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Tax Talk: 2. Taxation Legislation - Temporary Taxation Orders (TTOs)

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taxnoteI sincerely hope that Members of Tynwald will shortly adopt a New Year's Resolution to the effect that they 'resolve to cease the introduction of major changes to the Income Tax Acts by means of Temporary Taxation Orders.' 

The introduction, amendment or repeal of provisions relating to income tax in the Isle of Man are generally accepted as being matters for primary legislation. The enactment of primary legislation is, of course, usually the subject of an elaborate and rigorous process involving the drafting, printing and publication of a Bill, followed by three readings, including a detailed examination of clauses, in the House of Keys, the same in the Legislative Council, signature by Members of Tynwald and finally the grant of Royal Assent. The wording of primary legislation should be clear and unambiguous. It should not be open to interpretation and reinterpretation to suit the whims of the bureaucracy which operates it.
However, while income tax continues to be generally accepted as being a matter for primary legislation in the Island, the usual processes leading to its introduction, amendment or repeal are now easily circumvented by means of Temporary Taxation Orders. Such an Order is likely to be drafted behind closed doors in the Treasury and, in all probability, reviewed by the Attorney General. The Order is then presented to Tynwald for approval. (The Members of Tynwald may have already been briefed in private by interested parties). The Order cannot be amended. Members are simply invited to vote for it or against it, If, as expected, the Members vote for the Order, its provisions become a part of the primary law.
Last Updated on Sunday, 19 November 2017 21:31

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IoM Premiere for new film on offshore Finance industry

'The Spider's Web – Britain's Second Empire'


Manx Museum Theatre, Kingswood Grove, Douglas

Monday 13 November 2017

Two screenings: 6.00pm and 7.45pm. 


Admission free - All welcome

Positive Action Group (PAG) is screening a new documentary telling how Britain transformed itself from an imperial to a financial power through a global network of offshore jurisdictions. 
'The Spider's Web – Britain's Second Empire' will be shown at the Manx Museum Theatre on Monday 13 November, with screenings at both 6.00pm and 7.45pm.   Admission is free - All welcome
This recently-released film throws light on how bankers, lawyers and accountants set up a web of offshore secrecy jurisdictions which captured wealth from across the globe and funnelled it into the City of London.  It argues that real power lies not in our democratic institutions but rather in the hands of the wealthy and influential few. 
Roger Tomlinson of PAG comments - "PAG is pleased to give an Isle of Man premiere for this timely film. It will clearly be controversial here but we feel the issues it airs are relevant to the Island and deserving of debate.  We hope to welcome the public at both screenings. The early screening offers a chance to come straight from work. Just turn up.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 November 2017 10:35

Single Resident Record presentations

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Tristram Llewellyn Jones and Steve Burrows presentations attached:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 November 2017 22:09

Single Resident Record

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srrProposals have been put forward for a Single Resident Record for the Isle of Man.

This paper reviews some of the issues arising, for the purposes of informing the consultation and debates about the proposals. In particular, this paper focuses upon the risks and dangers that are associated with a Single Resident Record. That is not because there are no potential advantages or benefits. Rather, it is because advantages and benefits will be put forward by those proposing the database in any event; it is the disadvantages and dangers that run the risk of being overlooked.


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Page Event: Big Brother database

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Public Meeting

Government's 'Big Brother' Database.

Do we need it?

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Dan Davies - Director of Change and Reform, IOM Government

Steve Burrows - Entrepreneur, Chartered IT Professional

Tristram Llewellyn Jones - Civil Liberties Campaigner

7:30 p.m. Monday 30th October 2017 

Manx Legion Club, Market Hill,  Douglas 

The event is free and open to all

Last Updated on Monday, 16 October 2017 22:37

Tax Talk: 1. Company Taxation

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In the past PAG has published various articles about the taxation regime in the Isle of Man. We continue this with a couple of more contributions.
The first, below, questions the impact of the zero rate of company tax on IOM residents and on the General Revenue Account of the IOM Government.
Later, the second will question the quality of some of the enabling IOM legislation.


Last Updated on Saturday, 23 September 2017 17:27

Statins: Curse or Cure?

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Public Meeting

Statins: Curse or Cure? A Public Debate.medication-cartoon

Dr Alex Allinson MHK 


Courtenay Heading

 Monday 25th September 2017 at 7:30 p.m. 

Manx Museum Theatre, Douglas 

The event is free and open to all

The cost and funding of prescription drugs is a hot topic in the Isle of Man.

Positive Action Group (PAG) kicks off its monthly series of public meetings with a debate about the wisdom of widely prescribing statins to adults. Statins are drugs which lower cholesterol in the blood. Elevated levels of cholesterol are associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, and often devastating problems. 

The British Heart Foundation identifies two groups of people who benefit from statins - those who already are at high risk and those who potentially are at risk. Taking statins is one option to lower the risk. But is the drug safe? What are the side effects? Should the NHS be prescribing a preventative pill when there are other ways to achieve a healthier non-risk life style? 

Guest speaker Courtenay Heading is a former Healthcare Innovation Consultant to the Isle of Man Government.He firmly believes that adopting a healthy life style pays untold dividends and has amassed a wealth of information which is contrary to conventional medical practice. He rejects what he perceives as the pill culture and the cost to us all. 

Dr Alex Allinson MHK, is a practising doctor who is well aware of the advantages of statins. He will advocate those benefits and the continued use of the drug.

Following the debate their will be adequate time for questions from the audience.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 September 2017 17:09

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brexit-signpost-c-INGBrexit has been from the beginning a ‘revolutionary’ movement of historical importance. It is the most complex and consequential challenge that the UK has faced since the Second World War. It remains a popularist ideology, encompassing issues such as an ostensible ‘loss of British cultural and religious identity’ and the feeling by numerous individuals that they are losing the ability to control their personal destinies in an ever-increasingly competitive globalised world. It goes to the heart of how various groups perceive broader society with greater anxiety and what they hope and fear the future will hold. Arguably, these are the same forces that swept Donald Trump into power in the USA.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 September 2017 00:17

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