HMRC Is Shite

HMRC Is Shite
Dedicated to the taxpayers of Britain, and the employees of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), who have to endure the monumental shambles that is HMRC.

Friday, 20 November 2020

HMRC Approves Virtual Office Christmas Parties


 



Tax does have to be taxing.

Tax Investigation Insurance

Having a Solar Protect Tax Investigation Insurance policy at your disposal means that should you be one of the many 1000's of businesses or individuals that are selected by HMRC each year to look into your tax affairs your own accountant (your tax return agent) can get on and defend you robustly.

You have the peace of mind knowing that your accountant's (your tax return agent) fees will be paid by the insurance without any Excess for you to find.

Tax Investigation Insurance is an insurance policy that will fully reimburse your accountants (your tax return agent) fees up to £100,000 if you are subject to enquiry by or dispute with HMRC.

A Solar Protect policy will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to:
  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

Please click here for details.


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Thursday, 12 November 2020

HMRC In Denial Over Brexit Customs Readiness


 Here's the letter from Peter McSwinney just cited by Newsnight telling HMRC that Brexit customs system not ready and trade could be paralysed.
House of Lords heard same two days ago. Witnesses said system was not reliable, not ready
HMRC denied it all... pic.twitter.com/hHUbbKDLj1



Tax does have to be taxing.

Tax Investigation Insurance

Having a Solar Protect Tax Investigation Insurance policy at your disposal means that should you be one of the many 1000's of businesses or individuals that are selected by HMRC each year to look into your tax affairs your own accountant (your tax return agent) can get on and defend you robustly.

You have the peace of mind knowing that your accountant's (your tax return agent) fees will be paid by the insurance without any Excess for you to find.

Tax Investigation Insurance is an insurance policy that will fully reimburse your accountants (your tax return agent) fees up to £100,000 if you are subject to enquiry by or dispute with HMRC.

A Solar Protect policy will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to:
  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

Please click here for details.


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Wednesday, 11 November 2020

HMRC's Furlough Deadline Causes Confusion

 


The Caterer reports that employees who changed jobs during October and were not included on their new company's PAYE Real Time Information (RTI) system until the last day of the month will not be able to access the government's extended furlough scheme.

Hospitality operators have voiced their concern that as a result newly employed staff are going to be left with no income support.

For employees to be eligible for the furlough payment, equal to 80% of their usual salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month, the employer must have made a RTI submission to HMRC between 20 March 2020 and 30 October 2020, notifying a payment of earnings for the employee.

However, many companies do not make their RTI submission until the last day of the month or first day of the next month, meaning that many employees will miss out on furlough payments by a matter of hours. 

A spokesperson for HMRC confirmed that this was the case. 

"The employee being claimed for has to be on a RTI submission on 30 October or beforehand, or they won't be eligible."

New employees who have missed out on furlough via their new employer can be re-employed by their former company, as long as they were on the payroll of that business on 23 September 2020 and a RTI submission was made to HMRC for that employee between 20 March and 23 September.

"Whichever business is employing the person and has them on their PAYE scheme, they are ultimately liable for their NICs and pension contributions."

If the two businesses want to form their own agreement on the matter, then that's up to them. But ultimately it's the company actually furloughing the person that is liable for the NI and pension contributions."

Let's make things complicated!



Tax does have to be taxing.

Tax Investigation Insurance

Having a Solar Protect Tax Investigation Insurance policy at your disposal means that should you be one of the many 1000's of businesses or individuals that are selected by HMRC each year to look into your tax affairs your own accountant (your tax return agent) can get on and defend you robustly.

You have the peace of mind knowing that your accountant's (your tax return agent) fees will be paid by the insurance without any Excess for you to find.

Tax Investigation Insurance is an insurance policy that will fully reimburse your accountants (your tax return agent) fees up to £100,000 if you are subject to enquiry by or dispute with HMRC.

A Solar Protect policy will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to:
  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

Please click here for details.


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Tuesday, 27 October 2020

50,000 Customs Officers Being Recruited


 

Is this really going to be the case?

Tax does have to be taxing.

Tax Investigation Insurance

Having a Solar Protect Tax Investigation Insurance policy at your disposal means that should you be one of the many 1000's of businesses or individuals that are selected by HMRC each year to look into your tax affairs your own accountant (your tax return agent) can get on and defend you robustly.

