Tax

Tax / CIOT president attacks loan charge legislation

The president of CIOT, Ray McCann, has told the Treasury sub-committee that the government’s approach to tackling disguised remuneration was ‘worse than retrospective legislation’ in that it removed the legal protections provided to taxpayers

Tax / Avoid getting caught out by OpRA rules on benefits in kind

Andrew Brookes, head of employment solutions at Menzies LLP, examines the changes to the rules affecting optional remuneration arrangements (OpRA) and explains why employers must consider how their tax positions could be affected

Tax / Q&A: administration procedures for estates

Croner Taxwise tax consultant David Woolley looks at HMRC’s continually-changing requirements for the administration of an estate and what representatives need to do to fulfil their filing obligations

Tax / CIOT warns Finance Bill tweaks damage confidence

CIOT has warned that a number of minor changes to Finance Bill 2018-19 (FB 2018-19) risk undermining the consistency depended on by taxpayers, reducing confidence and affecting international competitiveness

Tax / Self assessment tax returns and cash flow

As people get into the Christmas spirit, self-assessment taxpayers are facing the doom and gloom of 31st January 2019 tax bill but a cash flow benefit can be achieved by getting your tax return in early, says Paul Haywood-Schiefer, tax manager at Blick Rothenberg

Tax / Walker: cost implications of digital services tax

The digital services tax (DST) announced in the Budget will lay a heavy compliance burden on businesses, especially when it comes to UK profit margins, argues Eloise Walker, partner at Pinsent Masons

Tax / 37% of accountants stalling over MTD

A survey of tax professionals’ attitudes and company readiness for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT shows that companies and accountants are lagging behind in their preparations and 70% are waiting for future announcements until they commit to a process

Tax / Call to rethink tax system to tackle climate change

In the week of the annual UN conference on climate change, ACCA is calling for governments to rethink the design of the tax system holistically in a bid to counter the impact of climate change on business and society, by increasing taxes on pollution and natural resource use

Tax / Corporate taxes and VAT drive revenue spike

Tax revenues in advanced economies have continued to increase, with taxes on companies and personal consumption representing an increasing share of total government revenues, according to an annual review by the OECD

Tax / £8m fund for post-Brexit customs support

Ahead of the UK leaving the EU next March, HMRC and the Treasury have announced an £8m funding scheme for customs intermediaries and traders towards the cost of training and IT improvements required to handle imports and exports post-Brexit

Tax / EU council hears doubts over digital services tax

The EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) has discussed the implementation of a digital services tax, with representatives disagreeing on how such a tax would work in practice and some countries calling for a delay until the OECD reaches a solution

Tax / Voluntary return policy to get statutory footing

Meg Wilson CTA, tax writer at Croner-i, looks at why HMRC’s existing policy on voluntary returns is being legislated for, including cases which have concluded that unsolicited tax returns are not valid, and what impact this change will have on UK taxpayers and tax advisors

Tax / Ashley calls for immediate 20% tax on online sales

Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley has claimed that the high street is ‘already dead’ due to the impact of the internet on consumers, and that the only way to redress the balance would be to institute a 20% tax on online sales and massive cuts to business rates

Tax / HMRC amends rules on termination payment tax

HMRC has updated guidance on the new rules for the taxation of termination payments, introduced to counter manipulation of the system, to reflect changed dates in relation to employer national insurance contributions (NICs) and to sporting testimonials

Tax / Lords call for greater oversight of HMRC powers

Recent powers provided to HMRC undermine the rule of law and hinder taxpayers' access to justice, and the tax authority should be subject to greater oversight and its powers reviewed, as the balanced has been tipped ‘unfairly’ in its favour, according to a House of Lords report

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