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Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Kopparberg Sues HMRC


 

Swedish cider maker Kopparberg has filed a High Court claim against HMRC over allegations of unlawful tax discrimination.

Kopparberg argues that the UK applied excessive duties on imported alcoholic ciders by allowing domestic producers to dilute their products to avoid taxes.

The tax loophole, known as post duty point dilution (PDPD), allows UK-based producers of flavoured wines and ciders to pay duty only on high strength wine concentrates imported to Britain, rather than on the finished product.

Kopparberg, which until recently imported all its drinks from its brewery in Sweden, accuses the government of knowingly providing the loophole in a way that unfairly reduced its own profits.

In papers lodged at the High Court, seen by the Financial Times, argued the tax rules gave an “unfair and unlawful advantage” to UK-based producers because it breached EU state aid rules that require all companies to be treated equally.

Industry experts told the newspaper that if Kopparberg won its case it could open the floodgates to a tide of similar claims from other importers of alcoholic drinks, including top supermarket chains.

The practice of PDPD was banned for beer in 1993 and for pure cider in 2001, but remained in place for mixed products such as flavoured ciders and alcopops.

HMRC finally closed the loophole in April last year following a warning by the European Commission in 2017 that the practice broke EU state aid rules.

Lawyers for HMRC argued that the tax regime was not discriminatory to EU companies such as Kopparberg because nothing was preventing them from setting up in the UK and taking advantage of the same loophole.

“The claim that PDPD conferred an economic or selective advantage on domestic producers . . . depends on the claim that the claimants and other importers could not readily have used PDPD,”

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Wednesday, 21 July 2021

HMRC's Abysmal Performance - Targets Last Met 2018


 

It is the flavour of the month for businesses and the civil service to blame their failings on Covid.

However, as HMRC's performance stats show, its performance has been shite for longer than Covid.

The speed of calls answered on the Covid helpline was a stark contrast to the agent dedicated line, where the average speed of answer was 12:04 minutes in 2020/21, and agents faced further heartache when the line was withdrawn in March 2020. 

The average call waiting times throughout the past year were outlined as:

  • 17:34 minutes during March 2021
  • 15:23 minutes during quarter 4
  • 12:04 minutes over the whole financial year

As per the ICAEW Tax Faculty:

“The last time that HMRC met its targets of average call waiting time of less than five minutes and no more than 15% of callers waiting for more than 10 minutes was 2017/18, which suggests that there are fundamental problems.”

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Poll Favours Change in Tax Year End


 



Tax does have to be taxing.

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Monday, 28 June 2021

HMRC Write To 1,200 Companies Re Unpaid Employment Taxes


 

The FT reports that more than 1,200 companies have been sent warnings by HMRC requesting a refund of unpaid employment taxes, as the government has begun to recover its pandemic-accumulated debt.

HMRC will block future furlough claims unless the unpaid income tax and national insurance are paid.

Under the temporary dismissal system, a company is required to pay the relevant employee tax and national insurance premiums when making a claim.


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Thursday, 24 June 2021

HMRC's Systems Are Fucked Again!



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Wednesday, 23 June 2021

HMRC Take 5 Months To Answer Queries


 

The other key metric is how long is HMRC taking to refund overpaid tax?

HMRC has ceased to function!

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Monday, 14 June 2021

HMRC's Half Arsed Attempt To Reopen Agent Phone Line

 


HMRC is restoring priority access to the ADL from Monday 14 June 2021 and committed to call waiting times of less than 10 minutes. However, the ADL will not handle certain types of calls where digital alternatives are available.

Following lengthy discussions with professional bodies including ICAEW, HMRC has now agreed to restore priority access to the agent dedicated line (ADL), starting on Monday 14 June, initially on a trial basis. HMRC has confirmed it is expecting to answer all calls to the ADL within 10 minutes.

ICAEW’s Tax Faculty welcomes this positive development even though it falls short of restoring the pre-pandemic position and encourages members to play their part by adhering to HMRC’s guidance on the use of the line.

The removal of priority access from the ADL at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, along with delays across most HMRC services and the additional demands from clients has had a major impact on agents.

HMRC’s central role in the government’s response to COVID-19 has been resource intensive and has had implications for its day-to-day operations. HMRC acknowledges that it has not been able to provide the level of service that it would like.

How to use the line

The ADL will be open from 08:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday. ICAEW is aware that agents have become accustomed to phoning as soon as the helpline opens as that has been the best time to get a call answered, HMRC has asked that calls be spread during the day to help it to manage demand.

To allow HMRC to provide priority access to agents it has listed the types of call that it will not accept on the ADL, because a digital service is available or the client has access to the information.

Agents are expected to use the following digital services rather than phoning the ADL:

Agents are expected to obtain pay and tax details and employment histories from their clients and HMRC is encouraging the use of the personal tax account where clients can obtain this information. This has been HMRC’s position since 2017; over time more HMRC staff have been prepared to provide these details over the phone but HMRC will be tightening up on this.

