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HMRC Crackdown on Covid-19 Fraud

Published on 05 March 2021. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Michelle Sloane, Partner and Alice Kemp, Senior Associate

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In the March 2021 Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the creation of a new major fraud taskforce, the Taxpayer Protection Taskforce, established as part of a wide-reaching crackdown on criminals exploiting UK government support schemes. The new taskforce represents one of the all-time largest responses to a fraud risk by HMRC.

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Helpful guidance on the role of statements of case and Lists of Issues for Disclosure in applications to vary an order for Extended Disclosure under the Disclosure Pilot Scheme

Published on 05 March 2021. By Parham Kouchikali, Partner and Sinead Westaway, Associate

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The High Court in HMRC v IGE USA Investments Ltd and Ors [2020] EWHC 1716 (Ch) confirms jurisdiction to order specific disclosure under the Disclosure Pilot Scheme is not confined to issues identifiable from statements of case and where there is no agreed or approved List of Issues for Disclosure.

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Tax Bites - March 2021

Published on 04 March 2021. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Harry Smith, Senior Associate

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Welcome to the latest edition of RPC's Tax Bites - providing monthly bite-sized updates from the tax world.

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SSE Generation – Taxpayer's capital allowances victory marred by procedural issue

Published on 03 March 2021. By Harry Smith, Senior Associate

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In HMRC v SSE Generation Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 105, the Court of Appeal (CA) upheld the Upper Tribunal's (UT) decision that expenditure on parts of a hydroelectric power scheme was eligible for capital allowances, save for one element in respect of which the taxpayer had failed to seek permission to appeal part of the First-tier Tribunal's (FTT) decision.

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V@ update - February 2021

Published on 25 February 2021. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Rebekka Sandwell, Associate

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Welcome to the February 2021 edition of RPC's V@, an update which provides analysis and news from the VAT world relevant to your business.

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Bradford – Tribunal refuses HMRC's application for further and better particulars

Published on 24 February 2021. By Rebekka Sandwell, Associate

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In Darren Bradford v HMRC [2021] UKFTT 2 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) refused HMRC's application for the Appellant to provide further and better particulars of his grounds of appeal and directed HMRC to provide its Statement of Case.

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Customs and excise quarterly - February 2021

Published on 23 February 2021. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In this update we report on (1) HMRC's proposed new powers to combat illicit tobacco trading; (2) a policy paper setting out how the temporary and pre-lodgement models will operate to control goods coming from the EU to Great Britain; and (3) HMRC Guidance that can be used to check whether a business holds Authorised Economic Operator status.

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Podcast

Taxing Matters: Private prosecutions: an essential part of your business' toolkit

22 February 2021

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We are experiencing a surge in economic crime – the National Crime Agency estimates fraud alone costs UK businesses around £140 billion a year. With the CPS and SFO barely able to scrape the tip of the iceberg, many businesses have turned to private prosecutions to recoup losses and protect their reputation.

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Embiricos: HMRC cannot issue a partial closure notice without specifying the amount of tax due

Published on 17 February 2021. By Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

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In HMRC v Embiricos [2020] UKUT 370 (TCC), the Upper Tribunal (UT),in allowing HMRC's appeal, has held that HMRC cannot issue a partial closure notice without specifying how much tax is due.

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Warshaw – Cumulative preference shares constituted ordinary share capital and qualified for entrepreneurs' relief

Published on 10 February 2021. By Alexis Armitage, Associate

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In HMRC v Stephen Warshaw [2020] UKUT 366 (TCC), the Upper Tribunal (UT) has upheld the First-tier Tribunal's (FTT) decision that cumulative preference shares with rights to compound accrued but unpaid dividends constituted "ordinary share capital" for the purposes of section 989, Income Tax Act 2007 (ITA) and therefore qualified for entrepreneurs' relief (ER).

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Podcast

Taxing Matters: Sanctions in a post-Brexit landscape

08 February 2021

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From the 1st January 2021 the new UK sanctions framework officially came into force under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (SAMLA).