You have the peace of mind knowing that your accountant's (your tax return agent) fees will be paid by the insurance without any Excess for you to find.

Tax Investigation Insurance is an insurance policy that will fully reimburse your accountants (your tax return agent) fees up to £100,000 if you are subject to enquiry by or dispute with HMRC.

A Solar Protect policy will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to:
  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

Please click here for details.


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Monday, 26 October 2020

FTT Quashes CGT On Home with Large Garden

 


My thanks to a loyal reader who point this case out to me.

The First-tier Tax Tribunal (FTT) has voided a capital gains tax (CGT) assessment imposed on a English couple's sale of their home, whose garden HMRC considered to be larger than necessary for the property's 'reasonable enjoyment’.

The FTT judges decided to take into account not just comparable properties, but all of the relevant facts and evidence, including the size and value of the house and buildings themselves, and the nature of the property's location. 

The facts that the Phillips' house was large and was set in a rural area suggested that it would appeal to somebody who was looking for a larger house and more space around it for privacy and other reasons. 

'We accept that the whole of the area of 0.94 of a hectare comprising the garden and grounds of Mr and Mrs Phillips's property was required for the reasonable enjoyment of the dwelling-house and so falls within the permitted area qualifying for PPR relief', said the FTT judges. 'The assessments made by HMRC...in respect of both Mr and Mrs Phillips in the amount of GBP162,820 are therefore reduced to nil'


Tax does have to be taxing.

Tax Investigation Insurance

Having a Solar Protect Tax Investigation Insurance policy at your disposal means that should you be one of the many 1000's of businesses or individuals that are selected by HMRC each year to look into your tax affairs your own accountant (your tax return agent) can get on and defend you robustly.

You have the peace of mind knowing that your accountant's (your tax return agent) fees will be paid by the insurance without any Excess for you to find.

Tax Investigation Insurance is an insurance policy that will fully reimburse your accountants (your tax return agent) fees up to £100,000 if you are subject to enquiry by or dispute with HMRC.

A Solar Protect policy will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to:

  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

Please click here for details.


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Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Will HMRC Relax The January Deadline?


 

 

What are people's thoughts on this, will HMRC relax the deadline or not?

I suspect it won't.

Tax does have to be taxing.

Tax Investigation Insurance

Having a Solar Protect Tax Investigation Insurance policy at your disposal means that should you be one of the many 1000's of businesses or individuals that are selected by HMRC each year to look into your tax affairs your own accountant (your tax return agent) can get on and defend you robustly.

You have the peace of mind knowing that your accountant's (your tax return agent) fees will be paid by the insurance without any Excess for you to find.

Tax Investigation Insurance is an insurance policy that will fully reimburse your accountants (your tax return agent) fees up to £100,000 if you are subject to enquiry by or dispute with HMRC.

A Solar Protect policy will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to:

  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

Please click here for details.


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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

HMRC Tool to Claim Expenses For Working From Home

Overview

You might be able to claim tax relief if:

  • you use your own money for things that you must buy for your job
  • you only use these things for your work

You cannot claim tax relief if your employer either gives you:

  • all the money back
  • an alternative, for example your employer gives you a laptop but you want a different type or model

This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

You must have paid tax in the year. You’ll get tax relief based on what you’ve spent and the rate at which you pay tax.

Example If you spent £60 and pay tax at a rate of 20% in that year, the tax relief you can claim is £12.

For some claims, you must keep records of what you’ve spent. You must claim within 4 years of the end of the tax year that you spent the money.

If your claim is for the current tax year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will usually make any adjustments needed through your tax code.

If your claim is for previous tax years, HMRC will either make adjustments through your tax code or give you a tax refund.

Check if you can claim



Tax does have to be taxing.

Tax Investigation Insurance

Having a Solar Protect Tax Investigation Insurance policy at your disposal means that should you be one of the many 1000's of businesses or individuals that are selected by HMRC each year to look into your tax affairs your own accountant (your tax return agent) can get on and defend you robustly.

You have the peace of mind knowing that your accountant's (your tax return agent) fees will be paid by the insurance without any Excess for you to find.

