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VAT update, March 2017

Published on 30 March 2017. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In this month’s update we report on the Chancellor’s announcement in the Spring Budget that he intends to “crack down” on VAT “missing trader” fraud within the construction industry, the Offce of Tax Simplification’s Interim Report on its review of VAT, and the EU’s consultation on proposals to tackle VAT fraud.

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New legislation will allow taxpayers to seek partial closure notices

Published on 29 March 2017. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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Proposed legislation contained in Finance Bill 2017, will enable partial closure notices to be issued in respect of a discreet issue while other issues remain under enquiry by HMRC.

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Ridgecrest – Tribunal allows appeal against Regulation 80 determinations

Published on 08 March 2017. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In Ridgecrest Cleaning Services Pendergate Ltd v HMRC [2016] UKFTT 778 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) allowed an appeal against determinations of underpaid tax made under Regulation 80 of the Income Tax (PAYE) Regulations 2003 (the PAYE Regulations), as HMRC had not obtained the necessary statutory consent from the Appellant to notify it of changes to employee PAYE codes electronically.

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Tax update, March 2017

Published on 01 March 2017. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In this month’s update we report on HMRC’s Spotlight 36 which has been issued in respect of planning designed to circumvent the loan taxation rules in Part 7A ITEPA; new draft legislation in relation to the taxation of non-domiciled individuals and a recent report by the Public Accounts Committee on the taxation of high net worth individuals.

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VAT update, February 2017

Published on 22 February 2017. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In this month’s update we report on HMRC’s withdrawal of three VAT extra-statutory concessions, the National Audit Offce’s investigation into VAT evasion by overseas online retailers and HMRC’s responses to the various “Making Tax Digital” consultations.

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Wealth and trusts quarterly digest, February 2017

Published on 16 February 2017. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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The digest provides up to date commentary and analysis on key sector developments. Our tax, wealth and trusts teams are able to provide a wide ranging service to assist you and your clients in responding to market trends and legal developments. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have and always welcome feedback on the content of our publications.

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Customs and excise quarterly update, February 2017

Published on 16 February 2017. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In this quarterly update we report on new customs examination powers which allow HMRC to examine goods away from ports, airports and other approved places under customs control after clearance, the Government’s response to its consultation on a new due diligence scheme for UK fulfilment houses handling goods imported from outside the EU and HMRC’s new raw tobacco approval scheme.

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Tax update, February 2017

Published on 01 February 2017. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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Non-domiciled tax reforms. Disguised remuneration. HMRC's proposals surrounding offshore structures.

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VAT update, January 2017

Published on 26 January 2017. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In this month’s update we report on new penalty legislation which the government intends to introduce for businesses participating in VAT fraud, HMRC’s consultation on VAT grouping and proposed new legislation to tackle the exploitation of VAT relief on adapted cars for wheelchair users.

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Draft Finance Bill 2017 - partial closure notices

Published on 06 January 2017. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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Tax analysis: we welcome the new rules on partial closures of tax enquiries and point out that the inflexibility in the current enquiry framework can lead to complex or multi-issue tax disputes taking an excessive amount of time to be resolved.

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Tax update, December 2016

Published on 01 December 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In this update we report on HMRC’s new guidance on client notification regarding Common Reporting Standards, the targeting by HMRC of the UK’s richest people and HMRC’s progress in reviewing the so-called Panama Papers. We also comment on three recent cases on whether the Tribunal has jurisdiction to entertain an application to provide witness evidence made by a non-party to the appeal, an inheritance tax scheme which succeeded and the Ramsay principle in the context of a proposed scheme of arrangement.

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VAT update, November 2016

Published on 23 November 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In this month’s update we report on new regulations which allow HMRC to refuse registration of VAT representatives, HMRC’s new policy on the correct treatment of VAT incurred by a business prior to its VAT registration and the EU’s extension of the UK’s VAT derogation permitting the UK to restrict input tax recovery on car leasing costs to 50% where the car is available for private use.

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Wealth and Trusts quarterly digest

Published on 15 November 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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Our quarterly digest aims to bring you up to date commentary and analysis on key sector developments. RPC’s tax, wealth and trusts teams are able to provide a wide ranging service to assist you and your clients in responding to market trends and legal developments. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have and always welcome feedback on the content of our publications.

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Tax update, November 2016

Published on 02 November 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In this update we report on the proposed new corporate offence of failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion, success against HMRC in the Supreme Court in relation to unlawful disclosure of confidential information and HMRC’s new specialist team which has been set up to tackle exploitation of freelance workers.

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VAT update, October 2016

Published on 26 October 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In this month’s update we report on new HMRC guidance in relation to retrospective VAT group treatment, use and enjoyment rules in relation to insurance repaid services and a new consultation on the introduction of a new penalty for those involved in VAT fraud. We also report on three recent cases involving the collection of commercial waste and whether this constitutes a “special purpose regime”, whether a stall at a craft fair amounted to the grant of a licence to occupy land and was not therefore exempt from VAT and whether a taxpayer can withdraw its request that the proceedings be excluded from the costs regime.

