Eamonn Holmes in challenge to tax tribunal ruling over ’employee’ status at ITV – The Independent

Posted January 19th, 2023 in appeals, income tax, media, national insurance, news, self-employment, tribunals by tracey

‘Television presenter Eamonn Holmes is challenging a tribunal ruling that concluded he should be treated as an ITV employee for tax reasons when he presented This Morning.’

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The Independent, 15th January 2023

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“Spent” golden contract means enterprise zone allowances disallowed – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 14th, 2022 in appeals, contracts, corporation tax, income tax, news, taxation, time limits by tracey

‘Investors behind the construction of two data centres could not claim Enterprise Zone allowances (EZAs) on the expenditure they incurred because it was deemed to have been incurred under a contract entered into outside of the statutory window for claiming the allowances.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th November 2022

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Will your UK damages be taxable? – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 12th, 2022 in capital gains tax, damages, income tax, news, taxation by tracey

‘Awards and settlements in commercial disputes can be taxable in the claimant’s hands. The tax treatment of damages should be considered at an early stage as this may need to be factored into the amount claimed. Tax also needs to be considered in settlement negotiations to ensure the offer is enough.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th October 2022

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An Enlightened Approach to Taxpayer Confidentiality: The Story of the First Income Tax – Wilberforce Chambers

Posted April 15th, 2021 in confidentiality, income tax, news, privacy by sally

‘Confidentiality is a fundamental concept at the heart of the modern taxation system. The need to strike a balance between the taxpayer’s right to privacy and the requirement of HMRC to carry out its functions has been the subject of much legislation and litigation. There has been an explosion in the exchange of information between revenue authorities of different countries and British politicians have for years been under pressure to emulate the tradition of American presidents publishing their tax returns. But there is nothing new under the sun: the introduction of income tax in Britain at the end of the 18th century was dominated by concerns over taxpayer confidentiality, which led to measures being developed which have left their mark on today’s income tax system.’

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Wilberforce Chambers, 6th April 2021

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Ashbolt v HMRC [2020] STC 1813 – CrimeCast.Law

Posted December 3rd, 2020 in HM Revenue & Customs, income tax, loans, news, podcasts, search & seizure, tax avoidance by tracey

‘The case arose from the response of certain taxpayers and their professional advisers to the Treasury’s introduction of the so called ‘loan charge’ under the Finance Act (No 2) 2017, which was intended to enable HM Revenue and Customs to put an end to what had become a widespread practice of avoiding income tax by characterising payments as loans rather than income. HMRC commenced a criminal investigation into the conduct of a number of subscribers to a particular tax avoidance scheme and, in the course of that investigation, they obtained and executed search warrants relating to both residential and business premises. The question arose whether the first set of access conditions in paragraph 2 to Scheduled 1 of PACE, and whether the further condition in paragraph 14(d) of that schedule had been satisfied. It prompted the Divisional Court to issue a stern warning about the need for scrupulous care in presenting such an application and the court also gave guidance on how, in practical terms, the judge to whom the application is made should be assisted in focusing on the key issues which he or she needs to resolve …’

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CrimeCast.Law, 30th November 2020

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No tax relief on pension contributions paid in shares – Wilberforce Chambers

Posted May 29th, 2020 in income tax, news, pensions, shareholders by sally

‘In a decision which threatens to bring turmoil to vast number of SIPPs (self-invested personal pensions), the Upper Tribunal has decided in HMRC v Sippchoice Ltd [2020] UKUT 149 (TCC) (Roth J and Upper Tribunal Judge Greg Sinfield) that member contributions to registered pension schemes are only eligible for tax relief where they are paid in money. Where a member transfers shares to the scheme trustees no tax relief is available, even where done in satisfaction of a money debt, and notwithstanding the terms of HRMC’s own Pensions Tax Manual which appears to say the opposite.’

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Wilberforce Chambers, 18th May 2020

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New Judgment: Fowler v Commissioners for HMRC [2020] UKSC 22 – UKSC Blog

Posted May 27th, 2020 in double taxation, income tax, news, self-employment, Supreme Court, treaties by sally

‘Mr Fowler is a qualified diver who is resident in the Republic of South Africa. During the 2011/12 and 2012/13 tax years he undertook diving engagements in the waters of the UK’s continental shelf. HMRC stated that he is liable to pay UK income tax for this period. Whether he is liable depends on the application of a Double Taxation Treaty between the UK and South Africa. Article 7 of the Treaty provides that self-employed persons are taxed only where they are resident (i.e. South Africa), whereas article 14 provides that employees may be taxed where they work (i.e. the UK). For the purposes of this appeal, the parties have assumed that Mr Fowler was an employee. Mr Fowler claims he is nevertheless not liable to pay tax in the UK. His case centres on a “deeming provision” in section 15 of the UK’s Income Tax (Trading and Other Income) Act 2005 (“ITTOIA”). This provides that an employed seabed diver is “treated” as self-employed for the purposes of UK income tax.’

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UKSC Blog, 26th May 2020

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Matalan founder suing PwC for ‘ineffective tax avoidance advice’ – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2020 in accountants, capital gains tax, income tax, negligence, news, tax avoidance by sally

‘The multimillionaire founder of Matalan is suing his accountants for allegedly giving him ineffective tax avoidance advice – weeks after his retail empire received tens of millions of pounds of taxpayer support during the Covid-19 pandemic.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2020

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Foreign statutory schemes – can they register as a registered pension scheme? – Wilberforce Chambers

Posted December 4th, 2019 in EC law, income tax, news, pensions by sally

‘The regime for registered pension schemes, which was first established with effect from A-Day (6 April 2006), is renowned for a number of things. One of those things is the expansion of the categories of person who can establish a pension scheme. However, as a recent case shows, the legislation contains anomalies.’

