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HMRC needs to protect honest taxpayers, as well as catch dishonest ones
Sarah Saunders

01 March 2021

A recent tribunal case demonstrates how gig economy workers can end up in tax trouble because they are in structures they do not understand.

Making the best of things – how to claim relief for tax losses
Andrew Robins

18 February 2021

2020 has produced tax losses for many people: do you know how to use them?

Reduce your January tax payment
Andrew Robins

16 January 2021

This year, more than usual, settling the upcoming 31 January self-assessment tax payment may be a challenge. We discuss the various ways in which you can lighten the load for your next payment.

Let’s make the tax system better
Andrew Robins

16 January 2021

Following the recent report from the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG), we highlight many of the points raised that are applicable to everyone and in our view, a step in the right direction for the tax system.

Penalties imposed in higher income child benefit charge cases could be refunded
Sarah Saunders

08 November 2018

A surprising change of approach relating to penalties in higher income child benefit charge cases is welcome news. Is it too much to hope that this softer stance from HMRC will extend to penalties arising in other unexpectedly complex tax areas?

Is naming and shaming tax defaulters an effective tax evasion deterrent?
Sarah Saunders

23 August 2018

Being ‘named and shamed’ as a tax evader presents a serious reputational and financial risk. But do taxpayers see this as a deterrent? And do they know the risks?

Taking penalties - is HMRC winning the fight against inaccuracy?
Sarah Saunders

28 June 2018

Does a decrease in the total number of penalties imposed suggest better compliance, or does it reflect resource pressure at HMRC to check and detect the errors? We unpick new figures obtained by RSM under the Freedom of Information Act to reveal some interesting trends. ¬

A missed penalty
Sarah Saunders

22 June 2018

Some time ago we reported a tax tribunal decision that suggested that the automatic late return penalties issued by HMRC may be invalid as they did not involve a human being making an assessment. Another situation in which HMRC appears to be issuing erroneous penalty notices has now come to light.

Tax the old or tax the rich?
Sarah Saunders

10 May 2018

The Resolution Foundation has published the final report of the Intergenerational Commission “A New Generational Contract”. Recognising that most families are already doing whatever they can to care for their older people while supporting the younger ones, the report states categorically that “so far the state has failed to adapt”. Sadly, those families which have done most to adapt are the ones which are most likely to suffer under the new proposals.

Virtual justice - the way forward?
Sarah Saunders

23 April 2018

A recent tribunal case in which participants gave evidence via video link could open the way for more virtual courtrooms - a development that should increase access to justice and save everybody time and money.

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