Tax compliance

Tax / Requirement to Correct tax due on offshore assets

HMRC has issued guidance on how to comply with new Requirement to Correct rules designed to clamp down on individuals with undeclared offshore assets and highlighting the penalties for non-compliance

Tax / Car tax evasion triples since paper disc abolished

The abolition of the paper car tax disc has resulted in a tripling of the number of drivers evading car tax and now represents a loss to the Treasury of around £107m a year, according to statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT) and the DVLA

Tax / Kavanagh: De Silva case brings clarity over schemes involving partnerships

The Supreme Court’s verdict in the De Silva tax dispute could have far-reaching consequences for tax schemes involving partnerships says UK Tax Consulting director John Kavanagh

Tax / Supreme Court rules on validity of claim in De Silva case

HMRC should be relieved with the Supreme Court’s decision in the De Silva case as if the outcome had been different the tax authority may have had to repay the many accelerated payments already collected, says Michael Avient, consultant at JS&Co

Tax / Glassey: Paradise Papers put spotlight on offshore financial centres

The revelations and hyperbole around the Paradise Paper undermine the value of using offshore financial centres, where levels of transparency are arguably no worse than elsewhere in the world, despite the efforts of governments to demand more openness, argues Will Glassey, partner at Mayer Brown

Tax / MPs push for better Finance Bill scrutiny

MPs are challenging the Treasury to adopt a more strategic approach to tax policy making, calling for greater consultation over Finance Bills, clearer information about consultations and improvements to costing and impact assessments

Tax / £100,000 tax exemption for sporting testimonials

HMRC has published updated guidance on the tax treatment of income from sporting testimonials, which confirms there will be a new ‘one-off’ exemption of £100,000 designed to ensure that employed sportspeople on modest incomes are protected from the recent changes to the rules

Tax / HSBC to pay €300m to settle tax evasion charges

HSBC has agreed to pay €300m (£266m) to the French authorities to settle a long-running investigation into tax evasion by French citizens via its private bank in Switzerland, details of which were first leaked by one of the bank’s former IT employees

Tax / The practicality of publishing tax strategies for multinationals

As rules stating large companies must disclose their tax strategies commence, Calum Fuller speaks to companies including SSE and Informa about how they are interpreting the requirements

Tax / EU seeks quick agreement on tax avoidance curbs after Paradise Papers

Rules requiring tax advisers to report tax planning arrangements should be agreed and a blacklist of tax havens drawn up after the revelations contained in the Paradise Papers, according to the European Commission’s tax commissioner

Tax / HMRC consults on company car reporting under PAYE regulations

HMRC has lanched a brief two-week consultation on draft PAYE regulations regarding company car reporting under salary sacrifice schemes, which will allow employers to submit data via real time information (RTI) rather than in a separate end of year return

Tax / Canada plans to introduce tax on cannabis

The Canadian government is consulting on proposals to tax cannabis products, saying its current approach to the drug is not working and it is committed to legalising, regulating and restricting access to cannabis to keep it out of the hands of children, and profits out of the hands of criminals

Tax / Corporation tax loss relief rules: what you need to know

Lindsay Buckenham, tax director and Ben Moseley, partner at Deloitte, seek to demystify the biggest change to the UK’s corporation tax loss relief rules in a generation

Tax / Uber loses appeal on payment of national minimum wage to drivers

In a blow to one of the largest operators in the gig economy, Uber has lost its appeal to overturn last year’s Employment Tribunal decision that its drivers should be paid the national minimum wage and holiday pay, which could result in a hike in NICs payments for the company

Tax / No inflation increase to HMRC worldwide subsistence rates

HMRC has confirmed that worldwide subsistence rates for expenses claims for employees travelling outside the UK will not be increased to account for post Brexit currency depreciation or inflation