Tax planning

Tax / HMRC consults on 20% VAT on non-EU mobile roaming charges

HMRC has opened a four-week consultation on plans announced at Budget 2017 to charge UK VAT on all telecommunication services, particularly mobile phone calls and internet browsing, used outside the EU by UK consumers

Tax / Conservative ‘tax lock’ could be unpicked

The Conservatives have yet to launch their election manifesto, but comments made so far on the campaign trail suggest the party is likely to consider abandoning its previous pledge not to raise income tax, VAT or national insurance taxes in the next Parliament

Tax / Treasury committee cancels Making Tax Digital hearing

The Treasury Select Committee has cancelled the two evidence sessions it had scheduled for this week, one on Making Tax Digital and the other with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, due to the upcoming snap general election

Tax / Tax-free childcare scheme opens

The channels are now open for working parents to start applying for two new government childcare schemes launching this year – tax-free childcare which begins immediately and 30 hours free childcare which starts in September

Tax / Snap election kills off probate fee proposals

The snap general election has derailed controversial plans to increase probate fees, dubbed a ‘stealth death tax’, as the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has said there is now insufficient time for the necessary legislation to pass through Parliament

Tax / IMF warning on Trump tax plan risks

President Trump’s plans for US tax reforms and a relaxation of some financial regulations risks destabilising corporate spending and could result in a return of the excessive financial risk taking seen in the run up to the 2008 crisis, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Tax / Pensions held overseas fully taxable from April 2017, HMRC confirms

From the new tax year 2017/18, the full amount of any foreign pension received by a UK resident will be taxable where no UK tax relief was given on the pension savings, replacing the old 90% limit

Tax / Tax guidance updated for companies entering liquidation

HMRC has published updated guidance on mandatory online filing at the end of a company’s life, outlining the risks for companies that seek informal striking off or enter a Members’ Voluntary Liquidation (MVL) and therefore do not qualify for exemption

Tax / Editor’s comment: no more scrutiny

Theresa May’s announcement of a snap general election comes at a critical time for the tax profession as the Finance Bill is set to face disruption. Sara White considers the risk of important tax measures being rushed through the legislative process without facing scrutiny beforehand

Tax / US tax office extends filing deadline for overseas US residents

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended the 18 April filing deadline to taxpayers outside the US to 15 June

Tax / Pensioners advised to delay completing tax returns

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has advised pensioners to wait until the end of May before completing a tax return due to HMRC issuing notices despite introducing a new system which means that pensioners with a state pension exceeding their personal allowance may no longer have to file a return

Tax / Shadow Chancellor wants tax rises for £70k plus earners

John McDonnell, Labour shadow Chancellor, has given an early indication that the party’s manifesto for the forthcoming election is likely to include higher tax rates for those earning over £70,000 and a cap on executive pay

Tax / May announces snap election on June 8

Prime minister Teresa May has announced a snap general election will be held on 8 June, saying she has only ‘recently and reluctantly’ decided this is needed to ensure parliamentary unity on Brexit negotiations, in a move likely to impact the passage of the Finance Bill through Parliament

Tax / Trump tax reform hits setback

President Donald Trump’s plans for ambitious changes to US tax rules, including slashing the rate of corporation tax and introducing a one-off repatriation tax for multinationals with profits held offshore, are now likely to take longer to implement than previously expected

Tax / Levine: US may shift to territorial tax regime

The US tax system could be on the cusp of a major shake up with adoption of a territorial corporate regime which will could hit importers heavily, explains Scott Levine, partner in the tax practice at global law firm Jones Day