HMRC

Tax / Tax revenues up £35.6bn as CGT and stamp duty bite

HMRC’s tax take has seen its biggest jump since the recession in the last year, rising by £35.6bn, with a 10% hike in revenue from national insurance contributions (NICs) while higher rates of property tax have raked in £1.1bn in additional revenue

Tax / HMRC consults on draft guidance on enabler rules for tax advisers

HMRC is consulting on draft guidance covering new legislation on enablers of defeated tax avoidance schemes which will be introduced once Finance Bill (No.2) 2017 receives Royal Assent, and which could see accountants and lawyers liable for penalties as a result of providing contentious advice in this area

Tax / HMRC races to update IT system to handle dividend tax change

HMRC’s own computer systems have been unable to deal with the slew of changes to dividends and interest income introduced for the year ended 5 April 2017 so it is having to take swift action to address the problems, warn RSM head of tax risk and investigation Mike Down and tax manager Sarah Saunders

Tax / HMRC urged to act on online VAT fraud by overseas sellers

HMRC has been too slow to address the problems of online VAT fraud by overseas sellers and its estimates of the tax loss are ‘out of date and flawed’ according to a report from the public accounts committee (PAC), which says the current uncertainty over the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU risks making the problems worse

Tax / Corporate tax evasion offences - what you need to know

Sophie Brookes, partner and professional support lawyer at Gateley plc, outlines the two new corporate tax evasion offences forming part of the Criminal Finances Act 2017, which make organisations liable for failing to prevent employees or agents from facilitating tax evasion

Tax / Warning of fake HMRC VAT email scam

Cyber criminals have been targeting UK taxpayers with fake VAT return messages claiming to come from HMRC which, when opened, could infect PCs with a Trojan virus and allow them to take over the victim’s computer, according to information security specialists Trustwave

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 wins on non-notification of £110m tax avoidance scheme

HMRC has won a landmark Alchemy case against a tax avoidance scheme promoter who failed to meet the Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Scheme (DOTAS) rules in a tribunal ruling that could lead to the recovery of £110m

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 / FTT ruling shines spotlight on actor’s NICs via intermediary company

A First Tier Tribunal (FTT) has found that well-known actor Robert Glenister was within the National Insurance Contribution (NIC) intermediary rules when he was paid via a personal services company (PSC), in a ruling which may have implications for a number of other self-employed entertainers

Tax / HMRC to research views of UK’s wealthiest on tax compliance

HMRC is planning a research project looking at tax compliance behaviours amongst the very wealthiest individuals, which it concedes are a ‘hard to reach group’, with a view to investigating ways to improve it

Tax / HMRC simple assessments: what you need to know

As the first HMRC simple assessments are sent out, Meg Wilson CTA explains how they work for affected taxpayers including new pensioners and anyone who has underpaid PAYE and what action they need to take as they are pulled into the first wave of implementation, effectively seeing the abolition of their annual tax return

Tax / HMRC stops use of personal credit card to pay employer PAYE penalties

Employers will not be able to use personal credit cards to settle outstanding PAYE late payment penalties, PAYE settlement agreements or Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) late filing penalties from January 2018

Tax / HMRC issues guidance on VAT electronic payments

HMRC has issued guidance about paying VAT to HMRC electronically, and receiving repayments by Bacs, as well as updates to the land and property, education, and construction VAT manuals

Tax / MacKay: will HMRC's tax support service for mid-sized businesses work?

Businesses turning over upwards of £10m or with 20 or more employees will have access to help with tax queries about their growing business under HMRC's new plans. Jane MacKay, head of tax at Crowe Clark Whitehill, asks whether this growth support service targeted at mid-sized businesses will work
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