Tax / £8m fund for post-Brexit customs support

Ahead of the UK leaving the EU next March, HMRC and the Treasury have announced an £8m funding scheme for customs intermediaries and traders towards the cost of training and IT improvements required to handle imports and exports post-Brexit

Tax / EU council hears doubts over digital services tax

The EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) has discussed the implementation of a digital services tax, with representatives disagreeing on how such a tax would work in practice and some countries calling for a delay until the OECD reaches a solution

Tax / Ashley calls for immediate 20% tax on online sales

Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley has claimed that the high street is ‘already dead’ due to the impact of the internet on consumers, and that the only way to redress the balance would be to institute a 20% tax on online sales and massive cuts to business rates

Tax / Tech giants to fight EU ‘link tax’

Tech giants are redoubling their opposition to moves by the European Parliament to update online copyright laws, amid claims that some of the new provisions amount to a ‘link tax’ for providers like Google who republish content

Tax / Small businesses urged to apply for broadband vouchers

The government is strongly recommending that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make use of a £2,500 voucher to help with installing high-speed broadband and increase rural communities' access to the internet

Tax / 25% of companies missing out on patent tax relief

Research by tax specialist Catax indicates that one quarter of businesses are unaware that they are eligible to claim tax relief under the Patent Box scheme, which provides corporation tax relief to innovators

Tax / Treasury rolls out detailed plans for 2% digital services tax

The Treasury is going ahead with plans for a 2% tax on large online multinationals from 2020, including social media and search engine companies, to raise over £600m by 2022

Tax / HMRC to ramp up guidance on online platform tax compliance

Following a consultation on addressing tax compliance for those who use online platforms for selling, HMRC is to enhance its guidance and is working with international agencies to improve data collection from platforms hosted overseas

Tax / Williams: Making Tax Digital is a business opportunity for accountants

Making Tax Digital (MTD) should be seen as a chance for accountants to forge stronger links with clients, argues Nick Williams, head of UK accountants for Intuit QuickBooks

Tax / Denning: US may strike back at digital services tax

Chris Denning, head of international and corporate taxation at MHA MacIntyre Hudson, suggests that the US might retaliate against the UK’s digital services tax introduced in the Autumn Budget

Tax / Digital services tax sets ‘dangerous precedent’ says US

The Chancellor’s plans to introduce a 2% digital services tax on large digital platforms, announced in the Budget, have come under fire in the US, with a strongly worded letter from the Chamber of Commerce to the US Treasury demanding the White House takes action to counter a ‘dangerous precedent’

Tax / Budget 2018: digital services tax on large platform companies announced

A tax on large digital companies that operate within the UK or provide services to customers, including social media and online marketplaces, has been announced by the Chancellor, who denied that it would be a ‘digital sales tax’

Tax / Government invests in no-deal Brexit customs support

The Treasury and HMRC are to plough £8m into a package of measures to support the customs intermediaries sector in preparing for potential capacity challenges with staff training and automation in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit next year

Tax / IT head sets out digital tax priorities for HMRC

HMRC is focusing IT efforts on developing the Customs Declaration Service, Brexit transition and replacing the obsolete Government Gateway over the next two years, while the API development programme is at the heart of the rollout of Making Tax Digital. Sara White reports on HMRC's IT vision

Tax / Asquith: Making Tax Digital for VAT is only the beginning

HMRC has the technology to roll out Making Tax Digital faster, as with pre-approved invoicing in Italy and Spain, but is treading carefully, says Richard Asquith, vice president of global tax compliance at Avalara