Employment tax

Tax / What does the future hold for payroll after the Covid-19 pandemic?

National Payroll Week this year is an opportunity to recognise the unique challenges faced by all payroll professionals in the form of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), explored by Joanne Harris, technical commercial manager at Parasol

Tax / IR35 delay leads to blanket ban U-turn

The delay to the private sector IR35 roll-out has encouraged more employers to ‘get it right this time around’, with staffing companies reporting that over a third of hirers (35%) were making a U-turn on non-PSC decisions

Tax / Case: accountant’s failures ‘not a reasonable excuse’

A taxpayer who argued it was his accountant’s fault he incurred late filing penalties has lost his appeal at a tribunal, which said it was his responsibility to check the necessary paperwork had been submitted by the deadline

Tax / Warning on remuneration trust tax avoidance schemes

HMRC has warned that using remuneration trusts to replace income with loans and other forms of credit as a way of paying company directors is a form of tax avoidance

Tax / Government must tackle unexpected tax bill for NHS workers

Existing tax rules on free accommodation, meals and childcare should be axed for NHS staff who made great sacrifices to protect us all, says RSM’s Susan Ball

Tax / HMRC hit 20,000 taxpayers with toughest penalties over ‘deliberate’ errors

HMRC imposed 19,657 of its hardest penalties on taxpayers last year for committing what it describes as ‘deliberate’ errors in their tax returns, says UHY Hacker Young, with penalties set to increase as investigations restart

Tax / HMRC scores as football tax probes triple in one year

The number of HMRC investigations into the tax affairs of professional football players has hit nearly 250, with focus on image rights deals, UHY finds

Tax / Unexpected tax bills on horizon from coronavirus grants

Depending on how businesses and self-employed individuals prepare their accounts, there could be unexpectedly large tax bills for those that have received small business or retail, hospitality and leisure grants during the pandemic as early as this tax year, explains RSM’s Caroline Hulse

Tax / HMRC wins IR35 appeal at Upper Tribunal

HMRC has won a significant Upper Tribunal appeal over the use of personal services companies (PSCs) by broadcasters, with the overturning of a previous ruling on the tax status of radio presenter and comedy writer Paul Hawksbee under IR35 regulations 

Tax / Fullelove: post-pandemic tax probe needs greater public debate

Following the launch of the Treasury committee’s enquiry into the tax system after coronavirus, Croner-i expert Glyn Fullelove sets out the issues, from wealth and digital taxes to the nature of employment and the three-person problem

Tax / HMRC sets up scheme for loan charge refunds

HMRC has published guidance on how it will administer the disguised remuneration repayment scheme, offering refunds to taxpayers who made voluntary payments of income tax or National Insurance prior to a change in the rules regarding the loan charge

Tax / HMRC seeks views on tackling disguised remuneration tax avoidance

HMRC has opened a wide-ranging call for evidence on the continuing use of disguised remuneration (DR) tax avoidance schemes, seeking views on its approach, any variations which are not covered by existing legislation, and suggestions for further action

Tax / Finance Bill 2020-21: changes to tax treatment of termination payments

The government intends to bring in measures to remove unintended outcomes and bring fairness and clarity to the current legislation on termination payments, by making it clear that individuals will not receive less favourable tax treatment depending on their contract or residency

Tax / Chancellor urged to go further with Covid-19 support

Early reaction to the Chancellor’s summer update of measures to combat the economic challenges posed by Covid-19 has been largely positive, although there has been surprise at the lack of support for some badly affected sectors such as retail and aviation

Tax / Summer Statement: Chancellor offers job funding, VAT cuts and eat out discounts

Just four months after his first Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a summer economic update designed to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with a commitment to encouraging job creation through a government ‘plan for jobs’ and stimulus for consumer spending
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