Tax / Partnership taxation: chargeable tax and profit allocations

The imminent overhaul of tax rules for all types of partnerships will have a wide-reaching impact, particularly on the bare trust/beneficiary approach. Mark Cawthron LLB CTA outines the key changes and sets out potential pitfalls for partners to consider

Tax / HMRC consults on simplification of group relief for carried-forward losses

HMRC has published draft regulations and a draft explanatory memorandum setting out how companies can enter into simplified arrangements in respect of claims and surrenders of group relief for carried-forward losses, which are designed to reduce the administrative burden

Tax / HMRC launches technical consultation on soft drinks levy

HMRC has announced a technical consultation on two draft statutory instruments regarding the soft drinks industry levy which is being introduced from April 2018

Tax / Making Tax Digital for VAT: what we know so far

With sketchy information available about the plans for the rollout of Making Tax Digital for VAT, Stephen Relf CTA ACA examines early plans for changes to VAT reporting including qualifying criteria, compliance and thresholds

Tax / OTS review of capital allowances and accounts depreciation launched

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has kicked off a review of capital allowances and accounts depreciation with a focus on simplifying the currently hugely complex treatment of tangible fixed assets, and is calling for feedback from users

Tax / Welsh to raise stamp duty rates for £400k plus property purchases

Property buyers in Wales will be hit by a higher rate stamp duty on house purchases valued at over £400,000 in the first change to property tax as a result of new devolved tax powers which come into effect from 1 April 2018

Tax / OTS to examine use of IT to simplify tax system

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) is to look at how advances in IT could simplify the design or administration of the tax system, particularly as Making Tax Digtal forces exclusive digital reporting and Blockchain currencies go more mainstream

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 / HMRC launches consultation on Help to Save scheme

HMRC has published a six-week technical consultation on secondary legislation relating to the Help to Save scheme aimed at working families on low incomes, which is set to launch in April 2018

Tax / HMRC consults on four extra-statutory concessions (ESCs)

HMRC has published its eighth technical consultation as part of its ongoing review of extra-statutory concessions (ESCs), which focuses on draft legislation designed to enact four specific ESCs

Tax / Landfill tax to be extended to illegal waste sites

HMRC is holding a six-week consultation on draft legislation in Finance Bill (no.2) which will extend the scope of landfill tax to include disposals at sites which do not have an appropriate environmental permit, to ensure rogue operators handling waste illegally will have to pay

Tax / Master Trust pension schemes to be targeted by taxman under new powers

The government is giving HMRC new powers to refuse to register and to de-register master trust pension schemes and schemes for dormant companies which are not authorised by The Pensions Regulator in a bid to curb pension scams

Tax / HMRC to review approach to tax compliance in big companies

HMRC is considering adopting a new, more differentiated approach to managing tax compliance amongst the largest companies, and is a consulting on potential changes to its business risk review (BRR) process, which has not been updated for a decade

Tax / Tax evasion corporate criminal offence guidance updated

HMRC has finalised guidance on the corporate criminal offence of failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion, which requires businesses to implement ‘reasonable prevention procedures’ to meet the demands of the legislation, which comes into effect at the end of this month

Tax / Switzerland plans to overhaul corporate tax regime

Following several failed attempts to win support for an overhaul of the Swiss corporate tax regime, Switzerland’s Federal Council has started a new consultation on an updated package of corporate tax reforms, which it says will meet international requirements but will have less of an impact on the federal budget