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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

HMRC Is "Incorrect"


Energy Voice reports that Awilco Drilling, headquartered in Westhill, near Aberdeen, said it was in “regular contact” with HMRC regarding part of its income booked in 2015.

The company believed it could use its accumulated losses to offset the income, giving it a reduction in tax liability for the year However, HMRC disagrees and has levied a £7.7M tax bill on Awilco.

In the firm’s third-quarter results announcement, Awilco’s management said they were “of the opinion that HMRC is incorrect” and have challenged the decision.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Monday, 11 November 2019

Office For Statistics Regulation To Review HMRC


The Office for Statistics Regulation has confirmed it is to review the quality-assurance principles and processes HMRC uses for its data publication after a double-counting error added almost £7bn to its Corporation Tax receipt statistics.

Director general for regulation Ed Humpherson said HMRC had invited the watchdog to give an independent assessment of the department’s quality-management approach and identify areas of improvement after the “significant error” emerged earlier this year.

While the error – revealed by HMRC in September – has not resulted in any financial loss to the nation's coffers, it did mean that Corporation Tax receipts statistics reflected a figure that grew to become a combined £6.95bn higher than should have been the case between April 2011 and July 2019.

Humpherson said HMRC’s most recent set of Corporation Tax statistics, published in September, had corrected the data and noted that the actual figures reported in HMRC’s accounts remained the same.


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Thursday, 7 November 2019

HMRC Wreaking Havoc On Taxpayers' Lives

MPs have warned the attitude of HMRC towards its controversial loan charge was "wreaking havoc" on taxpayers, amid claims of homelessness, deaths, and other hardships allegedly caused by its demands.

The Loan Charge All-Party Parliamentary Group published its latest survey report November 5 in which more than 2,000 people believed to be facing the loan charge detailed how it, and HMRC's pursuit of its payment, had impacted their lives.

According to the survey, carried out between October 23 and October 28, one in six respondents are yet to receive settlement figures from HMRC detailing how much is owed, and a third have still not been formally notified of the charge by the taxman.

When approached by FTAdviser HMRC maintained more than 99 per cent of "customers" who had provided the relevant information by the April 2019 deadline had now received settlement calculations, as of August 31.

The MPs' report found more than 60 families were believed to have lost their homes as a result of the loan charge and two respondents reported they had been made homeless.

Further respondents said they had "seriously considered" suicide facing the charge and the parliamentary group also received reports of alleged miscarriages due to the stress of the situation.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group said much of the sentiment expressed in its most recent findings was similar to that published in its March survey - but where previous responses had focused on the legislation itself as the cause of distress, resentment was now growing towards HMRC's behaviour "wreaking havoc on taxpayers' lives".

The report said:
"In addition to HMRC’s inadequate ‘service’ towards taxpayers, participants have continued to emphasise that they are fearful, uncertain and this is now giving rise to a growing sense of anger at the perceived unjust manner in which HMRC is treating them.

The number of those participants who have claimed bankruptcy remains small. We can speculate that increased levels of bankruptcy are more likely to occur after taxpayers have signed settlement agreements.

Nevertheless, 94 per cent of participants remain in a perpetual state of limbo not knowing what the future holds."
Outside of the specific questions included in the survey, respondents were invited to share details of their experiences of living with the loan charge.

These accounts included claims of abortions to "spare the unborn child from living with stress and threat of poverty".

Irrespective of the arguments about whether the loan charge is a retrospective tax or not, quite clearly a situation whereby people are committing suicide and having abortions because of a tax bill is wrong on every level.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Loan Charge Review On Hold Until After The Election



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Tuesday, 5 November 2019

IT Contractor Wins £240K Appeal Against HMRC


The Register reports that IT contractor Richard Alcock has won an appeal against HMRC after HMRC said he owed more than £200,000 in national insurance contributions (NICs) and income tax under off-payroll rules.

The IR35 legislation states that individuals who work alongside PAYE staff in similar roles should pay the same amount in income tax and national insurance contributions as employees. However, as contractors, they are not entitled to the same holiday and sick pay benefits.

