Monthly Archives: February 2014

Charities and UK Tax Break

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has reported the UK should not try to copy US-style tax incentives for charities. As a tax barrister I agree. The US tax system for charities reflects the culture of philanthropy there, the UK has … Continue reading

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New Notice 700/1 on Registering for VAT

An updated Notice 700/1 “Should I be Registered for VAT?” has been issued by HMRC. The main changes in the Mar/14 edition over the old 2010 one are: the online system for VAT registering, no threshold for non-established person registering, … Continue reading

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Iceland Drops Plans to Join EU

Iceland has dropped plans to join the EU. With the EU threat to the Icelandic fishing industry, the ongoing € crisis and the EU drive to the East one can understand the democratic wishes of the Icelandic Parliament, the oldest … Continue reading

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Councillors and Harassment

After receiving a complaint of harassment Kent Police spoke to three local councillors. One of them is reported in the national press commenting on the matter. But since their inquiry is ongoing Kent Police did not get drawn into giving … Continue reading

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UK Selling Visas on eBay?

In another “What do we get for our tax?” piece I was interested as a tax barrister in proposals for the UK to auction off visas to wealthy visitors to settle. Criticised by some as an Ebay culture. In evidence … Continue reading

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NHS Selling Confidential Medical Records

What do we actually get for our tax in the UK? Just days ago the controversial NHS project to sell GP medical records on patients was put on-hold, well so they said. Now there is a report on how the … Continue reading

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New Scotland, New EU VAT Rules

A new Scotland, outside the UK, would have to use current much tougher EU rules on VAT, warns the EU’s VAT unit. The UK having joined Europe back in 1972 got very to favourable VAT joining rules. These include zero-rating … Continue reading

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