Tax compliance

Tax / HMRC criticised over 'stretched' resources and helplines

The standard of service on HMRC helplines and 'stretched' resources remain major concerns for taxpayers, exacerbated by the additional pressure due to Brexit, according to the latest research into attitudes to the tax authority

Tax / Top tax tips: when expenses are non deductible against income

Jonathan Amponsah, founder of The Tax Guys, gives a rundown of 10 expenses which cannot be claimed against income even if incurred for business, highlighting potential tax traps after HMRC wins in Healy and Samadian expenses cases

Tax / Government exempts Windrush compensation payments from tax

Payments made under the Windrush Compensation Scheme will be exempt from income tax, inheritance tax and capital gains tax, HMRC has announced

Tax / Trade and asset sales: tax implications - part 1

Croner-i tax writer Paul Davies FCA CTA unpicks the tax implications of trade and asset sales by a company to an unconnected third party looking at how every component of the sale can have an impact on tax efficiency

Tax / ECJ ruling sees red diesel outlawed for pleasure boats

Private pleasure crafts will no longer be able to use red diesel on UK waterways as a result of a European court ruling

Tax / Changes to CGT property reliefs under fire

Government plans to change the capital gains tax (CGT) relief regime on private residences by halving the period for main residence exemption have been heavily criticised for displaying inconsistencies with the rules on stamp duty land tax (SDLT), and for a lack of  communication to those affected

Tax / VAT Q&A: how travel agents must account for VAT using billback arrangement

In this week’s Q&A, Vivienne Scott, senior VAT consultant at Croner Taxwise, explains how travel agents must use the Tour Operators’ Margin Scheme (TOMS) to account for VAT

Tax / Company cars: calculating tax on car benefit - part 1

In the first of a series on company car tax, Julie Clift CTA, tax writer at Croner-i, explains the calculations when assessing company cars as a taxable benefit and defining reason of employment

Tax / France faces US backlash on 3% digital services tax

France is to introduce a 3% digital services tax, the first European country to do so, and now faces the risk of retaliation from the US, which argues that the levy unfairly targets multinational tech giants

Tax / Treasury plans one-year tax break for zero-emission company cars

The government plans to remove company car tax for newly registered zero emission models for one year from 2020 to offset the impact of the Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP)

Tax / Talksport presenter wins £143k IR35 appeal

Talksport radio show host Paul Hawksbee has won his IR35 appeal at a First Tier Tribunal (FTT), marking another defeat for HMRC over the question of whether broadcasters working via personal service companies (PSCs) should be considered as employees, reports Pat Sweet

Tax / VAT Q&A: how to re-register for VAT

In our regular Q&A series, Croner Taxwise VAT consultants explain the rules around re-registering a business for VAT after a period of time when turnover fell below the VAT threshold

Tax / Bank and apprenticeship levy raise £37bn since 2010

HMRC has collected an additional £37bn from new taxes introduced over the past decade, according to research from UHY Hacker Young

Tax / Ward: inheritance tax overhaul would remove useful exemptions

Proposals to overhaul inheritance tax may look good on the surface, but it is a case of removal of complexity would lead to the abolition of some useful tax breaks like taper relief and gifting exemptions. James Ward, head of the private client team at Kingsley Napley LLP, examines the Office of Tax Simplification recommendations

Tax / Call for radical overhaul of inheritance tax and lifetime gifting

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has recommended sweeping reforms of inheritance tax in a bid to reduce complexity as more people are caught by the tax as house prices soar, but has no proposals to deal with the overly complex residential nil rate band, reports Sara White
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