Tax planning

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 / Amazon hikes UK seller fees in response to digital services tax

Online marketplace Amazon is to increase fees for UK sellers next month by 2%, in response to the introduction of the UK’s digital services tax (DST), in a move which is likely to increase costs for small businesses and traders who use the platform

Tax / HMRC’s let property campaign yield below expectations

An HMRC campaign targeted at increasing the tax take from properties which are let out is making slow progress, so far producing under a third of the yield expected, and with only a handful of landlords coming forward to make a disclosure, according to analysis by Saffery Champness

Tax / Covid-19: tax-free childcare extended

Tax-free childcare has been extended to 31 October for parents who may have fallen below the minimum income requirement, and critical workers who may have exceeded it

Tax / Consultation on expanding qualifying expenditure for R&D tax relief

The government is consulting on the scope of qualifying expenditures for R&D tax credits, focusing particularly on whether expenditures on data and cloud computing ought to qualify for relief

Tax / VAT updates: August 2020

In this month’s VAT updates, Graham Elliott reviews the changes to hospitality supplies, DIY housebuilder claims and child car seats

Tax / Inheritance tax receipts drop for first time in 10 years

Inheritance tax receipts (IHT) have dipped for the first time in a decade, reversing a long term trend, and prompting renewed calls for a change to the regime

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 / Consultation on possible new carbon emissions tax

The government is consulting on the operation of the new carbon emissions tax that could be introduced after the end of the Brexit transition period, in the event no linked UK Emissions Trading System (UK ETS) is agreed with the EU

Tax / HMRC wins IR35 appeal at Upper Tribunal

HMRC has won a significant Upper Tribunal appeal over the use of personal services companies (PSCs) by broadcasters, with the overturning of a previous ruling on the tax status of radio presenter and comedy writer Paul Hawksbee under IR35 regulations 

Tax / Treasury consults on pensions tax relief administration

The Treasury is consulting on how to plug a loophole in the way pensions tax relief operates, which means around 1.75m lower paid workers saving in a pension may end up in differing financial positions depending on how their scheme is administered

Tax / Fullelove: post-pandemic tax probe needs greater public debate

Following the launch of the Treasury committee’s enquiry into the tax system after coronavirus, Croner-i expert Glyn Fullelove sets out the issues, from wealth and digital taxes to the nature of employment and the three-person problem

Tax / Complex admin requirements of temporary VAT rate cut

With some businesses now facing three or even four different VAT rates, Crowe’s Robert Marchant unpicks the implications of the temporary reduction, assessing the impact of further tax compliance for the hospitality and tourism industries

Tax / HMRC sets up scheme for loan charge refunds

HMRC has published guidance on how it will administer the disguised remuneration repayment scheme, offering refunds to taxpayers who made voluntary payments of income tax or National Insurance prior to a change in the rules regarding the loan charge

Tax / Q&A: qualifying for Principal Private Residence Relief

In our regular Q&A series from Croner Taxwise, tax adviser, Sohail Butt explains how much of the gain will qualify for Principal Private Residence Relief when selling a property
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