Tax planning

Tax / Buy-to-let landlord campaign fails to fill £500m tax gap

Despite HMRC’s campaign to target underpayments of tax due on rental properties, less than 3% of estimated eligible landlords have used the let property disclosure facility, according to data from Saffery Champness, which is warning that property taxation is likely to see a greater focus as landlords come under scrutiny over their tax compliance

Tax / Q&A: a valid notice of enquiry?

Steven Jones, tax adviser at Croner Taxwise, considers whether or not a HMRC notice of enquiry can be cancelled if it is sent to an individual’s old address and previous tax adviser

Tax / Spring Statement 2019: implementation dates effective March 2019 onwards

Our essential snapshot of the key measures announced in Spring Statement 2019, Budget 2018, Spring Statement 2018 and Autumn Budget 2017, including rule changes to EIS funds, structures and buildings allowance, digital services tax, amendments to diverted profits tax, and more

Tax / Hong Kong leapfrogs UK for offshore company registrations

Hong Kong has toppled the UK as the top international financial centre (IFC) for global corporate services, while the trend towards moving business to onshore and mid-shore jurisdictions continues to increase, according to research by Vistra

Tax / Scottish government consults on devolved tax policy framework

The Scottish Government is consulting on a new approach to the planning, management and implementation of the fully devolved taxes in Scotland, with the aim of bringing greater transparency and efficiency to the process, and broader engagement with taxpayers and the accountancy profession

Tax / Etherington: what's driving decline in use of tax paying trusts

With the number of tax paying trusts in serious decline, has Britain just fallen out of love with trusts or are complex tax rules and related risks driving behaviour, asks Chris Etherington CTA, private client partner at RSM

Tax / HMRC wins battle to tax Lehman Brothers interest payments

HMRC has won a longstanding legal challenge over whether or not PwC as administrators to collapsed bank Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (LBIE) should deduct income tax from some £5bn of interest payable to creditors, after the Supreme Court ruled in its favour

Tax / Call for ‘weekly national allowance’ to replace income tax allowance

There are calls for the government to abolish the income tax personal allowance, which was confirmed as £12,500 in the Spring Statement, and replace it with a weekly cash payment of £48 to all adults earning under £12,500 in a bid to lift 200,000 families out of poverty

Tax / Call for withdrawal of probate ‘tax’

The government’s decision to hike probate fees to over £6,000 for large estates means the charge is now classified as a new tax, and the Treasury is facing calls for the move to be debated as part of the Finance Bill

Tax / One in four businesses aware of corporate criminal offence for tax evasion

Just a quarter of businesses are aware of tough new corporate criminal offences relating to activity which is seen to facilitate tax evasion and only 8% have carried out training in this area

Tax / Perfect VAT storm is coming, that’s a certainty post-Brexit

Ongoing Brexit negotiations continue to generate uncertainty, but what is clear is that UK businesses are heading towards a perfect VAT storm when Making Tax Digital and Brexit VAT changes collide, warns Ian Carpenter, partner and head of indirect tax at RSM

Tax / Spring Statement 2019: no Making Tax Digital extension for two years

Chancellor Philip Hammond has confirmed that Making Tax Digital will not be extended to buy-to-let landlords or businesses before 2021 at the earliest

Tax / Spring Statement 2019: draft legislation on capital allowance for non-residential buildings

As part of the Spring Statement, HMRC and the Treasury have published a consultation seeking views on draft legislation for non-residential structures and buildings capital allowance, which provides relief on eligible construction costs incurred on or after 29 October 2018

Tax / Spring Statement 2019: government to publish raft of consultations

The Spring Statement’s written ministerial statement outlines 13 consultations, draft regulations and call for evidence documents which are due to be published in the coming months, including regulations for maturing child trust funds and a consultation on extending private residence relief in capital gains tax (CGT)

Tax / Spring Statement 2019: late payment clampdown on big business

The Chancellor has announced plans to clamp down on late payments with a requirement for the audit committees at listed companies to report on their payment performance in the annual report and accounts
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