Budget

Tax / Government caves in to pressure on fixed odds betting changes

The government has been forced into a U-turn over the planned timetable for reducing the stakes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), which will now be introduced in April 2019 following public and political outcry and a ministerial resignation

Tax / What you need to know: annual investment allowance increased to £1m

The £1m annual investment allowance (AIA) limit could translate into an effective annual limit of less than £17,000 due to straddling periods, explains Will Silsby, technical officer at the Association of Taxation Technicians

Tax / Budget 2018: implementation dates effective November 2018 onwards

Our essential snapshot of the key measures announced in Budget 2018, Spring Statement 2018 and Autumn Budget 2017, including digital services tax, SDLT first time buyers relief extension, amendments to diverted profits tax, off payroll working rules in the private sector reformed

Tax / Business tax relief to hurt small businesses

Changes in the Finance Bill will mean that the increase in the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) will have an adverse effect on small businesses who do not meet the spending requirements by 31 December 2020

Tax / Government considers reform of taxation of trusts

HMRC has published a 12-week consultation reviewing the taxation of trusts to determine how its tax policy can be made more transparent as well as whether reform is needed to encourage uptake but discourage the abuse of non-resident trusts for tax avoidance purposes

Tax / Plans to close second home business rates ‘loophole’

The government is consulting on plans to close a business rates ‘loophole’ which could be costing English councils millions in lost council tax because of second-home owners claiming small business rate relief on holiday lets which are not, in fact, let out under commercial arrangements

Tax / HMRC consults on aligning stamp duty and SDRT

HMRC plans to extend the market value rule to tackle contrived arrangements when selling shares, announced at Budget 2018

Tax / Treasury rolls out detailed plans for 2% digital services tax

The Treasury is going ahead with plans for a 2% tax on large online multinationals from 2020, including social media and search engine companies, to raise over £600m by 2022

Tax / Insolvency will not afford tax evasion excuse from 2019

The government is to press ahead with legislation in 2019/20 to allow HMRC to make directors and other persons involved in company tax avoidance, evasion or phoenixism jointly and severally liable for tax liabilities that arise from those activities where the company becomes insolvent, following a consultation on the issues

Tax / Working group to investigate feasibility of VAT split payments

HMRC and the Treasury are to set up a formal industry working group to examine how to create a split payment model for VAT, in order to cut down on tax losses from cross-border e-commerce, after a consultation found the potential options under consideration were too complex and costly to implement

Tax / GAAR clamps down on salary payments using loans

The independent general anti-abuse rule (GAAR) advisory panel has issued two rulings setting out its views on abuse of employee and contractor loan agreements which are used to reduce tax liability

Tax / HMRC to ramp up guidance on online platform tax compliance

Following a consultation on addressing tax compliance for those who use online platforms for selling, HMRC is to enhance its guidance and is working with international agencies to improve data collection from platforms hosted overseas

Tax / Construction sector faces VAT reverse charge

The government has published draft legislation detailing a new VAT domestic reverse charge for certain building and construction services, which will take effect from 1 October 2019 and is designed to clamp down on missing trader fraud

Tax / CIOT criticises Budget for lack of coherence

CIOT has expressed concerns about the way that last week’s Budget was delivered, noting the lack of prior consultation and the number of measures announced as completed with little opportunity to explore their scope and operation

Tax / Selling your home and principal private residence relief

Yet again in Budget 2018, second home owners were targeted with a number of changes to the principal private residence (PPR) relief rules such as halving the exempt period to nine months from April 2020. Courtney Halifax CTA ATT, tax manager at Mercer & Hole, examines the tax implications for anyone selling property
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