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Barclays Wealth Trustees - normal meaning to apply to 'settlement' for IHT purposes

Published on 11 December 2017. By Robert Waterson, Legal Director

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In Barclays Wealth Trustees (Jersey) Ltd and Michael Dreelan v HMRC [2017] EWCA Civ 1512, the Court of Appeal has confirmed that inheritance tax will not apply in circumstances where a transfer between excluded property settlements takes place after a settlor becomes domiciled in the UK.

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McGreevy – Tribunal describes HMRC's argument as "clap trap" in late filing case

Published on 17 October 2017. By Robert Waterson, Legal Director

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In R McGreevy v HMRC [2017] UKFTT 0690 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) allowed a non-resident taxpayer's appeal against a penalty for the late filing of her non-resident CGT (NRCGT) return on the basis that she had a reasonable excuse.

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Hickey Plant Hire - Taxpayer successfully challenges HMRC's narrow reading of penalty rules

Published on 07 September 2017. By Robert Waterson, Legal Director

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In M J Hickey Plant Hire and Contracts Ltd v HMRC [2017] UKUT 308 (TCC), the Upper Tribunal (UT) allowed the taxpayer's appeal and in a carefully considered judgment sets out the correct approach to the penalty rules applicable to 'normal' and 'delayed tax' cases, contained in Schedule 24, Finance Act 2007 (FA 2007).

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Derry – HMRC prevented from collecting tax in avoidance case

Published on 25 July 2017. By Robert Waterson, Legal Director

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In R (ota of James Derry) v HMRC [2017] EWCA Civ 435, the Court of Appeal, in allowing the taxpayer's appeal, confirmed that HMRC is not able to ignore a claim for carried back loss relief where the taxpayer has self-assessed and computed his liability to tax.

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Pitcher - Tribunal finds in favour of taxpayer in APN penalty appeal

Published on 19 June 2017. By Robert Waterson, Legal Director

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In Graham Pitcher [2017] UKFTT 0406 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) allowed the taxpayer's appeal against a penalty for non-payment of an Accelerated Payment Notice (APN) due to defects in the APN.

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Budget 2017 Amendments to the QROPS Regime - a Further Breach of EU Law

Published on 08 May 2017. By Robert Waterson, Legal Director

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Back in October 2013, I wrote an article for the Tax Journal (18 October 2013, The QROPS Regime and EU Law) in which I argued that the operation of the qualifying recognised overseas pension scheme (QROPS) system, introduced by Finance 2004, breached EU law and was unlawful. The recent changes introduced by the 2017 Budget not only preserve the inherent unlawfulness which has existed in the system since at least October 2008 but introduces a further breach of EU law rights. The background to the October 2013 article was my involvement in representing individuals who had transferred their UK pensions into a fund called ROSIIP.

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SIPP scheme administrator avoids 'pension liberation' tax charge

Published on 04 April 2017. By Robert Waterson, Legal Director

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In HMRC v Sippchoice Ltd [2017] UKUT 87 (TCC) the Upper Tribunal (UT) has upheld the decision of the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) that Sippchoice should not be subject to scheme sanction charges but said that the FTT's reference to MTIC case law in assessing the evidential burden was incorrect.

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Timing and detail critical in misfeasance claims against HMRC

Published on 22 February 2017. By Robert Waterson, Legal Director

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The claimant taxpayer, who had been wrongly convicted for cheating the public revenue, had his claim of misfeasance in public office against HMRC struck out by the High Court because it was brought too late and he had failed adequately to plead his case.

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Tribunal finds for the taxpayer in "income" versus "capital" payment dispute

Published on 11 January 2017. By Robert Waterson, Legal Director

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In James Allan Thornton v HMRC [2016] UKFTT 767 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) considered the distinction between income and capital payments in the context of a settlement relating to rental property and held that a settlement payment made to a landlord as compensation for dilapidations to his property was a capital receipt.

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Partial success for taxpayer in Dutch-subsidiary quantification judgment following FII

Published on 28 October 2016. By Robert Waterson, Legal Director

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In Six Continents Ltd and Another v HMRC [2016] EWHC 2426 (Ch), the High Court held that the claimants are entitled to a credit at the foreign nominal rate (FNR) of corporation tax in respect of dividends paid from a Dutch subsidiary but are not entitled to a credit in respect of dividends linked to the return of share capital.

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