Tax planning

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 / 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 / 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 / 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 / £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 / 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 / Cash basis strongly supported by buy-to-let landlords

Landlords have shown strong support on being taxed on the cash basis as part of the Making Tax Digital plans saying that it is an important and strong aspect for small landlords as well as showing overall positivity towards digitalisation, as part of evidence given to the Lords Committee

Tax / VAT flat rate rise will not reduce abuse of system

Plans to crackdown on abuse of the VAT Flat Rate Scheme (FRS) may be ineffective and have unwelcome consequences for tax compliant small businesses, claims CIOT

Tax / Interactive fair tax mark map launched

The Fair Tax Mark group, an independent accreditation process assessing corporation tax practices and reporting, has launched an interactive map showing businesses signed up to the scheme

Tax / EU to ramp up action on harmful global tax practices

The EU has signalled plans to ramp up its work to tackle harmful tax practices internationally, with the Council working group that oversees implementation of the EU's code of conduct on business taxation finalising a list of jurisdictions that are considered non-cooperative in tax matters to be published shortly

Tax / HMRC slams door on two remuneration schemes used to avoid tax

HMRC has added two disguised remuneration structures which used annuities to avoid income tax and national insurance contributions (NICs) to its list of tax avoidance schemes