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European Court Scorns UK Challenge to FTT

The European Court of Justice yesterday scornfully rejected the UK’s challenge to the basis of the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT). The UK got off to a bad start by recognising its legal challenge might be premature, as at this stage … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal Rules on Liability of Non-Tax Specialist Accounting Firms

The Court of Appeal has ruled that non-tax specialist accounting firms do not have an open-ended liability for tax advice. In Mehjoo vs. Harben Barker [2014] EWCA Civ 358 an Iranian businessman living in the UK since 1971 and a … Continue reading

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Stately Home Old Master Painting Tax-Free Plant

The Court of Appeal ruled this week that a £9.4m old master painting was exempt from capital gains tax. In HMRC vs. Executors of Lord Howard [2014] EWCA 278 the Court dismissed HMRC’s claim to capital gains tax, on the … Continue reading

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Whole Life Sentence Compatible with Human Rights

The Court of Appeal this week gave a landmark judgment that a whole life sentence, for the most heinous crimes, is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. In R v McLoughlin & R v Newell [2014] EWCA Crom … Continue reading

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Indian Grand Prix not Delayed by Tax Dispute

The Indian Supreme Court has postponed a tax challenge to the Indian Formula 1 grand prix motor race until after the race this weekend. A public litigation interest challenge, trying to get the race cancelled, claimed the motor race was … Continue reading

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VAT Charges Dropped

I see that charges of VAT offences against Mr Richard Tubman, a director of Nuclear & Mechanical Services Ltd, in Workington, have been dropped. His father, Mr Geoffrey Tubman had previously admitted more than 1,000 VAT charges and was ordered … Continue reading

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VAT Fraud of the Week

As a Tax Barrister I have seen quite a lot of VAT dodgy dealing and, indeed, defended good citizens against allegedly dodgy VAT claims from HMRC. I see that this week that HMRC caught up with Ms Allison Hawksworth who … Continue reading

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