Tax planning

Tax / HMRC wins GAAR ruling on employee shareholder share abuse

The GAAR advisory panel has issued a ruling clamping down on a scheme involving the extraction of cash or value from a company by its directors and shareholders using employee shareholder shares

Tax / OECD tax overhaul would see profits taxed by jurisdiction

The OECD is consulting on plans for a major change to the international rules on taxing multinationals (MNEs), including digital companies, so that they pay tax wherever they have significant consumer-facing activities and generate their profits

Tax / Real estate gains and tax liability via offshore CIVs

Changes to tax rules will see UK real estate gains of offshore collective investment vehicles (CIVs) face new tax charges, but there are some exemptions so it is not all bad news for investors. Mark Cawthron LLB CTA explains 

Tax / Last chance to register for online self assessment tax return for 2018/19

The deadline to register for an online self assessment tax return for 2018/19 falls this weekend on Saturday 5 October, so taxpayers need to act quickly

Tax / Parents warned on deadline for high-income child benefit charge

Saturday 5 October marks the deadline for those hit by the high-income child benefit charge (HICBC) in 2018-19 tax year to notify HMRC, so that they can receive a tax code adjustment

Tax / Nunn: it's easy to get caught out by changes to property tax

Yvette Nunn examines the tax risks facing accidental landlords and second home owners when new tax rules on residential property sales come into force from April 2020

Tax / Businesses need urgent clarity on IR35 private sector off-payroll rules

With six months to go until IR35 off-payroll rules for contractors are extended to the private sector, HMRC is coming under fire over the lack of detailed information about liabilities about employment status

Tax / Tax data: CGT data, HMRC rates of interest - Oct 2019

Download the current HMRC CGT indexation allowance unchanged since December 2017, RPI index for August 2019, HMRC rates of interest, and property tax rates including SDLT, Scottish LBTT and Welsh LTT

Tax / Lack of understanding about tax spurs call for education

Accountancy professionals are calling for more education about tax, after research suggested most of the general public do not understand personal tax affairs, with young people in particular having only a very limited grasp of basic principles

Tax / Corporate trade and asset sales: intangibles – part 2

Croner-i tax writer Paul Davies FCA CTA examines the tax consequences of the disposal of asset types, including intangible fixed assets and capital allowance assets

Tax / Starbucks wins €30m case over disputed Dutch tax bill

Starbucks has won a long-running tax case against the European Commission over accusations that it subverted state aid rules to reduce its tax bill in the Netherlands

Tax / Amendments to rules on ‘UK property rich’ collective investment vehicles

HMRC is consulting on draft amendments to legislation about the taxation of UK property rich collective investment vehicles and their investors, which are designed to ensure the new rules work as intended

Tax / US regulator slams Prudential over $200m tax reorganisation

Two US subsidiaries of financial services giant Prudential Financial have been censured by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for failing to disclose conflicts of interest and making misleading disclosures, after they were reorganised so that Prudential received over $200m (£160m) in tax benefits to the detriment of funds they advised

Tax / NZ move highlights cryptocurrency PAYE risks

In a first for a global tax authority, New Zealand has clarified the guidance for companies who pay staff in cryptocurrency and need to complete tax returns. Peter Stewart, associate at Cooke, Young & Keidan assesses the risks and compliance issues

Tax / Nunn: do nudge taxes really work?

Yvette Nunn CTA asks whether the government’s efforts to change behaviour by putting taxes on everything from plastic bags to diesel vehicles, not to mention the apprenticeship levy on businesses, are an effective way of altering taxpayers’ mindsets
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