Guard against VAT on private school fees

The issue It is now being widely rumoured that VAT will be applied to public school fees, which is currently generally…

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Are universal civil partnerships good for tax?

Following a June 2018 Supreme Court ruling allowing a mixed-sex couple to have a civil partnership, Prime Minister Theresa May has…

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Banking Entrepreneurs’ Relief on a dilution

The issue In Spring 2018, the Government published a consultation setting out its proposal for allowing shareholders to retain the benefit…

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Does home working affect Principal Private Residence Relief (PPR)?

Background There seems to be something of a ‘tax myth’ about the capital gains tax position if a home worker sells…

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Countdown to the offshore tax disclosure deadline

Urgent action to be taken You will have seen previous tax bites explaining the benefit of coming clean on any previously…

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New cash basis for landlords

As we approach the 2017/18 tax return season, it is worth recalling that it is the first tax year in which…

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Liquidation loan account woes continued

The last Tax Bite prompted an unprecedented response from liquidator Tax Biters! By way of quick recap, we were discussing a…

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Liquidation loan account woes

The issue HMRC are running a test case to challenge one of the traditional approaches of dealing with an overdrawn directors’…

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No 3% SDLT surcharge for inter-spouse property transfers

The issue A common way to mitigate tax on rental income is to transfer a rental property to a lower tax-paying…

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Good sense prevails in PPR claim!

From time to time, HMRC has sought to apply tax legislation and their own guidance in an extremely literal and non-commonsensical way. This…

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