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VAT tribunal allows zero-rate for digital newspapers

26 February 2020

Following a tribunal ruling, an independent review and a celebrity led campaign, the Government is under pressure on three sides to end the application of VAT at 20 per cent to digital publications.

HMRC invites claims for overpaid VAT but doesnt agree to pay them

25 February 2020

Following the News Corp and Ireland Ltd Upper Tribunal decision released late last year, in which it was held that the digital editions of The Times and other News Corp newspapers should be zero-rated for VAT, HMRC has published a new briefing explaining how businesses can now submit claims for overpaid VAT. But there is a snag - any claims made are unlikely to be paid until when, and if, the litigation is finally concluded in News Corp’s favour.

Graham Steele

Partner

Graham is a tax partner and leads RSM’s North West region innovation reliefs team.

Does the Macron/Trump agreement spell the end for UK’s tax on big tech companies?

28 August 2019

Faced with the demise of the traditional High Street and the rise of big tech companies such as Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook, the UK government has been planning a digital services tax to level the playing field. Will France’s commitment to, if necessary, refund part of its digital services tax scupper the UK’s efforts?

Is the weaponisation of taxes here to stay?

17 July 2019

With France and the UK imposing new digital services taxes on big technology companies and the USA threatening to retaliate with import tariffs, UK and European businesses and consumers are likely to be caught in the crossfire of a trade and tax war. What’s going on?

Al Dixon

Partner

Al is a corporate tax partner with a focus on owner-managed businesses, growing companies and the mid- market. He has a passion for private businesses, partnering with the owners and leaders of businesses to help them achieve their personal and business ambitions.

Dougy Agnew

Partner

Dougy is a partner in our Aberdeen office , advising advising owner managed businesses on all tax issues for close to 30 years.

Duncan Nott

Partner

Duncan is a partner in our London office, helping businesses to find practical and robust solutions to their transfer pricing issues.

Kal Sangha

Partner

Kal is a partner and corporate tax adviser to UK and global businesses, ranging from listed to privately owned. He specialises in a range of sectors, including Infrastructure, real estate & construction, manufacturing (including food & drink) and hospitality & leisure.

Where does control lie in the battle over TV stars’ tax?

07 May 2019

The recent tax case relating to Lorraine Kelly shows how important it is that television personalities, and other people too, can argue successfully that they control their own work and therefore should not be taxed as employees. For 40 years or more HMRC has been seeking a simple distinction between employment and self-employment but has so far failed to find one.

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