Law and regulation

Tax / Commission proposes majority rule on EU tax votes

The European Commission has launched a debate to change the way that tax law is passed within the EU, suggesting abandoning the unanimous vote needed and relying instead on a majority in order to speed up the progress of tax legislation

Tax / Welsh income tax will track rUK rates

Using its devolved powers for the first time, the National Assembly for Wales has agreed the proposed Welsh rates of income tax for 2019-20, which means there will be no change to overall income tax rates for taxpayers in Wales in the coming financial year

Tax / Inheritance tax: transferable nil rate bands – part 2

Compliance with the inheritance tax nil rate band (NRB) is a complex area but beneficial from a tax perspective as it allows a £1m IHT exemption. Lisa Macpherson ATT TEP, head of tax technical at PKF Francis Clark, examines transferable bands and residence issues

Tax / EU probes Nike over Dutch tax arrangements

Nike is the latest multinational to find its tax affairs under scrutiny from Brussels, with the European Commission launching an investigation into whether five Dutch tax rulings in favour of Nike may have given the US trainer behemoth an unfair advantage

Tax / Are you paying national minimum wage correctly?

Miscalculation of national minimum wage and national living wage payments can have consequences for a business as well as an individual. To ensure you get it right, tax specialist John Davison examines the basis for calculations and potential pitfalls

Tax / HMRC targets multinationals with profit shifting disclosure

The launch of the disclosure facility represents a 'last chance saloon' for companies to close cross-border arrangements and pay what they owe as HMRC steps up its campaign against tax avoidance by multinationals

Tax / MPs reject sweeping Treasury Brexit powers

The government’s no-deal Brexit preparations suffered a blow as a clause in Finance Bill 2018-19 (FB 2018-19) giving the Treasury broad powers in the event of a no-deal Brexit was narrowly defeated by rebels and opposition members

Tax / Loan charge settlements: what you need to know

The deadline for settling loan charges with HMRC is 5 April 2019. Meredith McCammond CTA, technical officer at LITRG, answers questions workers who have previously been enrolled in loan schemes may have

Tax / Inheritance tax: liability for unmarried couples - part 1

Eugenia Campbell, tax director at RSM, kicks off a new series on inheritance tax, focusing on the treatment of unmarried couples and cohabitees without children under the current nil rate band tax rules

Tax / Upper Tribunal rejects QC tax penalty appeal

The Upper Tribunal has dismissed an appeal against HMRC by a QC over penalty notices, with implications for self-employed workers facing cash flow difficulties and outstanding tax liabilities

Tax / Dodwell: final countdown to Making Tax Digital for VAT

With the mandatory deadline to digitally report VAT under HMRC’s Making Tax Digital racing down upon us, Bill Dodwell, senior policy adviser at OTS, says this will not mean an immediate end to spreadsheet reporting as HMRC has accepted that some VAT calculations are just too complicated to comply immediately and more work needs to be done

Tax / Commercial property brought into non resident CGT charge

HMRC has issued draft guidance for the extension of the non resident capital gains tax rules bringing commercial property and company disposals into scope for the first time from April 2019

Tax / HMRC issues updated DPT guidance

HMRC has issued updated guidance on diverted profits tax (DPT) to reflect changes to the length of the review period, and provides further information about failure to notify penalties, the first time that the document has been updated since 2015

Tax / Iceland threatened with £21m tax bill

The UK supermarket chain Iceland Foods faces a £21m bill over a voluntary Christmas savings scheme that allowed workers to set aside part of their earnings, which HMRC believes breached minimum wage legislation

Tax / VAT updates: January 2019

Graham Elliott CTA (Fellow), director at City and Cambridge Consultancy, examines a selection of VAT cases from VAT and hire purchase on secondary sale of cars in VW Financial Services, input VAT evidence in XipVit and retail vouchers under scrutiny
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