Alcock contracted with Accenture and the Department for Work and Pensions as a consultant via his company, RALC Consulting, between April 2010 and April 2015, working on the Universal Credit IT project.

In March 2017, HMRC determined that Alcock owed income tax and NICs of £164,482 and £78,842 respectively for that period. However, it is unlikely he would have had to pay the entire sum because of offsets for tax already paid.

In its ruling, the tribunal stated that it was "satisfied on balance that the hypothetical contracts between Mr Alcock and his end clients, DWP and Accenture, would be contracts for services (self-employment)".

It concluded:
"All HMRC's Determinations, decisions and notices are cancelled. The Appellant is not liable to pay the Income tax and NICs assessed by HMRC. The appeal is allowed in full."
However, this may not be over as HMRC are considering appealing.

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Monday, 4 November 2019

HMRC Recruits Mark Denney For Interim Role as CDIO


Mark Denney has been appointed as interim Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO) to take forward HMRC’s ambitious digital transformation agenda.

Mark is a senior change and IT executive with broad experience in digital transformation, payments infrastructure, technology and strategic change. He replaces Jacky Wright, who has returned to Microsoft, as planned, after her 2-year stint at HMRC.

Mark’s appointment will provide continuity for the department until a permanent CDIO has been recruited. Following Jim Harra’s confirmation as Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary, recruitment for the permanent CDIO role will start in the near future.

Mark spent more than a decade at Barclays, latterly as Managing Director, Chief Information Officer and Head of Change at Barclays Corporate Bank and Payments, before leaving last year to take up contracting roles. He previously held senior positions at JP Morgan Chase and GE Capital.

Jim Harra, HMRC’s Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary, said:
I’m delighted to welcome Mark to HMRC as our new Chief Digital and Information Officer. He was an exceptional candidate and his appointment enables us to continue our transformation to a digitally-enabled, world-class organisation.
His experience in technological change and payments infrastructure is particularly relevant for us as we expand our online services to business and personal customers and implement the digital strategy we’ve developed over the past 2 years.
Mark Denney said:
I’m really looking forward to joining HMRC at such an exciting time and to having the opportunity to build on the achievements of Jacky Wright.
Mark will take up his role on 11 November 2019.

Now what I don't understand is why recruit someone from outside HMRC for only an "interim" role?

Why not appoint him fulltime, if he is suitably qualified?
 

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Friday, 1 November 2019

The Tax That Dare Not Speak Its Name - #LoanCharge


It would seem that the Loan Charge is a sensitive issue...who knew?

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Jim Harra New Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary at HMRC

Appointment of the new Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary at HMRC

Jim Harra appointed as the new Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary at HMRC, succeeding Sir Jonathan Thompson.

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The Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill, with the agreement of the Prime Minister, has today announced the appointment of Jim Harra as the new Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Jim was formerly the Second Permanent Secretary at HMRC, and has been covering the role of Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary on an interim basis since Sir Jonathan Thompson moved to become Chief Executive of the Financial Reporting Council.
Welcoming Jim Harra’s appointment, Sir Mark Sedwill said:
As Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary, Jim will continue building on the excellent work he has already set in motion at HMRC. I know that he will provide strong leadership to one of the biggest departments in the Civil Service, and his appointment reflects not only the huge contribution to public service he has made to date, but also the wealth of departmental knowledge he will bring to the role.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid said:
I’m delighted that Jim Harra has been appointed as Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary of HM Revenue and Customs. I’ve worked closely with Jim as we have prepared Britain for Brexit, and his experience and expertise mean he’s the right person to lead HMRC at this crucial time.
Jim Harra said:
I’m thrilled to take on the role of HMRC’s Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary, particularly at such a critical time. I have a deep respect for colleagues within this department and am proud that they are recognised as among the best in government. I’m very much looking forward to tackling the challenges and opportunities that we’ll face, together, including continuing our progress towards making HMRC the best tax and customs authority in the world.
Notes
  • This appointment has been made by the Prime Minister with the agreement of the Chancellor for the Exchequer and Cabinet Secretary. It follows an internal recruitment exercise.
  • Jim Harra has been interim Chief Executive since 1 October 2019 and Second Permanent Secretary since January 2018.
  • Previously Jim held the dual role of Tax Assurance Commissioner and Director General Customer Strategy and Tax Design in HMRC.
  • Jim Harra’s career began in HMRC’s predecessor, the Inland Revenue as a tax inspector in 1984, and held a number of director-level positions becoming director general for business tax in 2012.
  • Arrangements to appoint a successor as Second Permanent Secretary will be announced in due course.

