Tax / OTS proposes PAYE for online platform gig workers

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) is suggesting the introduction of a PAYE option for online platform workers, which would see operators such as Deliveroo or Uber deducting tax from their earnings and thereby taking responsibility for fulfilling the tax obligations of their workers

Tax / Increased transparency requirements put tax functions under pressure

Tax and finance functions are struggling to keep up with digital advances, a push towards transparency and global reforms of the international tax system, according to a survey conducted by EY

Tax / Record £850m of tax reliefs claimed by creative sector

TV hit ‘Peaky Blinders’ and Gary Oldman’s portrayal of Winston Churchill in the film ‘Darkest Hour’ are just two of dozens of examples from Britain’s world-leading creative sector to have benefited from over £850m of tax breaks in the last year, according to the latest HMRC statistics

Tax / HMRC tackles VAT avoidance via offshore looping

HMRC has amended legislation to shut down a VAT avoidance scheme in which financial services exploit current rules using offshore looping

Tax / Armed forces to be compensated for Scottish tax differential

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is to compensate thousands of military personnel based in Scotland against being left out of pocket because of differences between the Scottish tax regime and that used elsewhere in the UK, with top-up payments to be made each year

Tax / HMRC guidance on disguised remuneration scheme loan charges

HMRC has issued guidance on disguised remuneration schemes, whereby loans are paid instead of ordinary income to avoid income tax and National Insurance contributions (NICs), with users of such tax avoidance schemes now facing charges if they have not repaid their loan or agreement settlement by 5 April 2019

Tax / HMRC clarifies VAT treatment of car dealer deposit contributions

HMRC has published a brief explaining its policy on the VAT accounting treatment of car sales promotions where payments are said to be made by motor dealers to finance companies on behalf of the end customer, amid concerns that dealerships and others are adopting different approaches to these dealer deposit contributions (DDCs)

Tax / Post-Brexit VAT non-alignment to add to consumer costs

An amendment to the Brexit customs paper, passed by a narrow majority in Parliament on Monday, which will see the UK exit the EU VAT regime is also likely to increase costs for UK consumers buying goods directly from EU businesses, RSM is warning

Tax / Company car tax: key issues for fleet managers

Nigel Morris, tax director, MHA MacIntyre Hudson examines the current state of company car taxation and the key issues for fleet managers

Tax / PAYE code notices delayed

HMRC is warning employers of problems with its online PAYE service, which include failure to supply employers with this year’s P9 tax code notices, advising them of the correct code for employees for the new tax year, and instances where PAYE accounts are not showing the latest position

Tax / £20bn fund for NHS will raise taxes

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) is warning that the Prime Minister’s recent pledge to increase spending on the NHS is likely to put significant pressure on public finances, placing public sector net debt on an ‘unsustainable upward trajectory’, unless the government introduces future tax rises or spending cuts

Tax / Griffiths resigns as small business minister

Andrew Griffiths, MP for Burton, has resigned as small business minister in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) after sending texts of a sexual nature to two female constituents

Tax / HMRC under fire over ‘mutuality of obligation’ in contractor jobs

HMRC has come under fire for failing to include a test for mutuality of obligation (MOO) as part of its check employment status for tax (CEST) tool used to determine whether or not public sector contractors fall within the IR35 framework, amid claims this approach will prove unworkable if it is extended to the private sector

Tax / Reversal on care worker ‘sleep-in’ back pay causes HMRC concern

A Court of Appeal ruling on payments to care workers on ‘sleep-in shifts’, which says they should receive a flat rate per night and not the national minimum wage (NMW), is set to save social care providers £400m in back pay, but looks likely to raise a number of issues regarding HMRC’s enforcement approach

Tax / Inheritance tax accounts IHT400: clarifying the timeline

HMRC has succumbed to pressure from practitioners and estate administrators to provide a timeline for when replies to submitted inheritance tax accounts IHT400 will be received. Rebecca Goldring, manager at Blick Rothenberg explains