Showing posts with label world bank. Show all posts
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Friday, November 22, 2013

UK moves up 2 notches in tax competitiveness

The UK is climbing the ranks of the most business-friendly tax regimes in the world, behind only three other countries in the western world. Only Ireland, Canada and Denmark beat the UK in Europe and North America, and the UK comes 14th overall, in a table of 189 tax jurisdictions worldwide. According to the newest report from PwC and the World Bank called "Paying Taxes 2014 – The global picture", the British tax system has climbed two places in the last year, surpassing Luxembourg.

On average, UK firms pay 34 per cent of their commercial profit in tax, taking 110 hours per year, and balanced across eight payments. The world average in each case is higher: internationally, companies pay 43.1 per cent of their tax in profits, spread over 26.7 payments, taking 268 hours. In the nine years that the report has been conducted, the amount of tax that firms pay is down nine percentage points on average, the number of hours taken down by 55, and the number of payments lower by seven.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Ease of doing business: UK slips

The world bank has just published the new rankings of its yearly study on ease of doing business and the UK has gone down by one notch to #7 compared to last year. The report compares the regulation for domestic firms in 183 countries and ranks them based on the following 10 factors: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency.

The top 4 remain the same this year again with Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zeland and the US taking the top spots. While the UK drops a notch, it remains high on the chart thanks to continuous efforts to reduce red tape.