Law and regulation

Tax / Q&A: main residence capital gains tax

In our regular Q&A series from Croner Taxwise, trainee tax adviser, Alexander McCarthy explains whether a taxpayer can claim their old marital home is still their main residence for capital gains tax (CGT) purposes when it is sold

Tax / Case: accountant’s failures ‘not a reasonable excuse’

A taxpayer who argued it was his accountant’s fault he incurred late filing penalties has lost his appeal at a tribunal, which said it was his responsibility to check the necessary paperwork had been submitted by the deadline

Tax / Case: Upper Tribunal confirms £1m VAT bill for essay-writing provider

RSM’s Scott Harwood reviews a £1m VAT case that centred on whether the company was the provider of a service or merely acted as an agent for other service providers

Tax / Taxpayer wins appeal over high income child benefit charge ignorance

A taxpayer has won an appeal against penalties imposed for his failure to notify his liability for the high income child benefit charge (HICBC), on the grounds that ignorance of the law was a reasonable excuse and he was not required to ‘rummage’ through all of HMRC’s information sources

Tax / Tax avoidance: focus on prosecution, not law change

As prosecutions of aggressive tax scheme promoters remain conspicuously low, a dramatic shift in law to alter the need for proof of dishonesty is still not viable, says Kingsley Napley’s David Sleight

Tax / Finance Bill 2020-21: legislation and consultations announced

On 21 July, the government released draft legislation for this year's Finance Bill, plus details of the consultations first trailed at the Spring Budget, Accountancy Daily has consolidated these announcements with full details below

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 / Finance Bill 2020-21: Making Tax Digital to be extended

HMRC’s flagship Making Tax Digital online quarterly reporting is to be significantly extended, with legislation in the Finance Bill 2020-21 bringing all VAT-registered businesses into the system from April 2022, and plans to include income tax self-assessment from April 2023

Tax / Finance Bill 2020–21: tax checks on licence renewal applications

The government is introducing new tax checks on licence renewals in the taxi and private vehicle hire and scrap metal sectors, in a bid to address issues with the hidden economy, and expects to see a £155m increase in tax paid over the next four years

Tax / Finance Bill 2020–21: digitisation of tax administration is key

The government has published Finance Bill 2020–21, which includes significant extensions to the Making Tax Digital regime, tougher action on tax avoidance promotors, additional stamp duty land tax (SDLT) charges and action on the hidden economy, alongside details of a ten-year tax administration strategy

Tax / HSBC faces £1.3bn lawsuit over ‘sham’ film investment

HSBC is facing a £1.3bn legal challenge from a group of over 300 investors in a series of Disney filming financing schemes known as the Eclipse Partnerships, which HMRC ruled were tax avoidance vehicles

Tax / Home office workers risk expense claims tax trap

RSM tax partner Chris Etherington highlights the tax allowances for working from home, but warns against designating a room solely as an office

Tax / Use mediation to speed up tax disputes with HMRC

While businesses and taxpayers worry about the current economic environment, Alternative Disputes Resolution can be the key to unlocking costly and time-consuming arguments with the tax authority, argue BDO’s Karmjit Mader and Talia Greenbaum

Tax / £500m rates rebate windfall for supermarkets

UK supermarkets are in line for £500m in tax refunds, after the Supreme Court ruled in their favour at the conclusion of a lengthy dispute with the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) over business rates payments on ATMs

Tax / VAT updates: May 2020

In this month’s VAT updates, Graham Elliott considers costs of staging productions and taxable supplies of catering in the Royal Opera House case, historical VAT claim at NHS Lothian and refurbishing an empty dwelling