Tax Investigation Insurance is an insurance policy that will fully reimburse your accountants (your tax return agent) fees up to £100,000 if you are subject to enquiry by or dispute with HMRC.

A Solar Protect policy will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to:
  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

Please click here for details.


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Friday, 9 October 2020

Wendy Bradley Nails It!

 

The UK tax system is a pile of pants

There is general agreement there are four broad issues:

  • the tax system is too complex
  • HMRC guidance isn't adequately leading taxpayers through the tax system,
  • computerising it will bake in more errors and cut out advisors who might spot them; and
  • there are too many offshore shenanigans.

 



Tax does have to be taxing.

Tax Investigation Insurance

Having a Solar Protect Tax Investigation Insurance policy at your disposal means that should you be one of the many 1000's of businesses or individuals that are selected by HMRC each year to look into your tax affairs your own accountant (your tax return agent) can get on and defend you robustly.

You have the peace of mind knowing that your accountant's (your tax return agent) fees will be paid by the insurance without any Excess for you to find.

Tax Investigation Insurance is an insurance policy that will fully reimburse your accountants (your tax return agent) fees up to £100,000 if you are subject to enquiry by or dispute with HMRC.

A Solar Protect policy will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to:
  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

Please click here for details.


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Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Eamonn Holmes To Take HMRC To Court Over £250K Tax Bill


 This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes is planning to take HMRC to court over a £250,000 bill. The legal battle with HMRC over whether he is treated as a freelancer by ITV, is reportedly set to take place next year.

He lost a similar case earlier this year.

Monday, 5 October 2020

Loan Charge Deadline Has Passed



Tax does have to be taxing.

Tax Investigation Insurance

Having a Solar Protect Tax Investigation Insurance policy at your disposal means that should you be one of the many 1000's of businesses or individuals that are selected by HMRC each year to look into your tax affairs your own accountant (your tax return agent) can get on and defend you robustly.

You have the peace of mind knowing that your accountant's (your tax return agent) fees will be paid by the insurance without any Excess for you to find.

Tax Investigation Insurance is an insurance policy that will fully reimburse your accountants (your tax return agent) fees up to £100,000 if you are subject to enquiry by or dispute with HMRC.

A Solar Protect policy will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to:
  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

Please click here for details.


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Friday, 2 October 2020

When Is Bread Not Bread, But a Cake? - #SubwayGate



Tax does have to be taxing.

Tax Investigation Insurance

Having a Solar Protect Tax Investigation Insurance policy at your disposal means that should you be one of the many 1000's of businesses or individuals that are selected by HMRC each year to look into your tax affairs your own accountant (your tax return agent) can get on and defend you robustly.

You have the peace of mind knowing that your accountant's (your tax return agent) fees will be paid by the insurance without any Excess for you to find.

Tax Investigation Insurance is an insurance policy that will fully reimburse your accountants (your tax return agent) fees up to £100,000 if you are subject to enquiry by or dispute with HMRC.

A Solar Protect policy will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to:
  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

Please click here for details.


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Monday, 28 September 2020

Call Centre Delays?

 


 

Are people experiencing longer delays than normal, wrt trying to speak to someone at HMRC?

Tax does have to be taxing.

Tax Investigation Insurance

Having a Solar Protect Tax Investigation Insurance policy at your disposal means that should you be one of the many 1000's of businesses or individuals that are selected by HMRC each year to look into your tax affairs your own accountant (your tax return agent) can get on and defend you robustly.

You have the peace of mind knowing that your accountant's (your tax return agent) fees will be paid by the insurance without any Excess for you to find.

Tax Investigation Insurance is an insurance policy that will fully reimburse your accountants (your tax return agent) fees up to £100,000 if you are subject to enquiry by or dispute with HMRC.

A Solar Protect policy will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to:

  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

Please click here for details.


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Friday, 18 September 2020

Reach Out To Annon

Annon, 

please can you get in touch via email re you recent post Thursday 20.32 (which I am currently sitting on).

Thanks

Ken

Tax does have to be taxing.

Tax Investigation Insurance

Having a Solar Protect Tax Investigation Insurance policy at your disposal means that should you be one of the many 1000's of businesses or individuals that are selected by HMRC each year to look into your tax affairs your own accountant (your tax return agent) can get on and defend you robustly.

