Revenue to appear in court over Goldman Sachs ‘sweetheart’ deal – The Guardian

Posted April 18th, 2012 in banking, HM Revenue & Customs, national insurance, news, tax avoidance by sally

“Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs will be forced to defend itself in court against allegations that it gave one of the world’s most profitable banks a sweetheart deal on the repayment of unpaid taxes worth up to £20m.”

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The Guardian, 18th April 2012

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Family Law Week’s Budget Briefing 2012 – Family Law Week

Posted March 22nd, 2012 in budgets, capital gains tax, corporation tax, news, tax avoidance, taxation by sally

“Steve Crompton & David Kitson, Tax Directors at RSM Tenon, review the Chancellor’s 2012 Budget announcements.”

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Family Law Week, 21st March 2012

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Government to consult further on introducing a general tax avoidance prohibition in 2013 – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 22nd, 2012 in consultations, news, tax avoidance by sally

“The Government has accepted that the introduction of a general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR) will improve the UK’s tax avoidance strategy whilst maintaining competitiveness, and will consult further with business on introducing a GAAR into the UK tax system, the Chancellor confirmed in today’s Budget.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st March 2012

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Channel Islands challenge VAT plan – The Independent

Posted March 13th, 2012 in news, tax avoidance, VAT by sally

“The Channel Islands are urgently challenging the legality of proposals they fear could ‘devastate’ a thriving internet trade in VAT-exempt goods, including CDs and DVDs.”

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The Independent, 13th March 2012

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Barclays £500m tax loophole closed by Treasury in rare retrospective action – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2012 in banking, HM Revenue & Customs, news, retrospectivity, tax avoidance by tracey

“The Treasury has rushed in legislation to close down two ‘aggressive’ tax avoidance schemes that a high-street bank had disclosed to HM Revenue and Customs in an effort to avoid tax. As it announced highly unusual steps to take retrospective action to shut down the ‘highly abusive’ schemes, the Treasury refused to the name the bank involved, although the Guardian understands that it is Barclays. The bank has refused to comment.”

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The Guardian, 28th February 2012

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New tax watchdog to stop ‘sweetheart deals’ with big firms – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 28th, 2012 in HM Revenue & Customs, news, tax avoidance, taxation by tracey

“A watchdog is to be appointed to ensure that the taxman does not strike overly-generous sweetheart deals with big firms trying to avoid multi-million pound bills.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th February 2012

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Revenue and Customs Commissioners v Cotter – WLR daily

Posted February 10th, 2012 in capital gains tax, income tax, law reports, tax avoidance by tracey

Revenue and Customs Commissioners v Cotter: [2012] EWCA Civ 81;  [2012] WLR (D)  25

“Where the revenue decided to challenge matters contained in a self assessment tax return in response to the particulars sought by the return, it should use either the procedure in section 9A of the Taxes Management Act 1970 or seek to make a correction to the return under section 9ZB, if applicable, therefore entitling the taxpayer to a right of appeal to the First Tier Tribunal. The court did not have jurisdiction to determine in collection proceedings whether a taxpayer was entitled to include in his tax return a claim for relief and so rely on it as a defence to the claim for immediate payment.”

WLR Daily, 8th February 2012

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Reported tax avoidance on the increase as accountants track highest ever year for corporate fraud – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 11th, 2012 in bribery, fraud, news, tax avoidance by sally

“The value of reported fraud cases against UK businesses reached a record £2 billion in 2011, according to a report.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th January 2012

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Revenue suspends its inquiry into tax office whistleblower – The Guardian

Posted December 16th, 2011 in disciplinary procedures, news, solicitors, tax avoidance, whistleblowers by tracey

“Officials at Revenue and Customs are reconsidering disciplinary procedures against a whistleblower whose information has led to two inquiries into allegations that City corporations were let off billions of pounds in tax penalties. A Whitehall source said tax officials had suspended a ‘fact-finding’ investigation into Osita Mba, a tax solicitor, in the wake of criticism from MPs and the public.”