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019

HMRC Keeping It Real!


In recent evidence to the Treasury Committee, HMRC’s director general for customer compliance, Penny Ciniewiczis said that HMRC is exploring how it can better analyse live data to identify people who are being drawn into tax-avoidance schemes.

Apparently HMRC is now piloting various new approaches ways to identify tax-avoidance schemes, because they are rarely disclosed by the companies that sell them.

Included in these pilots is a programme of work monitoring Pay As You Earn and other “real-time” data for indications that people may be getting drawn into tax-avoidance schemes, before contacting them in an attempt to “steer them away”.

Let's see how that goes then!

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Friday, 25 October 2019

Budget's Off!




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Thursday, 24 October 2019

Mel Stride Wins Chair of Treasury Committee



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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

HMRC Clamping Down on Avoidance Scheme Enablers


HMRC is clamping down on the promoters and enablers of tax avoidance schemes in an effort to stop situations like the loan charge happening in the future.

Speaking at a Treasury select committee evidence session on October 22, Penny Ciniewicz, HMRC’s director general of customer compliance, said the department was “doubling the resources” it had involved in tackling those in the 'avoidance supply chain'.

This includes companies and people ranging from the designers of schemes to accountants and financial advisers who recommend the schemes to their clients.

Ms Ciniewicz said:
We have more than 100 current investigations into promoters [and enablers] and we’re keeping a very close eye on the market for avoidance.

We are spotting schemes as they emerge and we’re tackling them.
Avoidance is legal, evasion is illegal.

The issue with the loan charge scheme is that it was deemed to be illegal, and then HMRC went after people who had used it before it was deemed illegal (ie there is a retrospective element to this).

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Friday, 18 October 2019

HMRC Spends £7M on O365


On 22 January, HMRC received Cabinet Office approval to spend £4.9m on O365 software. The green light for an additional outlay of £850,000 was granted exactly two months later.

Public Technology reports that in Q1 of the current financial year HMRC spent an additional £1.2m on rolling out Microsoft’s Office 365 technology, taking total spending on the deployment to about £7m.

O365 is Microsoft’s flagship hosted software product, and offers cloud-based versions of a range of popular productivity programs, such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Is this money well spent?


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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Over 13,000 Changes - FFS!



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Monday, 14 October 2019

Future Borders Digital Design


HMRC is looking to appoint up to four suppliers to support its work for the next two years creating and implementing a range of digital services as part of the cross-government Future Borders programme.

HMRC has published two contract notices respectively seeking commercial partners to provide additional design and delivery skills to assist in its work on a number of “operational facing digital products” to be rolled out at the UK border.

Many of the services in question are currently at the stage of “emerging and initiatives and prototypes”. Work to design, construct and, ultimately, deploy them will take place over the next two years.

The chosen suppliers will be expected to be able to provide specialist teams and individuals to work as part of scrum teams delivering project sprints. All personnel provided must have baseline personnel security standard clearance.

Deadline for both is 28 October.


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Friday, 11 October 2019

Junior Tax Facts



HMRC's introduction to tax for 8 to 11 year olds, in order to ensure that when they become adults they happily hand their money over to the state ;).

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Tuesday, 8 October 2019

681K Taxpayers Ask For "Time to Pay"


The FT reports that research from UHY Hacker Young, shows as at the end of June 681,000 individuals and companies had arranged ‘Time to Pay’ agreements with HMRC.

These agreements allow taxpayers to pay their taxes over an agreed period of time, but UHY claims the process can be “extremely difficult to negotiate”.

