Ben Southwood discusses corporation tax on Good Morning Scotland

Head of Research at the ASI, Ben Southwood, took part in an interview on Good Morning Scotland where he discussed the proposal to change the corporation tax system to a sales tax system.

If we want to get more tax from these companies then we should change the rules. In general moral suasion is a  bad way of doing a tax system. We benefit from this tax system in certain cases, and we lose out from it in other cases. Now if we’d like to change that, it will come with certain costs and certain benefits.

Listen to the full interview here. (starts 01:25:45)

Ben Southwood discusses Google’s corporation tax bill on BBC Radio 4

Head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute, Ben Southwood, took part in a discussion for BBC Radio 4 on whether or not Google has paid enough corporation tax, and argues that they should have the right to spend their money how they wish.

Listen to the full interview here (Starts 09:43)

Ben Southwood discusses corporation tax on the Today Programme

Head of Research at the ASI, Ben Southwood, discussed corporation tax and the possibility of replacing it with a sales tax on the Today programme. Ben argues that this would be a less distortionary way to charge firms tax.

Listen to the full clip here.

Ben Southwood discusses Google’s corporation tax bill on BBC 5 Live

Ben Southwood, head of research at the ASI, took part in an interview on BBC 5 Live where he talked about corporation tax and Google’s agreement to pay £130million of tax in the UK. He argues what they’re doing is perfectly legitimate:

I don’t think there’s a strong case at all that Google has paid a wrong amount.

Listen to the full interview here. (Starts 12:48)

Brownfield Land Won’t Be Enough To Solve London’s Housing Crisis | Sam Bowman writes for the Londonist

Sam Bowman, Executive Director at the ASI, wrote an article for the Londonist discussing the need to develop more than just brownfield sites, in order to meet the demand for housing in the UK.

At the margin, brownfield can be part of the mix but the idea that it can provide the land for all or even most of our needs is fairly muddled. Brownfield can be costly and sometimes less environmentally friendly to build on than greenfield. Brownfield sites often aren’t in the right places. And the brownfield that is suitable for development is already being developed.

Read the full article here.