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4th May 2022 Taxation of Cryptocurrency gains

Similar to share dealings, you must declare any gains or losses from cryptocurrency investments on your personal tax return. It is important to keep records of dates, currency type, amounts bought or sold, and the value. There are several software options that can assist you with this; the best will include converting the currency to…

4th April 2022 MP’s urge HMRC to crack down on unpaid taxes due to pandemic

During the first lockdown HMRC paused most debt collection activities, which has contributed to the total UK tax debt of £39bn according to The Public Accounts Committee. HMRC have stated, “We are recouping debt safely, taking into account customers’ circumstances and making repayments affordable. It’s in no-one’s interests to push viable businesses into insolvency when…

23rd March 2022 Shielding you during an HMRC Investigation – Our Tax Enquiry and Investigation Service

HMRC police the tax system by investigating the accuracy of tax returns, VAT returns, payroll, etc via targeted, or random, tax enquiries. With a budget deficit of over £355 billion we fully expect HMRC to raise more enquiries this year to increase tax revenues. You will want to be in a position to ensure that…

3rd February 2022 R&D tax relief: New anti-abuse rules

As R&D tax relief rules are arguably the most generous on the UK tax statute book, it is perhaps no surprise that HMRC consider that there is much abuse going on. For every £1 that a corporate taxpayer claims as an eligible R&D spend, their corporation tax bill is reduced by 43.7p (ie, not the…

10th November 2021 IR35 tax bill of £281k for Sky presenter

HRMC continue their campaign against broadcasters, with another successful case against former Sky presenter Dave Clark. Mr Clark presented and commentated on professional darts tournaments, and tried to argue his company’s relationship to Sky was one of self-employment.   His appeal has been rejected, with almost all the usual “badges of trade” having failed. Sky…

21st October 2021 Holiday lettings – declare to HMRC

If you own a UK holiday let are you declaring your rental profits to HMRC? If not time may be running out to make a voluntary disclosure of past profits.   HMRC has the power to request information, or documents, from third parties such as holiday booking sites; as well as being able to search…

8th January 2021 Tax Disclosures: Bring your affairs up to date with HMRC

As our world becomes ever more digitalised, HMRC have gained access to a vast range of sources of information, which can make any undeclared income or gains easily identifiable.   Tax enquiries can be daunting and we can provide assistance and support throughout such a task, ensuring not only that the position is resolved properly,…

28th May 2019 Tax Havens: Countries still on the tax ‘Naughty Step’

It will probably be apparent to the casual observer, let alone the business owner or high net worth individual, that the tax climate has changed markedly over the last 10 years. As part of the raft of measures to tackle austerity within western developed nations, with the aim of collecting higher tax revenues, governments have…

9th April 2019 R&D Tax Relief: HMRC Try to Tackle Abuse

  Many companies, not just those in the tech industry, will have benefitted from the generosity of R&D tax relief. Eligible R&D expenditure can be inflated by a notional 230% uplift, and a refund of tax claimed on tax that was never paid in the first place. Perhaps not unsurprisingly, HMRC have identified abuses of…

18th June 2018 Public Sector contractor wins IR35 case

HMRC have lost a second IR35 case this year, and their second case against the same contractor, putting into doubt their own understanding of the IR35 rules. Ian Wells, director of personal service company Jensal Software Limited provided his services to the Department of Work and Pensions via a recruitment agency during 2012 and 2013.…