Tax

Tax / Solicitors face scrutiny over tax planning advice

Solicitors providing tax planning services could face greater scrutiny from the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) and HMRC as government begins to clamp down on aggressive tax avoidance schemes

Tax / HMRC signs lease for Birmingham regional hub

HMRC has signed a 25-year lease for its Birmingham regional hub with the tax authority and department for Work and Pensions (DWP) planning to move 3,600 staff into the offices from 2020, which has been named as the largest pre-let to take place in the city in a decade

Tax / Future of capital allowances up for OTS review

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) is to review options for replacing the current capital allowances tax relief system with an accounts depreciation approach as the current model is too complicated and expensive for businesses to administer, reports Sara White

Tax / Simple assessment tax changes for state pensioners

For the 2016/17 tax year, pensioners who started to receive a state pension on or after 6 April 2016 and have no other taxable income will not be required to file a tax return, instead HMRC will send a simple assessment based on its own calculations

Tax / US set to lose $12bn in tax take by 2027 if multinationals relocate overseas

Tax inversions by US multinationals attempting to shift profits into lower tax jurisdictions could cost the US up to $12bn (£7.4bn) in lost corporate tax revenues by 2027, according to figures released by the US Congressional Budget Office

Tax / VAT: keeping to the rules for the flat rate scheme

Stanley Dencher, specialist tax writer at CCH, outlines the conditions for using the flat rate scheme for VAT, considering various First Tier Tribunal decisions on whether the flat rate scheme was applied in the right circumstances and at the correct rate

Tax / HMRC mid-sized business service to help 170,000 companies

As many as 170,000 mid-sized companies will benefit from extra help from HMRC tax specialists, under plans confirmed by the tax authority

Tax / Wetherspoons cuts food and drink prices today in protest over VAT

Wetherspoon’s pubs across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be cutting the price of all food and drink by 7.5% on the 20 September, as part of national tax equality day to promote the benefit of a VAT reduction in the hospitality industry

Tax / Lib Dems call for tougher penalties on foreign property investors

In his first speech as Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable has called for ‘fierce’ tax penalties on overseas residents purchasing UK property for investment purposes and outlined plans to replace student fees with a graduate tax

Tax / US tax amnesties: fact or fiction?

Ephraim Moss and Joshua Ashman CPA, co-founders of Expat Tax Professionals examine whether IRS tax amnesty programmes such as the offshore voluntary disclosure programme (OVDP) offer safe disclosure arrangements for expat US taxpayers, and offer tips and advice on how the system actually works

Tax / Guidance on accounting officer assessments to scrutinise government projects

The Treasury has released guidance on the government’s commitment to publish a summary of the key points from an accounting officer assessment from April 2017, while providing advice on how accounting officers should assess a policy/project against four standards, including details on when to publish a summary

Tax / Accelerated payments to HMRC over disputed tax up 21% to £1.3bn

HMRC collected £1.3bn in disputed tax in 2016/17 through its use of accelerated payment notices (APNs), a 21% increase on the previous year when it received £1.07bn, according to Moore Stephens

Tax / Farming: ownership disputes and legal status - part 6

Julie Butler FCA considers whether the inclusion of an error in the accounts changes legal ownership highlighting the issues raised in the long-running and contentious Ham v Bell & Ors [2016] EWHC 1791(Ch), settled at the High Court last year

Tax / EU finance ministers agree to draft digital tax laws for IT giants

The EU is closer to reaching agreement on draft rules for a pan-European digital tax basis for major multinational IT giants such as Amazon and Google, with proposals based on permanent establishment status due to be released in spring 2018

Tax / Anti-money laundering online service rejecting certain reference numbers

HMRC’s new anti-money laundering service, the Supervised Business Register, provides taxpayers with longer reference numbers which are not currently compatible with its search tool, meaning taxpayers must use the company name to verify if the business is registered under Money Laundering Regulations
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