Weekly tax brief | 12 June 2019

Grand designs on your tax bill
Chris Etherington
HMRC has now closed their consultation on the proposed reforms to the tax reliefs available when selling your main residence, in particular Principal Private Residence (‘PPR’) relief. Whilst self-build projects are an important part of the government’s housing strategy, ‘Grand Designers’ may be amongst those worst hit by the proposed new PPR rules.

Employment status clarity needed before IR35 reforms hit the private sector
Jackie Hall
The Government has proposed significant changes to the rules (commonly known as IR35) covering the engagement by ‘medium and large’ private sector businesses of off-payroll workers. The changes are due to apply from April 2020, following a recent consultation, which has just closed, on the proposed detail of the new rules. But can these plans move forward without clarity on employment status?

Can we reach a global digital tax consensus?
Nick Blundell
Taxing the digital economy isn’t just about making the tech giants pay their fair share. The world has changed, and digitalisation has transformed the way we do business; and the tax system needs to catch up. But can we reach a global consensus?

Reverse charge changes due to hit construction industry
Karen Gibbons and Ian Carpenter
Changes in the reverse charge have been in the pipeline, but HMRC has just provided guidance on how it will work in practice; but the guidance also highlights further changes.

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