New Act – legislation.gov.uk

Posted September 19th, 2016 in legislation, tax avoidance, tax evasion, taxation by tracey

Finance Act 2016

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Tax avoidance sanctions proposals “threaten rule of law” – Legal Futures

‘Government proposals to clamp down on tax avoidance by targeting advisers with sanctions if HMRC successfully challenges a scheme further blur the line between evasion and avoidance, and “threaten the rule of law”, according to a prominent tax lawyer.’

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Legal Futures, 18th August 2016

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Proposal to fine tax avoidance enablers lacks teeth, campaigners say – The Guardian

Posted August 18th, 2016 in banking, consultations, fines, law firms, news, tax avoidance by tracey

‘Government proposals to impose heavy fines on banks, accountants and lawyers who market tax avoidance schemes will fail without more resources for HM Revenue & Customs to pursue offenders, campaigners have said.’

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The Guardian, 17th August 2016

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Tax avoidance enablers to face tough new penalties – HM Revenue and Customs

Posted August 18th, 2016 in accountants, consultations, fines, penalties, press releases, tax avoidance by tracey

‘Accountants, tax planners and advisers who provide advice on how to avoid tax will face tough penalties under new proposals being consulted on by the government, Financial Secretary to the Treasury Jane Ellison announced today.’

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HM Revenue and Customs, 17th August 2016

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Firms giving advice on aggressive tax avoidance could face large fines – The Guardian

Posted August 17th, 2016 in accountants, consultations, fines, news, tax avoidance by sally

‘Accountants, lawyers and consultants whose multibillion pound industry provides advice on how to aggressively avoid tax could face large financial penalties under government proposals.’

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The Guardian, 17th August 2016

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Avoid/evade – Counsel

‘Recent news analysis of the Panama Papers, and high-profile-personality stakes in offshore funds, have turned up the heat in the tax avoid v evade debate. Kevin Prosser QC sheds light on this greyest of areas.’

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Counsel, July 2016

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Court of Appeal: SDLT not payable by company using Shari’a finance scheme – OUT-LAW.com

‘Project Blue Limited (PBL) was not liable for stamp duty land tax (SDLT) in respect of its acquisition of the former Chelsea Barracks by means of a Shari’a finance scheme, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 31st May 2016

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Regulator widens inquiry into UK firms’ links with Panama Papers tax havens – The Guardian

‘The City regulator has widened its inquiries into potential links between UK financial firms and the law company at the centre of the Panama Papers revelations, it said on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 2016

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HMRC investigates just 35 wealthy tax evaders per year, report reveals – Daily Telegraph

‘HMRC investigated just 35 wealthy people for tax evasion last year, prompting a committee of MPs to warn the level of action is “woefully inadequate” in the wake of the Panama Papers tax avoidance scandal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th April 2016

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‘Aggressive’ tax avoidance scheme based on Disney film rights to appeal to supreme court – The Guardian

Posted April 14th, 2016 in appeals, news, Supreme Court, tax avoidance by sally

‘A film partnership accused by HM Revenue & Customs of using industry exemptions to help its members avoid paying their fair share of tax will this week take its case to the supreme court.’

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The Guardian, 13th April 2016

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Do you know the difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance? Take our quiz – The Independent

Posted April 13th, 2016 in news, tax avoidance, tax evasion, taxation by sally

‘Most of us have little choice about how we pay our tax. It simply comes out of our pay packets.

We don’t have a choice to evade or avoid tax even if we wanted to. Or do we?’
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The Independent, 13th April 2016

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Inheritance tax should be scrapped – it’s unpopular and barely raises any money

Posted April 12th, 2016 in inheritance tax, news, tax avoidance, tax evasion, taxation by sally

‘Inheritance tax is a losing issue for the left and the right, despite raising a mere quarter of 1 per cent of GDP.’

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The Independent, 11th April 2016

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National Crime Agency demands quicker access to offshore firm records – The Guardian

‘The UK crime agency is demanding quicker access to the corporate records of secretive offshore companies in Britain’s overseas territories including the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.’

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The Guardian, 10th April 2016

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‘Big Four’ audit firms never examined over illegal tax plans – The Independent

Posted January 18th, 2016 in accountants, auditors, financial regulation, news, tax avoidance by tracey

‘Audit and accountancy firms who devise tax-avoidance schemes ruled unlawful have never faced official reprimand, The Independent can reveal. None of the so-called “Big Four” firms – PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), KPMG, Deloitte & Touche and Ernst & Young – has ever faced regulatory investigation for such schemes. Court rulings condemning unlawful avoidance schemes are regularly overlooked by regulators.’

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The Independent, 18th January 2016

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City watchdog denies going soft on banks after dropping inquiry – The Guardian

Posted January 11th, 2016 in banking, financial regulation, inquiries, news, ombudsmen, tax avoidance by tracey

‘The acting chief executive of the City watchdog has denied claims it has gone soft on banks following the decision to drop its inquiry into banking culture.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2016

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Court of Appeal highlights ‘real prospect of success’ of accelerated payment notice judicial review – OUT-LAW.com

‘Investors in the Ingenious Media film partnership schemes have been granted the right to appeal the High Court’s dismissal of their challenge to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which had required up-front payment of disputed tax.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd December 2015

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John Mander Pension Scheme Trustees Ltd v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs – Supreme Court

John Mander Pension Scheme Trustees Ltd v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs [2015] UKSC 56

Supreme Court, 29th July 2015

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Ingenious film investors lose human rights challenge over upfront tax – The Guardian

‘More than 150 wealthy investors in controversial film investment schemes, which HMRC says amount to tax avoidance, have lost a human rights challenge to new powers tax inspectors have been deploying to demand upfront payments.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2015

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Limitation, latent damage and tax mitigation scheme claims – Hardwicke Chambers

‘As (relatively) recent press coverage of celebrity participants shows, litigation relating to tax mitigation (or avoidance) schemes is on the rise. HMRC has taken an increasingly harder line in recent years both in tightening the legislation surrounding tax avoidance and in refusing and litigating claims for tax relief based on “losses” incurred in tax mitigation schemes. Investors who have lost out are increasingly turning to their original financial advisers for recompense. Unfortunately, many such claims are only considered or intimated after the primary limitation period has passed.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 15th June 2015

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Upper Tribunal: Ocean Finance VAT arrangements could stand as not ‘wholly artificial’ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 10th, 2015 in advertising, HM Revenue & Customs, news, tax avoidance, tribunals, VAT by sally

‘HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) should not look beyond the contractual arrangements that govern a company’s structure when establishing liability for VAT unless those arrangements do not reflect “economic and commercial reality”, a tribunal has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th June 2015

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