Tax compliance

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 / 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 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 / 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 / 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

Tax / £30K tax-free redundancy payments to be scrapped

Government is planning to abolish rules under which the first £30,000 of redundancy payments are tax free in a move which will have far reaching implications for companies and employees from 2018, according to analysis from Wolters Kluwer

Tax / NHS staff targeted by tax rebate scam

NHS workers are being targeted by a scam run by tax rebate companies that claim they offer services where they can get a refund, according to a warning put out by Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime

Tax / Hammond under pressure to review business rate rises

Chancellor Philip Hammond is coming under pressure to offer further concessions in the Budget next month to the planned hike in business rates, after Conservative MPs joined business groups and major retailers in a public outcry against the impact of new valuations, the first in seven years

Tax / Buy-to-let taxation: stamp duty tax charges - part 7

In part seven of our exclusive series on buy-to-let taxation, Adam Kay, partner at Saffrey Champness,  reviews the impact of the 3% SDLT levy on additional property purchases 

Tax / Small businesses face ’10 year payback’ for Making Tax Digital

Small businesses could face a wait of up to 10 years before they see a return from investing in becoming compliant with Making Tax Digital, members of the House of Lords’ Economic Affairs Committee have heard. Calum Fuller reports

Tax / Farming businesses too complex for quarterly reporting

The rigid framework of quarterly reporting under Making Tax Digital does not make sense for the farming community due to accounting complexity, use of capital allowances and seasonality of the business, NFU head of tax tells Lords committee. Sara White reports

Tax / Lords to examine Making Tax Digital for farmers and small businesses

Farmers, small businesses and landlords are to give evidence to the Economic Affairs Finance Bill sub-committee on the government's Making Tax Digital project today
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