Weekly Tax Brief - 6 September 2016

Public accountability for civil servants who waste taxpayers’ money

06 September 2016

In earlier editions of our Weekly Tax Brief, we have been critical of the mismatch in the treatment of non-compliant tax payers who can be publically named and shamed by HMRC, while civil servants who mismanage projects and waste huge amounts of taxes after they have been collected retain their anonymity. However, recent developments suggest things are about to change.

Yet another stealth tax?

06 September 2016

Buy-to-let landlords could risk paying income tax on gains when disposing of property.

Tackling the hidden economy - the next big thing?

06 September 2016

HMRC’s proposed measures to tackle the hidden economy are a sensible approach towards levelling the playing field for compliant businesses.

VAT blow to charities construction works

06 September 2016

UK charities seeking VAT relief on the construction of new buildings have been dealt a blow by a tax court. The Court of Appeal has determined that, it is not a charity’s objectives which will determine if it is afforded VAT reliefs, but whether fees paid by users fall within the scope of VAT.

HMRC extends transitional period for deducting VAT on pension scheme costs

06 September 2016

HMRC announced a year extension to the transitional period under which employers are entitled to deduct VAT paid on services relating to the administration of pension schemes.