The firm thought the high number was down to uncertainty over Brexit and the subsequent broader slowdown of the economy.

UHY thought HMRC’s controversial loan charge was also likely to have caused a surge in the number of taxpayers forced to negotiate ‘Time to Pay’ arrangements. However, this appears not to be the case, as HMRC has rebutted this as repayment plans for the loan charge differ to the 'Time to Pay' arrangements.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Friday, 4 October 2019

HMRC £10M Grants To Boost Customs Expertise


HMRC has announced that it will provide a further £10 million in grants for customs agents and intermediaries to build capacity in managing customs declarations.

The £10 million in grants is open to businesses based in, or with a branch in, the UK, that currently complete customs declarations for importers and exporters.

They are available to support costs of hiring staff, including £3,000 for recruitment costs, and up to £10,000 for salary costs, to help build business capacity.


Businesses that will benefit from the funding are encouraged to apply early, as applications will close once all the funding has been allocated, and by 31 January 2020 at the latest.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Thursday, 3 October 2019

HMRC Reports Itself Over Loan Charge Deaths



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Wednesday, 2 October 2019

HMRC Sacks Eight For Computer Abuse


HMRC has disciplined almost 100 members of staff for inappropriate use of computer systems, email and social media over the last two years.

The Telegraph reports that in 2017-18, HMRC sacked eight employees for abusing computer systems, a freedom of information request has revealed.  In many cases those reprimanded were repeat offenders.


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Monday, 30 September 2019

Jacky Wright Leaving HMRC 11 October


Chief Digital and Information Officer, Jacky Wright, will leave HMRC on Friday 11 October, to return to Microsoft US.

Succession plans will be announced in October, before she leaves.

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Thursday, 19 September 2019

Cleaners Strike


The Morning Star reports that cleaner who work in the HMRC offices in Merseyside are striking for a week over pay.


The cleaners, who are members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), were outsourced to contractor ISS.

They have asked the company to pay them £10 an hour. They also want holiday entitlements and full sick pay from day one of employment.

The strike, which began on Monday and runs until Friday, is the second in the cleaners’ campaign for better pay.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said:
Our members are taking on a belligerent multimillion-pound contractor who refuses to pay the living wage.

With ISS making outlandish profits they can easily afford to pay people who keep HMRC offices in Liverpool clean £10 an hour.

Ministers in HMRC need to step in and take all contracted-out staff back in house and give them Civil Service terms and conditions.”

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Sir Amyas Wants To Hear From You Re Loan Charge


The Chancellor, Sajid Javid, has commissioned an independent review of the Disguised Remuneration Loan Charge.

The independent review will be led by Sir Amyas Morse, former Chief Executive and Comptroller and Auditor General of the National Audit Office. The review will focus on the impact of the Loan Charge on individuals who have directly entered into disguised remuneration schemes.

The Terms of Reference specify that the review will report and provide independent recommendations to the government by mid-November. They also specify that, whilst the review is ongoing, the Loan Charge will remain in force, in line with current legislation.

The government has said that it will consider and respond to the outcome of the Review once it has concluded.

Contacting the review and providing supporting evidence


Over the coming weeks, the review intends to consider the great deal of information publicly available on the Loan Charge ahead of writing its report.

The review is interested in hearing from a wide range of people and understanding their different perspectives to inform the review. If you would like to provide supporting documentary evidence then please email it to: secretariat@loanchargereview.org.uk

The terms of reference require the review to complete the report by mid-November, so any further material needs to be provided by September 30th.

Any evidence you send may be published or referred to as a part of the report, so do please identify any information that is confidential and explain the reasons why it cannot be published.

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Have You Received Your EORI Number?



Auto enrolment began in August.

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Monday, 16 September 2019

HMRC Breaching Data Protection Rights?


The Guardian reports that HMRC is facing a legal battle to block it from handing personal details about British citizens to US tax authorities.

The case could have wide-ranging implications for tens of thousands of so-called accidental Americans who left the US when they were months or years old but risk having their British bank accounts frozen for failing to comply with the US tax requirements.

