Category Archives: Tax evasion

HMRC update guidance on Managed Service Companies

May 16th, 2018

HMRC have updated their guidance, following the recent decision in Christianuyi Ltd v R & C Commrs [2018] UKUT 10 (TCC), in which the Upper Tribunal ruled that a number of companies were operating as managed service companies (MSCs). In this case, the Upper Tribunal upheld the decision of the First-tier Tribunal that the appellant […]


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When are tips taxable?

April 26th, 2018

The summer season usually sees a rise in the number of casual staff taken on by restaurants and cafes. Whilst the tax and NIC implications of wages is generally straight-forward, confusion often arises regarding tips and gratuities as the necessary tax and NIC treatment depends on how they are paid to the recipient. Cash tips […]


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Offshore income and the RTC rule

April 19th, 2018

HMRC are getting noticeably tougher on those who try to evade tax by hiding their assets or income offshore. They are increasing the size and range of penalties charged, and increasing the number of prosecutions of serious evaders. Broadly, a UK-resident taxpayer has a responsibility to notify HMRC of any taxable offshore income they receive. […]


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Tax deductions for family members’ wages?

February 28th, 2018

Many adults are likely to embrace the offer of help with technology from the younger generation! So where a child is employed in a family business to work on, say, website creation, management and social media, how can the owner make sure that their wages will be tax deductible? The recent case of Nicholson v […]


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Changes to IR35 rules confirmed

February 23rd, 2017

HMRC have recently announced changes to the way the intermediaries legislation (known as the ‘IR35 rules’) will be applied to off-payroll working in the public sector. In particular, contractors who provide their services to a public authority through an intermediary will need to be aware for the changes, which take effect from 6 April 2017. […]


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HMRC’s tougher approach to offshore tax evasion

January 25th, 2017

HMRC have implemented various measures over recent years designed to encourage those not paying the right amount of tax across their offshore tax affairs to make full disclosures. Whilst there has been a positive approach to the facilities provided, HMRC have recently reminded taxpayers that things are about to get even tougher for those who […]


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Self-Assessment and disclosure

November 10th, 2016

Finance Act 2016, which became law on 15 September 2016, contains provisions designed to help clarify the time allowed for making a self-assessment. The time limit is four years from the end of the tax year to which the self-assessment relates. This is the same time limit as for assessments by HMRC. The provisions will […]


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HMRC go live with Verify identity authentication

June 15th, 2016

Gov.uk Verify, the online service taxpayers will need to use to prove their identity before accessing HMRC’s digital services and other government online services, is now live. The central government platform for online identity assurance has been under development for some time by the government digital service (GDS) and has been available in a beta […]


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Companies to be liable for employees who facilitate tax cheating

May 6th, 2016

The Government has recently announced that it is to bring forward plans to introduce a criminal offence for corporations who fail to stop their staff facilitating tax evasion. At the time of the March 2015 Budget, the Chancellor confirmed that the government would be delivering on its pledge to introduce the measure in this Parliament. […]


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