Business tax

Tax / Small Business Commissioner complaints process outlined

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published the outcome of its consultation on the complaints process for the proposed new small business commissioner (SBC), and is now consulting on draft regulations covering how the postholder will resolve small business complaints about payment related issues with larger businesses

Tax / EU financial transactions tax plans face further delay

The group of ten EU countries which have agreed to go ahead with a financial transactions tax had an inconclusive meeting in Brussels this week, with differences of opinion emerging over the treatment of pension funds and growing calls for further exemptions to be built into the so-called ‘Robin Hood’ tax

Tax / EU compromises on hybrid mismatch rules with non-EU countries

The European Council has reached a compromise on rules aimed at closing down hybrid mismatches with the tax systems of third countries to reduce risk of double taxation

Tax / HMRC updates VAT guidance for racehorse owners

HMRC has updated its guidance on the VAT registration scheme for racehorse owners who run a business for the first time since 2002, including new advice on how to register and a change in contact details, and a reminder of the VAT status of any winner’s trophies

Tax / Potential challenge to Uber over £20m VAT claim

Tax barrister Jolyon Maugham has indicated he is planning a legal challenge to rideshare company Uber, which he claims could owe some £20m annually in unpaid VAT on fares

Tax / Careless taxpayer has penalty reduced by £158k

A taxpayer, who has previously appeared on the Sunday Times rich list, has had his penalty reduced by £158,000 at a First Tier Tribunal (FTT), after he incorrectly claimed capital loss relief, on the basis that the penalty should be calculated upon the used portion of the loss only

Tax / Microsoft founder Gates advocates robots pay taxes

Billionaire Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, has predicted that in future there will be a need for robots to pay taxes, as increasingly automation replaces more jobs, in order to prevent inequalities

Tax / Hammond under pressure to review business rate rises

Chancellor Philip Hammond is coming under pressure to offer further concessions in the Budget next month to the planned hike in business rates, after Conservative MPs joined business groups and major retailers in a public outcry against the impact of new valuations, the first in seven years

Tax / Cash basis strongly supported by buy-to-let landlords

Landlords have shown strong support on being taxed on the cash basis as part of the Making Tax Digital plans saying that it is an important and strong aspect for small landlords as well as showing overall positivity towards digitalisation, as part of evidence given to the Lords Committee

Tax / Small businesses face ’10 year payback’ for Making Tax Digital

Small businesses could face a wait of up to 10 years before they see a return from investing in becoming compliant with Making Tax Digital, members of the House of Lords’ Economic Affairs Committee have heard. Calum Fuller reports

Tax / Farming businesses too complex for quarterly reporting

The rigid framework of quarterly reporting under Making Tax Digital does not make sense for the farming community due to accounting complexity, use of capital allowances and seasonality of the business, NFU head of tax tells Lords committee. Sara White reports

Tax / Stamp duty land tax avoidance schemes hit the wall

There has been a sharp drop in the amount of unpaid stamp duty land tax (SDLT) collected by HMRC over past year, which was a third of the previous year’s total, suggesting the crackdown on property-based tax avoidance schemes is having an impact, according to law firm Collyer Bristow

Tax / House of Lords committee calls up HMRC chiefs to defend Making Tax Digital

Making Tax Digital will be back in the spotlight on Wednesday as sneior HMRC officials are called up to give evidence at the House of Lords committee reviewing the draft clauses of the Finance Bill 

Tax / Interactive fair tax mark map launched

The Fair Tax Mark group, an independent accreditation process assessing corporation tax practices and reporting, has launched an interactive map showing businesses signed up to the scheme

Tax / EU mulls reduction in threshold for country-by-country reporting

EU plans for country-by-country reporting could target a much broader base of multinationals if proposals from the European parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs to slash the current threshold are adopted
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