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Wilberforce Chambers, 24th November 2019

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New Judgment: R (Derry) v Commissioners for HMRC [2019] UKSC 19 – UKSC Blog

Posted April 11th, 2019 in income tax, news, shareholders, statutory interpretation, Supreme Court by sally

‘This appeal considered the correct procedure HMRC is required to follow under the Taxes Management Act 1970, where it wishes to enquire into a claim for carry-back share loss relief made in a self-assessed and calculated tax return.’

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UKSC Blog, 10th April 2019

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Lorraine Kelly wins £1.2m tax case against HMRC over ITV work – BBC News

‘Lorraine Kelly has won a row over a £1.2m tax bill, after a judge ruled she was not employed by ITV, but performs as her “chatty” TV persona.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2019

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Supreme Court: income tax must be deducted from creditor interest – OUT-LAW.com

‘Income tax must be deducted before administrators can pay out statutory interest to the creditors of an insolvent company, the UK’s highest court has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th March 2019

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Home Office ‘wrecked my life’ with misuse of immigration law – The Guardian

Posted February 4th, 2019 in immigration, income tax, mistake, news, taxation, terrorism by sally

‘The Home Office has been accused of inflicting irreversible damage on the life of a pharmaceutical expert by misusing a controversial clause in immigration law to try to force her out of the UK.’

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The Guardian, 2nd February 2019

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A life ‘completely destroyed’ by one paragraph of immigration law – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2018 in immigration, income tax, news by sally

‘Paragraph 322(5) has devastating conditions, as Sidharth Vijay found when he made a simple correction to his tax return.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2018

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Taxpayers who miss tax return deadline due to depression ‘less likely to be fined than ever’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 31st, 2018 in fines, income tax, mental health, news, time limits by sally

‘Taxpayers suffering from depression are being treated with increasing leniency by HMRC if they file a late tax return.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th January 2018

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Treasury replaces tax return fines with points-type system – The Guardian

Posted November 24th, 2017 in income tax, news, penalties, time limits by tracey

‘The £100 immediate fine for filing a late tax return will be replaced by a driving licence-style points system. The change will come as part of a series of Treasury reforms which aim to concentrate on serious tax avoidance and not punish taxpayers who make simple errors.’

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The Guardian, 24th November 2017

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Court of Appeal: HMRC did not act unfairly in withdrawing guidance only for taxpayers with ‘open’ affairs – OUT-LAW.com

‘HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) could withdraw previous guidance in relation to losses arising from the exercise of share options, even though other taxpayers whose affairs could not be reopened had benefited from the treatment, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th July 2017

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Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint loses £1m tax refund case – The Guardian

Posted August 10th, 2016 in appeals, HM Revenue & Customs, income tax, news, taxation by tracey

‘Harry Potter star Rupert Grint has lost his legal battle for a £1m tax refund. A tax tribunal judge rejected the actor’s appeal against an HM Revenue and Customs block on him using a change in accounting dates to shield his earnings from the higher 50% tax rate.’

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The Guardian, 9th August 2016

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Hargreaves v Revenue and Customs Commissioners – WLR Daily

Posted March 30th, 2016 in appeals, HM Revenue & Customs, income tax, law reports, taxation by sally

Hargreaves v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2016] EWCA Civ 174

‘The taxpayer stated on his self-assessment tax return that he was to be regarded as provisionally non-resident and not ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom with effect from a certain date. The revenue issued a discovery assessment against him under section 29 of the Taxes Management Act 1970 on the basis that he was not entitled to be treated as neither resident nor ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom for tax purposes as he had not taken sufficient steps to become non-resident. The taxpayer appealed, first, against the contention that he was not in fact resident or ordinarily resident here, and, second, against the discovery assessment, alleging that it had been made without the revenue having any power to do so and therefore was invalid. He applied for a direction that the second issue be heard as a preliminary issue on the basis that he wanted to be able to elect not to give evidence until the revenue had proved its case on the relevant conditions in section 29(3). The First-tier Tribunal dismissed the application, determining that he had no right to require the revenue to establish at a separate preliminary hearing against the discovery assessment the matters which under section 29 the revenue should establish to show that the discovery assessment was validly made and that while it had a discretion to order a separate preliminary trial, it would not do so. The Upper Tribunal dismissed the taxpayer’s appeal, concluding that the taxpayer did not have any relevant right to a preliminary hearing and that it was possible to have a single hearing even though there were different burdens of proof on the two issues in the present case and that it would need to hear evidence on the issues together.’

WLR Daily, 22nd March 2016

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Revenue and Customs Commissioners v Apollo Fuels Ltd and others – WLR Daily

Revenue and Customs Commissioners v Apollo Fuels Ltd and others; [2016] EWCA Civ 157

‘The employers leased cars to their employees to enable them to carry out their duties. The cars were leased on arm’s length commercial terms, including lease charges at full market value. The revenue concluded that the provision of the cars was a taxable benefit, for the purposes of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003, and served notices of assessment for that tax on the employees. The First-tier Tribunal allowed the employees’ appeal, holding that the provision of the cars was a “benefit” which fell within section 114 of the 2003 Act with the result that Chapter 6 of Part 3 of the 2003 Act applied. That decision was affirmed by the Upper Tribunal.’

WLR Daily, 17th March 2016

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