Case reports

Tax / Accountant loses appeal over £1.2m goodwill claim

An accountant has been left facing a potential £431,400 tax bill after losing a case at First Tier Tribunal (FTT) over a claim for goodwill on the sale of his business, with HMRC arguing it did not exist

Tax / Vodafone’s Indian operation hit with £5.4bn tax bill

Telecom giant Vodafone’s Indian operations are in jeopardy following a court ruling requiring the company to immediately pay billions in unpaid tax and interest

Tax / HMRC information notices: resistance is futile?

A dispute between a taxpayer and HMRC over the format of tax data provided for an information notice for disclosure under schedule 36 of Finance Act 2008 could only be resolved at a tax tribunal. Neil Tipping, senior tax consultant at Croner Taxwise, examines the issues

Tax / Class action over Alchemy avoidance scheme planned

A Midlands law firm is set to take a group action suit against a tax planning scheme which cost the taxpayer up to £110m in related cases

Tax / VAT updates: February 2020

In this month’s VAT updates, Graham Elliott considers digital newspapers in News Corp v HMRC, ongoing DIY housebuilder time limits cases and new regulations relating to call off stocks

Tax / Kickboxing company loses VAT dispute

Kickboxing company Premier Family Martial Arts LLP has lost a VAT dispute with HMRC, as they tried to appeal that kickboxing should be exempt from VAT because it is a form of tuition, covering a subject that is part of school education

Tax / Case report: spread betting contracts taxable as earnings from employment

In Root 2 Ltd [2019] TC 07502, the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) dismissed the appeal against PAYE and NIC determinations raised by HMRC in respect of payments made by the appellant under onerous spread betting contracts which had been novated to the appellant by its employees

Tax / News Corp wins VAT dispute at Upper Tribunal

HMRC has lost an appeal at the Upper Tribunal over zero rated VAT on digital newspapers with the publishers of The Times arguing that digital versions of its newspapers are not a service

Tax / Tax updates: January 2020

In this month’s tax review, Lloyd-Webbers win CGT case, dating site loses VAT fight, CEST revamp, HMRC call times cut, VAT receipts hit £133bn

Tax / Dixons loses £1.8m VAT claim on bouncing cheques

Retail chain Dixons has failed at a First Tier Tribunal (FTT) appeal in a bid to reclaim £1.8m of overpaid VAT on cheques which had been dishonoured, on the basis it was out of time for a refund

Tax / Tax filing penalties when self assessment not required

Ducking an HMRC penalty for late tax filing is an important administrative consideration for any taxpayer. Meg Wilson CTA, tax writer at Croner-i, examines three key points from the latest Upper Tribunal case where the taxpayer lost his argument over penalties

Tax / Lloyd Webbers beat HMRC in £6m Barbados CGT case

Musical impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber has won a tax case against HMRC over a claim for a capital gains tax rebate over development of a luxury beachside mansion in Barbados which was never completed  

Tax / High end dating site loses VAT dispute

An upmarket matchmaking business has failed in its bid at a First Tier Tribunal (FTT) to overturn a demand from HMRC for VAT due on the services it provides

Tax / HMRC manuals: challenging the guidance

HMRC’s internal guidance manuals have been available to taxpayers since 1994, but can still be challenged in the courts and can be wrong on occasion, warns Stephanie Webber, tax writer at Croner-i 

Tax / Childcare provider wins at tribunal over £230k VAT dispute

A childcare business has won an appeal overturning a £230,000 demand for VAT after a First Tier Tribunal (FTT) agreed its holiday camps should have the same VAT treatment as its after-school business