Monthly Archives: January 2015

Tax on Diesel and the Unintended Risks of Target Chasing

The Labour party have admitted they made a mistake when in government to reduce tax on diesel vehicles to try to help reduce CO2 emissions. Back in 2001 vehicle excise duty rates were changed to make diesel more attractive. The … Continue reading

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New Tax Powers in UK to be Paid for by More Taxes on England ?

New Tax Powers in UK to be Paid for by More Taxes on England ? The publication last week by the Westminster government of more proposed taxation powers for the Scottish Parliament could signal the start of deeper divisions over … Continue reading

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HMRC Warns about Phishing and Bogus Contacts

HMRC has warned again about phishing scams and bogus contacts. A common theme is to lure the victim in to then get tax, bank account or other personal details. HMRC have produced a very helpful guide on how to spot … Continue reading

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HMRC and Tax-Free Travel Perk for Local Councillors

HMRC has published a draft Statutory Instrument on the tax-free travel perk for local councillors; The Income Tax (Travel Expenses of Members of Local Authorities) Regulations 2015. After a short consultation the new law will be brought in as from … Continue reading

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VAT Wrongly Charged by EE Mobile Company to be Refunded

The mobile phone company EE, the UK’s biggest, has started to refund VAT wrongly charged to customers for data roaming when using their mobiles outside the EU. Supplies outside the EU are outside the scope of VAT, but EE charged … Continue reading

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Local Councils Want £1 Billion (Extra) From VAT on Sugary Food

The Local Government Association wants an extra £1 billion of VAT for itself. The money, they say, can come for the VAT on sugary food and drinks to help local councils do something about public health. It’s not clear to … Continue reading

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Amazon Special Deal With Luxembourg May Be Illegal

EU regulators looking at the many special tax optimisation deals Luxembourg did with big US corporations have queried the one with Amazon. The concern is it may be illegal state aid. Eamon McNicholas Tax Barrister, Accountant http://www.EamonMcNicholas.com

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