Business tax

Tax / Tyrie calls for probe into real cost of Making Tax Digital

Andrew Tyrie MP, chairman of the Treasury Committee, has called for further analysis of the projected costs to small businesses of complying with quarterly reporting under Making Tax Digital as the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and HMRC’s estimations of the administrative burden differ immensely 

Tax / Warning to SMEs over hike in winding up applications

Last year saw a 12% hike in HMRC applications to wind up businesses in order to recover unpaid tax, up to 3,906 in 2016 from 3,485 in 2015, according to analysis by Funding Options, which says SMEs are at particular risk

Tax / Dodwell: resentful acceptance of Making Tax Digital

Plans to roll out quarterly reporting under Making Tax Digital will raise admin and compliance costs but businesses are facing up to the reality of the overhaul in tax reporting requirements. Bill Dodwell, partner and head of tax policy at Deloitte, considers potential pitfalls, particularly with one-off payments

Tax / Scottish government needs ‘more work’ on financial management

The Scottish government needs to do more work if it is to be successful in managing public finances, according to an assessment by Audit Scotland which says it must build a clearer picture of how much financial devolution will cost and how staffing challenges will be addressed

Tax / Charities removed from scope of 45% tax on restitution interest

HMRC has published draft legislation in relation to changes to the existing rules which apply a special corporation tax at 45% to any restitution interest payable by HMRC following a claim for a mistake, which are designed to benefit charitable and life insurance companies

Tax / US corporate tax regime could shift to territorial basis

The US corporate tax regime could be set for a major shift to a territorial basis, rather than its current worldwide basis, under plans to overhaul its system 

Tax / HSBC chief loses closure notice bid over non-dom status

The tax status of Stuart Gulliver, HSBC group chief executive, has been put in the spotlight again following a procedural ruling at First Tier Tribunal (FTT), which found that HMRC is not bound by an earlier decision regarding his non-UK domicile status when considering his more recent tax returns

Tax / Landfill tax to be extended to illegal waste sites

HMRC is consulting on whether to extend the scope of the landfill tax to include material disposed of at illegal waste sites, as announced at Budget 2017, in a bid to tackle criminal activity

Tax / Publishing tax strategies - what you need to know

Large businesses are now required to publish their tax strategy online, with smaller businesses looking to follow suit. FD Recruit outlines the new ruling coming into effect this year, who is affected and why smaller businesses might voluntarily join in

Tax / Potential tax rule changes for late-life oil and gas assets

The Treasury has now published the discussion paper on the tax treatment of late-life oil and gas assets, first announced at Budget 2017, which considers potential changes to the tax rules to facilitate the transfer of such assets to new investors, in a bid to support economic recovery in the sector

Tax / HMRC mulls ‘split payment’ approach to online VAT collection

HMRC has issued a call for evidence on an alternative method of collecting VAT for online business to consumer sales, in a bid to tackle the growing problem of tax losses on sales via online marketplaces made by businesses based overseas

Tax / HMRC to crack down on fraud in construction industry

HMRC is consulting on proposals to combat organised fraud in labour provision within the construction sector, which include introducing a VAT reverse charge and changes to the qualifying criteria for gross payment status (GPS) within the construction industry scheme (CIS)

Tax / Government seeks to clarify partnership taxation

Beneficiaries of a nominee or bare trust arrangement will be treated as partners under proposals to clarify the taxation of partnerships, a consultation outcome has revealed

Tax / Making Tax Digital penalty system out for review

With 12 months to go until the start of quarterly reporting under Making Tax Digital, the government has set out three options for the new penalty regime for non compliance ranging from a points-based system to annual HMRC compliance checks although the fines, which could be up to £3,000 for those who keep no financial records, will not kick in immediately

Tax / Non-resident companies owning property to pay income tax and CGT

The government is consulting on the capital gains tax and income tax liability of non-resident companies owning UK property with a view to bringing their taxable income and/or gains from the disposal of certain UK residential property interests, within the UK tax regime for the first time
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