You have the peace of mind knowing that your accountant's (your tax return agent) fees will be paid by the insurance without any Excess for you to find.

Tax Investigation Insurance is an insurance policy that will fully reimburse your accountants (your tax return agent) fees up to £100,000 if you are subject to enquiry by or dispute with HMRC.

A Solar Protect policy will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to:

  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

Please click here for details.


HMRC Is Shite (www.hmrcisshite.com), also available via the domain www.hmrconline.com, is brought to you by www.kenfrost.com "The Living Brand"

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Ten Tax-Haven Freeports To Be Created



Tax does have to be taxing.

Tax Investigation Insurance

Having a Solar Protect Tax Investigation Insurance policy at your disposal means that should you be one of the many 1000's of businesses or individuals that are selected by HMRC each year to look into your tax affairs your own accountant (your tax return agent) can get on and defend you robustly.

You have the peace of mind knowing that your accountant's (your tax return agent) fees will be paid by the insurance without any Excess for you to find.

Tax Investigation Insurance is an insurance policy that will fully reimburse your accountants (your tax return agent) fees up to £100,000 if you are subject to enquiry by or dispute with HMRC.

A Solar Protect policy will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to:
  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

Please click here for details.


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Monday, 14 September 2020

Two Arrested Over Suspected £70K Furlough Fraud

 


Two people have been arrested over a suspected £70,000 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme fraud, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said.

HMRC officers arrested a 43-year-old accountant and a 51-year-old company director after attending two homes in Romford and Walthamstow on Thursday.

HMRC is currently looking into 27,000 “high-risk” claims, with a number of criminal investigations into suspected fraud now under way.

Defrauding the furlough scheme is a very low thing to do!

Tax does have to be taxing.

Tax Investigation Insurance

Having a Solar Protect Tax Investigation Insurance policy at your disposal means that should you be one of the many 1000's of businesses or individuals that are selected by HMRC each year to look into your tax affairs your own accountant (your tax return agent) can get on and defend you robustly.

You have the peace of mind knowing that your accountant's (your tax return agent) fees will be paid by the insurance without any Excess for you to find.

Tax Investigation Insurance is an insurance policy that will fully reimburse your accountants (your tax return agent) fees up to £100,000 if you are subject to enquiry by or dispute with HMRC.

A Solar Protect policy will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to:

  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

Please click here for details.


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Tuesday, 8 September 2020

HMRC Assumes £3.5BN Furlough Fraud/Error

 

It is possible that up to £3.5bn in Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme payments may have been claimed fraudulently or paid out in error.

HMRC told the Public Accounts Committee it estimates that 5-10% of £35BN furlough cash has been wrongly awarded.

Jim Harra, said

"We have made an assumption for the purposes of our planning that the error and fraud rate in this scheme could be between 5% and 10%.

That will range from deliberate fraud through to error."

NB: that is based on HMRC's assumption, rather than any actual facts.



Tax does have to be taxing.

Tax Investigation Insurance

Having a Solar Protect Tax Investigation Insurance policy at your disposal means that should you be one of the many 1000's of businesses or individuals that are selected by HMRC each year to look into your tax affairs your own accountant (your tax return agent) can get on and defend you robustly.

You have the peace of mind knowing that your accountant's (your tax return agent) fees will be paid by the insurance without any Excess for you to find.

Tax Investigation Insurance is an insurance policy that will fully reimburse your accountants (your tax return agent) fees up to £100,000 if you are subject to enquiry by or dispute with HMRC.

A Solar Protect policy will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to:
  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

Please click here for details.


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Monday, 7 September 2020

Windsor Tax Avoidance Capital of The UK


 

According to the Telegraph, Windsor has the highest concentration of tax avoiders in all 279 areas of the UK, and more than three times the average

So what?

Suffice to say the paper used the inaccurate and emotive phrase "tax dodging"!

Tax does have to be taxing.

Tax Investigation Insurance

Having a Solar Protect Tax Investigation Insurance policy at your disposal means that should you be one of the many 1000's of businesses or individuals that are selected by HMRC each year to look into your tax affairs your own accountant (your tax return agent) can get on and defend you robustly.

You have the peace of mind knowing that your accountant's (your tax return agent) fees will be paid by the insurance without any Excess for you to find.

