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Tax / Sleight: Criminal Finances Act fails to stop tax evasion

The corporate offence of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion under the Criminal Finances Act 2017 has not been as effective as HMRC originally expected. David Sleight, criminal litigation partner at Kingsley Napley, asks why there have been so few HMRC investigations two years on

Tax / Dodwell: loan charge review requires judgment of Solomon

The Morse review of the loan charge needs to resolve the problem of disguised remuneration loan schemes effectively, particularly for those facing lower tax bills who entered the shemes without grasping the full tax implications, warns Bill Dodwell CTA (Fellow), head of the Office of Tax Simplification

Tax / Nunn: it's easy to get caught out by changes to property tax

Yvette Nunn examines the tax risks facing accidental landlords and second home owners when new tax rules on residential property sales come into force from April 2020

Tax / Nunn: do nudge taxes really work?

Yvette Nunn CTA asks whether the government’s efforts to change behaviour by putting taxes on everything from plastic bags to diesel vehicles, not to mention the apprenticeship levy on businesses, are an effective way of altering taxpayers’ mindsets

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 / Nunn: tax breaks may speed up adoption of electric cars

As tax on company cars escalates, Yvette Nunn asks whether there will be a revival of interest in the benefit when the government removes company car tax from lower emission vehicles in 2020

Tax / Dodwell: council tax reform proves problematic

Bill Dodwell CTA (Fellow), head of the Office of Tax Simplification, examines the complexities of reforming council tax where the regressive nature of the tax bands does not reflect property valuations

Tax / Nunn: time to scrap double tax return in first year of new business

Calls to remove the need for businesses to complete two tax returns in their first year, put forward by the Office of Tax Simplification, could be implemented overnight. Yvette Nunn, director of Berkeley Associates, sets out a simple change to Companies House’s default position

Tax / Nunn: absence of Making Tax Digital nudges and prompts

Relying on software exclusively for Making Tax Digital for VAT is fraught with potential problems, with any errors in calculation likely to create problems for taxpayers who do not know the complexities of tax law. Yvette Nunn, director of Berkeley Associates recommends a spreadsheet backup to avoid penalties down the line

Tax / Dodwell: does the cost of tax reliefs make sense?

The personal allowance costs the government £195bn a year in tax relief, while inheritance tax exemptions amount to £17bn a year, just some of the numerous reliefs adding to the complexity of the tax system but necessary to determine tax liability. Bill Dodwell, head of the Office for Tax Simplification (OTS), analyses the annual costs to the Exchequer

Tax / VAT updates: June 2019

In this month’s VAT roundup of significant cases, Graham Elliott CTA (Fellow), VAT specialist at City & Cambridge Consultancy, considers the judgments on the timing of a tax point in Budimex, non-owners’ import obligations, and when prescription drugs can, and cannot, be zero rated following Pearl Chemist decision

Tax / Nunn: VAT surcharge decision highlights MTD penalty threat

Yvette Nunn CTA, director of Berkeley Associates, welcomes a sensible decision in the recent Farrell VAT surcharge case, but fears the tribunal system will not cope unless HMRC ditches automatic penalties when Making Tax Digital for VAT is in full force

Tax / VAT updates: May 2019

In this month’s VAT roundup of significant cases, Graham Elliott CTA (Fellow), VAT specialist at City & Cambridge Consultancy, considers the judgments in Praesto at the Court of Appeal and the CJEU judgment in Mydibel in respect of the capital goods scheme

Tax / Dodwell: digitising tax system removes control from taxpayers

In the face of tax digitisation, HMRC may be removing control over tax contributions from individuals to the state. Bill Dodwell, head of tax policy at the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) argues that a review of the design of the tax system is overdue

Tax / Does Lorraine Kelly's IR35 case set a precedent?

In a series of contradictory IR35 case decisions, some celebrity taxpayers have come out on top as tax tribunals have ruled against HMRC over the use of personal service companies. Aidan Grant, associate, and Peter Daniel, partner at Collyer Bristow LLP, consider the latest Kelly judgment and whether the current rules need clarification
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