Will HMRC recognise these exceptional days ?

We are living through exceptional days. Understandably, the spread of COVID-19 and the measures that have been implemented to delay its transmission mean that tax may not be at the forefront of people’s thinking. However, there may be significant tax consequences for those individuals forced to remain in the UK due to measures outside of…

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Budget 2020 – This should get it done!

Less than a month ago Mr Sunak was the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, but following Sajid Javid’s surprise resignation on 13th February, Mr Sunak was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer on the same day. I’m sure Mr Sunak had not expected the sudden promotion, and I am pretty sure he had not anticipated the…

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Mark Davies in the Telegraph on Offshore Income and Gains letters

In Monday’s Telegraph Laura Miller explores the repercussions of returning a signed offshore income and gains letter to HMRC. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tax/return/dont-sign-dotted-line-warning-hmrc-letters-could-trigger-tax/ In this article Mark Davies explains that signing the disclosure might prevent a taxpayer from being able to claim an unprompted disclosure of a mistake, which would lead to higher penalties. He also warns that…

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HMRC Certificate of Tax Position? What should you do?

HMRC have started to contact UK taxpayers about their offshore income and gains, showing that the UK’s participation in the Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”) is in full force.  What is the Common Reporting Standard? Over 100 countries have signed up to CRS and information regarding the level of income and gains earned by worldwide taxpayers…

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Image Rights – a Guide for Tax Advisers examined by Jon Elphick in Taxation Magazine

The recent Hull AFC versus HMRC tribunal judgement has been examined in an article by Jon Elphick which was published in Taxation magazine. https://www.taxation.co.uk/Articles/image-rights-and-hmrc Jon’s  analysis centres on “Geovanni” who is a well known, retired Brazilian footballer. He was signed to Hull City AFC Tigers in 2008 by way of an employment contract. However, his…

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A plea for a Who’s Who? of Highly Compliant Lawyers

In the aftermath of the Panama/Paradise Papers, the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Secretariat of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have issued eight principles for the legal profession to follow. Few people would disagree with Principle 1 that ‘you should not unwittingly help a client hide illegal conduct’, or Principle 3…

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