Tax Investigation Insurance is an insurance policy that will fully reimburse your accountants (your tax return agent) fees up to £100,000 if you are subject to enquiry by or dispute with HMRC.

A Solar Protect policy will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to:

  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

Please click here for details.


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Thursday, 3 September 2020

HMRC's Artificial Intelligence

 

As per Tax Journal:

"HMRC aspires to fully digitise the UK tax system. As the number of digitised taxes expands, there is increased scope for the use of artificial intelligence by HMRC. Finance Act 2020 legislates retrospectively for HMRC to use artificial intelligence to carry out its functions. 

Whilst HMRC has said this is simply putting its existing accepted practice beyond doubt, it is likely to reflect HMRC’s intention to increase its use of automation. 

The non-exhaustive list of functions that HMRC may carry out ‘using a computer or otherwise’ suggests at a potentially very broad utilisation of technology which may not always be in the taxpayer’s favour."

There will be tears before bedtime!

Tax does have to be taxing.

Tax Investigation Insurance

Having a Solar Protect Tax Investigation Insurance policy at your disposal means that should you be one of the many 1000's of businesses or individuals that are selected by HMRC each year to look into your tax affairs your own accountant (your tax return agent) can get on and defend you robustly.

You have the peace of mind knowing that your accountant's (your tax return agent) fees will be paid by the insurance without any Excess for you to find.

Tax Investigation Insurance is an insurance policy that will fully reimburse your accountants (your tax return agent) fees up to £100,000 if you are subject to enquiry by or dispute with HMRC.

A Solar Protect policy will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to:

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Friday, 28 August 2020

HMRC's April - June Performance Report


Performance update: HMRC’s response to coronavirus

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) went through a unique first quarter in the 2020 to 2021 financial year.

HMRC has been at the forefront of the government’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the extraordinary challenges being faced by millions of individuals and businesses. The department successfully developed and implemented schemes at unprecedented speed to deliver financial support to more than 12 million employed and self-employed workers via the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. In addition, it implemented more than 60 provisional policy changes or easements to help respond to the impact of coronavirus.

The operational priority has been to deliver the government support that aims to protect people’s livelihoods and help businesses get through this difficult time financially. Now the department is seeking to build on what it has learned during the pandemic about large scale delivery and the citizens and businesses it serves as the country emerges from the pandemic. The IT which underpinned the coronavirus support schemes was designed, built and delivered from kitchen tables and spare bedrooms; busy customer service staff answered queries remotely from their own homes for the first time; and 90% of HMRC’s 60,000 workforce were able to immediately work remotely to help stop the spread of the virus when the country went into lockdown.

HMRC’s primary purpose is to collect the money that pays for the UK’s vital public services and pay out the correct financial support to those who are entitled to it, and as we emerge from the pandemic, the department will carry out this vital work in a way that is sensitive to customers’ altered needs and the challenges they face.

Read our quarter 1 performance data, which covers April to June 2020.

Customer service

The department has aimed to maintain consistently high levels of customer service despite the need to move to home working and to divert resources to the coronavirus support schemes. The telephony service in particular was affected by the measures which were put in place to stop the spread of coronavirus; including reducing operating hours and re-deploying advisers to new helplines for the support measures on top of usual workloads. This led to an increase in call wait times in quarter 1 but in circumstances which were unprecedented and unforeseeable.

But there have been notable successes. Customer satisfaction in digital services reached 85.6%, compared to 79.5% in quarter 1 of the 2019 to 2020 reporting year. Part of this is due to the ability to quickly grow webchat capacity, so more staff could support customers from home, and the department delivered around five times the number of webchats that it was doing before the pandemic.

To maintain post handling capacity, changes were made as many customer advisers began to work from home instead of in the office, for example, introducing temporary measures to replace ‘wet stamps’ with digital stamps or remove the need for ‘wet signatures’ so that colleagues did not need to be in the office to process documents.

In order to ease the pressure on the telephone helplines, the department offered enhanced digital capability. It introduced more services into the Personal Tax Account and HMRC App and increased the webchat offer to cover more areas of work. These changes gave customers more of the support they needed without having to contact the helplines, which in turn allowed HMRC’s front line staff to be flexible to customer needs as they developed.

