Monthly Archives: September 2013

HMRC Challenge to Offshore Employment Loan Schemes

HMRC have announced a challenge to certain contractor employment loan schemes. The arrangements typically involve working in the UK but employment by an overseas entity. The contractor is then paid partly in the UK, but with the majority by offshore … Continue reading

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CIS Top Ten Tips for Company Repayment Claims

I have a special interest in CIS, construction industry tax deduction scheme, so was pleased to see HMRC publishing a top ten tips for companies with CIS repayment claims. All basic stuff, like ensuring the company’s agent has a valid … Continue reading

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HMRC Look-alike Sites – a Warning for Taxpayers

HMRC look-alike websites are offering an online tax reclaim service. Look-aLike sites promoting personal injury or PPI mis-selling claims, and often take a cut of any money refunded. Taxpayers need to be careful that despite the look-alike format, or suggestions … Continue reading

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Complex HMRC Telephone Helplines

HMRC’s telephone helplines are notoriously complex to work through. With so many options and time left holding on, the costs can quickly rack-up. Despite past criticism by Parliament, the bugs are still there. Just this week the problem was highlighted … Continue reading

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Tax and UK-Scotland Independence

With a year to the referendum, tax is a big issue either way in the UK-Scotland independence debate. If Scotland votes to go it alone that will have a big impact on spending and so tax in the rest of … Continue reading

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David Heaton’s Tax Star Rises

Tax fans can smile at David Heaton speaking at a London conference: ‘101 ideas for personal tax planning’, explaining how to keep money ‘out of the Chancellor’s grubby mitts’ and then 2 months later getting himself on a panel advising … Continue reading

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Doubts over European Financial Transaction Tax

A leaked internal European report doubts the legality of the proposed Financial Transaction Tax (“FTT”). The problem is said to be that the 11 countries in the FTT group would infringe on the taxation of countries outside the group, such … Continue reading

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