Tax / Remote gaming duty receipts hit £520m a year

Revenue from remote gaming duty (RGD), which is levied on online or internet based gambling via electronic devices, has risen sharply since the tax was introduced three years ago, prompting calls for some of the £529m raised annually to be invested in helping problem gamblers

Tax / Tax overpayments hit £31m as pension drawdown rockets

A record number of people withdrew funds from their pension pots in the first three months of the year, with 648,000 payments to 284,000 individuals, but problems remain with overpayments of tax, with £31.1m claimed in the first quarter of 2019

Tax / Treasury commits to keeping cash and coins

The Treasury has confirmed the government’s commitment to safeguarding cash as a method of payment, and is to launch a new group with regulators and the Bank of England to set strategy and co-ordinate work to ensure nationwide access continues

Tax / Moral outrage forces richest taxpayers to avoid tax schemes

The UK’s wealthiest taxpayers are becoming more wary about using complex tax planning and contrived tax avoidance schemes, after public concerns about moral behaviour, but still view inheritance tax (IHT) as a punitive ‘double tax’, reports Pat Sweet

Tax / Taxman curbs use of MSC avoidance schemes

HMRC is clamping down on the use of live tax avoidance schemes falling under the management service company (MSC) legislation after winning a Court of Appeal hearing against Costelloe Business Services

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 / Alternative dispute resolution and HMRC - NEW CPD module

This month’s exclusive Accountancy Daily CPD module will look at the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process, which uses mediation to resolve tax disagreements between taxpayers and HMRC

Tax / Tax updates: May 2019

In this month’s tax updates, cases include Loose Women’s star IR35 win while Hustle actor’s Big Bad Wolffe company loses NIC appeal, a taxpayer’s unsolicited tax returns are rejected, HMRC wins £40m Hyrax case, IR35 private sector rules released, Treasury reports on loan charge, HMRC consults on PRR and multinationals face CFC clawback

Tax / DWP slated over £150m carer's allowance clawback

The Department for Work and  Pensions (DWP)  has identified more than double the number of carer’s allowance overpayments since introducing new data matching systems with HMRC and employing additional staff, and is planning to recover £150m, according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO)

Tax / French tax rates for high net worth individuals lowered

The French finance bill for 2019 adjusted the general 30% flat tax on financial incomes, the real estate wealth tax and the business transmission tax regime for high net worth individuals in a bid to keep more wealthy French at home. Benoît Couty, partner at Pichard & Associés, examines the changes

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 / Treasury probes value of social investment tax relief

The Treasury has published a call for evidence on the social investment tax relief (SITR), in a bid to understand the impact of the scheme which has been substantially under-used and is currently due to end in two years’ time

Tax / Deductible vs non-deductible business expenses

Expenses can be claimed as an allowable business expense but there are strict rules about which are allowed by HMRC. David Redfern, managing director of DSR Tax Claims, explains what can and cannot be claimed as an allowable expense

Tax / VAT Q&A: charity event exceeds threshold

In our regular VAT Q&A series from Coner Taxwise, senior VAT consultant Hilary Budd looks at whether an event that raised money for charity but went over the VAT threshold could benefit from the fundraising exemption

Tax / Tax filing deadlines: May - Aug 2019

The key HMRC filing deadlines from May to July 2019 including deadline for Forms P46(Car) (printed form) for quarter ended 5 April, P60 payroll reporting to employees and confirmation statements showing benefits that have had tax collected through payroll in 2018/19