The case will challenge the 2010 Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca), which requires foreign financial firms with US operations – including UK banks – to report information about US taxpayers to the IRS or face huge fines.

Law firm Mishcon de Reya has taken on the UK case for a client who alleges HMRC is breaching citizens’ data protection and privacy rights by transferring vast amounts of financial and personal data to governments outside the EU.

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Thursday, 12 September 2019

Independent Review Into Loan Charge



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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

The Return of EU Duty Free?



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Monday, 9 September 2019

HMRC Glitch Impacts Bonus Payments


As those who have had snafus with their pension drawdowns can attest to, HMRC's software fails to recognise one off payments and instead assumes the person will receive the same amount every month.

Hence, middle-income earners who then receive a bonus may find themselves being taxed as if they are taking home a much higher salary.

Former Liberal Democrat MP Sir Steve Webb, who now works at pension firm Royal London, said three of his colleagues had been impacted by the miscalculation.
HMRC has a habit of taxing first and asking questions later, and this is yet another example. 

It is absurd to assume that a one-off bonus received at the start of a financial year is going to be repeated throughout the year and to tax people on that basis. 

People affected by this issue can have their monthly paypacket cut by hundreds of pounds with little or no notice and then have the hassle of contacting HMRC to get things put right.” 
Sir Steve claimed HMRC had failed to inform his team about changes to their “personal allowance”.

A spokesman form HMRC said if a customer’s tax code changes they are normally informed about this. HMRC said only a “small number” of people were affected by the glitch and issued an apology.
We will work with the employer to investigate if a tax code notice was sent to these customers.”
This "quirk" has been known about for sometime, therefore I am a tad surprised that people middle managers in Royal London were not aware of it.


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Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Loan Charge Review?



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Tuesday, 3 September 2019

HMRC Plucks Figures From The Air To Terrorise People


The FT reports that HMRC has been accused of making up figures to terrorise people by Judge Geraint Jones QC, who said a six-figure bill had been “plucked from the air” to frighten a taxpayer receiving incapacity benefit.

Judge Geraint Jones QC ruled in favour of the taxpayer who had appealed against a tax bill and penalties of £342,000.

The First Tier Tribunal heard that in 2018 HMRC had issued income tax assessments worth £272,840 against Sebastian Cussens, based on its belief that he was a sole trader buying and selling cheap second-hand cars.

HMRC alleged Mr Cussens had failed to declare trading profits between 2005 and 2016 and also issued him with penalties of £70,102. However, the tribunal heard that Mr Cussens, who represented himself with help from his 81-year-old father, had been in receipt of enhanced employment and support allowance. This benefit is paid to people unfit to work because of physical or mental impairments.

The judgment added that, based on observations at the hearing, the tribunal believed Mr Cussens “lacked the skill, ability and perhaps the understanding to deal with this appeal properly”. The judge acknowledged that Mr Cussens had failed to co-operate with HMRC and had not mentioned his health condition to them before the hearing.  Nevertheless, the tribunal found fault with the basis on which HMRC calculated the bill issued to Mr Cussens, heavily criticising its assumption that he could have made a 50 per cent net profit margin as “wild, extravagant and unreasonable”.

The judgment noted that HMRC’s lawyer was unable to explain how the profit margin had been arrived at.

It smacks of being a situation where, because the appellant had been uncooperative and was sticking his head in the sand, the respondents [HMRC] decided to issue assessments almost “in terrorem in a bid to persuade the appellant to engage properly in the matters under review,” 

The judgment said:
We have seen nothing whatsoever in the documentary evidence to suggest that any thought, consideration or analysis whatsoever was undertaken by either the [HMRC] assessing officer and/or the [HMRC] review officer to decide whether taking a net profit figure of 50 per cent of supposed turnover was or was not a reasonable basis upon which to proceed. We are firmly of the view that figure was simply ‘plucked from the air’.” 
HMRC said in response to the ruling:
We are committed to treating all taxpayers with respect by taking individual circumstances into account. We are carefully considering the judgment.
Is HMRC pleasant plucker?

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