Tax / HMRC set to collect £11.9bn in Scottish income tax

HMRC estimates Scottish rate of income tax revenue (SRIT) for 2017-18 will be £11.9bn, reflecting the more comprehensive tax setting powers available, and has implemented assurance processes to ensure collection, the annual National Audit Office (NAO) review has found

Tax / Xero tells Chancellor MTD software ready for launch

Gary Turner, managing director at software company Xero, has met with Chancellor Philip Hammond to confirm that Xero is ready for the launch of Making Tax Digital for VAT in April 2019

Tax / HMRC writes to taxpayers about Welsh rates of income tax

With four months to go, HMRC has written to two million individuals in Wales ahead of the introduction of the new Welsh rates of income tax (WRIT), outlining residency and compliance issues

Tax / Dodwell: sounds like an online tax for multinationals

Bill Dodwell, senior policy adviser at the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS), examines the controversial digital services tax on giant online multinationals and considers what tax other countries will introduce as a result

Tax / Q&A: existing VAT numbers in the flat rate scheme

Vivienne Scott, senior VAT consultant at Croner Taxwise, discusses how to determine the anniversary of a business which joined the flat rate scheme and, on becoming a new incorporated entity, assumed the pre-existing VAT number

Tax / Appeal sees HMRC penalties knocked down to size

The First Tier Tribunal (FTT) has ruled that HMRC’s interpretation of legislation when calculating the penalty for a late self-assessment return was incorrect, reducing a contested £3,200 penalty to £600 in the case of a former taxi driver

Tax / HMRC penalties for CFOs under SAO regime rise

HMRC is issuing significant numbers of personal penalties to senior financial executives at big businesses under the senior accounting officer (SAO) regime

Tax / Leading institutes back Lords call for MTD delay

A recommendation by a Lords committee that the government’s introduction of mandatory Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT should be delayed by at least one year is supported by the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG), CIOT and the ICAEW

Tax / Call to modernise inheritance tax collection

Too many people have to fill in inheritance tax (IHT) forms, and the process is complex and old fashioned according to the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS), which says HMRC should revise all of its guidance and look to improve the experiences of those dealing with the tax

Tax / First-time buyers relief costs £426m a year

On the one-year anniversary of first time buyers relief (FTBR), HMRC statistics show more than 180,500 first time buyers have benefited from the cut in stamp duty land tax (SDLT), although receipts overall were 9% lower in the past three months compared with last year

Tax / 30 months to build Brexit IT systems, HMRC tells committee

Appearing before the Treasury committee, senior HMRC figures including Jon Thompson admitted that building post-Brexit IT systems could take longer than two years, and defended HMRC’s approach to tackling disguised remuneration arrangements

Tax / Lords call for delay in Making Tax Digital for VAT until 2020

A Lords committee has issued a scathing report on HMRC’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT program, due to come into full effect in April 2019, attacking HMRC’s unrealistic timeframe, lack of communication with businesses, and failure to improve following previous criticism

Tax / HMRC updates VAT mini one stop shop guidance

HMRC has issued updated guidance on registering for the VAT mini one stop shop (MOSS) scheme, with new information about invoicing, leaving the scheme and which return to use to declare VAT

Tax / HMRC gets sweet return in first six months of sugar tax

The latest statistics on turnover from the soft drinks industry levy (SDIL), commonly known as the sugar tax, show that it has been effective in reducing sugar in drinks and raising revenue following its introduction in April 2018

Tax / Students warned about fake HMRC email scam

HMRC has issued a warning to university students that they are being targeted by scammers with fake tax refunds in an effort to steal money and personal details, after receiving thousands of fraud reports in just a few weeks from students at colleges across the UK