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HMRC Targeting Wealthy Scottish Taxpayers

HMRC has a taskforce targeting wealthy Scottish taxpayers to raise £4.5 billion in extra tax. The unit will use badges of wealthy, such as big houses, luxury boats or yachts, and other intelligence to cross-check on the selected individuals to … Continue reading

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Scottish Snowballs are VAT-free Cakes Not Sweets

The Scottish Tax Tribunal has ruled that the popular coconut-covered “snowball” snacks are VAT-free cakes, not standard-rated sweets. With food zero-rated but confectionery at 20% the VAT can make a big difference. Looking at all the facts The Tribunal decided … Continue reading

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Government Consultation on State Marriage Ceremonies Outdoors

A non-tax item but as a lawyer my eye was caught by a government consultation on allowing non-religious groups to conduct their own form of state recognised marriage ceremony outdoors. The problem is English law on selected state recognised religious marriage is based … Continue reading

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Tax and Scottish Separation from UK

Conflicting reports from London and Edinburgh on the tax side of Scottish separation from the UK seem to be evenly balanced, with each side blaming the other. As a tax barrister and student of history both it’s interesting how paying … Continue reading

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Ex-PM Proposes More Tax Power for Scotland – So Less For Others

Gordon Brown, the Scottish ex-Prime Minister for the UK, has proposed more tax raising powers for Scotland. He has suggested a partnership of equals with power sharing across the UK, with some taxes in part raised locally, the rest at … Continue reading

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NEW UK Taxation And Scotland Voting to Leave Old UK

On behalf of Northern Irish, English and Welsh UK (“NEW UK”) voters the UK chancellor has said Scotland can’t keep the UK £ if it leaves the UK. The Scottish first minister says back if there is no legal basis … Continue reading

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Scotland to End Health Tax on Large Shops

The Scottish government will, in 2015, end its health tax on large shops selling alcohol and tobacco. The idea behind the health tax, or levy, was to make supermarkets and bigger retailers selling goods which can harm health contribute to … Continue reading

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