The problem is not big companies moving their profits offshore

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 07:52

Our government would like us believe that there is a huge problem with companies moving their profits offshore so they pay their taxes in a different country. Dear George Osborne wants to share information, do this and do that, all of which is tinkering and posturing. The real problem is so simple . . . taxes are too high.

History shows that low-taxes stimulate the economy, dear George would like us to believe the opposite.

No-one likes paying tax, we would all like to pay less, when taxes are high people will put effort into finding ways to reduce their overall tax bill rather than producing wealth. Get that into your head George and stop taking too much tax.

You can begin by reducing VAT and see what happens to spending!

 

Time to scrap Air Passenger Duty

Wednesday, 28 September 2011 10:43

Of all the insidious taxes the so-called Air Passenger Duty tells people not to come to the UK, and encourages UK travellers to find alternatives.

Today it costs a whopping £60 in Air Passenger Duty (tax) to fly out of the UK if you are bound for North America or Canada. The government gives nothing in return, it simply takes.

For a family of 4 that's £240 in pure tax.

On top of that there are all the airport taxes and fees as well.

Other countries have found that abolishing this tax has brought in more tourists, it's time the UK did the same.

How to avoid Air Passenger Duty

Instead of flying out of the UK and paying massive taxes, why not adjust your plans slightly and take advantage of nearby Ireland. Fly from the UK to Ireland and you pay a small tax, then make your main journey from Ireland to your final destination.

On a recent trip to Canada the author saved massively by flying first to Dublin, then Dublin to Toronto. Amazing as it sounds that saved £200 per person because of lower airport charges and even more surprising, lower fares too.

It's easy to look around and compare fares and changes, so next time you are heading off on holiday take a look at Ireland. You can fly to Dublin, take a short break and then head off for your main holiday, flying back to the UK. It's like having a break in Ireland paid for by the UK government.

 

Virgin withholds payments to Heathrow airport

Monday, 10 January 2011 08:21

Virgin Atlantic is withholding payment of landing fees to BAA Ltd, the foreign-owned operators of Heathrow airport because they were too slow in sorting out the snow mess.

That's ironic, it was passengers who suffered but the airline that seems to be winning yet again. The poor passenger has no such option, if you want to book a ticket you are forced to accept the airline's booking terms AND pay your money up front. You do not have any choice. The service you get from airlines is rubbish and when you want to complain you find that the means of complaining is made very difficult and even when you do complain you are unlikely even to get a response.

The airlines know that once they have your money there is almost nothing you can do to get compensation regardless of how you are treated and what delays or cancellations happen.

The airports such as Heathrow and Manchester in particular do not care about passengers either. The passenger is treated like dirt, subjected to all manner of un-necessary restrictions and milked for every penny possible. Again, complaining is unlikely to result in anything other than further frustration because the passenger is not the customer - the airlines and the high-priced shops at the airport are the customer, so passengers come bottom of the 'care' spectrum.

 

   

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