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Tribunal rejects HMRC's attempt to transfer PAYE liability to employee

Published on 07 October 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In Stephen West v HMRC [2016] UKFTT 536 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) allowed the taxpayer's appeal and confirmed that under the PAYE system the obligation to pay income tax fell on the employer, and liability will only be transferred to the employee under the regulation of the Income Tax (Pay As You Earn) Regulations 2003, if he has received his remuneration knowing that his employer has wilfully and deliberately failed to deduct PAYE.

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Tax update, October 2016

Published on 04 October 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In this update we report on the Worldwide Disclosure Facility recently announced by HMRC, new sanctions for failure to register, and the latest Spotlights published by HMRC. We also comment on some recent tax decisions relating to industrial buildings allowance, offsetting losses arising in a UK permanent establishment against profits earned by its UK business and opting out of the costs regime.

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Vat update, September 2016

Published on 29 September 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In this update we report on changes to the VAT treatment of single dwellings with more than one building, an extension to the simplified mechanism for employer input tax deductions in relation to investment management services and new guidance on HMRC’s powers to seek to recover underpaid VAT from online marketplaces. We also report on three recent cases involving MTIC fraud, reasonable excuse for late payment of VAT and whether supplies relating to fractional ownership interests in a property are exempt from VAT.

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Tribunal finds in taxpayer's favour in IBA case

Published on 02 September 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In David Wellstead v HMRC [2016] UKFTT 0492 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has held that where a developer acquired a lease of land, constructed industrial units on that land and sold one of the units by way of an under-lease, the grant of the under-lease amounted to the sale of a relevant interest for the purposes of section 296, Capital Allowances Act 2001 (CAA 2001), entitling the purchaser to claim industrial buildings allowances (IBAs) on the purchase price.

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Tax update, September 2016

Published on 31 August 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In this month's edition we report on (1) HMRC's much anticipated consultation on proposals to tackle disguised remuneration (2) further amendment to the Finance Bill 2016 in relation to EBT settlement relief and (3) HMRC's consultation on proposed penalties for "enablers" of tax avoidance arrangements. We also comment on three recent cases concerning penalties, scheme sanction changes and industrial buildings allowance.

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Tribunal allows taxpayer's appeal as notice of enquiry was invalid

Published on 27 July 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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First-tier Tribunal (FTT) determined that HMRC had not given a valid notice of intention to enquire into the taxpayer's return because the purported notice of enquiry referred to tax year ended 6 April 2009, rather than 5 April 2009.

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High Court criticises HMRC's conduct finding that it breached taxpayer's legitimate expectation

Published on 20 July 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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High Court criticises HMRC's conduct finding that it breached taxpayer's legitimate expectation

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Failure to comply with direction leads to strike out of taxpayers' appeals

Published on 15 July 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In the recent case of Grindley & Others v HMRC [2016] UKFTT 0834 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has directed that the taxpayers' appeals be struck out for failure to comply with a direction issued by the FTT.

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Tribunal finds HMRC was not entitled to issue a discovery assessment

Published on 08 July 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In Anderson v HMRC [2016] UKFTT 335 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) allowed the taxpayer's appeal and held that HMRC was not entitled to issue a discovery assessment pursuant to section 29(1) TMA, as the taxpayer had not been careless.

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Tribunal dismisses taxpayer's appeal as trade not conducted on a commercial basis

Published on 30 June 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In Gray v HMRC [2016] UKFTT 0379 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has held that a taxpayer conducting promotional activities for his musician wife was not entitled to set losses from those activities against profits from his legal business.

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Would you know what to do if you received a Production Order from HMRC?

Published on 27 May 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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Last year HMRC issued over 1,400 production orders. They were issued by HMRC’s Criminal Investigation Directorate, as part of investigations into tax evasion and money laundering.

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Tribunal allows taxpayer's appeal following poor customer service by HMRC

Published on 13 May 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

In Usher & Perkins, Executors of Terence J Guy (deceased) v HMRC [2016] (TC04849), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT), allowed the executors' appeal against a penalty.

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Businesses need to ensure that they do not unwittingly facilitate tax evasion

Published on 07 April 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

The Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonesca and the so called 'Panama Papers' have dominated headlines in recent days.

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Discovery Assessments and the 'hypothetical officer'

Published on 01 March 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

The following is taken from an article originally published in Tax Journal on 26 February 2016.

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Tribunal grants 'disclosure' application against HMRC

Published on 12 February 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

The recent case of Tower Bridge GP Ltd v HMRC [2016] UKFTT 054 (TC) concerned applications by Tower Bridge GP Limited (Tower Bridge) and HMRC to the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) for disclosure of information and documents from each other, pursuant to Rule 5 of the Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Tax Chamber) Rules 2009 (the Tribunal Rules).

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Court of Appeal confirms validity of third party information notices

Published on 29 January 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

In Derrin Brothers Properties Limited & Others v HMRC [2016] EWCA Civ 15, the Court of Appeal has dismissed the Appellants' appeal against the High Court's refusal to quash third party information notices issued by HMRC pursuant to paragraph 2, Schedule 36, Finance Act 2008 (the Notices).

