Tax / Employment tax updates: January 2019

In our monthly roundup of employment tax developments, Jackie Hall, partner at RSM discusses the impact of entrepreneur’s relief on employee share schemes and the uncertainty caused by the lack of a timeframe for the government’s Good Work plan

Tax / Nunn: probate fee hike needs to be rethought

The increase in probate fees from April 2019 will impose large costs on many people resolving high-value estates. Yvette Nunn CTA, founder of Berkeley Associates, warns that for some it will no longer be as simple as selling a house in a game of Monopoly

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 / Ingram: probate fees hike is a tax on bereaved

Kay Ingram, director of public policy at LEBC, argues that an increase in probate fees puts an unfair burden on bereaved families and discusses what they can do to avoid being required to pay probate fees and inheritance tax upfront

Tax / Elliott: partial exemption on car finance

Graham Elliott, VAT specialist at City & Cambridge Consultancy, considers partial exemption on car finance in n VW Financial Services (UK) C-153/17)

Tax / Dodwell: sounds like an online tax for multinationals

Bill Dodwell, senior policy adviser at the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS), examines the controversial digital services tax on giant online multinationals and considers what tax other countries will introduce as a result

Tax / Nunn: structures and buildings allowance is revamped tax relief

The announcement of the Structures and Building Allowance in the Budget marks the return of an old tax relief revamped for the modern era, says Yvette Nunn CTA, founder of Berkeley Associates

Tax / Collins: is the FTSE 100 doing enough to prevent tax evasion?

Jason Collins, partner, and Penny Simmons, senior practice development lawyer at Pinsent Masons, look at what companies are doing to prevent tax evasion and what more can be done

Tax / Ingram: what the Budget means for pension savers

Kay Ingram, director of public policy at LEBC, discusses the pensions aspects of the Autumn Budget, including an increase to the lifetime allowance and the introduction of collective defined contributions pensions

Tax / Dodwell: bilateral agreements curb use of treaty shopping

Bill Dodwell, senior policy adviser at the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) unpicks one of the rules in the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project which limits the use of treaty shopping through the use of bilateral agreements

Tax / Nunn: clarification needed on electric mileage rates for company cars

Businesses can now pay a mileage rate for work-related journeys in a electric car. Yvette Nunn CTA discusses the uncertainty this will create for business owners when it comes time to file their end-of-year expenses

Tax / Collins: DAC 6 and cross-border arrangements

Jason Collins, partner at Pinsent Masons, examines the implications of DAC 6, the EU’s new mandatory disclosure rules for reinforcing cross-border tax transparency

Tax / Nunn: Making Tax Digital will not resolve taxpayer errors

The increasingly complicated tax rules mean that even the simplest tax return is likely to run into non-compliance issues with the chance of punitive HMRC penalties for failure to file correctly. Yvette Nunn CTA, founder of Berkeley Associates, speaks from experience

Tax / Dodwell: private sector IR35 rules only create suspicion

Bill Dodwell LLB CTA, senior policy adviser at the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS), discusses attempts to reform private sector IR35 rules and what needs to be changed so that employees are identified seperately to the self-employed

Tax / Dodwell: historic approach to tax fails to recognise reality

Bill Dodwell LLB CTA, senior policy adviser at OTS, considers how the history of PAYE will impact engagers and online platforms following the release of two HMRC consultations