HMRC

Tax / 1.13m businesses still to sign up to Making Tax Digital

With just one week to go until Making Tax Digital for VAT is introduced for more than a million businesses, HMRC says just 70,000 have signed up for the new service, which is mandatory from 1 April

Tax / Investigations into apprenticeship levy underpayments double

The number of investigations launched by HMRC into the underpayment of the apprenticeship levy has more than doubled in a year to 84, up from 33 in 2017/18, according to analysis by UHY Hacker Young

Tax / When is a temporary workplace not a temporary workplace for tax purposes?

Temporary workplace expense claims can be a challenge for employers when it comes to ensuring HMRC compliance with tax rules. David Redfern, managing director of DSR Tax Claims, examines potential pitfalls when  determining whether claims should be allowed

Tax / Scrap metal company tops tax defaulter list owing £16.4m

HMRC’s latest list of major tax defaulters is topped by a scrap metal company owing £16.4m on £22.9m unpaid tax, followed by a restaurant owing £626,461, with a raft of takeaways and construction services also featuring

Tax / TV’s Lorraine Kelly wins £1.2m IR35 appeal

TV presenter Lorraine Kelly has won an appeal at a First Tier Tribunal (FTT) over a £1.2m demand for unpaid income tax and National Insurance contributions (NICs) arising from a challenge to her employment status under IR35

Tax / Offshore tax evasion clampdown produces 5.67m financial records

The crackdown on tax avoidance and evasion by individuals with offshore financial interests has resulted in over three million reports from overseas tax authorities to HMRC about UK residents holding funds offshore as a result of data generated through the Common Reporting Standard, reports Sara White

Tax / HMRC collecting individuals' data through Making Tax Digital software

Although people may not be using HMRC services directly, the tax authority can still collect individuals' data through tax advisers and Making Tax Digital software

Tax / Is a tractor a farming utensil for tax purposes?

Andrew Hubbard, tax consultant and partner at RSM, considers a recent case on whether a tractor was a utensil for tax relief purposes, which raised an interesting point of testing legislation in court to establish the true meaning of particular words

Tax / Self assessment tax returns: tips on post-submission problems

Completing an annual self assessment return by the 31 January deadline is only the first step to tax compliance. Paul Webster, senior tax manager at ACA Compliance Group, provides tips and advice on how to deal with any problems from payment on account issues to delays in processing amended tax returns and missing NIC payments

Tax / Making Tax Digital for VAT registration takes seven working days

HMRC has warned that the registration process for Making Tax Digital for VAT, due to come into effect from 1 April, will take seven days to complete, and will not be a real time service

Tax / Q&A: a valid notice of enquiry?

Steven Jones, tax adviser at Croner Taxwise, considers whether or not a HMRC notice of enquiry can be cancelled if it is sent to an individual’s old address and previous tax adviser

Tax / HMRC targets accountants over tax evading clients

HMRC sent over 1,400 production orders to accountants, lawyers and other professional services firms last year demanding information on clients that it wants to investigate for suspected tax evasion

Tax / Spring Statement 2019: implementation dates effective March 2019 onwards

Our essential snapshot of the key measures announced in Spring Statement 2019, Budget 2018, Spring Statement 2018 and Autumn Budget 2017, including rule changes to EIS funds, structures and buildings allowance, digital services tax, amendments to diverted profits tax, and more

Tax / HMRC wins battle to tax Lehman Brothers interest payments

HMRC has won a longstanding legal challenge over whether or not PwC as administrators to collapsed bank Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (LBIE) should deduct income tax from some £5bn of interest payable to creditors, after the Supreme Court ruled in its favour

Tax / Call for ‘weekly national allowance’ to replace income tax allowance

There are calls for the government to abolish the income tax personal allowance, which was confirmed as £12,500 in the Spring Statement, and replace it with a weekly cash payment of £48 to all adults earning under £12,500 in a bid to lift 200,000 families out of poverty
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