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UK Muddle Over Cider, Perry and EU Tax Rules

The UK’s exemption from taxing small cider and perry producers is at risk from Treasury muddle over EU tax rules. Currently cider makers producing less than 70 hectolitres, about 1,500 gallons, a year are exempt from duty, worth about £2,500 … Continue reading

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Update to tax Relief from Duty and VAT for Visiting Forces

HMRC have updated for C&E941 on the entitlement of visiting forces to import/withdraw a motor vehicle free of duty and VAT tax. Form C&E941A deals with purchasing a vehicle. Members of the forces should be aware that there are strict … Continue reading

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UK an Net Importer from EU

HMRC trade statistics for November 2014 again show the UK as a net importer with the EU. The value of EU sales to the UK (imports) were £18.5 billion, UK sales to the EU (exports) just £12.3b, a net trade … Continue reading

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Another Stealth Tax By Any Other Name On Landlords and Employers

Every government hides tax increases by dreaming up new names for them and hoping people don’t notice. So as well as tax we have: duty, levy and penalty. A recent one has been to introduce extra taxes on landlords and … Continue reading

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A Great Victory: FMX Food Merchants v HMRC TC/2011/4985, 29/Nov/13

Following my win of a £1/2 million customs duty case for garlic importer FMX Food Merchants against HMRC in November, I have had several enquiries about this area of tax. Essentially, the Tax Tribunal held, following my submissions, that there … Continue reading

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Numbers of Taxpayers

HMRC published figures for the numbers of taxpayers as at December 2013. For indirect taxes there were 1.9 million VAT registered traders, a mainstream tax. But the numbers for the extra levies were enormous: 0.7 million for aggregates levy, 0.3m … Continue reading

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