Tax

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Could the IHT seven-year rule on gifts be cut to five?

Jul 08, 2019

At present, when someone dies within seven years of passing on money, property or possessions to loved ones, tax of up to 40 per cent must be paid. However, the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has recently suggested that this deadline ...

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HMRC issue incorrect CGT allowance to thousands of taxpayers

Jul 01, 2019

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has recently issued nearly 350,000 incorrect short tax returns, indicating an error in taxpayers’ capital gains allowance. CGT is payable on the overall gain from the sale of an asset such as a business, second home, ...

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HMRC refunds £1.8 million child benefit tax penalties

Jun 10, 2019

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued £1.8 million in refunds after reviewing cases where families were hit with penalties for failing to register for a charge relating to their child benefits. Thousands of penalties have been cancelled as a result ...

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HMRC backs down from pension tax case

Jun 03, 2019

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has recently withdrawn an appeal in a key court case over a 55 per cent charge it wanted to levy. As a result, this could mean savers who have accidentally breached their lifetime allowance fixed protection ...

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Are you aware of the inheritance tax risks associated with gifting?

May 20, 2019

According to new research conducted by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), only one in four people who make financial gifts are aware of the inheritance tax (IHT) risks. The research found that ...

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Workers could be missing out by not checking personal tax accounts

May 16, 2019

According to the latest research from the Post Office, just under half (46 per cent) of workers have never checked their personal tax accounts. In 2015, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) introduced the Personal Tax Account to try and make it ...

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HMRC reveals inheritance tax payments have hit a record high

Apr 29, 2019

According to data released by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) inheritance tax (IHT) payments have hit a record high. In the 2018-19 tax year, IHT receipts grew by £160 million to a total of £5.4 billion. During the next two years increases ...

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Making tax digital is live today, yet one million businesses are not registered

Apr 01, 2019

As of today, UK based businesses that have a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold of £85,000 will be required to switch to the new digital tax service to report earnings and calculate VAT owed. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) had previously ...

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HMRC reveals MTD registration takes seven working days

Mar 21, 2019

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has warned that registration for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT will take up to seven days to complete and will not be a real-time service. In the latest piece of guidance for businesses who need ...

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Many businesses unaware of the criminal offences associated with tax evasion

Mar 18, 2019

Three-quarters of businesses are unaware of the corporate criminal offences relating to activity which is seen to facilitate tax evasion. On 30 September 2017, the Criminal Finances Act was introduced; which meant companies and partnerships can be found liable for failing ...

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