International tax

Tax / OECD cracks down on misuse of preferential tax regimes

The OECD says international efforts spearheaded by its base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project to curb harmful tax practices and prevent the misuse of preferential tax regimes are having a tangible impact worldwide, according to its latest report on progress

Tax / OECD progresses on BEPS anti avoidance measures

Mark Cawthron LLB CTA, tax specialist at Croner-i, examines the developments in the OECD’s framework package on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) over the 12 months to June 2018 and the progress that has been made in the UK's approach to the 'digital challenge'

Tax / Collins: is the FTSE 100 doing enough to prevent tax evasion?

Jason Collins, partner, and Penny Simmons, senior practice development lawyer at Pinsent Masons, look at what companies are doing to prevent tax evasion and what more can be done

Tax / Rossow: changes to US alimony tax spell confusion

Tim Rossow CPA, principal at Rehmann, discusses the incoming changes to US matrimonial tax, under which where you get married, where you live and where you might get divorced is going to make a big difference

Tax / Offshore time limit change 'unnecessary and undesirable' say Lords

Lord Forsyth has written to the Chancellor on the subject of the changes to offshore time limits, expressing misgivings about the lack of consultation at early stages and the impact it will have on honest taxpayers

Tax / Budget 2018: implementation dates effective November 2018 onwards

Our essential snapshot of the key measures announced in Budget 2018, Spring Statement 2018 and Autumn Budget 2017, including digital services tax, SDLT first time buyers relief extension, amendments to diverted profits tax, off payroll working rules in the private sector reformed

Tax / Calls to relieve EU pensions of VAT burden

The relief of pension fund participants from unevenly-applied VAT charges on contracted management services has been called for by an EU pension representative and a Brussels-based advocacy group, who criticise the lack of 'political willingness'

Tax / Partial reinstatement of goodwill relief for IP businesses

HMRC and the Treasury have released detailed proposals for the partial reinstatement of relief for goodwill acquired in businesses with eligible intellectual property (IP) which will be included in Finance Bill 2018-19, alongside changes to the de-grouping charge rules which will be effective from 7 November 2018

Tax / Stamp duty land tax payment period halved from March 2019

Commercial and residential property owners need to be aware the government is reducing the amount of time allowed to pay stamp duty land tax from 2019

Tax / HMRC to ramp up guidance on online platform tax compliance

Following a consultation on addressing tax compliance for those who use online platforms for selling, HMRC is to enhance its guidance and is working with international agencies to improve data collection from platforms hosted overseas

Tax / HMRC chases GE for $1bn tax shortfall

General Electric has filed documents with the Securities and Exchange Committee (SEC) revealing that HMRC is investigating it for an alleged $1bn (£770m) shortfall in tax paid between 2004 and 2015

Tax / Oury: did Brexit or tax trigger the Unilever decision?

When Unilever decided to keep its global headquarters in the UK, many jumped on the decision as a boost for Brexit but tax jurisdiction matters are the more likely reason. Andrew Oury, partner at Oury Clark, considers the tax issues

Tax / EU plans 3% digital services tax by end of 2018

The EU is considering proposals to introduce a digital services tax on multinational tech giants, mirroring the UK's proposed digital tax, with the French finance minister calling for agreement before the end of the year

Tax / Budget 2018 briefing: key measures at a glance

In our roundup of Budget 2018 essentials, we review the key tax measures for businesses and individual taxpayers, from a time-limited hike in annual investment allowance to £1m, retention of entrepreneurs’ relief, frozen VAT threshold, a digital services tax for tech giants and an unexpected increase in the personal allowance

Tax / Budget 2018: key tax changes for businesses explained

Cathy Corns, partner at Mercer & Hole analyses the key Budget announcements affecting businesses from changes to capital allowances for capital spend, to R&D tax relief and the increase in the annual investment allowance