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“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

Charities Get Online Gift Aid Service

HMRC have written to 110,000 charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) informing them that from 22 April 2013 they can enrol to make repayment claims online through the HMRC website. The new service, called Charities Online, is being introduced in response to feedback from charities. They will be able to get information on how […]

Read more April 4th, 2013

HMRC Complaints Handling

You will probably be aware of the recent press coverage of HMRC’s handling of notifications to 6 million taxpayers regarding two year’s underpayments and overpayments of tax. It is quite possible that these notifications will give rise to numerous complaints and it is interesting to note that HMRC has recently published online guidance on their […]

Read more October 15th, 2010

HMRC Requests Access To Private Bank Accounts

If you have ever been subject to a business tax enquiry by HMRC, you may well recall that one of their common tactics is to ask to see not just the business bank account statements but also your private account statements. That has long been a bone of contention, and this will only get worse […]

Read more September 29th, 2010