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The Guardian, 15th December 2011

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Goldman Sachs whistleblower threatened with the sack – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2011 in disciplinary procedures, news, solicitors, tax avoidance, whistleblowers by tracey

“A solicitor at HM Revenue & Customs who turned whistleblower to disclose that senior managers had quietly let off Goldman Sachs from paying millions of pounds in tax penalties is facing disciplinary procedures and possible prosecution for speaking out.”

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The Guardian, 8th December 2011

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UK Uncut accuses Revenue & Customs of delaying judicial review – The Guardian

Posted November 23rd, 2011 in corporation tax, delay, judicial review, news, tax avoidance by sally

“The campaign group trying to recoup £10m in unpaid tax penalties from Goldman Sachs has accused Revenue & Customs of delaying a judicial review of the controversial settlement it made letting the bank off the money it owed.”

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2011

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Judge to examine Goldman Sachs tax deal – The Independent

Posted November 22nd, 2011 in auditors, inquiries, news, tax avoidance, taxation by sally

“A senior judge is to be brought in to investigate a series of highly controversial tax deals which cost the Exchequer millions of pounds in lost revenue.”

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The Independent, 22nd November 2011

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Channel Islands VAT loophole to close from April – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 10th, 2011 in news, tax avoidance, VAT by sally

“A tax loophole which allows retailers to avoid VAT charges by bringing low-value goods into the UK via the Channel Islands is to end from 1 April 2012, the Government has announced.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th November 2011

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Regina (Huitson) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners – WLR Daily

Regina (Huitson) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2011] EWCA Civ 893 ;  [2011] WLR (D)  248

“Section 58 of the Finance Act 2008 which amended fiscal legislation regarding double taxation relief with retrospective effect, thereby removing tax relief from tax avoidance schemes to United Kingdom residents, was neither disproportionate nor incompatible with article 1 of the First Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as scheduled to the Human Rights Act 1998.”

WLR Daily, 25th July 2011

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Treasury’s plans for tax avoidance rule sound like fantasy – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2010 in news, tax avoidance by sally

“Ambitions to deter avoidance while keeping businesses and taxpayers happy are likely to prove impossible.”

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The Guardian, 9th December 2010

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New rules could force Britain’s tax exiles to pay up – The Guardian

Posted February 18th, 2010 in domicile, news, tax avoidance, taxation by sally

“The government is unleashing a tough crackdown on Britain’s super-rich tax exiles in a move that will increase the pressure on dozens of the country’s wealthiest business figures and celebrities.”

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The Guardian, 17th February 2010

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Peers who fail to pay taxes could face jail – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 20th, 2010 in domicile, news, peerages & dignities, tax avoidance by sally

“A series of amendments to the Constitutional Reform Bill, which is currently before the Commons, have been tabled which would force peers to be domiciled in the United Kingdom for tax purposes.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th January 2010

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Tax avoidance experts may face FSA crackdown – The Guardian

Posted July 24th, 2009 in banking, financial regulation, news, tax avoidance by sally

“Bank bosses who allow their firms to devise schemes to help customers avoid paying tax could face sanctions from the Financial Services Authority.”

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2009

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Guardian loses legal challenge over Barclays documents gagging order – The Guardian

Posted March 19th, 2009 in banking, confidentiality, news, tax avoidance by sally

“The Guardian today lost a high court challenge to lift an emergency gagging order imposed on the publication of Barclays bank documents alleged to detail huge tax avoidance schemes.”

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The Guardian, 19th March 2009

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High court to deliver ruling on bank’s gag on tax documents – The Guardian

Posted March 19th, 2009 in banking, confidentiality, disclosure, injunctions, news, tax avoidance by sally

“A high court judge is due to rule today on Barclays’ attempt to ban the Guardian from publishing whistleblower documents about the bank’s tax avoidance schemes.”

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The Guardian, 19th March 2009

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