Monthly Archives: February 2018

IR35 roadmap for 2018

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The November Budget announcements suggest that IR35 reform is not scheduled to be introduced in 2018 as many feared it would. However, this does not mean that 2018 still will not be a defining year for changes to tax rules in the private sector. Rumours will continue to circulate about changes to IR35 until the government confirms or rules out… Read more »

Concerns over fewer self-assessment payment methods

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HMRC has recently banned taxpayers from paying their tax using either a credit card or at the Post Office. This move has raised concerns amongst some campaigners. Each year, around 11 million taxpayers complete a self-assessment tax return and the deadline for submitting the forms is 31 January each year. Many of these individuals will have to pay either capital… Read more »

Taxpayers frustrated at HMRC website problems

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Many individuals people put off paying their tax returns until the last minute. However, for those who finally bit the bullet and tried to do their tax return this weeks, they were faced with problems as the website kept crashing. Many of those who logged in and filled in the forms, attempting to beat the end of January deadline, were… Read more »

Top HMRC disputes of 2017

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HMRC has been cracking down on tax avoidance and evasion, and as a result of this, it has been involved in some high-profile investigations and court cases. First was Littlewoods’ VAT overpayment dispute. This legal battle took over a decade to come to completion. The final decision of the Supreme Court was that Littlewoods was not entitled to the £1.25bn… Read more »

Computers cannot replace humans

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With all the news of artificial intelligence (AI) in the media at the moment, it might be tempting to think that humans will soon be replaced by computers. But, in a recent tribunal case, a company had its late filing penalty quashed because the notice had been issued by a machine rather than a person. In the case of Khan… Read more »

HMRC told to heed lessons of RTI

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It is generally accepted that the introduction of the Real Time Information (RTI) system was botched by HMRC, and now a tax charity is calling on HMRC to use the lessons that it learned from the process to improve the Making Tax Digital (MTD) programme. The recommendation has come from a tax charity which claims that a published review of… Read more »