Google and Amazon face fresh allegations

Multi-national companies continue to draw the attention of the UK press over allegations that they contrive to export profits made in the UK to lower tax jurisdictions. In this way economic activity in the UK escapes UK tax. This in contrast to numerous small and medium sized businesses who are Read more…

HMRC name and shame list grows

 In accordance with legislation HMRC may publish information about a deliberate tax defaulter where: HMRC have carried out an investigation and the person has been charged one or more penalties for deliberate defaults, and those penalties involve tax of more than £25,000. However, their information will not be published if Read more…

Getting the best deal from banks

Banks are tarred with being the cause of the recession that has plagued the global and UK economy for the past four years. Whatever truth there is in this point of view one thing is certain: almost without exception they are now risk-averse. Unless you can prove that your need Read more…

Tax Diary May/June 2013

1 May 2013 – Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 July 2012. 19 May 2013 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 May 2013. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 May 2013.) 19 May 2013 – Filing Read more…

General Anti-Abuse Rule (GAAR)

Readers may have noted that from the date the Finance Bill 2013 receives a Royal Assent, HMRC will be using new powers to stop abusive tax schemes from reducing a tax payer’s liability. The legislation is set out in the GAAR, the General Anti-Abuse Rule. It is worth noting that Read more…

Re-opening the stable door

Usually, it is necessary to perform an action within a tax year in order to impact your tax liability for that specific year. One notable exception is the ability to carry back charitable donations to the previous tax year in certain circumstances. The following notes are copied from HMRC’s website Read more…

Self Assessment 2013

We are already two months into the 2013-14 tax year and those readers who need to file a tax return for the year ending 5 April 2013 have until 31 January 2014 to do so if filing online. In this article we will explain why it is advisable to gather Read more…

UK Pensions received by ex-pats

  If you retire and live abroad make sure that you understand the tax position of your pension before you leave the UK. The UK has a number of so-called “Double Tax” agreements with other countries that set out how income generated and paid from the UK, such as pensions, Read more…

When is a cost an investment?

Most businesses trade with the intention of making a profit. In order to do this they must pay certain costs. Generally, these fall into two categories: those that have to paid in order to trade, for example rent, rates, heating and so on, and those costs that have a more Read more…