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Supreme Court confirms that when making a confiscation order and assessing the amount of benefit obtained by an offender any VAT accounted to HMRC should be ignored

Published on 14 January 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

In R v Harvey [2015] UKSC 73, the Supreme Court allowed the appeal of Mr Jack Harvey (the Appellant) against the decision of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

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UK source of interest

Published on 30 December 2015. By Adam Craggs, Partner

In Ardmore Construction and Andrew Perrin v HMRC [2015] UKUT 633 (dual appeal), the Upper Tribunal (UT) dismissed the taxpayers appeals and confirmed that they had received UK source dividends on which UK income tax was deductible at source.

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Discovery assessments - HMRC fails to discharge burden of proof

Published on 10 December 2015. By Adam Craggs, Partner

The following is taken from an article originally published in Tax Journal

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Special relief granted for excessive tax demand

Published on 25 November 2015. By Adam Craggs, Partner

In Montshiwa v HMRC[1], the First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) allowed the taxpayer's appeal against HMRC's decision not to grant 'special relief' under Schedule 1AB of the Taxes Management Act 1970 (TMA).

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Taxpayer wins residency status appeal

Published on 23 October 2015. By Adam Craggs, Partner

In Mark Carey v HMRC*, the taxpayer successfully claimed share loss relief.

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Tribunal finds HMRC's information notice to be invalid

Published on 07 October 2015. By Adam Craggs, Partner

In PML Accounting Limited v HMRC[1], the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has found that a taxpayer information notice was invalid, as HMRC should have issued a third party information notice.

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Taxpayer's application to have HMRC's winding-up petition dismissed fails due to lack of evidence

Published on 19 August 2015. By Adam Craggs, Partner

In Winnington Networks Communications Ltd v HMRC[1], the Chancery Division Companies Court (Nicholas Le Poidevin QC) refused the taxpayer company's application to have HMRC's winding-up petitions dismissed ...

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Upper Tribunal confirms the FTT's decision to strike out HMRC's evidence

Published on 01 July 2015. By Adam Craggs, Partner

In HMRC v Infinity Distribution Limited (in Administration)[1], the Upper Tribunal has dismissed HMRC's appeal against that part of the decision of the First-tier Tribunal ("FTT") striking out evidence which HMRC was seeking to introduce.

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Tribunal confirms tax relief for expenditure incurred on R&D

Published on 10 June 2015. By Adam Craggs, Partner

In Pyreos Ltd v HMRC[1], the taxpayer has successfully appealed HMRC's decision to disallow tax relief for expenditure incurred on research and development ("R&D").

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Tribunal concludes that HMRC's information request was too vague and ambiguous

Published on 28 May 2015. By Adam Craggs, Partner

There were two matters before the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) ("FTT") in Couldwell Concrete Flooring Limited v HMRC[1].

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Expert witnesses required to disclose professional relationship

Published on 20 May 2015. By Adam Craggs, Partner

In the recent case of EXP v Dr Charles Simon Barker [2015] EWHC 1289 (QB), the High Court has emphasized the importance of the independence of expert witnesses and of disclosing any conflicts of interests at the earliest opportunity.

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Tribunal orders HMRC to pay taxpayers' costs in avoidance case

Published on 13 May 2015. By Adam Craggs, Partner

In our blog of 3 July 2014, we reported on the decision of the First-tier Tribunal ("FTT") in R, A and M Gardiner v HMRC[1].

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Burden of proof for information notices on taxpayer

Published on 30 April 2015. By Adam Craggs, Partner

In the recent case of Joshy Mathew v HMRC [2015] UKFTT 139 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) ("FTT"), considered where the burden of proof lies for establishing whether documents or information is "reasonably required", for the purposes of paragraph 1(1), Schedule 36, Finance Act 2008.

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High Court dismisses negligence claim as taxpayer did not stand up to tax authority!

Published on 23 April 2015. By Adam Craggs, Partner

Law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP (the "Tax Advisers") have successfully defended a claim brought against them for losses arising out of negligent tax advice.

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Upper Tribunal imposes penalty in excess of £1 million on QC for failure to comply with information notices

Published on 08 April 2015. By Adam Craggs, Partner

In HMRC v Romie Tager [2015] UKUT 0040 (TCC), the Upper Tribunal (Judge Colin Bishopp) ("UT"), has considered tax related penalties under paragraph 50, Schedule 36, Finance Act 2008, for failure to comply with an information notice.

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

Published on 25 March 2015. By Adam Craggs, Partner

In Gemsupa Limited and Consolidated Property Wilmslow Limited v HMRC [2015] UKFTT 0097 (TC) ...

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Applicants for search warrants must make full and frank disclosure to the court

Published on 14 November 2014. By Adam Craggs, Partner

The following is taken from an article by Adam Craggs, originally published in Tax Journal on 31 October 2014.

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Applicants for search warrants must make full and frank disclosure to the court

Published on 14 November 2014. By Adam Craggs, Partner

The following is taken from an article by Adam Craggs, originally published in Tax Journal on 31 October 2014.

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