Tax planning

Tax / Consultation on expanding qualifying expenditure for R&D tax relief

The government is consulting on the scope of qualifying expenditures for R&D tax credits, focusing particularly on whether expenditures on data and cloud computing ought to qualify for relief

Tax / VAT updates: August 2020

In this month’s VAT updates, Graham Elliott reviews the changes to hospitality supplies, DIY housebuilder claims and child car seats

Tax / Inheritance tax receipts drop for first time in 10 years

Inheritance tax receipts (IHT) have dipped for the first time in a decade, reversing a long term trend, and prompting renewed calls for a change to the regime

Tax / Tackling the £31bn tax gap: what’s next?

As HMRC reveals a shrinking tax gap, BDO’s Dawn Register and Tom Palmer investigate where and how the tax collector can find the missing billions, from a focus on offshore and the wealthy to those that simply do not pay

Tax / Consultation on possible new carbon emissions tax

The government is consulting on the operation of the new carbon emissions tax that could be introduced after the end of the Brexit transition period, in the event no linked UK Emissions Trading System (UK ETS) is agreed with the EU

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 / Treasury consults on pensions tax relief administration

The Treasury is consulting on how to plug a loophole in the way pensions tax relief operates, which means around 1.75m lower paid workers saving in a pension may end up in differing financial positions depending on how their scheme is administered

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 / Complex admin requirements of temporary VAT rate cut

With some businesses now facing three or even four different VAT rates, Crowe’s Robert Marchant unpicks the implications of the temporary reduction, assessing the impact of further tax compliance for the hospitality and tourism industries

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 / Q&A: qualifying for Principal Private Residence Relief

In our regular Q&A series from Croner Taxwise, tax adviser, Sohail Butt explains how much of the gain will qualify for Principal Private Residence Relief when selling a property

Tax / ‘Fundamental’ overhaul of business rates in view

The government has announced a call for evidence for the fundamental review of the business rates system, seeking views on issues to be addressed, ideas for change and alternatives which could include an online sales tax

Tax / Tax impact of Covid-19 on company cars

While there has been no tax break on company cars that have sat on the drive during the pandemic, a rebate on fuel benefits is still possible, according to RSM’s Chris Etherington

Tax / Finance Bill 2020-21: changes to working time requirements for Enterprise Management Incentives

Finance Bill 2020-21 includes amendments to ensure that individuals will keep the tax advantages of the enterprise management incentives (EMI scheme) if they have either been furloughed or had their working hours reduced below the current statutory working time requirement for EMIs because of coronavirus

Tax / Early tax planning vital for those fleeing Hong Kong for UK life

Navigating the UK tax system for Hong Kong investors, immigrants and BN(O) passport holders can be very complex, as rules change and poor planning create extra tax bills, says Alfred Liu, senior associate at law firm Forsters
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