Business tax

Tax / Increased tax bill on termination payments hits employers and employees

The tax and national insurance contribution (NIC) treatment of termination payments has always been an area which employers have struggled to deal with correctly, and over recent years HMRC has looked to simplify the rules, but the latest changes have made the process even more complicated, says Lee Knight is employer solutions director at RSM

Tax / OECD addresses excessive interest rate deduction by mining multinationals

The OECD is inviting feedback on a draft practice note designed to help tax authorities in developing countries address profit shifting from their mining sectors via excessive interest deductions by multinationals

Tax / Apple to pay €13bn of back taxes to Ireland from May

The Irish government has reached a deal with tech giant Apple to collect the €13bn (£11.4bn) of disputed back taxes from next month, after the European Commission previously found that Ireland granted the company illegal tax benefits

Tax / HMRC warning on sugar tax registration deadline

HMRC is reminding soft drinks businesses that they have only a few days left to meet the 30 April 2018 registration deadline for the soft drinks industry levy (SDIL) or ‘sugar tax’

Tax / Complex disputes driving up tax tribunal backlog

The number of outstanding tax disputes waiting to be heard by the UK tribunals has continued to rise, as the high profile crackdown on tax avoidance by HMRC continues

Tax / Taxpayer rights under Human Rights Act explained

HMRC has issued factsheet CC/FS9 on the individual rights of taxpayers who are facing penalties for non-compliance with tax rules, focusing on article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights

Tax / HMRC updates tax-free inherited imports appeals guidance

HMRC has issued an update to the notice explaining how to import inherited goods into the UK free of duty and VAT, with changes to the section detailing what to do if an individual does not agree with a HMRC decision

Tax / Dividend versus bonus: tips and pitfalls for directors

Stephen Relf CTA FCA, lead tax writer at Croner-i, examines the pros and cons of dividend payments versus bonuses for owner managed businesses including the implications of cash flow, potential tax savings and profit extraction options

Tax / OTS wants action on ‘patchwork’ of business tax reliefs

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) is calling for an urgent overhaul of what it calls ‘the complex patchwork’ of tax charges and reliefs which apply at various points in the business lifecycle to reduce complexity, make reliefs more accessible and to encourage UK businesses to fulfil their potential

Tax / 75% of MPs call for increase in HMRC funding

Two out of three MPs believe that government should be clearer on its tax strategy, while three-quarters have called for increased investment in HMRC, according to research from the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and ACCA

Tax / Consultation on electric car workplace charging tax exemptions

HMRC has launched a technical consultation seeking comments on workplace charging tax exemptions for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles which were announced at Autumn Budget 2017

Tax / HMRC seeks views on insolvency regime abuse

HMRC is exploring ways to tackle those who deliberately abuse the insolvency regime in trying to avoid or evade their tax liabilities, including through the use of phoenixism, and is seeking feedback on a discussion document

Tax / ATT warns employers to review value of salary sacrifice schemes

Transitional protections from tax which had applied to benefits provided under optional remuneration arrangements (OpRA), such as salary sacrifice schemes, have now ended following the introduction on the 2018/19 tax year, with the ATT warning employers to consider if they need to recalculate the value of benefits for tax purposes

Tax / Proposals to tackle hidden offshore profits

HMRC is inviting views on proposals first announced at Autumn Budget 2017 to tackle avoidance schemes where profits of trades or professions are moved outside the UK tax charge, often using offshore trusts and companies

Tax / Tax take from sugar levy dissolves as manufacturers reformulate

The amount of tax to be raised via the new soft drinks industry levy, in force from today, has been slashed, with the government claiming the threat of the ‘sugar tax’ has resulted in over 50% of manufacturers reformulating their products in order to avoid the charge, which is now predicted to bring in £240m rather than £520m in its first year