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Tax Bites - February 2021

Published on 04 February 2021. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Harry Smith, Senior Associate

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Welcome to the latest edition of RPC's Tax Bites - providing monthly bite-sized updates from the tax world.

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Rialas: UT dismisses HMRC's appeal in transfer of assets abroad case

Published on 03 February 2021. By Harry Smith, Senior Associate

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Taxpayer succeeds in defending HMRC appeal against transfer of assets abroad / TOAA regime application; anti-avoidance measures did not apply, held the Upper Tribunal.

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V@ update - January 2021

Published on 28 January 2021. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Rebekka Sandwell, Associate

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Welcome to the January 2021 edition of RPC's V@, an update on developments in the VAT world that may impact your business.

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Development Securities – Court of Appeal considers company tax residence

Published on 27 January 2021. By Rebekka Sandwell, Associate

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In HMRC v Development Securities PLC and Others [2020] EWCA Civ 1705, the Court of Appeal (CoA) has allowed HMRC's appeal against a decision of the Upper Tribunal (UT) and confirmed that certain Jersey based companies were resident in the UK, rather than in Jersey.

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Podcast

What "winning on a technicality" really means in disputes with HMRC and why technical points are very important

25 January 2021

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In the latest episode of the Taxing Matters podcast, Harry Smith gives a crash course in procedural arguments in the context of a dispute with HMRC.

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Project Blue (No 2): HMRC must refund overpaid SDLT

Published on 20 January 2021. By Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

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In Project Blue Ltd v HMRC [2020] UKFTT 475 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) held that the taxpayer was entitled to repayment of SDLT, as part of the consideration for the property in question was contingent, within the meaning of section 51, Finance Act 2003 (FA 2003) and was never paid.

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Corporate Tax Update - January 2021

18 January 2021

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Welcome to the latest edition of our Corporate Tax Update, written by members of RPC’s tax team. This month’s update reports on some of the key developments from December 2020. Included in this update are summaries of an unexpected twist in the DAC6 saga, a call for evidence on VAT and the ‘sharing economy’, and the Court of Appeal decision in the Development Securities case. As ever we hope you, your family and friends are all staying safe.

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Podcast

The new corporate criminal offence of failure to prevent tax evasion

11 January 2021

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In this episode, we are joined by Sam Dean, who spearheads HMRC's campaign to raise awareness of the corporate criminal offence of failure to prevent tax evasion.

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Blog

London Clubs Management - non-negotiable chips and promotional vouchers not part of casino's "banker's profits" for the purpose of calculating gaming duty

Published on 11 January 2021. By Alexis Armitage, Associate

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In HMRC v London Clubs Management Ltd [2020] UKSC 49, the Supreme Court held that where casinos provide gamblers with non-negotiable chips and/or promotional vouchers (Non-negs) which could be used for gaming but not encashed or exchanged for goods or services, they do not form part of the casino's "banker's profits" for the purpose of calculating its liability to gaming duty.

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Eurochoice: Company and its director held jointly and severally liable for HMRC's costs

Published on 06 January 2021. By Harry Smith, Senior Associate

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In Eurochoice Ltd v HMRC [2020] UKFTT 449 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has held that a company and its director are jointly and severally liable for HMRC's costs in circumstances where only the company was party to the appeal proceedings.

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Total – Court of Appeal considers meaning of "just and reasonable" apportionment of profits

Published on 23 December 2020. By Rebekka Sandwell, Associate

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In Total E&P North Sea UK Ltd and Another v HMRC [2020] EWCA Civ 1419, the Court of Appeal (CoA) allowed the appellant companies' appeal and decided that the basis of the companies' apportionment of adjusted ring-fence profits was just and reasonable, for the purposes of an election under section 7(5), Finance Act 2011 (FA 2011).

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Podcast

CumEx - probably the biggest tax scandal you've never heard of

21 December 2020

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In this episode, we are joined by Bloomberg finance reporter Donal Griffin. For the past 18 months Donal has been following the development of the multi-billion tax trading scandal known as CumEx.

