HMRC Warning on Phising Scams

HMRC have put out another guide on recognising phising scam emails or texts.
It has useful sections on: email scam addresses, phishing emails, request for personal information, bogus callers or recorded messages and requests to complete tax forms online.
Examples are given of how to identify different types of scam.
The guide “Phishing emails and bogus contact: HM Revenue and Customs examples” is available from HMRC’s parts of the Gov.UK website.

Eamon McNicholas
Tax Barrister, Accountant
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Ireland and Brexit

The Central Statistical Office (CSO) in Ireland has published a paper “Brexit: Ireland and the UK in numbers”. A special concern for Ireland is the impact on customs duties, VAT and other tax revenues and what happens to the free-movement Ireland-UK border, which is decades older that the EU’s.
The CSO figures show that for 2015 13.9% of goods exported went to the UK and 25.7% of imports came from the UK.
For the same year visitors from the UK accounted for 41% of all overseas trips to Ireland by non-residents and accounted for 23% (€971m) of total visitor expenditure (excluding fares).
Good to see some solid data on the impact of Brexit, as against the Remoaners project fear #2 and spin.

Eamon McNicholas
Tax Barrister, Accountant
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VAT Information Sheet 02/17 – Romanian VAT

VAT Information Sheet 02/17 has been published by HMRC.
It is a reminder that the rate of VAT in Romania went down from 20% to 19% as from 1st January this year.

Eamon McNicholas
Tax Barrister, Accountant
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HMRC and New Years Honours

A number of HMRC’s top civil servants gained in the New Years honours list. The same as senior government staff from most departments.
But Tim Farron, leader of the Lib Dem party has criticised the gongs for HMRC as a reward for failure, in a year when the average taxpayer “has been made to wait for hours on the phone on hold. It’s a farce.”
That is a little harsh as honours for the civil service are a well established career perk and should not be judged by performance measures applied to others.

Eamon McNicholas
Tax Barrister, Accountant
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UK Ambassador to EU Makes Way for Brexit

The UK ambassador, representative, to the EU has stepped down early, to make way for their replacement, and deputy, before the invoking of article 50 and the ensuing negotiations.
In leaving they also said that the UK has opportunities from leaving and taking a new path, which was very upbeat.
This was a sensible and very generous decision by the ex-ambassador to make way for a new team to take Brexit forward.

Eamon McNicholas
Tax Barrister, Accountant
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Disagreeing with an HMRC Tax Decision

HMRC have updated their guidance leaflet, HMRC1, on what to do if you disagree with one of their tax decisions. Both indirect taxes like VAT and direct such as income or inheritance tax.
It is a handy initial guide outlining the statutory review and appeal process to the First-Tier Tax Tribunal.

Eamon McNicholas
Tax Barrister, Accountant
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Government of, By and For the People

The cataclysmic events of 2016, and their likely impact on tax, set me in mind of a passage from Lincoln’s address given after the historic battle of Gettysburg. A turning point in the American Civil War, which was fought to make everyone in the country free and against the power of the elite.
Oddly Lincoln enough did not propose a re-run, so a moaning, self-serving minority could grab what they wanted. Nor did he advocate rule by an unelected house of party donors and sharp political operators.
Instead what Lincoln put forward was the novel idea of government of, by and for the people. The ordinary people having a say in how the elite lord over them – what a concept.

Abraham Lincoln’s address as Gettysburg:-
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honoured dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

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Eamon McNicholas
Tax Barrister, Accountant
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