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Are you guilty as charged without even knowing it?

17 October 2020

Following HMRC’s recent statistics on investigations relating to the corporate criminal offence (CCO), we discuss the potential affects for unsuspecting organisations.

Businesses must take corporate tax crime more seriously, or risk criminal conviction and an unlimited fine

29 September 2020

The Corporate Criminal Offence (CCO) was introduced by the Criminal Finances Act in 2017 and places an obligation on companies and partnerships to prevent people associated with them, typically employees but including anyone acting on the entity’s behalf, from facilitating a third party’s tax evasion. The first a company or partnership may know of a CCO investigation is when HMRC arrives at the door with an arrest warrant for the suspected facilitator.

30 September is the deadline for reporting and paying the loan charge

22 September 2020

30 September is the deadline for settling disguised remuneration tax planning arrangements with HMRC. This is the date to complete the contract process, and agree payment terms, to benefit from the November 2017 settlement terms and avoid the need to report the loan charge.

Will tax avoiders be hit with a bigger stick?

17 September 2019

As Labour draws up fresh plans for its manifesto, John McDonnell has confirmed that a focus will be on tackling 'enablers' of tax avoidance 'like the big accountancy firms'. Many will be aware that accountancy firms can be held criminally liable for assisting someone with the evasion of tax but could we see similar provisions introduced for advice deemed to be facilitating tax avoidance?

RSM grows its Southampton tax team with three new specialist hires
Paul Anthony

14 May 2019

Leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has expanded its tax team in Southampton with the addition of three new specialists to its growing capital allowances, VAT and tax investigations practice.

Construction company or tax collector?

25 January 2019

Through policy change after policy change, the construction sector has been acutely hit with changes to tax administration over and above other organisations, but is the line between housebuilder or construction firm and tax collector beginning to blur?

Tax crime adds to the misery of the age of austerity

15 November 2018

The age of austerity may be coming to an end, but how much has it cost? And how different would it have been if tax evaders, people in the hidden economy and those responsible for criminal attacks on the UK tax system had paid the taxes they ought to have paid?

Tribunal says no to computer-generated fines

16 October 2018

The extent to which HMRC can rely on computerised processes has been thrown into doubt by a tax tribunal. As we increasingly move into a digital tax environment, isn't it time for a fundamental review of the basic rules underlying the administration of the tax system?

Tribunal ruling is a welcome step in open justice

01 October 2018

A recent tribunal has ruled that third parties are entitled to access skeleton arguments before a hearing. So what does this mean and why does it matter?

Tribunal rules that a referee's decision is final

14 September 2018

The tax tribunal has recently ruled that a group of football referees are not employees for tax purposes and therefore not subject to PAYE. The ruling is the latest in a raft of cases on employment status, an issue that will remain high on the agenda following news that a high-profile BBC newsreader is set to appeal an earlier decision.

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