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Unwrapping Christmas tax gifts

5 Dec 2018

Christmas is a time for giving, but many businesses may not be aware that their gifts can be made in a tax-efficient manner, which could make raising festive spirits that little bit cheaper. While Christmas parties may not be for … Continue reading

UK takes second spot for tax compliance in G20

5 Dec 2018

New research from the World Bank has revealed that the UK has the second most effective tax system amongst the G20 nations for tax compliance and ease of paying corporate taxes. According to the survey, companies take an average of … Continue reading

House of Lords calls for a delay to Making Tax Digital

5 Dec 2018

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has criticised HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for its handling of Making Tax Digital (MTD) and called for a delay to some of the regime’s mandatory requirements. The majority of VAT-registered businesses with … Continue reading

Italian e-invoicing requirements make Making Tax Digital look like a walk in the park

5 Dec 2018

While a series of false starts and changes of direction have made Making Tax Digital (MTD) seem more complicated than it might need to be, new e-invoicing requirements that come into effect in Italy from 1 January 2019 make it … Continue reading

180,500 first-time buyers benefit from relief on Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)

5 Dec 2018

Figures released by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have revealed that 180,500 first-time buyers have benefited from the Government’s changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). HMRC estimates that first-time buyers have saved a total of more than £426 million … Continue reading

Big increase in P2P lending

5 Dec 2018

The fifth annual UK Alternative Finance Industry Report has revealed a 65 per cent year-on-year increase in peer-to-peer (P2P) lending. The P2P lending market is now worth £2 billion and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) appear to be the dominant … Continue reading

Smaller estates should not have to file Inheritance Tax paperwork, says Office for Tax Simplification

5 Dec 2018

The Office for Tax Simplification (OTS) has said that smaller and less complex estates should not be subject to the requirement to file Inheritance Tax (IHT) paperwork. The call was part of a review into IHT, which Chancellor Philip Hammond … Continue reading

Public pilot of Making Tax Digital for VAT opens

12 Nov 2018

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has opened a public pilot of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT. The pilot is open to sole traders and companies that are up-to-date with VAT, who have not received a default surcharge in the … Continue reading

Payee names to be required for bank transfers in effort to combat fraud and errors

12 Nov 2018

From next year, payee names will be checked when making bank transfers in order to ensure that funds are being sent to the correct recipient. Currently, only the sort code and account number are checked when making a transfer, something … Continue reading

HM Revenue & Customs to review and rework some 2016-17 self-assessment tax returns following error

12 Nov 2018

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has warned that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is to review and potentially rework as many as 30,000 self-assessment tax returns that were filed online for 2016-17 owing to concerns that its tax calculator … Continue reading

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