‘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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TV ‘exposure’ of Scientology halted by UK libel law split – The Guardian

‘Plans to broadcast HBO’s Church of Scientology exposé, Going Clear, have been shelved by Sky Atlantic in a virtual repeat of events two years ago, when UK publishers abandoned publication of the book on which the hard-hitting new TV documentary is based.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2015

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Avoidance scheme effective despite HMRC’s attempt to rely on Ramsay – RPC Tax Take

Posted March 31st, 2015 in appeals, corporation tax, HM Revenue & Customs, news, tax avoidance, tribunals by sally

‘In Gemsupa Limited and Consolidated Property Wilmslow Limited v HMRC [2015] UKFTT 0097 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) (“FTT”) found that an avoidance scheme designed to avoid corporation tax on chargeable gains on the disposal of properties through the use of share sales and options to create and then disband a group was effective.’

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RPC Tax Take, 25th March 2015

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Family Law Week’s Budget Briefing 2015 – Family Law Week

Posted March 24th, 2015 in benefits, budgets, families, news, social security, tax avoidance, taxation by sally

‘Jan Ellis, chartered accountant, of Ellis Foster LLP, a firm which specialises in advising family lawyers on tax-related family law issues, explains the budget changes of most relevance to family lawyers.’

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Family Law Week, 18th March 2015

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Tribunal confirms no penalty for implementing tax avoidance scheme – RPC Tax Take

Posted March 19th, 2015 in news, penalties, tax avoidance, tribunals by sally

‘In the recent case of Herefordshire Property Company Ltd v HMRC1, the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) (“FTT”) allowed the taxpayer’s appeal against the imposition by HMRC of a penalty, which was based on an allegation of negligent implementation of a tax planning scheme by the taxpayer.’

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RPC Tax Take, 18th March 2015

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Divorcing? Delay until April 6 to cut your tax bill – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 18th, 2015 in capital gains tax, divorce, news, tax avoidance, taxation by sally

‘A little-understood aspect of the tax rules means couples could avoid capital gains tax by delaying separation until the next financial year.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th March 2015

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Disclosure requirements for ‘high risk’ UK tax avoidance scheme promoters come into force – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 11th, 2015 in disclosure, HM Revenue & Customs, news, tax avoidance by tracey

‘Promoters of tax avoidance schemes that have been identified as “high risk” by UK tax authorities must now publicise that they are being monitored so that potential customers are aware of the risks of using them, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th March 2015

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Regina (Ingenious Media Holdings Ltd) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners – WLR Daily

Regina (Ingenious Media Holdings Ltd) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners: [2015] EWCA Civ 173; [2015] WLR (D) 104

‘In the particular circumstances of the case limited disclosures made by a Revenue and Customs official in an “off the record” briefing with journalists concerning tax avoidance schemes had been made “for the purposes” of a function of the Revenue and Customs, within section 18(2)(a)(i). Therefore there had been no breach of article 18(1) of the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005, which required the commissioners to maintain confidentiality of information about a taxpayer’s affairs.’

WLR Daily, 4th March 2015

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Tribunal adopts a literal interpretation of the provisions in allowing the taxpayer’s appeal – RPC Tax Take

Posted December 12th, 2014 in appeals, income tax, news, shareholders, tax avoidance, tax credits by sally

‘In Philip Shirley v HMRC, [1] the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) (FTT) concluded that a provision in a statute rewritten as part of the Tax Law Rewrite Project should be literally interpreted as the wording in question was clear and unambiguous.’

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RPC Tax Take, 11th December 2014

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Cameron takes action on terrorism funding in charity sector through new law – The Independent

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in bills, charities, fraud, news, tax avoidance, terrorism by sally

‘David Cameron has awarded extra powers and £8 million to a charity watchdog in an effort to “confront the menace of extremism” posed by bogus charities that divert cash to terrorism and other criminal activity.’

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The Independent, 22nd October 2014

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SRA fines firm £2,000 for £2.5m stamp duty avoidance schemes – Legal Futures

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in fines, law firms, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority, stamp duty, tax avoidance by tracey

‘Leading Surrey firm Mundays has been fined £2,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for using stamp duty land tax (SDLT) avoidance schemes which saved clients over £2.5m.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd October 2014

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HMRC closing the gap on tax avoidance – RPC Commercial Disputes Blog

Posted August 8th, 2014 in complaints, financial advice, HM Revenue & Customs, news, tax avoidance by sally

‘Anyone who has invested in, promoted, or advised on any form of tax mitigation scheme may be feeling slightly nervous following the latest announcement from HMRC concerning the on-going saga of tax avoidance. And understandably so.’

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RPC Commercial Disputes Blog, 7th August 2014

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Accelerated tax payment provisions to be extended to NIC avoidance schemes – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 23rd, 2014 in bills, national insurance, news, tax avoidance by michael

‘New provisions requiring accelerated payment of tax in certain tax avoidance schemes, which became law last week, will be extended to National Insurance Contributions (NICs) two months after the National Insurance Contributions Bill 2014 becomes law, the government has announced.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd July 2014

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Take That stars could face tax bill of millions after court decision – BBC News

Posted May 12th, 2014 in artistic works, HM Revenue & Customs, news, tax avoidance by sally

‘Three members of the band Take That may have to pay back millions of pounds in tax after a tribunal ruling.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2014

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