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McCabe: HMRC not required to disclose documents relating to discussions with the Belgian tax authority

Published on 16 December 2020. By Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

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In Kevin McCabe v HMRC [2020] UKUT 266 (TC), the Upper Tribunal (UT) has held that the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) had been correct not to order HMRC to disclose documents relating to discussions it had with the Belgian tax authority, as the documents had no probative value and the tax authorities had raised confidentiality issues.

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Contentious tax: quarterly review

15 December 2020

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HMRC is increasingly targeting multinationals, in particular by questioning their transfer pricing arrangements and ensuring that they are not artificially diverting profits away from the UK. Additionally, HMRC has made a number of arrests and begun criminal investigations in relation to suspected fraud concerning the coronavirus job retention scheme.

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RT Rate: Legitimate expectation rights not engaged

Published on 09 December 2020. By Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

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In RT Rate Ltd and Others v HMRC [2020] UKFTT 392 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has held that it does not have jurisdiction to consider claims for repayment of VAT based on the EU law principle of legitimate expectation.

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Podcast

Taxing Matters: The impact of the loan charge with Keith Gordon

07 December 2020

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Welcome to the Taxing Matters podcast. In this episode, Keith Gordon joins Alice Kemp to discuss the Loan Charge; a topic very dear to his heart and one that has had a devastating impact on many who have been victims of schemes.

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Tax Bites - December 2020

Published on 03 December 2020. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Harry Smith, Senior Associate

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Welcome to the latest edition of RPC's Tax Bites - providing monthly bite-sized updates from the tax world.

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AMW Estates – Part of HMRC's pleaded case struck out as it had no realistic prospect of success

Published on 02 December 2020. By Alexis Armitage, Associate

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In AMW Estates Ltd v HMRC [2020] UKFTT 410 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) struck out part of HMRC's amended Statement of Case (SoC) alleging that a taxpayer had actual or constructive knowledge of its supplier's fraud as it had no realistic prospect of success.

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V@ update - November 2020

Published on 26 November 2020. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Rebekka Sandwell, Associate

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Welcome to the November 2020 edition of RPC's V@, an update on developments in the VAT world that may impact your business.

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Osborne: Tribunal takes a dive into allowable expenditure

Published on 25 November 2020. By Harry Smith, Senior Associate

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In Robert John Osborne v HMRC [2020] UKFTT 373 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) held that expenditure on fitness training was allowed because it was wholly and exclusively incurred for the purpose of the taxpayer's occupation as a saturation diver.

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Customs and excise quarterly - November 2020

24 November 2020

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In this update we report on (1) import duty and VAT when importing decorations and awards; (2) the moving of excise goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol; and (3) an HMRC Tax Importation and Impact Note in relation to the new Customs (Bulk Customs Declaration and Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020.

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Podcast

Taxing Matters: An interview with the President of the First-tier Tribunal

23 November 2020

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Welcome to the Taxing Matters podcast - in this episode, we are joined by a very special guest; Judge Sinfield, President of the First Tier Tribunal Tax Chamber (FTT). Judge Sinfield shares his impressive knowledge of the inner workings and intricacies of the tax tribunals, including little known facts like the FTT deals with appeals concerning MPs' expenses!

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Cheshire Centre – HMRC ordered to pay taxpayer's costs due to its unreasonable behaviour

Published on 18 November 2020. By Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

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In HMRC v Cheshire Centre for Independent Living [2020] UKUT 275 (TCC), the Upper Tribunal (UT) ordered HMRC to pay the taxpayer's costs even though HMRC had been successful as it had acted unreasonably in introducing a new ground of appeal.

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HMRC issues nudge letters targeting residence and domicile

Published on 16 November 2020. By Harry Smith, Senior Associate and Adam Craggs, Partner

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In an extension of its 'nudge' letters campaign, HMRC is writing to wealthy taxpayers encouraging them to bring their tax affairs into line.

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Belloul – Ignorance of the law was a 'reasonable excuse' 

Published on 11 November 2020. By Alexis Armitage, Associate

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In Bachir Mohamed Belloul v HMRC [2020] UKFTT 312, the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) held that a taxpayer's ignorance of the law was a 'reasonable excuse' for failing to notify HMRC of his liability to pay High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC).

