Law and regulation

Tax / Burke: HMRC deal with footballers over tax and image rights up for renewal

More footballers could soon find image rights claims kicked into touch as HMRC launches a clampdown which could have implications for other groups, warns Brian Burke, director of business restructuring firm Quantuma

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 / Tax break on employee costs in legal cases

HMRC has published draft guidance on changes to tax rules where an employer funds costs or pays for legal indemnity insurance for employees for proceedings related to their employment, with the aim of making them simpler to operate

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 / Cut in money purchase pension allowance limit to £4k effective 6 April

The Treasury has confirmed it will go ahead with plans to slash the money purchase annual allowance (MPAA) scheme for pension transfers to £4,000 with less than a month until the new limit comes into force, reports Sara White

Tax / Changes made to alignment dates for making good on benefits in kind

Draft guidance has been released by the government for changes to the tax treatment of benefits in kind where an employee 'makes good' the benefits in kind from 2017 to 2018 tax year

Tax / Clampdown on promoters of VAT avoidance schemes

The draft Finance Bill 2017 has confirmed plans to widen the scope of the disclosure of tax avoidance schemes (DOTAS) to include all indirect taxes including VAT, from 1 September 2017, with penalties of up to £10,000 for non-compliance

Tax / Draft Finance Bill 2017 hints at transition plans for quarterly reporting

The 700-plus page draft Finance Bill has been published confirming plans to go ahead with quarterly reporting from 2018 for unincorporated businesses over the VAT threshold and an indication that there could be scope for variable transition rules for different types of business, reports Sara White

Tax / Enablers of tax avoidance: penalties regime

HMRC is turning up the heat on users and enablers of tax avoidance, but what does it mean for advisers? Gary Ashford CTA, partner, non lawyer at Harbottle & Lewis LLP, considers the impact of the proposed penalty regime and the clampdown on abusive tax arrangements defeated at tax tribunals

Tax / Budget 2017: interest deductibility rules finalised

The government has released long-awaited clarification on the rules on restrictions of interest deductibility, which are due to come into force from 1 April 2017 and are likely to affect nearly 4,000 businesses, particularly multinationals

Tax / Budget 2017: tax loopholes closed with effect 8 March 2017

The following five measures announced in the Budget 2017 by Chancellor Philip Hammond are effective immediately, with a particular focus on curbing tax avoidance activity

Tax / Budget 2017: promoters of tax avoidance schemes rules strengthened

Measures to ensure those marketing tax avoidance schemes cannot circumvent the Promoters of Tax Avoidance Schemes (POTAS) regime by re-organising their businesses have been introduced by the Chancellor

Tax / Budget 2017: Making Tax Digital delayed until April 2019

The Chancellor Philip Hammond has delayed the introduction of Making Tax Digital for sole traders, landlords and the self employed operating under the new £85,000 VAT threshold

Tax / VAT flat rate scheme: what the new rules mean

A rise in the levy for the VAT flat rate scheme from April 2017 will hit limited cost traders and may wipe out the benefits, warns Benjamin Grunberg ACA, partner at Grunberg & Co

Tax / Re-evaluating the value of business rates

As businesses in high-value areas brace themselves for a business rates hike, Calum Fuller explores the flaws in the regime and how it might be improved