HMRC

Tax / HMRC pledges ‘step change’ in tackling tax avoidance schemes

HMRC has published details of its strategy to tackle the promoters and enablers of mass-marketed tax avoidance schemes, which includes proactively contacting individuals who enter into such arrangements

Tax / Making Tax Digital serviceability levels too low

HMRC has released a slew of research reports on progress with its flagship Making Tax Digital (MTD) online reporting regime, suggesting that businesses which have fully automated are seeing some benefits, but those with a hybrid approach are finding the transition more challenging

Tax / Taxpayer loses 120k expenses claim

A taxpayer who claimed self employment expenses of £120,000 against income of £5,000 has lost a First Tier Tribunal (FTT) appeal against HMRC’s refusal to allow the deductions

Tax / HMRC consultation aims to improve standards of tax advice

HMRC is seeking views on how to raise and maintain high standards of competence and behaviour in the tax advice market in order to protect consumers and improve compliance

Tax / Consultation on tightening construction industry scheme (CIS) rules

HMRC has launched a 10-week consultation on ways to tackle abuse of the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) to prevent tax loss, including new powers to correct deductions

Tax / HMRC wants large businesses to notify if tax arrangements legally questionable

HMRC is consulting on proposals, first advanced in the Budget, that the UK’s largest businesses will be required to notify HMRC where they have adopted an uncertain tax treatment, in a bid to close the £6.2bn legal interpretation tax gap

Tax / Taxman cans paper self assessment forms

HMRC is to stop automatically sending taxpayers paper self assessment forms except for exempt individuals who cannot file digitally

Tax / HMRC ramps up ethanol approvals for scarce hand sanitiser

Manufacturers of hand sanitisers and gels will have their applications for denatured alcohol – ethanol – fast tracked during the coronavirus outbreak, HMRC has confirmed

Tax / FTT refuses vegan truffle VAT appeal

The manufacturer of a range of vegan truffle balls has failed in a bid to have the product zero rated for VAT as food, with the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) ruling they are a sweet treat for occasional enjoyment rather than a meal replacement

Tax / Lords suspect IR35 manipulation

Members of the House of Lords are not buying into IR35 confusion as ‘suddenly they did not understand it when more tax is being collected’

Tax / Contractors charged £180 for IR35 assessment

Some recruitment agencies are passing on the costs of IR35 assessments to contractors even though liability for the decision will legally remain with the original engager

Tax / Budget 2020: extra powers for HMRC to combat tax avoidance promoters

The government will ramp up its campaign against promoters and marketers of tax avoidance schemes by taking swifter action and charging 100% penalties on the fees they earn, reports Zak Jakubowski

Tax / Budget 2020: HMRC automated orders given equal legal status

Automated penalty notices and orders to file self assessment tax returns are going to be given the same legal status as if they had been issued by an HMRC officer, reports Sara White

Tax / Budget 2020: HMRC coronavirus helpline set up

HMRC has a set up a dedicated phone helpline to support businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to covid-19

Tax / Is HMRC getting the upper hand over taxpayers in IR35 cases?

Mark Cawthron LLB CTA examines a series of recent case decisions from celebrity TV presenters to IT contractors to understand the reasoning behind the rulings on use of personal service companies, and HMRC’s one in three success rate
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