Tax / Clampdown on promoters of VAT avoidance schemes

The draft Finance Bill 2017 has confirmed plans to widen the scope of the disclosure of tax avoidance schemes (DOTAS) to include all indirect taxes including VAT, from 1 September 2017, with penalties of up to £10,000 for non-compliance

Tax / Draft Finance Bill 2017 hints at transition plans for quarterly reporting

The 700-plus page draft Finance Bill has been published confirming plans to go ahead with quarterly reporting from 2018 for unincorporated businesses over the VAT threshold and an indication that there could be scope for variable transition rules for different types of business, reports Sara White

Tax / Business rates: out of kilter with digital business

 The £25bn raised in annual business rates is going to be protected by government whatever happens but it needs to be reformed as business evolves, says Mark Cawthron 

Tax / Brookes: government must replace Class 4 NICs revenue

David Brookes casts his eye over the Budget and predicts future tax measures to tackle disparities over employment taxes and digital real estate operations

Tax / Herring: NICs U-turn symptom of lack of clear employment tax policy

The government needs to outline its broader policy on national insurance lest politics stymies development of a fairer tax regime, says Institute of Directors head of taxation Stephen Herring

Tax / Hammond U-turns on Budget plan to increase NICs for self employed

Chancellor, Philip Hammond has abandoned plans to increase self employed Class 4 National Insurance Contributions (NICs), announced as part of the spring budget last week, after he received criticism for breaking a 2015 manifesto pledge

Tax / Budget 2017: implementation dates effective April 2017 onwards

Our essential snapshot of the key measures announced in Budget 2017, Finance Bill 2017 and NICs Bill, including NICs hike for self employed, dividend tax-free allowance slashed to £2k, overseas pensions transfers (QROPS) face potential 25% tax surcharge and Making Tax Digital rollout delayed for smallest companies and landlords sub-VAT threshold

Tax / Budget 2017 briefing: key measures at a glance

In our roundup of the Budget 2017 essentials, we review the key tax measures announced in a slimline event, from the unexpected hike in national insurance rates for the self employed to a cut in the tax-free dividend allowance, potential tax liability for pensions transferred overseas, corporation tax cuts and VAT roaming charges for long haul travellers for the first time

Tax / Le Jeune: a very modest Budget

A first stab at realigning national insurance rates may mark an eventual overhaul of the income tax system but the Chancellor offered scant pickings for business in his first and last spring Budget, says Caroline Le Jeune, partner at Blick Rothenberg

Tax / Class 4 NICs rise to be delayed, says May

Theresa May has moved to delay Philip Hammond’s controversial move to raise Class 4 national insurance contributions (NICs) until the autumn after MPs and stakeholders expressed concern over the measure

Tax / Budget 2017: IFS supports NICs self employed changes

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has come out in favour of Philip Hammond’s plan to increase National Insurance contributions (NICs) for the self employed, as set out in Budget 2017, arguing that this is a first step to addressing long-standing distortions in the employment tax system

Tax / Budget 2017: sugar levy rates set at 18p and 24p per litre

Chancellor Philip Hammond, in his spring Budget speech, announced the rates for the soft drinks industry levy, which is set to come into force from April 2018, setting them at 18p per litre for the main rate and 24p per litre for the higher rate

Tax / Self employed backlash could scupper fairer national insurance system

In an attempt to make the tax system fairer and remove tax incentives for alternative forms of employment, Chancellor Philip Hammond has seemingly declared war on a group that ranges from taxi drivers and hairdressers through to independent consultants, contractors and accountants, reports Philip Smith

Tax / Budget 2017: tax avoidance enablers rules to raise £100m in fines

Fines against enablers of tax avoidance schemes are set to generate an extra £100m for the Exchequer, projections in the Budget show, reports Calum Fuller

Tax / Budget 2017: taxation for late-life oil and gas assets out for review

Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed a number of simplifications in reporting for oil and gas companies and extensions to investment allowances in Budget 2017, as well as announcing a future consultation on the tax arrangement for the transfer of late-life assets, in a bid to support recovery in the sector