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Taxpayers treated unfairly by HMRC, says House of Lords report
Posted: January 2, 2019

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has criticised some of the powers granted to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), describing them as disproportionate and lacking effective taxpayer safeguards.

Unwrapping Christmas tax gifts
Posted: December 5, 2018

Christmas is a time for giving, but many businesses may not be aware that their gifts can be made in a tax-efficient manner, which could make raising festive spirits that little bit cheaper. While Christmas parties may not be for everyone, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) does provide an allowable tax deduction of up to _ Read more

UK takes second spot for tax compliance in G20
Posted: December 5, 2018

New research from the World Bank has revealed that the UK has the second most effective tax system amongst the G20 nations for tax compliance and ease of paying corporate taxes. According to the survey, companies take an average of 105 hours per year to prepare and file their taxes in the UK, which equates _ Read more

House of Lords calls for a delay to Making Tax Digital
Posted: December 5, 2018

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has criticised HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for its handling of Making Tax Digital (MTD) and called for a delay to some of the regime’s mandatory requirements. The majority of VAT-registered businesses with taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold of £85,000 will need to keep digital records _ Read more

Italian e-invoicing requirements make Making Tax Digital look like a walk in the park
Posted: December 5, 2018

While a series of false starts and changes of direction have made Making Tax Digital (MTD) seem more complicated than it might need to be, new e-invoicing requirements that come into effect in Italy from 1 January 2019 make it look like a walk in the park. The Italian tax authorities will require VAT-registered businesses _ Read more

180,500 first-time buyers benefit from relief on Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)
Posted: December 5, 2018

Figures released by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have revealed that 180,500 first-time buyers have benefited from the Government’s changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). HMRC estimates that first-time buyers have saved a total of more than £426 million since Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the First-Time Buyers’ Relief (FTBR) in November 2017. At Budget _ Read more

Big increase in P2P lending
Posted: December 5, 2018

The fifth annual UK Alternative Finance Industry Report has revealed a 65 per cent year-on-year increase in peer-to-peer (P2P) lending. The P2P lending market is now worth £2 billion and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) appear to be the dominant force behind it. To put the rise of P2P lending into context, its value is _ Read more

Smaller estates should not have to file Inheritance Tax paperwork, says Office for Tax Simplification
Posted: December 5, 2018

The Office for Tax Simplification (OTS) has said that smaller and less complex estates should not be subject to the requirement to file Inheritance Tax (IHT) paperwork. The call was part of a review into IHT, which Chancellor Philip Hammond ordered earlier this year. While just five per cent of estates are subject to IHT, _ Read more

Public pilot of Making Tax Digital for VAT opens
Posted: November 12, 2018

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has opened a public pilot of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT. The pilot is open to sole traders and companies that are up-to-date with VAT, who have not received a default surcharge in the last two years. Some other groups will need to wait to join, including those: trading _ Read more

Payee names to be required for bank transfers in effort to combat fraud and errors
Posted: November 12, 2018

From next year, payee names will be checked when making bank transfers in order to ensure that funds are being sent to the correct recipient. Currently, only the sort code and account number are checked when making a transfer, something which has been exploited by fraudsters to trick people into transferring tens of thousands of _ Read more