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The Rangers Case and EBTs

Posted on July 31, 2014 by Robert Waterson
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The following was taken from a longer article by Robert Waterson and Adam Craggs originally published in Tax Journal (25 July 2014, pp16-17,   On 8 July 2014, the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) (UT) handed down its eagerly awaited judgement in HMRC v Murray Group Ho... read more

Reasonable excuse

Posted on July 24, 2014 by Nigel Brook
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In the recent case Spink v HMRC[1] the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) ('FTT') allowed the taxpayer's appeal against the imposition of penalties by HMRC for late payment, as it was satisfied that the taxpayer concerned had a reasonable excuse for the late payment.   Background Ms Spink was the ... read more

An enquiry is as an enquiry does – HMRC's narrow interpretation of what constitutes an enquiry is rejected by the Upper Tribunal

Posted on July 17, 2014 by Robert Waterson
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The recent case of Portland Gas Storage Limited v The Commissioners for HMRC [2014] UKUT 0270 (TCC), considered two important questions: what is an enquiry? and what is a decision? Mercifully, the Upper Tribunal (UT) has confirmed that the answer requires little linguistic acrobatics and the applica... read more

Taxpayer succeeds in loss relief claim

Posted on July 10, 2014 by Daniel Wyatt
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In Hamilton & Kinneil (Archerfield) Ltd and others v HMRC [2014] UKFTT 350 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) ('FTT') held that a company which had not made a cash capital contribution to a limited liability partnership could nonetheless claim loss relief against its other profits in re... read more

HMRC fail to demonstrate negligence in tax planning case

Posted on July 03, 2014 by Nigel Brook
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In the case of R, A and M Gardiner v HMRC[1], the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) ('FTT') overturned penalties imposed by HMRC on the appellant taxpayers for negligently filing their returns.   Background The three appellants were husband, wife and son. In 2005, the appellants participated in... read more

High Court gives stamp of approval to retrospective anti-avoidance legislation

Posted on June 27, 2014 by Nicholas Fernyhough
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A challenge to the lawfulness of the retrospective effect of legislation amending section 45, Finance Act 2003 ('FA 2003'), fell at the first hurdle in a recent application for judicial review heard by Mrs Justice Andrews in R (on the application of St Matthews (West) Ltd and others) v HMRC [2014] E... read more

Appealing to the Upper Tribunal

Civil Tax Appeals

Funding tax litigation

Confiscation orders

Restraint proceedings

The role of the forensic accountant

Interviews under caution

Arrest and what happens next

Dawn raids’ and risk management

HMRC’s Criminal Powers

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Albert Einstein once remarked, on trying to complete his tax return: "This is too difficult for a mathematician. It takes a philosopher!". As tax practitioners are only too well aware, tax legislation continues to increase in length and complexity with the passing of each Finance Act. There is also a steady stream of new case law. Our hope is that, against this background, RPC Tax Take will be a useful source of current information and comment to busy practitioners. It features regular postings on the latest news and developments in UK tax law, together with a number of practical Practice Notes written by specialist lawyers at RPC.

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