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Avoidance scheme effective despite HMRC's attempt to rely on Ramsay

Posted on March 25, 2015 by Adam Craggs
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Adam heads our market-leading Tax Disputes team and is an accredited mediator. H
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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 ... read more

Tribunal confirms no penalty for implementing tax avoidance scheme

Posted on March 18, 2015 by Nigel Brook
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Nigel Brook is an Associate at RPC specialising in commercial litigation, conten
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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.Regular re... read more

Tribunal finds in favour of property developer who was not trading

Posted on March 11, 2015 by Nicholas Fernyhough
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Nick Fernyhough is a Senior Associate in RPC's tax dispute resolution team, with
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In Terrace Hill (Berkeley) Ltd v HMRC[1], the First-tier Tribunal ("the FTT") rejected HMRC's arguments and concluded that a property developer's activity in relation to the development of an office property was an investment rather than a trading activity and allowed its appeal.   Background Ter... read more

Tax avoidance scheme succeeds before the Upper Tribunal

Posted on March 04, 2015 by Robert Waterson
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Robert is a senior associate at RPC with 8 years’ experience in direct tax and V
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In Tower Radio Limited and another v HMRC[1], the taxpayers successfully utilised a scheme which was designed to take advantage of Part 7 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 (ITEPA). Background During the periods relevant to this case, no liability to income tax arose under Chapter... read more

Taxpayer successfully relies on human rights argument to defeat HMRC following the taxation of the same profits twice

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Nigel Brook
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The appellant, in Ignatius v HMRC[1], has successfully fought off an attempt by HMRC to strike out his appeal, by relying on the European Convention on Human Rights ("ECHR").   Background The appellant, a barrister, was in the "transitional regime" applicable to barristers moving from the "cash" ... read more

High Court criticises HMRC's conduct and compels it to honour its undertakings

Posted on February 19, 2015 by Kristiana Reynolds
Kristiana Reynolds
Kristiana is a third seat trainee solicitor in RPC's Commercial Disputes team, f
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The published judgment in Abbey Forwarding[1] will not make for comfortable reading for HMRC. Having instigated the winding up of a profitable business, which led to the dismissal of 23 employees, and accused  innocent directors of fraud, HMRC then withdrew all assessments made against the company a... 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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