The chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander speaking in the Commons yesterday. Photograph: PA Wire

Increased penalties for people who fail to pay taxes due on money held in offshore banks, along with levying significant fines on companies who try t(...)

The US department of justice is still investigating whether HSBC helped clients avoid US taxes. Photograph: Harold Cunningham/Getty Images

The US department of justice (DoJ) is considering scrapping a deal that shields HSBC from prosecution for earlier infractions as the agency investi(...)

Former European commissioner Olli Rehn: ‘sterlingisation’ model ‘would not be compatible with EU membership’. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

An independent Scotland could not be a member of the European Union if it uses sterling without a currency union deal with the rest of the UK, former(...)

DUP Minister for Finance Simon Hamilton:  claims Sinn Féin “are living on another planet economically and fiscally”. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/PA

On British government welfare reform Simon Hamilton, the DUP Minister of Finance, says he has one message for Gerry Adams and Sinn Féin, “It’s a good (...)

Peter Oborne, the celebrated English journalist, first knew Ireland as the son of the military attaché in the British embassy in the 1980s. It was a t(...)

UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne (centre) has today insisted there will be no currency union with Scotland if it votes in favour of independence. Photograph:  Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

UK chancellor George Osborne has dismissed the idea of a currency union with an independent Scotland. The comments came as the governme(...)

Britain’s deputy prime minister Nick Clegg speaks during the Liberal Democrat party’s spring conference in York. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Reuters

Nick Clegg intends to remain as Liberal Democrat leader until at least 2020 — whether or not the party is in power — his office said today as s(...)

By 2007, a Vodafone subsidiary registered to an industrial estate in Dublin was reporting a turnover of €380 million (£320m) a year. Photograph: Getty

Vodafone made a previously unreported multimillion-pound settlement with HM Revenue & Customs in the wake of a dispute over the tax paid by an Iri(...)

Nigeria’s finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. “Could do more,” she told the Shell who had proudly declared that 
that
the exploration company had paid $12
billion in taxes last year to African countries “including $4.5 billion into your treasury, 
Ngozi”. Photograph: Reuters

Nigeria’s minister for finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had listened to the man from Shell proudly declare the exploration company had paid $12 billion in(...)