0 Have your say A workplace parking tax is seen as a win-win measure by Edinburgh and Glasgow, cutting congestion and helping to fund better public transport, writes Alastair Dalton. How much did it cost you to get to work today? If you travelled by bus or train, you’ll know exactly from the price of your ticket. A taxi ride instead will have also produced a fare to pay.But what if you drove - as most people do. Do you consider it just the price of the fuel? Or twice that, to cover other costs like insurance and servicing? Or the UK Government’s approved mileage rate of 45p a mile?However you calculate it, there’s also the cost of the congestion and pollution to which you are contributing, and the wear-and-tear to the road network, depending on where and when you drive. Who should pay for that?These considerations have been thrown into sharp focus by the Scottish Government’s surprise plan to enable councils to charge for workplace … [Read more...] about Why workplace parking tax is part of a virtuous circle – Alastair Dalton
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Stacey Abrams, the Democrat who narrowly lost Georgia's gubernatorial election in November, delivered the Democratic rebuttal to President Trump's State of the Union address from her hometown of Atlanta, highlighting her working class roots and criticizing the president for the recent government shutdown. "Just a few weeks ago, I joined volunteers to distribute meals to furloughed federal workers. They waited in line for a box of food and a sliver of hope since they hadn't received a paycheck in weeks," Abrams said, accusing Mr. Trump of "making their livelihoods a pawn for political games."Abrams alluded to her time as the minority leader of the Georgia state House of Representatives, saying that in times of difficulty in the state, "the leaders of our state didn't shut down — we came together. And we kept our word.""It should be no different in our nation's capital. We may come from different sides of the political aisle; but, our joint commitment to the ideals of this … [Read more...] about Stacey Abrams delivers Democratic response to the State of the Union
Joshua Partlow and David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post Published 1:20 pm PST, Saturday, January 26, 2019 "I started to cry," said Gabriel Sedano, an immigrant from Mexico who was among those fired. He had worked at the club since 2005. "I told them they needed to consider us," he said. "I started to cry," said Gabriel Sedano, an immigrant from Mexico who was among those fired. He had worked at the club since 2005. "I told them they needed to consider us," he said. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Carolyn Van Houten Photo: Washington Post Photo By Carolyn Van Houten Image 1 of / 9 Caption Close Image 1 of 9 "I started to cry," said Gabriel Sedano, an immigrant from Mexico who was among those fired. He had worked at the club since 2005. "I told them they needed to consider … [Read more...] about Trump’s demand for a border wall shut down the government. At the same time, his company was firing undocumented workers.
With IRS tax filing kicking off on Monday, brace yourself for a tricky tax season. It's the first year that taxpayers will be filing under the massive tax law overhaul pushed through by the Trump administration. And a month-long partial shutdown of the federal government threatens to complicate things further for some.The Trump administration has promised taxpayers will receive their refunds on time. Yet some IRS workers who have been called back to work during the furlough -- on an unpaid basis -- are asking to be excused from work because of financial hardship. That's raising questions about how the tax season and refund timing will unfold. Tax filing officially opens for individuals on Monday, Jan. 28. Here's what you need to know:Q. I still have to pay my taxes, right?A. Yes. Despite the shutdown, tax laws remain in effect. Individuals and businesses should keep filing tax returns and making payments as required.The IRS began accepting business tax filings earlier this month … [Read more...] about Tax returns: How the government shutdown, new law will impact you
By Asif Shahzad and Drazen JorgicISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Muhammad Hammad Azhar, one of the youngest ministers in Pakistan's new government, is the latest in a long line of officials to face a problem that undermines his country's development: getting people to start paying income taxes.gi Ending a culture of rampant tax evasion is expected to be high on the agenda in negotiations this month with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as cash-strapped Pakistan seeks a second bailout since 2013.As state minister for revenue, Azhar, 37, says he is planning for long-term reforms. But first, he is banking on improved technology to allow the government to tap existing financial databases to help identify tax dodgers in a nation where less than 1 percent of the population even files income tax returns."There is a lot of catching up to do," Azhar told Reuters in an interview. One of the world's lowest tax collection rates partly help explain the shoddy state of Pakistan's hospitals and schools, … [Read more...] about Pakistan’s new rulers grapple with an old problem: How to get people to pay taxes