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Queen’s Speech June 2017

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The Queen’s Speech on 21 June 2017 set out what the government plans to do over the next two years and in particular on Brexit. Eight of the twenty four draft bills in the Speech relate to the UK's…

General Election – tax promises

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With a general election on 8 June 2017, the main political parties have published their manifestos. We take a look at what each are saying on tax. If there is a Conservative government after the election,…

Brexit – life begins at 50

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Bishop Fleming's VAT Director, Wendy Andrews, highlights the potential issues for businesses and consumers of Brexit following the government’s triggering of Article 50 to leave the EU. The phoney war has ended and the UK begins the process…

Serial tax avoider rules – action needed before 6 April 2017

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If you have participated in a tax avoidance scheme, you may have limited time in which to take action to protect your interests, otherwise you could be branded a Serial Tax Avoider (STA) by the…

Call for action on the taxation of Image Rights

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The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has recommended that the government takes urgent action to address image rights taxation. It wants to see reforms included in the next Finance Bill to ensure related tax revenue is no…

Advance Payment Notices: we can help

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The tax office’s crackdown on avoidance schemes continues apace with its on-going issue of Advance Payment Notices (APNs) and Partner Payment Notices (PPNs). Many who invested in such avoidance schemes currently under enquiry with the…

Autumn Statement 2016 at a glance

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Key tax announcements of 23 November 2016 Autumn Statement. This Autumn Statement was effectively a number of firsts. It was Philip Hammond’s first Budget as Chancellor; the first Budget of the Theresa May Government; and the…

Sharing out the Apple pie

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Apple has been ordered to pay €13bn (£11bn) in tax to the Irish government by the European Commission, which has ruled that the Silicon Valley company’s Irish tax arrangements amounted to illegal state aid. The…

HMRC seeks to reassure charities over the Common Reporting Standard

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HMRC has published new guidance in relation to the Common Reporting Standard which assures charities that it will adopt a “soft landing” approach to the regime for them. This new guidance follows pressure from a…

New Worldwide Disclosure Facility for tax

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A new Worldwide Disclosure Facility (WDF) from 5 September 2016 will allow those with outstanding tax to put their affairs in order, but will offer no special terms. HM Revenue & Customs has revealed the plans, and…