Monthly Archives: February 2015

BBC Caught Out by Links to Tax Avoidance

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in Parliament says the BBC sold its White City site to a consortium said to be using a tax avoidance scheme. The chair of the PAC was shocked that the BBC would sell a public … Continue reading

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Employee Bonuses Paid as Shares not Taxable in Tower Radio Appeal

The Upper Tax Tribunal has decided in the Tower Radio appeal that employee bonuses paid as shares, not cash, in specially formed subsidiaries were not caught by income tax or national insurance. The case involved a promoted scheme using the … Continue reading

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Tax Relief for Landlord Improvement to Energy Rating

Tax relief for landlords making energy efficiency improvements under the Green Deal scheme may be under threat. From April 2018 all residential properties must have an energy rating of band E or above or they cannot be let. Currently landlords … Continue reading

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Albania Introduces VAT Harmonised to EU

Albania introduced a VAT system from the start of 2015 modelled on the EU system of VAT to try and harmonise tax and trade. It is sometimes hard to recall the divisions all over Europe before the fall of the … Continue reading

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Fair Tax Mark Awarded to Lush Cosmetics

The Fair Tax Mark organisation have given an award to Lush Cosmetics, a high street cosmetics chain (Lush even has its own fair and open company tax policy published on its website). The idea behind the Fair Tax Mark is … Continue reading

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Online Dispute Resolution Proposed for Small Claims

The Civil Justice Council, a public advisory body, has proposed online dispute resolution, with elements of an online court, to improve access to justice for small claims. HC Courts & Tribunal Service (HMCTS) have welcomed the report. Eamon McNicholas Tax … Continue reading

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HMRC Brief 02/15 on Scania C-7/15 Case and UK VAT groups

Following a holding response, in Brief 37/2014, HMRC have now published Brief 02/2015 giving their full reaction to the Swedish Scania VAT groups case decided by the ECJ and any impact on UK law. The case is reported as Skandia … Continue reading

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