We also innovated in light of the challenges. For example, changes to customs procedures to move key goods quickly through our borders like ventilators, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), denatured alcohol for hand sanitiser and hospital pressure mattresses. HMRC also worked closely with other government departments, such as the Ministry of Defence to clear 400,000 hospital gowns through customs within 45 minutes of flights landing at RAF Brize Norton from Turkey.

Furthermore, as part of the annual tax credits renewals process, changes were introduced to make things easier for customers, reduce demand and keep their money flowing.

Tax collection

Delivering the COVID-19 support measures has been resource-intensive and has affected HMRC’s core compliance activity and tax collection. Recognising this, the quarter 1 compliance yield – tax revenue that would have otherwise been lost without HMRC intervention – is lower than the same quarter in 2019 to 20 because of the realignment of resources during this period.

During this extremely difficult time, HMRC did everything possible to support and protect individuals, businesses and the economy. This included prioritising work to support customers whilst still tackling serious fraud, criminal attacks, and those who promote tax avoidance.

HMRC is also ensuring that it protects the COVID-19 support schemes against abuse from organised criminal attacks, inflated claims and other non-compliance. These schemes were designed in a way that reduced the likelihood of mistakes happening, and removed opportunities for fraud.

Where honest mistakes happen, the department will step in to help customers put it right, but it will continue to take tough action tackle fraud and avoidance. For example, in July, HMRC officers arrested a man in the West Midlands for suspected of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme fraud, and our investigators will continue to act where foul play is suspected.

The department also continued to work with those customers who wanted to settle their tax disputes with HMRC and compliance work will continue with a specific focus on criminal investigations, debt recovery and National Minimum Wage enforcement.

Looking ahead

It is essential that the tax system continues to work to fund vital public services such as the NHS, so taxpayers should continue to file their returns and pay their tax on time wherever they can. Businesses should also plan for the future - going digital could make a positive difference to their business administration and make interaction with HMRC much easier.

Over time, as the economy reopens and the threat of the virus recedes, the country will slowly return to a steady state – a ‘new normal’ – and HMRC’s activities are no different.

HMRC will of course keep the situation under constant review to ensure that it administers the tax system in a way that supports the nation’s economic recovery.

As the department carefully refocuses its activity back onto its more routine function of collecting tax, it will follow some key principles to make sure that it continues to support the individuals and businesses of the UK, while protecting the tax system and bringing in the money to fund the country’s vital public services.

It will communicate openly and transparently, to give customers as much certainty as possible, so that they have all the relevant information to make the best decisions for their families and businesses, and its approach will be to collect the tax due in a way that recognises the very real needs and challenges that businesses and individuals now face.

More information about this can be found in our issue briefing on how we will continue to support customers and the economy.

Looking further ahead, the government recently published its 10-year vision paper for tax administration. This sets out plans for changes to how tax is charged, paid and collected to be more in tune with how the world now works and will in the future to make it easier for individuals and businesses to keep on top of their responsibilities without adding undue extra burdens.

Jesse Norman MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, spoke at the annual conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW) on HMRC’s response to COVID-19, and his future vision for the tax system.


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A Solar Protect policy will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to:
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  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Call for Evidence: Raising Standards in The Tax Advice Market - Three Days Left

Call for evidence: raising standards in the tax advice market

Summary

We welcome views on ways to raise standards and increase transparency in the tax advice market.

This consultation closes at

Consultation description

This call for evidence was published on 19 March and was due to close on 28 May. We are grateful for the responses we have already received. The government recognises that many sectors with an interest in this policy are affected by COVID-19. We want to give all stakeholders time to submit their views, so we have extended the consultation. The closing date is now 28 August 2020 (11.45pm). However, we encourage early responses from stakeholders, where possible, to support our ongoing consideration of this policy.

The call for evidence asks for views and evidence on several issues including:

  • the scope of the market for tax advice and services
  • the characteristics of good and bad practice
  • current government interventions
  • international models
  • possible approaches to raising standards

We strongly recommend that you respond to the consultation by email, given the temporary closure of HMRC’s Canary Wharf office and the wider impact of COVID-19 on postal services. Sending responses by post may result in a delay to your submission being considered.

