International tax

Tax / Finance Bill 2020-21: legislation and consultations announced

On 21 July, the government released draft legislation for this year's Finance Bill, plus details of the consultations first trailed at the Spring Budget, Accountancy Daily has consolidated these announcements with full details below

Tax / Offshore bank accounts in HMRC’s sights under DAC 6

Through its disclosure facilities, HMRC learnt more about tax avoidance schemes, but from January 2021 further transparency under the DAC 6 EU directive give it greater firepower over offshore bank accounts, says Harbottle and Lewis’ Gary Ashford CTA

Tax / Tackling the £31bn tax gap: what’s next?

As HMRC reveals a shrinking tax gap, BDO’s Dawn Register and Tom Palmer investigate where and how the tax collector can find the missing billions, from a focus on offshore and the wealthy to those that simply do not pay

Tax / Early tax planning vital for those fleeing Hong Kong for UK life

Navigating the UK tax system for Hong Kong investors, immigrants and BN(O) passport holders can be very complex, as rules change and poor planning create extra tax bills, says Alfred Liu, senior associate at law firm Forsters

Tax / UK overseas territories to make company beneficial ownership details public

Eight of the UK’s overseas territories have committed to introducing publicly accessible registers of company beneficial ownership within the next three years as part of attempts to improve financial transparency, leaving the British Virgin Islands (BVI) as the only significant financial centre still to do so

Tax / Covid-19: delays to overseas VAT claims

HMRC has admitted that changes to its working practices, as a result of the pandemic, have resulted in delays in processing and refunding VAT claims submitted under the Overseas Refund Scheme

Tax / US claims ‘impasse’ on digital services tax talks

The US has pulled out of the discussions on the OECD’s plans for a global tax framework for multinationals in the digital economy, claiming the talks are at an ‘impasse’, and raising the prospect of retaliatory action over any digital services tax (DST)

Tax / EU tax moves impact on UK trade

With Brussels is planning new taxes around carbon, plastic and digital services to bolster the EU economy after coronavirus, the effects of may be felt by UK importers and exporters, says RSM’s George Bull

Tax / Trump threats on digital tax reveals policy free-for-all

With US technology giants in the sights of any digital services tax, investigation could see a new tariff war launched against many countries including the UK, writes Avalara’s Richard Asquith

Tax / US to probe UK’s digital services tax

The US has launched an investigation into digital services taxes (DSTs) that have been adopted or are being considered by a number of its trading partners, including the UK, on the grounds that they will unfairly penalise companies like Google and Amazon

Tax / Delay to EU’s e-commerce directive raises questions for UK business

Plans to push back directive and VAT one stop shop by six months raise concerns if Brexit transition period ends on 31 December, but create opportunity to plan ahead, argues Andy Spencer, professional services director at Accordance

Tax / Food and drink industry face Brexit VAT bill

Now that the UK is in the transition period after leaving the EU, Accordance’s VAT consultant Russell Hughes unpicks the menu of obstacles facing the food and drink sector trading across borders, keeping friction down and wastage low

Tax / Covid-19: inconsistent VAT reliefs create business confusion across EU

While deferred VAT payments has been used by governments in Europe to ease the financial burden of struggling businesses in their own countries, an inconsistent approach is creating a confusing picture, argues Accordance’s Andy Spencer

Tax / Covid-19: travel restrictions impact tax residence

Directors need to monitor carefully their location when making board meeting decisions to avoid an unintended taxable presence during the current lockdowns, say Stuart Sinclair and Serena Lee of law firm Akin Gump

Tax / Covid-19: Branson told BVI lockdown hideaway not a collateral asset

Multimillionaire Sir Richard Branson has been told that the government is not prepared to hand out a £500m bailout loan for Virgin Atlantic, the airline in which he owns a minority 20% stake, with majority shares held by EU and US owned carriers
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