 50 40 or
Crimestoppers, anonymously on:- 0800 555 111. In all calls please
quote log:- B11/NWA of 20/05/13.
"YOU GOTTA BE
LARGER THAN LIFE…"
WHEN Tina Turner said that we
don't need another hero, she was wrong. Liverpool Pride is expecting
thousands of them to join this year's March, which will fly through
the City's streets on Saturday, 3 August 2013.
The marvel of caped crusaders will take flight at St Georges Plateau
at 12pm, with participants asked to gather from 11am. It will then
process along Lime Street before taking in Queen Square Bus Station
and Whitechapel before making its way along Lord Street and North
John Street before turning down James Street, crossing The Strand
over Mann Island and landing in front of the main stage at the Pier
Head, where the afternoon's entertainment will begin.
The undoubted highlight of the
festival, the Pride March gives the LGBT community, their friends
and their families the chance to take to Liverpool's streets in a
blaze of colour, music and this year; SPANDEX, whilst raising
awareness of homophobia and the importance of a united community in
the local area.
Sponsoring this year's March and also taking part in force is Hugh
Baird College, one of the largest providers of education and
training in Merseyside. In addition to encouraging students to be
entrepreneurial, the college takes pride in its reputation for
promoting equality and diversity throughout the campus and beyond. A
perfect match for Liverpool Pride.
James Davies, Festival Manager at Liverpool Pride said:-
"We're delighted to return to St George's Plateau for the start of
the March and are grateful to have Hugh Baird involved as a sponsor.
The community well and truly spoke when they chose the superhero
theme, so we expect to see everyone marching together as Wonder
Women or Super Men on the day. We have already been inundated with
registrations, a lot more than we had at this time last year, so
we're expecting a record turnout of Liverpool Pride marchers through
the City on 3rd August."
Smiffy's Liverpool have agreed to add some extra magic and sparkle
to this year's March by offering Pride-goers a special 15% off
super-hero costumes offer when you quote Liverpool Pride in store or
type pride15 into the special offer box on the Smiffy's Liverpool
Last year, over 3,500 people took part in the Liverpool Pride March
with Patron Angela Eagle MP at the helm and Liverpool Football Club
leading the way as the UK's first Premier League team to take part
in a Pride March. Political Organisations, Trade Unions, the Police
and Fire and Rescue Service were also represented in addition to
many local gay bars, shops, restaurants, individuals and their
nearest and dearest. 7000 people turned out to cheer on marchers in
2012. Both of these figures are expected to increase in 2013 as the
festival continues to grow in its popularity.
Similarly to previous Liverpool
Pride Marches, there will be no motorised floats included, in order
to place more emphasis on the issues of Homophobia in the Liverpool
LGBT community and also to keep the festival's carbon emissions to a
Principal of Hugh Baird College, Yana Williams said:- "Hugh
Baird College is proud to be sponsoring the largest free pride event
outside of London - Liverpool Pride. As the event's first ever
sponsor from the Sefton area, we're keen to encourage all of our
students, staff and the wider Sefton community to show their support
and join in the fun. At Hugh Baird College, we believe in giving
everyone the opportunity to be themselves and achieve their full
potential and we hope our involvement in Liverpool Pride will
reinforce this ethos."
LIVERPOOL PRIDE NEEDS A HERO!
So, don your gold lamé cape, show us your underpants and bring
yourself, your trusty sidekick, friends, family, work-mates and
groups along-to take part in the March, which is completely free to
join. Everyone is welcome and is invited to sign up at:-
liverpoolpride.co.uk, before 31 July
Liverpool Pride 2013 will take place on Saturday, 3 August 2013 at
Liverpool's iconic pier-head and throughout the Stanley Street Gay
Quarter. In addition to this, there will be a weekend of cultural
events taking place at some of Liverpool's most influential arts and
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