Documents

Raising standards in the tax advice market: call for evidence

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Ways to respond

Email to:

taxadvicecallforevidence@hmrc.gov.uk

Write to:

Tax advice call for evidence,
Agent Policy team,
HMRC,
9th floor,
10 South Colonnade,
Canary Wharf,
London E14 4PU



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  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

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Monday, 24 August 2020

HMRC Issues Furlough Warning To Thousands

 

The Express reports that HMRC is writing to selected Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme (CJRS) claimants who HMRC thinks may have over claimed based on the information HMRC has.

HMRC acknowledged that mistakes happen, particularly during this challenging time.

HMRC will also write to around 3,000 selected employers a week, to ask them to check their claims.

Those who receive a letter may want to note some key dates.

HMRC says the deadline to notify HMRC is the latest of the following:

  • 90 days of receiving the CJRS money they’re not entitled to
  • 90 days of when circumstances changed so that they were no longer entitled to keep the CJRS grant
  • October 20 2020 if they received CJRS money they’re not entitled to, or if their circumstances changed, on or before 22 July.

Good luck!



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  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

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Friday, 21 August 2020

HMRC Tries To Blame Others For Its Mistakes and Fails

 

Conclusion

45.         HMRC did not go through the process required by Reg 75A and so had not created a deemed liability which could be collected using a Reg 80 determination.  It follows that the determination is invalid.

46.         As a result, in the exercise of my jurisdiction under TMA s 50(7), I decide that the Company has been “ overcharged by an assessment other than a self-assessment” and reduce the Reg 80 determination to nil.  The Company’s appeal is therefore allowed.



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  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

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Thursday, 20 August 2020

HMRC Investigating 8,000 Furlough Fraud Reports

 

Birmingham Live reports that HMRC is probing 8,000 reports of furlough fraud and investigating firms across the UK.

University academics have reported as many as two-thirds of furloughed workers continued working throughout April and May of this year despite technically being on furlough.

Oxford, Zurich, and Cambridge experts claim that only 37% of furloughed workers in the UK reported doing no work at all for their employers during that time.


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A Solar Protect policy will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to:
  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

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Tuesday, 18 August 2020

IRONY KLAXON - MTD Planned Downtime and Service Issues!

Updated 18 August 2020

Service availability

Full service available.

If you’re trying to create, sign in or reset your user ID or password, check for known problems with Government Gateway.

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Planned downtime

Saturday 22 August 2020 7:45pm to 4:30pm Monday 24 August 2020

Due to scheduled maintenance you will be unable to access our online service from 7:45pm on Saturday 22 August 2020 to 4:30pm on Monday 24 August 2020.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Service issues

VAT notice of assessment of tax

Some ‘VAT notice of assessment of tax’ letters recently sent to Making Tax Digital customers were issued in error.

If your business has already submitted the VAT return in question and paid the tax due or received its repayment, you can ignore this letter. You can check your position using your ‘HMRC online services’ and agents can check this on your behalf by using the ‘Manage your client’s details’ service.

Overseas businesses

If you’re unable to sign up an overseas business because you are being asked for information that only a UK based customer can give, contact the VAT helpline, giving the VAT registration numbers and business names so that HMRC can amend the customer record. This can take up to 14 days.

We’ve already amended the records of many overseas customers we’ve previously been told about and sign up for these customers should now be successful.

Other services

Check the availability and issues of other services.



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Having a Solar Protect Tax Investigation Insurance policy at your disposal means that should you be one of the many 1000's of businesses or individuals that are selected by HMRC each year to look into your tax affairs your own accountant (your tax return agent) can get on and defend you robustly.

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Tax Investigation Insurance is an insurance policy that will fully reimburse your accountants (your tax return agent) fees up to £100,000 if you are subject to enquiry by or dispute with HMRC.

A Solar Protect policy will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to:
  • Deal with any correspondence from HMRC
  • Attend any meeting with HMRC
  • Appeal to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal
  • Having the security of knowing that fees will be met in full will enable your Accountant (your tax return agent) to defend your position robustly
  • Premiums are Annual Premiums.
  • Premiums are inclusive of 12% IPT. 
  • Premiums and IPT are due in full in advance / at commencement of scheme.
  • There is a NIL excess on all policies.

Please click here for details.


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