Law and regulation

Tax / Disincorporation pros and cons: limited company versus sole trader

Stephen Relf ACA CTA examines the pros and cons of setting up a limited company versus operating as a sole trader, and assesses the critical tax compliance issues when planning a disincorporation

Tax / Proposed property anti money laundering rules too weak

Loopholes in proposed legislation designed to prevent money laundering through the UK property market need to be addressed if it is to be fully effective, a joint select committee has warned

Tax / What you need to know: diverted profits tax – part 2

In the second of a three part series on the diverted profits tax (DPT), Mark Cawthron LLB CTA, tax writer at Croner-i considers recent developments from UK implementation to interaction with OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) rules

Tax / Remuneration trust avoidance scheme labelled high risk

HMRC has issued a warning regarding a tax avoidance scheme, which it says is often marketed as a wealth management strategy, and is used to disguise income and other taxable profits as loans or fiduciary receipts by using a remuneration trust

Tax / Tax planning: Luxembourg cuts corporation tax rate to 17%

Following the smooth passage of a new Budget bill, Luxembourg has cut the rate of corporate income tax to 17% with immediate effect to attract more international investors, but beware the tax compliance issues for multinationals, says William Jean-Baptiste, partner at Ogier

Tax / HMRC ordered to delete illegally held voice records

HMRC has been given 28 days to delete an estimated five million taxpayer biometric ‘voice prints’ obtained from callers to its helplines, after an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found they were being held illegally in contravention of data protection rules

Tax / What you need to know: diverted profits tax – part 1

In the first of a three part series on the diverted profits tax (DPT), Mark Cawthron LLB CTA, tax writer at Croner-I considers whether it has acted as a deterrent to multinationals attempting to mitigate their tax bills and compliance issues

Tax / French tax rates for high net worth individuals lowered

The French finance bill for 2019 adjusted the general 30% flat tax on financial incomes, the real estate wealth tax and the business transmission tax regime for high net worth individuals in a bid to keep more wealthy French at home. Benoît Couty, partner at Pichard & Associés, examines the changes

Tax / Penalty perils for early enrolment for Making Tax Digital

Businesses that have already signed up for Making Tax Digital for VAT but are yet to file their latest VAT return need to act quickly to avoid possible penalties if they encounter problems making VAT payments on time, the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) is warning

Tax / Termination award tax change from April 2020

Rules set to come into force in 2020 will align the income tax and national insurance contributions (NICs) on termination awards and sporting testimonials, closing a current loophole, which allows effective tax planning

Tax / Criminal Finances Act 2017: facilitation of tax evasion rules

HMRC is ramping up its action against businesses which fail to prevent facilitation of tax evasion by staff, but compliance levels are low. Businesses should act now given the risk of corporate criminal investigations, explains Ben Jones, tax partner at Eversheds Sutherland

Tax / HMRC’s direct recovery of debt powers bring in £178m tax

HMRC is claiming the new direct recovery of debt (DRD) powers to recover money owed directly from individuals’ bank and building society accounts have raised £178m of tax revenue, against a background of a low volume of complaints, objections or appeals, with the majority settling before direct intervention was needed

Tax / Treasury consults on extension of Money Laundering Directive to tax advice

The Treasury has issued a consultation on plans to introduce the EU’s Fifth Money Laundering Directive into UK law, which will bring tax advice into the remit for the first time 

Tax / Compliance fears drive increased use of tax technology

Company boards are increasingly concerned about tax compliance and planning, partly because of initiatives such as Making Tax Digital for VAT and automatic exchange of tax information, driving a 20% hike in investment in tax technology

Tax / Tax compliance and loss relief for worthless assets

Stephanie Webber ACA CTA examines the tax compliance issues for assets that have become worthless, considering capital gains tax liability, tangible and intangible assets, negligible value claims and crystallising losses under Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992
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