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Curious About Entertainment Tax Rules In The United Kingdom?

Jane Swain, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Manchester, United Kingdom, TaxConnections

Eating out can take several different forms:

  1. Taking clients out for meals
  2. Buying refreshments for yourself
  3. Meeting clients/contacts for coffee
  4. Taking you staff out for meals/down the pub

Unfortunately slightly different tax rules apply to each.

Buying Refreshments For Yourself

The rule here is that if the food/drink is associated with travel then it is allowable. So, if you travel to London and stay the night in a hotel for the purposes of business, your evening meal is subsistence and so is a deductible expense. Read more

UK Tax: Get Up To Speed With The New Corporate Criminal Offences Legislation

Graham Purvis, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Newcastle, United Kingdom, TaxConnections

As of the end of September 2017 the government’s new Corporate Criminal Offences legislation has been in effect. Adding responsibilities with regards to facilitating tax evasion, it is important that all businesses are aware of what their responsibilities are, and how far-reaching the legislation is.

As stated in the introduction to the official government guidance, ‘The Government believes that relevant bodies should be criminally liable where they fail to prevent those who act for, or on their behalf from criminally facilitating tax evasion.’ The legislation aims to make it easier to link businesses facilitating tax evasion to the associated persons committing the actual offences. Read more

UK Tax: Extension Of Security Deposit Legislation

Kevin Offer, Tax Blog, Tax Advisor, London, United Kingdom, TaxConnections

The government are concerned that a small number of businesses choose not to pay the tax they owe or seek to unfairly reduce their tax bill. One of the ways available to HMRC to tackle this is the power to require high-risk businesses to provide an upfront security deposit where there is a serious risk of non-compliance. Currently, these powers only apply to certain taxes and duties, but the non-compliant behaviours which warrant security action will be typically found across other aspects of these businesses’ tax affairs. Read more

UK Tax: Capital Gains Tax And Housing Information

Jane Swain, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Manchester, United Kingdom, TaxConnections

Your home is exempt from Capital Gains Tax (CGT) when you sell it, In contrast, buy to let properties sold at a profit are liable to CGT. However, in certain circumstances, some or all of the gain on a let property is also tax free. This works best when you let a property which used to be your home, for example you trade up but keep your old house, or a couple move in together and keep both houses, one of which they decide to let. However it can also apply if you acquire a property, let it for a few years and then decide to move into it. Read more

UK Tax: Corporate Tax And The Digital Economy

Kevin Offer, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, London, United Kingdom, TaxConnections

The speed and scale of the changes caused by digitalisation have had implications for the UK tax system especially in respect of corporation tax, where the development of certain business models has challenged the understanding of how and where companies create value and ultimately how that value is taxed.

At the Autumn Budget 2017 the government set out its initial position on the issue underlining the principle which underpins the international corporate tax system that the profits of a business should be taxed in the countries in which value is created. The government were concerned that this principal was being challenged by certain digital businesses and the paper published in November 2017 sought to address that question, by assessing three possible challenges that have been put forward: Read more

UK Budget 2017: Intangible Fixed Assets – Related Party Step-Up Schemes

The realisation of intangible fixed assets (IFAs), contained in Ch 4, Part 8, CTA 2009, broadly expects the profit and loss on the disposal of the IFA to be computed by reference to the proceeds of realisation for accounting purposes. In an arm’s length cash transaction this would normally be the amount received subject to an arm’s length or market value adjustment.

For non-cash transactions involving the transfer of IFAs between related parties, the amount recognised on disposal should be equivalent to the cash that would be received in a market value transaction. Read more

SEC Obtains $58 Million Judgment Against Perpetrator of International Pump-and-Dump Scheme Involving Marley Coffee

William Byrnes, Tax Advisor

The Securities and Exchange Commission obtained a $58 million judgment against a UK and Canadian resident charged with perpetrating a multi million-dollar, international pump-and-dump scheme involving the stock of Jammin’ Java Corp., a company that used trademarks of the late reggae artist Bob Marley to sell coffee products.

The final judgment against Wayne Weaver, entered on October 2, 2017, permanently enjoins Weaver from violating Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 thereunder, and Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act and Rules 13d-1 and 13d-2 thereunder; permanently bars Weaver from participating in penny stock offerings; and orders Weaver to pay disgorgement of $26,371,585, prejudgment interest of $5,221,809, and a civil penalty of $26,371,585, for a total of $57,964,979. On September 15, 2017, Weaver filed a notice of appeal.

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Automatic Exchange of Information Reporting Is Imminent!

HMRC has reminded financial institutions that the deadline for reporting their clients’ accounts under the Automatic Exchange of Information rules falls in less than a week’s time. Returns must be submitted by May 31, 2017, including reportable accounts for the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories agreement, and the first year for the OECD’s Common Reporting Standards.

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5 Key Considerations For U.S. Expats Living In The U.K.

Ephraim Moss

According to a report published by the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the number of Americans living in the United Kingdom was estimated at 212,150 in 2015. This represents a sizable group of Americans living in just one foreign country.

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HMRC Mileage Log Requirements For Business Drives

MileIQ

If you drive a personal vehicle for business purposes, the business mileage deduction is a great way to save money on your tax bill. But the HMRC won’t just take your word for it, it needs proof. Here’s what the HMRC will want in your mileage log.

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MileIQ Launches Business Miles Tracker App In The United Kingdom – TaxConnections Tax Professionals Get It Free!

MileIQ

Our mission is to make dreaded tasks like mileage tracking easier, even delightful, so you can focus on what matters. That’s why we’re happy to say we’ve launched MileIQ for the United Kingdom. U.K. residents can now rely on MileIQ to automatically track, log and calculate the value of drives for tax or business purposes.

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Hewlett-Packard Defrauded in the Acquisition of Autonomy for $11 Billion

A federal grand jury indicted former CEO of Autonomy Sushovan Hussain, 52, a citizen and resident of the United Kingdom, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and multiple counts of wire fraud. According to the indictment filed last Nov. 10, Hussain allegedly engaged in a scheme to defraud purchasers and sellers of securities of Autonomy Corporation plc (Autonomy) and Hewlett-Packard Company about the true performance of Autonomy’s business, its financial condition and its prospects for growth.

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