SME Tax News


This time we report on HMRC's proposals on reforming the tax basis year provisions, we review the other draft proposals for the next Finance Bill, there is another Agent Update and news of a new R&D fund, and for subscribers, a very timely 'What's new' for Capital Allowances.

In Charles Tyrwhitt LLP v HMRC [2021] UKUT 0165, the Upper Tribunal (UT) upheld the decision of the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) that found that bonuses awarded to five individuals whilst they were members of an LLP were in fact related to their former roles as employees. As such NICs amounting to about £1 million were due on the payments.

HMRC have published a new consultation ‘Basis period reform’ alongside a policy paper and draft legislation that propose a simplification of the Income Tax rules for the self-employed by allocating trading profit to tax years regardless of the business’ accounting period end date.

In Kandore Limited & 19 Others v HMRC [2021] EWCA Civ 1082, the Court of Appeal agreed that the First Tier Tax Tribunal (FTT) did not have the power to allow the taxpayers being investigated to participate in a hearing to approve third-party information notices. The legislation prevented it and a public hearing was not appropriate.

HMRC have published a new policy paper, 'Tax debt, government lending schemes and Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs)' on the collection of tax debts from businesses as the support schemes from the pandemic start to wind down and the moratorium on company winding-up petitions comes to an end in September.

The General Anti-Abuse Rule (GAAR) Advisory Panel has published details of three opinions covering employee rewards that use loans which found that the planning used was unreasonable.


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