Tax / HMRC issues guidance on tax treatment for FRS 105 accounts

HMRC has issued guidance on the tax implications of transition to the new accounting rules for small business under the FRS 105 Micro-entities Regime, as the first year of reporting under the FRSSE replacement comes into effect, setting out recommended tax treatment

Tax / HMRC u-turn on Welsh language tax office

HMRC has reversed its decision to axe its only office team offering tax services for customers in Welsh, and has announced that the staff are to relocate to Porthmadog

Tax / HMRC wins £29m tax avoidance case

HMRC has won an Upper Tribunal appeal against a tax avoidance scheme which sought to claim £122m was spent on research into brain disorders, when only £7m of it reached a genuine research company

Tax / Creative sector sees 27% increase in tax relief payments

The UK creative sector has benefitted from a 27% increase in tax relief payments from £519m in 2015/16 to £661m in 2016/17, with an added £51m from new theatre and children’s television tax relief bringing this year’s record total to £712m

Tax / HMRC’s NMW/NLW enforcement budget to increase by £5.3m

HMRC’s budget to ensure businesses are paying employees the national minimum wage (NMW) and national living wage (NLW) is to increase by £5.3m in 2017/18 after it grew significantly in April 2016 to £20m, according to government’s Labour Market Enforcement Strategy report

Tax / HMRC failing to match promise on tax fairness

HMRC is struggling to convince individuals, agents and small businesses that it applies penalties and sanctions equally although it has become more approachable and faster at responding to queries in the past year, according to a survey of performance against the key elements of the department’s Your Charter of customer rights

Tax / Making Tax Digital IT project flagged as a major risk

The delivery of HMRC’s flagship Making Tax Digital for business and its office relocation plans have been flagged up as displaying major risks in the latest annual report on the government major projects portfolio (GMPP) from the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA)

Tax / Taxpayers unhappy with HMRC's automated telephone helplines

Taxpayers have expressed dissatisfaction when using HMRC’s Intelligent Telephony Automation (ITA) on customer helplines with the majority attempting to avoid the system to talk directly to an adviser, according to HMRC research

Tax / Charity warns of £400m NMW backpay shock

Mencap is warning that the social care sector faces a major financial crisis, after HMRC asked for back payments of up to £400m to cover missing national minimum wage (NMW) for ‘sleep in’ staff, following an employment tribunal ruling

Tax / HMRC urged to change approach to complaints

HMRC needs to change its approach to customer complaints and view them as an opportunity to improve service, rather than as a challenge to operation efficiency, according to the latest annual report from the Adjudicator’s Office, which reveals the department paid out some £1.3m in redress last year

Tax / NAO critical of HMRC’s failure to reduce tax credit fraud

The National Audit Office (NAO) has criticised HMRC’s failure to reduce ‘material’ levels of error and fraud in tax credit payments, and has qualified its opinion of the department’s accounts on that basis, as it has done every year since tax credits were introduced in 2003/04

Tax / HMRC collects over £4bn from APNs

More than £4bn has been collected through accelerated payment notices (APNs) under the ‘pay now, dispute later’ rules for people who have used a tax avoidance scheme, according to HMRC

Tax / Deadline looms for client notification letters about offshore tax compliance

Anyone with offshore bank accounts, overseas income and assets needs to get up to speed with the new rules on international tax compliance, which will see accountants and tax advisers liable to notify clients about automatic exchange of financial information and disclosure rules by 31 August, says Meg Wilson CTA

Tax / HMRC wins 83% of court cases in 2016/17

HMRC’s latest accounts show the tax authority had an 83% success rate in taking actions through courts and tax tribunals protecting £15bn in tax and has brought in record tax revenues for the seventh consecutive year of £574.9bn

Tax / Making Tax Digital delayed until 'at least' 2020 except for VAT

The government has caved into pressure over Making Tax Digital and has delayed rollout by 'at least' two years until 2020 with the deferral confirmed by the Treasury, although quarterly VAT reporting using the system will be mandatory from 2019, reports Sara White