Tax / Consultations: June 2019

This month's HMRC and Treasury consultations focus on extending royalty withholding tax rules, social investment tax relief review and extension of the Fifth Money Laundering Directive to tax advice and overhaul of Companies House disclosure regime

Tax / One in three tax advisers unregulated by professional bodies

While the majority of businesses use a tax agent to help deal with tax compliance, a third of these agents are unregulated and operate outside the self regulated tax services market, while they are not members of professional bodies which comply with accepted professional codes of conduct

Tax / HMRC advisory fuel rates for company car users from 1 June

HMRC has published the latest advisory fuel rates (AFR) for company car users, effective from 1 June 2019 increasing the majority of mileage rates by 1p per mile to reflect higher fuel costs

Tax / Lessons from HMRC’s latest IR35 defeats

Following two defeats over IR35, HMRC appears to be struggling to apply the controversial tax rule, but each case should be judged on the facts and the whole picture, warns Caroline Harwood, head of share plans and reward at Crowe

Tax / What you need to know: diverted profits tax – part 3

In the final part of our series on the diverted profits tax (DPT), Mark Cawthron LLB CTA, tax writer at Croner-i, assesses how Finance Act 2019 changed the DPT rules and use of the profit diversion compliance facility

Tax / Government consults on extension of royalty withholding tax

The government is consulting on draft legislation to extend the scope of royalty withholding tax by charging multinationals income tax on offshore receipts related to intangible property (ORIP) including brands and patents

Tax / Prosecutions top 1,000 as HMRC focuses on tax evasion by individuals

The government launched 1,007 prosecutions against individuals for tax evasion offences last year, as the HMRC clampdown on tax evaders intensified

Tax / 'Discovery' decision may make it harder to obtain tax return certainty

Comments made by Court of Appeal judges in a recent case relating to 'discovery' assessments have potentially made it harder to obtain certainty that HMRC cannot go back and challenge a tax return, by raising  issues around what constitutes a ‘deliberate’ error by the taxpayer, according to Pinsent Masons

Tax / Taxman eating away at tax evasion in restaurant sector

HMRC is ramping up a campaign targeting restaurants and takeaways as financial stress makes tax evasion more tempting for smaller operators, according to analysis from BDO

Tax / Majority unaware of gifting rules and inheritance tax

Only one in four people making financial gifts are aware of the risks of inheritance tax (IHT), highlighting the threat of unexpected tax bills for gifters for non-compliance, reports Sara White

Tax / Small business review calls for PAYE and tax agent change

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) is calling for a root and branch review of the PAYE system to make it easier for tax agents to view data on their small business clients held by HMRC, while it also needs to pay more attention to the needs of small business when developing new IT systems, reports Pat Sweet

Tax / FTSE 250 Cobham in £70m one-off tax payment

FTSE 250 aerospace and defence company Cobham has agreed to make a one-off tax payment of £55m, plus an interest payment of £14m, to settle a long running dispute with HMRC

Tax / HMRC toughens position on use of offshore trusts to avoid tax

HMRC is cracking down on the use of disguised remuneration and contractor loans after winning two tax avoidance cases at the tax tribunal over use of offshore trusts to avoid tax and NICs

Tax / What you need to know: diverted profits tax – part 2

In the second of a three part series on the diverted profits tax (DPT), Mark Cawthron LLB CTA, tax writer at Croner-i considers recent developments from UK implementation to interaction with OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) rules

Tax / Mix-up sees Welsh taxpayers charged Scottish rates

HMRC’s difficulties in handling devolved income tax regimes continue, as it has now admitted that some Welsh taxpayers have been given Scottish income tax codes by mistake by their employers so they will be paying the wrong tax