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Lawyers Deem Financial Transaction Tax Illegal

A Financial Transaction Tax (FTT), which is currently set to be implemented in 11 EU countries, has now been claimed to be illegal by lawyers. The UK is not one of the countries set to implement the FTT, remaining strongly opposed. This is one contributing factor to the 14 page legal opinion that the team […]

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Partnership Tax Reforms Prove Unpopular

HMRC have recently announced several reforms to the way Limited Liability Partnerships are taxed. The latest plans, however, have proved unpopular with advisors in the professional service industry. The plans in question are aimed at tackling two issues. Chiefly, they target businesses who disguise junior employees as partners for tax benefit. They also aim at […]

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Bankers Delay Bonuses for Tax Benefit

It has been revealed that some banking professionals had their bonuses for the 2012/2013 tax year delayed until after April. They were therefore paid in the new tax year, which saw the top rate of income tax reduced to 45%. The top rate affects income above £150,000.These bonuses fell into that category, and so the […]

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Vodaphone and HMRC Reach Deal on Irish Tax Case

It has recently emerged that HMRC and Vodaphone have reached a high-value agreement on a previously undisclosed tax dispute. The mobile phone company was using an Irish subsidiary to collect royalty payments. This was formed the key step in a process by which millions of pounds of profit were redirected to Luxembourg, a jurisdiction with […]

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Further Changes to Partnership Tax

HM Revenue and Customs is continuing to look into ways of tightening the taxation of Limited Liability Partnerships. This is following an extensive consultation on the topic, which began with an announcement in December 2012 that HMRC would try to prevent “abusive use” of partnership status. The key intention of the latest changes is to […]

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No New Tax for Online Sales

The treasury have revealed that a potential online sales tax will not go ahead. This tax was designed as a way to lessen the advantage online businesses have over brick-and-mortar ones. Online businesses tend to have fewer overheads than traditional ones, which can lead to lower prices and more new companies starting up. The value […]

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HMRC to Introduce Single Compliance Process for SMEs

HM Revenue and Customs has announced plans to make things easier for SMEs by introducing a new Single Compliance System. It is hoped that this will produce a faster, more consistently high-quality enquiry process. It is also intended to ensure that individual enquiries are more appropriate to the cases they address. A trial of the […]

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OTS Calls for Employee Benefits Tax Overhaul

The employee benefits tax and administration system is “ripe for a complete overhaul” according to the Office of Tax Simplification. In a recent report, the OTS identified four areas of major concern, and recommended a full overhaul of the entire system. The report was produced as part of a review the OTS is currently conducting […]

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HMRC Wins £88 Million in Avoidance Case

A recent tax tribunal case has awarded the HMRC after a scheme that aimed to avoid tax on loan note profits was brought down. A judgement claimed that the Treasury could near nearly £88 million. The scheme in question involved a company known as Vocalspruce, which was promoted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, and involved the using of […]

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Dave Hartnett Lands Job at Deloitte

Former boss of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has now landed a tax advice job at the accountancy firm Deloitte. Caught up in a number of scandals and claims, the move has angered some and spiked curiosity in others. Having left the HMRC, he now has a new role that will only take up one […]

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