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Spring Statement 2019

Spring Statement 2019

We were promised a fiscal non-event for this year’s Spring Statement and, it must be said, last week the Chancellor delivered in spades. A speech light on detail, but with a few things for British businesses to chew on as the Brexit timebomb ticks in the background....
Protecting Business Name

Protecting Business Name

We all have a name and in most cases we’ve had little input in choosing it, as it’s been chosen for us by our parents using a variety of methods. We may have been named after a relative, such as a grandparent or maybe it’s a family tradition (all of the males in my...
Tax Accountant Eats Hat

Tax Accountant Eats Hat

 As the many readers of this Blog will testify, I am not the biggest fan of HMRC; indeed a fair number of my Blogs have been quite scathing of their inefficiencies and treatment of taxpayers. But today, I will have to address the fact that I once wrote that I would...
National Minimum Wage Employer Deductions

National Minimum Wage Employer Deductions

Today I’m reporting on a hard fought battle between HMRC and Middlesbrough Football Club. The game started two years ago and came to its final conclusion at a recent Tribunal; where Boro won after extra time. The background In 2107 HMRC ruled that the Championship...
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...