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HMRC changes its mind on Director Tax Return

HMRC changes its mind on Director Tax Return

For years, accountants and directors alike have been irritated by HMRC insisting that all directors must register for self-assessment, even if they have no tax to pay; but now finally, HMRC has changed its stance and its guidance. Director Tax Return: The law The...
VAT on Food: Are Brownies, cakes or confectionery?

VAT on Food: Are Brownies, cakes or confectionery?

In 1991 a landmark tax ruling deemed that McVitie’s famous Jaffa cake were actually cakes and not biscuits as assessed by HMRC/VAT; thus zero-rating them for VAT purposes. Now, almost 30 years after this definitive VAT case (is it a cake or a chocolate biscuit?)...
Tax Return Trouble

Tax Return Trouble

What is your Tax Return Trouble? To paraphrase Shakespeare’s ‘Song of the Witches’ from Macbeth, one taxpayer used “My mother-in-law is a witch and put a curse on me,” as an excuse for failing to submit his self-assessment tax return on time. Yes, we’ve reached that...
World’s oldest person tax scam

World’s oldest person tax scam

World’s oldest person tax scam In the news recently was a report that researchers have uncovered evidence which suggests that the woman registered as the world’s oldest person may actually have been her daughter, who assumed her identity to avoid paying inheritance...