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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.

New Year, new shirts, new allowance – are retailers still scratching their heads?

15 January 2020

In October 2018, the Chancellor unexpectedly announced a brand-new capital allowance for structures and buildings, but most companies are only now starting to see its impact. Large retailers have now navigated the busy Christmas period and even busier January sales which will hopefully yield a much-needed profit boost. Will the new allowance provide a further uplift to reduce their tax bills?

Peter Williams

Partner

Peter is an indirect tax partner based in RSM’s Birmingham office. He advises corporate clients on all aspects of their VAT affairs and has extensive experience in the retail, manufacturing and leisure & hospitality sectors.

Graham Steele

Partner

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

Irfan Butt

Partner

Irfan has over 15 years' experience in taxation of pan-European real estate funds, infrastructure funds and debt funds and structuring and restructuring of inbound, outbound and pan-European investments in real estate and distressed debt portfolios. He also holds a qualification in Islamic finance and have been part of the HMT/HMRC Islamic finance working group to advise on the changes to the UK taxation rules.

Charities come within Making Tax Digital for VAT

02 October 2019

From 1 October 2019, Making Tax Digital VAT reporting requirements apply to charities above the VAT registration threshold; but is the sector ready and what complexities do charities need to consider?

The impact of removing tax breaks for independent schools

17 September 2019

Last week, the Daily Telegraph reported on a leaked shadow Treasury document which revealed Labour proposals to impose VAT on independent school fees and remove their discounted business rates. So what impact would this have on independent schools and their fee-paying parents?

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?

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