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 / US on course for significant tax reform

The Trump administration is planning ‘very significant’ tax reform in the next few months, which could include a so-called ‘border adjustment’ tax on imports, according to an initial outline of plans from Steven Mnuchin, the new US Treasury secretary

Tax / Satisfaction with HMRC digital service levels drops

Latest data from HMRC suggests that it is struggling to keep up with demand for its new digital services, as satisfaction levels have fallen, although it has significantly improved its phone and post handling capabilities

Tax / HMRC advisory fuel rates for company car users remain from 1 March

HMRC has published the latest advisory fuel rates (AFR) for company car users, effective from 1 March 2017 reflecting the constant trend in forecourt fuel prices

Tax / Government to help savers with Lifetime ISA

Government has introduced a tax-advantaged savings account, the Lifetime ISA, to support savers throughout their lives until the age of 50, which will in turn replace the problematic Help to Buy ISA from 6 April 2017

Tax / Child trust fund limit raised to £4,128 from April

The limit on the contributions to Child Trust Funds will increase by 1% to £4,128 from April 2017 and the requirement to use a lifestyling investment strategy for the child by the age of 15 will be removed

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: software vendors will not be ready for Making Tax Digital

Making Tax Digital programme director Theresa Middleton has warned members of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee that some software vendors will not be ready to take part in the Making Tax Digital pilot scheme set to commence in April 2017. Calum Fuller reports

Tax / Rangers EBT ‘big tax’ case to kick off in Supreme Court

The high-profile dispute between Rangers football club and HMRC over the use of employee benefit trusts (EBT) to make payments to staff and players reaches the Supreme Court next month, in a bid to resolve the issues of whether such payments amount to earnings, which would be taxable as income, or loans

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 / Scotland passes historic tax vote

There has been a historic vote in the Scottish Parliament where, for the first time in its history, MSPs have passed measures setting all income tax rates and bands, confirming that higher rate Scottish taxpayers will be paying more tax than their counterparts elsewhere in the UK

Tax / Skilled workers not gig economy fuelling self employment

Analysis from the Resolution Foundation challenges the view that the recent increase in self-employment is down to the rise of the gig economy offering short-term, low paid work, arguing the majority of the growth has been high-skilled, higher-paying sectors, putting the tax take at risk

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
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