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The latest news about the UK's tax system, policy changes and legislative updates brought to you by ICAEW's Tax Faculty.
Governments around the world have announced tax measures to support businesses and individuals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page brings together guidance and news from ICAEW, as well as externally-produced resources that provide practical information on emerging tax issues.
ICAEW’s Tax Faculty works to support its members and financial professionals on the latest developments in tax policy and practice. Here you can see list of the faculty’s latest activities, publications and webinars.
TAXbites provide a brief reminder of the basics on popular topics. Each recording lasts around 10 minutes and is freely available for all to view
The claims portal for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme has reopened for the fifth time, following subtle changes to the legislation covering the turnover test for partnerships.
Highlights from the broader tax news week ending 28 July, which includes the opportunity to attend a free webinar from the Office of Tax Simplification updating on its work and confirmation from HMRC of which inheritance tax forms are not available online.
Huge changes to working practices over the past few years have reignited the debate on whether a universal filing process would help to better engage individuals with the tax system and help them to take more ownership of their affairs.
ICAEW has reiterated its call for all VAT exemptions to be abolished in its response to HMRC’s consultation on how to simplify VAT rules related to land and property. It has also recommended the removal of all VAT options.
In this issue, Steve Wade explains why there are difficult decisions ahead on the route to a straightforward tax system, Stephen Yates reviews a new income tax annual published by Claritax Books and Mark McLaughlin looks at the cautionary tale of Mr Khan, where a company purchase of own shares had unexpected and expensive tax consequences.
In this issue, Kate Upcraft shares her advice for the remaining few months of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, Andy Tall examines the changes to the penalty regime for late VAT and ITSA returns and Jonathan Schwarz reviews Automatic Exchange of Information Handbook by John Hiddleston.
In this issue, Lindsey Wicks provides a summary of key measures outlined in Finance Bill 2021, Anita Monteith explains the importance of HMRC’s call for evidence and creating a tax system fit for the future and Richard Jones assesses the recently announced tax incentives available for freeports around the UK.
In this issue, Sophie Wales explains the application of ethics to tax work, Richard Jones considers the various March 2021 Budget announcements and ICAEW’s Head of Tax Frank Haskew and independent adviser Martin Wheatcroft talk to Sarah-Jayne Russell and reflect on recent announcements and challenges facing the Chancellor.
The super deduction, special rate allowance and extension of the uplifted annual investment allowance, were discussed by Steve Watts and Richard Jones in a Tax Faculty webinar on 14 June 2021. This TAXguide provides answers to questions raised in that webinar.
The government’s COVID-19 financial support schemes give rise to a number of tax issues, separate from the rules that apply to the schemes themselves. This TAXguide, prepared by the Tax Faculty, covers the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and is available to all ICAEW members.
In this webinar Mark Hammerton of Eversheds Sutherland gave practical advice and guidance on determining employment status now the off-payroll working rules have been extended to the private sector, and end-user options for managing contractors.
Questions around the tax treatment of someone’s principal private residence (PPR) arise with frequency and all too often the answer is not as straightforward as might first appear. This guide considers the core rules, the traps and the key items to be aware of to help clients through this area of tax law.
Webinars, videos and podcasts
In this year's Hardman Lecture, former ICAEW President Paul Aplin will explore the opportunities and threats technology presents to the tax profession: what familiar tasks will disappear or change?
This webinar from the Tax Faculty will cover the latest rules in detail and explain where we are with the development of the policy and the pilot and what taxpayers and agents can do to prepare.
Are you prepared for the future of patent box relief? Find out about the changes for claims made from 1 July 2021.
In this webinar the Tax Faculty investigate the incentives, benefits, risks and pitfalls for businesses operating in Freeports.
The Tax Faculty believes that simplification of the VAT system for land and property is highly desirable and that consideration is given to removing the current VAT exemption rules for commercial property. However, now that the UK has left the EU, as land and property is only one aspect of the complications caused by the exemption regimes more generally, we think that the time has come to undertake a thorough review of the VAT exemption rules with a view to its abolition.
In responding to HMRC's call for evidence on timely payment, ICAEW argues that earlier payment of income and corporation tax should not be considered until the economy has recovered and that earlier payment should not be based on in-year estimates without HMRC first demonstrating that they can be a reliable basis for earlier payment.
In responding to HMRC's consultation on the Tax Administration Framework Review ICAEW argues that the starting point of such tax reform should be significant simplification of the underlying tax rules and that HMRC needs to be given the resources and funding to give it the capacity to take on such a major piece of work.
The future of tax
As digital technologies transform the worlds of work and leisure, the UK government grapples with balancing the books while ensuring its tax system is fit for purpose. As HMRC launches its review of the system that underpins the tax system, we take a look at the pressing issues and challenges.
The government has moved swiftly to consult on draft legislation to reform basis period rules before MTD ITSA becomes mandatory. ICAEW is concerned that changes will be rushed through and disappointed that the normal consultation process is not being followed.
ICAEW welcomes HMRC’s vision of a more flexible and responsive tax system outlined in the Tax Administration Framework Review but warns that significant challenges, such as creating a single identifier for taxpayers and consolidation of tax systems, can only be met if HMRC is properly resourced.
A single identifier for individuals and smoother registration processes are pre-requisites for a better tax system, argues ICAEW. HMRC also needs funding to develop an improved process for registering, authenticating and authorising agents.
ICAEW considers HMRC’s call for evidence on timely payment to be premature, as earlier payment of income and corporation tax would reduce businesses’ flexibility to manage their cashflow.