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Posts Tagged ‘HM Revenue & Customs’

Taxing the perks

According to the Mail on Sunday, HMRC’s high net worth unit has a new target in their sights, the perks enjoyed by some footballers and their families. Whilst the provision of benefits to employees is a practice which has been around since time immemorial, the regulations on taxable and non-taxable benefits can be complex and…

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VAT and Salary Sacrifice

The decision by the ECJ in the case of Astra Zeneca UK Limited v HMRC has had wide ranging implications for all businesses which offer employees benefits in return for salary sacrifices. The case revolved around the supply by Astra Zeneca to its employees of high street vouchers in return for a salary sacrifice. Prior…

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Tax help for riot-affected businesses

For those businesses affected by last week’s riots, the last thing that they need is to have to deal with questions of tax. Well done then to HMRC who have opened a dedicated help line for all those individuals and businesses affected by the riots. The helpline (0845 366 1207) is to be staffed by…

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Self Assessment

Those with straightforward tax affairs who are paid via PAYE may never have to complete a self assessment tax form. For the rest, including the self employed, company directors, trustees and those with a foreign income completion of an annual self assessment form is a necessity. When it comes to paying tax a few of…

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New projects for the Office of Tax Simplification

The Exchequer Secretary, David Gauke, has written to the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) asking them to review three further areas of taxation. The aim of these reviews is to streamline and simplify the process of tax calculations thereby reducing cost and hopefully eliminating the chance of error. The three areas concerned are: Taxation of…

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Stamp Duty Land Tax case won by taxpayer

The first Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) case taken to the Tax Tribunal by HMRC has been won by the taxpayer. This victory is a vindication of the interpretation commonly applied to one aspect of SDLT regulations by experts although an appeal by HMRC is expected. SDLT applies when property above a certain value is…

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Attention Property Lawyers!

Property lawyers and conveyancers should be aware that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have announced a change to the information required in Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) returns. HMRC has stated that the new forms will be available for use from April 2011 and must be used with effect from 4 July 2011.

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Furnished Holiday Lettings Rules

The Government has recently published revised proposals for new rules on the taxation of furnished holiday lettings (FHLs). According to the Government’s own figures, approximately 25% of existing FHL businesses will cease to qualify under the proposed new rules. Simon Newsham summarises the Government’s proposals below. What are the existing rules for FHLs? In general,…

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Group Relief for Stamp Duty Land Tax: Limited Liability Partnerships

Group Relief for Stamp Duty Land Tax: Limited Liability Partnerships Stamp Duty Land Tax – A change in HMRC’s view of the law Background Where UK real estate is transferred between members of the same group, and provided certain conditions are met, the tax legislation provides a relief from stamp duty land tax (SDLT). Companies…

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