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Podcast

Top COP9 tips in the era of furlough fraud

10 November 2020

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Welcome to the ninth episode of our Taxing Matters podcast. In this series we review land-mark cases and key tax developments and discuss the commercial impact they could have on your business.

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Tax Bites - November 2020

Published on 05 November 2020. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Harry Smith, Senior Associate

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Welcome to the latest edition of RPC's Tax Bites - providing monthly bite-sized updates from the tax world.

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Jurisdiction and the Rule of Law

Published on 04 November 2020. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Robert Waterson, Partner and Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

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In R (oao Boulting & Anor) v HMRC [2020] EWHC 2207 (Admin), the High Court refused permission to bring a judicial review claim against HMRC, on the basis that the taxpayer had an 'alternative remedy'.

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V@ update - October 2020

Published on 29 October 2020. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Rebekka Sandwell, Associate

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Welcome to the October 2020 edition of RPC's V@, an update on developments in the VAT world that may impact your business.

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Taxing Matters: A handy guide to appeals

27 October 2020

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Welcome to the eighth episode of our Taxing Matters podcast. In this series we review land-mark cases and key tax developments and discuss the commercial impact they could have on your business.

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Wired Orthodontics – Tribunal expresses concern about potential inappropriate interference by HMRC's solicitor with the evidence of an independent expert witness

Published on 21 October 2020. By Rebekka Sandwell, Associate

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In Wired Orthodontics Ltd and others v HMRC [2020] UKFTT 290 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) refused an application for disclosure of documents and information passing between the solicitors for HMRC and their appointed expert witness.

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Corporate Tax Update - October 2020

16 October 2020

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Welcome to the latest edition of our Corporate Tax Update, written by members of RPC’s tax team. This month’s update reports on some of the key developments from September 2020. Included in this update are summaries of the Chancellor’s tax announcements as part of the Winter Economy Plan and the EC’s decision to appeal the decision of the European General Court in the Apple state aid case. There are also updates on new HMRC guidance on off-payroll working for private businesses and the VAT treatment of payments for early termination of contracts. As ever we hope you, your family and friends are all staying safe.

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Box – child benefit charge interpreted as 'income' for the purpose of discovery assessments

Published on 14 October 2020. By Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

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In Martin Richard Box v HMRC [2020] UKFTT 353 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) dismissed a taxpayer's appeal concerning liability to pay the high-income child benefit (HICB) charge, on the basis that the charge constituted income for the purpose of discovery assessments.

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Podcast

Taxing matters: Predicting the tax world of the future

12 October 2020

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Welcome to the seventh episode of our Taxing Matters podcast. In this series we review land-mark cases and key tax developments and discuss the commercial impact they could have on your business.

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Irish Bank – HMRC entitled to disallow interest deductions claimed by UK permanent establishments

Published on 07 October 2020. By Alexis Armitage, Associate

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In Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Ltd (in special liquidation) and another v HMRC [2020] EWCA Civ 1128, the Court of Appeal upheld the decisions of the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) and the Upper Tribunal (UT) and confirmed that HMRC was entitled to disallow interest deductions claimed by the UK permanent establishments (PEs) of two Irish companies.

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Tax Bites - October 2020

Published on 01 October 2020. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

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Welcome to the latest edition of RPC's Tax Bites - providing monthly bite-sized updates from the tax world.

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RBS – HMRC's application for specific disclosure refused

Published on 30 September 2020. By Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

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In Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc v HMRC [2020] UKFTT 321 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) refused an application by HMRC for a direction requiring the taxpayer to provide specific disclosure.

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Contentious tax: quarterly review - September 2020

Published on 29 September 2020. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

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The increased flow of information and data to HMRC under the common reporting standard (CRS) has prompted a flurry of so-called ‘nudge’ letters to be issued by HMRC to taxpayers whose offshore affairs it considers may not be in order.

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Podcast

Taxing Matters: Fair's Fair – Judicial Review and Tax Disputes

29 September 2020

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Welcome to the sixth episode of our Taxing Matters podcast. In this series we review land-mark cases and key tax developments and discuss the commercial impact they could have on your business.

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