UC Berkeley to stop ‘tax’ on conservative speakers in major settlement

University of California Berkeley will change policies that effectively blocked conservative speakers, no longer charge exorbitant security fees, and pay the plaintiffs’ legal expenses in a settlement with two conservative groups. The settlement announced Monday was hailed as a victory by Young America’s Foundation (YAF) and the Berkeley College Republicans, who sued the university in […]

UK set to impose new “tech tax” on Silicon Valley giants

Enlarge / LONDON – Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond poses with the budget box at 11 Downing Street before the announcement of the Autumn Budget Statement in the House of Commons on October 29, 2018. (credit: Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Britain’s top financial official has included a new “tech tax” […]

Japan will start charging departing travellers a ‘sayonara tax’ from 2019

Sean Pavone/Shutterstock Your trip to Japan might be about to get a little more expensive. Travellers will be charged 1,000 yen ($ 9.37) for leaving the country as of 2019. According to Nikkei Asian Review, the tax is part of an effort to raise 40 billion yen annually to bolster tourism. The “sayonara tax” will […]

‘Tesla tax’ could hit Norway, the world’s top EV market

Norway, which has emerged as the world’s leading market for zero-emission electric vehicles despite also leaning heavily on revenue from oil extraction, may be on the verge of enacting steep cutbacks to some of the tax breaks for Teslas and other EVs. The proposed 2018 budget, released by Norway’s center-right government, would mainly target electrified […]

A San Francisco official is pushing for a ‘robot tax’ — here’s what that means

VCG/Getty Images When Microsoft co-founder (now billionaire philanthropist) Bill Gates spoke about a robot tax, San Francisco city supervisor Jane Kim heard him — or, at least, she read about it. Now, Kim has been pushing for a robot tax in the home state of Silicon Valley, and she’s been up and about talking to […]

Republicans might be backing off their controversial ‘border tax’ proposal

Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the US House of Representatives are considering possible changes to the design of their controversial border adjustment tax proposal to accommodate industries worried about being harmed by the provision, a top lawmaker said on Friday. The measure, a centerpiece of the House Republican tax reform blueprint […]

‘Tax haven’ Canada being targeted by offshore cheats, Panama Papers show

Far from the palm-fringed beaches of the usual offshore tax havens, Canada is quietly becoming a go-to destination for international tax cheats eager to exploit the country’s twin benefits of a sterling reputation and rules that allow private companies to keep their ownership secret. CBC | Business News