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Stamp Duty Land Tax – Recent Rulings

In a recent ruling, HMRC has lost a case at the tax tribunal where the higher stamp duty rate was not payable. So what happened? A couple purchased an uninhabitable property so completed the Stamp Duty return on the basis that they would only pay a stamp duty bill of £1,500. However, when HMRC received […]

Read more July 4th, 2019

Are You Ready Making Tax Digital (MTD)?

The first quarterly returns to be submitted to HMRC under the Making Tax Digital regime will be for the quarter ended 30 June 2019. Now is the time to make sure you are fully signed up and your software is activated ready for the submission which will be due by the 7 August 2019. Our […]

Read more June 21st, 2019

Reporting The Issue Of Shares Or Options To Staff

Gifts and awards of shares in companies, often known as employment related securities (ERS) are commonly used by employers to reward, retain or provide incentives to employees. They can be tax advantaged or non-tax advantaged. You must notify HMRC of all new ERS schemes including one-off awards or gifts of shares by 6 July following […]

Read more June 10th, 2019

“Rent A Room” Relief Continues For Airbnb Landlords

Last year HMRC carried out a review of “rent a room” relief, especially at Airbnb Landlords. It proposed that the availability of this generous relief should be restricted to situations where the taxpayer was resident for at least part of the time when the “lodger” was paying rent. The scheme currently exempts from tax gross […]

Read more May 9th, 2019

Ask ALEXA To Contact HMRC For Help

HMRC has launched new and innovative technology to help more than 3 million customers renew their tax credits. HMRC has developed a customer-focused service through Amazon Alexa specifically for those seeking help with their tax credits renewals. Customers with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices can ask Alexa to ‘open HMRC’ and ask for help and information with […]

Read more August 13th, 2018

HMRC Loses IR35 Case

In a February news article, we reported the Tax Tribunal decision involving Christa Ackroyd Media Ltd, a company set up by a TV presenter to supply her services to the BBC, where it was held that the IR35 personal service company rules applied to the arrangements. In a recent case involving a night manager on […]

Read more May 8th, 2018

Cash And Digital Payments In The New Economy

One of the announcements in the Spring Statement was the possible demise of the 1p and 2p coins and the £50 note, but for different reasons. It seems that more and more of us are paying for small transactions using contactless payments. Those who pay in cash where the cost is say £2.99 we put […]

Read more April 23rd, 2018

Are You Sure You Or Your Workers Are Self-Employed?

Last year we reported that the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee published a report calling on the Government to close the loopholes that allow “bogus” self-employment practices, which burden the welfare state but reduce the tax contributions needed to sustain it. Most of the people working for organisations such as Uber, Amazon, Hermes […]

Read more March 9th, 2018

Quarterly Report by Employment Intermediaries

Ever since 6 April 2015 employment agencies and other intermediaries have been required to make quarterly reports of payments made directly to workers or via partnerships, LLPs and companies where no tax has been deducted from the payments. HMRC have recently updated their guidance to intermediaries to make it clear that, where an employment intermediary […]

Read more November 9th, 2016

HMRC Don’t Like Partnerships With Corporate Members

Last summer a consultation document was published setting the proposed counteraction by HMRC of artificial profit and loss allocation schemes involving partnerships and LLPs where some of the members are chargeable to income tax but others not. The measures were clearly intended to catch the situation where excessive profits are allocated to members who are […]

Read more July 9th, 2014