Politics

Tax / MPs want creative tax relief extended to urban and grime music

MPs are calling on the government to extend the tax relief already given for orchestra performances to other forms of music production such as urban music and grime, in a bid to slow closures of venues and support live music

Tax / Call for 1p levy on fast fashion retailers

MPs are calling for a 1p producer responsibility charge for fashion retailers and say taxation should also be reformed to reward companies that offer clothing repairs and reduce the environmental footprint of their products

Tax / £47m support for developing countries to improve tax systems

The government is to offer developing countries a £47m package of support aimed at improving tax systems in a move aimed at helping end their reliance on aid, the Department for International Development (DFID) has announced

Tax / Corbyn urges politicians to follow his lead on tax return release

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has published his 2017/18 tax return and is calling for other leading politicians to follow his example and release details of their earnings and tax payments

Tax / HMRC simplifies customs procedures for no deal Brexit

HMRC has announced simplified procedures for businesses importing from the EU, as part of its no deal Brexit preparations in the event of the UK leaving without a withdrawal agreement on 29 March

Tax / Public trusts accountants over politicians on tax

The public has greater trust in professionals, including accountants and tax advisers, than in politicians and non-government organisations (NGOs), when it comes to tax systems but the increasing complexity of tax systems comes in for criticism across G20 countries

Tax / Global tax advisory revenues top $20bn

 Tax advisory revenues globally have hit $20bn (£15.2bn), up by 8.6%, with the UK market set to grow faster than any other European country in 2019 with Brexit driving growth, according to analysis from Source Global Research

Tax / End of US shutdown sees IRS tax services resume

After the longest US government shutdown ever, President Trump has finally given in to pressure and re-opened government, allowing the resumption of full Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for taxpayers before the April tax filing deadline

Tax / Worker rights and employment status under Good Work Plan

Government plans to separate the frameworks for determining employment status for tax and employment rights purposes following the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices could overhaul the position of the self employed. David Williams-Richardson, tax partner at RSM, examines the Good Work Plan proposals

Tax / Lords committee calls for single inflation measure

The government should stop ‘index shopping’ when it calculates inflation, address known errors in the retail prices index (RPI) calculation, and move to a single general measure of inflation in the next five years in order to eliminate unfairness, a House of Lords select committee has advised

Tax / Treasury to review 2019 loan charge

The Treasury has been forced to agree to review its controversial 2019 loan charge proposals, which are designed to tackle disguised remuneration, by the end of March after a cross-party group of MPs were successful in pushing through an amendment to the Finance Bill

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 / Cullinane: HMRC power grab is a step too far

The House of Lords economic affairs committee is right to call for a new review of HMRC powers as the tax authority over-reaches itself with spurious tribunals and exhaustive investigations, not to mention the introduction of a 12-year time limit set out in Finance Bill 2018-19, says John Cullinane CTA, tax policy director at the Chartered Institute of Taxation

Tax / Scottish Budget freezes higher rate threshold at £43,430

Higher rate taxpayers will face larger tax bills in Scotland from April 2019 as the Scottish Budget confirms plans to freeze the higher rate threshold for another year, reports Sara White

Tax / How would a change of government hit high net worth taxpayers?

A vote of no confidence in the prime minister tonight is pushing the government closer to collapse as Brexit talks stump MPs. Geoffrey Todd, partner in the private wealth team at Boodle Hatfield, highlight three of the key concerns for high net worth (HNW) taxpayers should a Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn come to power
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