Tax

Tax / Self assessment records used to recover £818m in unpaid council tax

HMRC has released details of data sharing arrangements with local authorities where it is trialling self assessment and tax data exchange to clamp down on council tax debt

Tax / Google hit with €1bn French tax payment

The French government is claiming a ‘historic’ victory in a long running tax battle with Google, after reaching a €945m (£845m) settlement with the tech giant over tax fraud allegations

Tax / Pub chain plans VAT-cut day of action

Beer drinkers have something to celebrate this weekend when national chain Wetherspoons is cutting the price of a pint in the build up to its proposed UK-wide National Tax Equality Day

Tax / Art treasures worth £58m used to settle tax

A 17th-century manor house and a Damien Hearst bronze sculpture were among cultural items accepted by the nation in exchange for tax breaks last year, with the total of £58.6m in tax settlements the highest ever

Tax / Flexible NHS pension scheme consultation opens

The government has launched its promised consultation on proposals to give senior NHS doctors and nurses access to more flexible pensions, in a bid to stem the numbers of clinicians reducing their working hours or resigning because of increases in their tax bills

Tax / 120,000 businesses miss first MTD for VAT deadline

Some 120,000 businesses have missed the first deadline for filing under the Making Tax Digital regime, and HMRC has sent out ‘TV licence’-style reminders urging them to do so before next month, but will not be taking enforcement action at present

Tax / ‘Phantom’ FDI tops $15 trillion

Almost 40% of global foreign direct investment (FDI), totalling some $15trn, is so-called ‘phantom’ capital intended to minimise a company’s tax liabilities rather than finance productive activity, according to research by the IMF and the University of Copenhagen

Tax / Ex NAO chief to lead independent review of loan charge

The former head of the National Audit Office (NAO), Sir Amyas Morse, will head up the independent review into the controversial loan charge, which has seen HMRC pitted against taxpayers who used disguised remuneration schemes over the last decade, and is set to report by mid November

Tax / Finance Bill 2019–20: draft legislation at a glance

With all consultations relating to Finance Bill 2019-20 now closed for comment, Sarah Arnold, tax writer at Croner-i, gives a rundown of the key tax changes proposed and how they will affect UK businesses and individual taxpayers when enacted after the Budget this autumn 

Tax / CGT overhaul ‘to raise £90bn’

Bringing taxation on assets in line with the regime for income tax could raise £90bn over five years, according to a report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) which is calling for the removal of the capital gains tax (CGT) regime

Tax / Will inheritance tax ever be simplified?

Nimesh Patel, senior tax manager at Grunberg & Co, looks at recent proposals from the Office of Tax Simplification to see whether inheritance tax (IHT) really is set to become less complex and why there would be winners and losers from any reform plan to tax and estate planning

Tax / Treasury Committee names McKinnell as second interim chair

Timing issues and resignations have seen the temporary appointment of a second interim chair to the influential Treasury Committee in less than a week

Tax / Devolved air passenger duty for Wales rejected

The government has rejected proposals to devolve responsibility over air passenger duty (APD) to Wales, unlike in Scotland and Northern Ireland, citing concerns about the possible impact on competition

Tax / VAT Q&A: property on hand at deregistration

In our regular Q&A, Vivienne Scott, senior VAT consultant at Croner Taxwise, considers the implications of deregistration with property on hand when an owner has invested heavily in refurbishment

Tax / Glencore wins £51m transfer pricing tax appeal

Anglo-Swiss multinational mining group Glencore has won a A$92m (£51m) victory in a long-running transfer pricing dispute with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
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