Tax

Tax / Sugar tax should net pre-mixed alcoholic drinks

An anti-sugar lobby group is calling for the government to extend the parameters of the sugar levy to cover pre-mixed alcoholic and energy drinks which are packed with hidden sugar

Tax / Time to pay arrangements for individual taxpayers clarified

HMRC has issued guidance for individual taxpayers on how to settle a tax debt using a negotiated time to pay arrangement

Tax / HMRC opens 300,762 self assessment investigations

Taxpayers who have yet to file before the January 31 deadline are being warned to make sure their information is accurate, despite the tight deadline, as HMRC opened over 300,000 investigations into self assessment tax returns in the last year

Tax / VAT treatment of recharged salary costs

Employee salary costs can be liable for VAT when recharged between subsidiaries and related companies. Sarah Kay examines potential pitfalls for employers from risks for group payroll functions to distinctions of supply of staff or supply of services 

Tax / US and France negotiate digital tax agreement

There are signs that France and the US are looking for a way to end their dispute over French plans to introduce a digital tax, which has seen the US threaten retaliatory tariffs on French products

Tax / Government waters down loan charge rules

The government has backed down on original time frame for loan charge compliance giving taxpayers who signed up to schemes approved by HMRC before 2015 greater leniency and offering five-year time to pay arrangements

Tax / Q&A: nil rate band and inheritance tax

In our regular Q&A series from Croner Taxwise, tax advice consultant, Kiya Jacobs explains how the nil rate band works under inheritance tax rules when children inherit the main residence

Tax / HMRC enquiries: do not assume all requests are justified

During a tax investigation, HMRC will make requests for information, but it must do so within a set timeframe and be justified, fair and reasonable. Withers tax director Jeff Millington explains the rights of taxpayers, discovery powers and time limits

Tax / Shih Tzu ‘guard dog’ goes hungry after failed expense claim

Every year, HMRC receives imaginative excuses and expense claims following the 31 January self assessment deadline from out of control guard dogs to a DJ too busy to fill in his form

Tax / Flybe confirms time to pay arrangement over £10m APD tax arrears

Flybe has rejected claims that it owed HMRC over a £100m in airline passenger duty (APD) arrears, stating that the unpaid tax is closer to £10m

Tax / HMRC crackdown on footballers using tax schemes

Miles Dean, head of international tax at Andersen Tax, examines whether it was foreseeable that HMRC and the courts would end up not only attacking tax avoidance schemes (and winning), but also shutting down an industry that had gone out of control?

Tax / Tax transparency essential to tackle $600bn avoidance bill

Businesses need to provide more transparent reporting on tax to give shareholders and the public a better understanding of their tax policy and wider contribution to society

Tax / Self assessment: what expenses can you claim when self-employed?

It is important to distinguish between business and personal expenses when completing annual self assessment tax returns. David Redfern, managing director of DSR Tax Claims, explains the categories of business expenses self-employed workers can use to offset tax liabilities

Tax / Self assessment deadline looms

Around five million taxpayers are yet to file their tax returns before the 31 January deadline

Tax / Global anti-money laundering fines top £6bn

A record number of anti-money laundering (AML) penalties were handed down worldwide last year, totalling over $8bn (£6.2bn), with the US authorities taking the lead, imposing twice as many fines as UK regulators
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