This approach is partly driven by GDPR considerations as HMRC has some concerns over whether 64-8s allow it to disclose this information directly to agents. Where necessary HMRC will send the information to the client by post. HMRC is developing a service to give agents access to this information, along with details of tax codes.

Agent income record service

The agent income record viewer service is still in private beta testing and so is limited to a small number of agents. HMRC is now extending the service to a further 200 agents. If you would like to be part of this trial, please contact Denise Beat via hmrcirvrequest@hmrc.gov.uk.

The service involves a one-off digital handshake which needs to be completed by the client so is not suitable for all clients.

HMRC hopes to be able to extend the agent income record viewer service to all agents in the future and is also working on more streamlined agent authorisation processes.

ICAEW is pressing HMRC to address the issues with the self assessment pre-population service which is also important in addressing this need.

Other service improvements

HMRC has also indicated that it is working on the use of scanning technology to improve the processing of R40 (Claim for repayment of tax deducted from savings and investments) for PPI interest taxed at source and other high demand forms.

It is about time that HMRC reopened the ADL, but it is not great that they are doing so in a half arsed manner!


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Thursday, 10 June 2021

HMRC's MTD "Sleepwalking To Disaster"

 


As per Andrew Oury (partner at Oury Clark):

"My concern is that the government hasn’t considered the full ramifications of the MTD project. To my eye, it looks like MTD has been designed with a linear mindset that only has one goal: to meet revenue targets. Businesses have always had idiosyncrasies – unexpected periods of fallow earnings, for example – and, up until now, there has been some leeway in coping with them within the comparatively rigid tax framework. I also would hate entrepreneurship to be stifled in this country as a result of taxing income too rapidly.

Serious questions will need to be asked of this initiative to avoid sleepwalking into disaster."

In other words it will add to the costs of businesses and won't work in the real world.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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Wednesday, 9 June 2021

HMRC's "Need To Know" Definition - "No One Needs To Know"



Tax does have to be taxing.

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Friday, 28 May 2021

HMRC's Charter is Broken


 

Loyal readers will recall that HMRC's Charter has been mentioned a few times over the years on this site.

Unsurprisingly, there is quite a gap between its intentions and HMRC's actual performance.

The ICAEW notes that HMRC has struggled to maintain business-as-usual service levels during the coronavirus pandemic and cannot improve services as envisaged in its Charter without more resource.

After gathering feedback from ICAEW members, the Tax Faculty has written to HMRC’s Charter Stakeholder Group outlining concerns about how HMRC performed against its Charter during 2020/21.

Published in November 2020, the Charter outlines what taxpayers can expect when interacting with HMRC. It includes standards of behaviour and values, such as getting things right, making things easy and being responsive.

In ICAEW Rep 43/21, ICAEW acknowledges that HMRC deserves commendation for its work in delivering COVID-19 financial support schemes, but concludes that this has come at the expense of its standard work with the day-to-day experience of taxpayers and agents continuing to deteriorate.

It concludes: 

HMRC’s performance against the standards in the Charter reflects the limited resources available to it, with the result that it has struggled to provide a satisfactory level of operational business-as-usual performance let alone update its systems to improve online services for taxpayers and agents.

The government has provided some funding, but substantial improvement is likely to take the 10 years envisaged in the tax administration strategy.

ICAEW warns that poor systems and inadequate training mean that HMRC’s staff are not able to deliver the commitment to “get things right” in the Charter. It highlights data processing in PAYE real time information, self assessment calculations and out of date tax codes as examples of long-standing issues caused by HMRC systems.

Furthermore, the faculty argues: 

“HMRC has considerably more work to do to live up to the Charter standard to make things easy, in particular in relation to online services.”

It cites the trust registration service and the online portal for reporting capital gains, as examples of new services that have not only failed to make tax administration any easier, but actually introduced “many additional problems”.

In examining HMRC’s responsiveness, ICAEW argues that HMRC needs to focus on returning services to pre-pandemic levels. 

“Taxpayers need a commitment from HMRC about when service levels (and helpline hours) will return to target standards, and in particular when priority access might be restored to the agent dedicated line.”

While it struggled to maintain service levels during 2020/21, ICAEW confirms that HMRC has generally been able to meet its commitments to treat taxpayers fairly and with respect, being aware of taxpayers’ personal situations (particularly the impact of COVID-19) and keeping data secure.

On its commitment to recognise that taxpayers can be represented by another, ICAEW concludes that while this is often met, there are: “…instances where gaps in online services for agents and cumbersome agent authorisation processes mean that, in practice, it is often made very difficult to be represented by a third party.

ICAEW’s response will inform the Charter Stakeholder Group’s evaluation of the extent to which HMRC has demonstrated the standards of behaviour and values in its Charter. The group’s conclusions will be published in an Annual Report later in 2021.

The ACCA also wades in, Glenn Collins (Head of ACCA Technical Advisory)stated:

A lack of necessary investment risks has damaged the relationship HMRC has with compliant taxpayers and agents.

The people who end up holding the cost and inconvenience are taxpayers and accountants. The cost is being pushed down to those who are causing the least problems for HMRC. You simply have to look at the delays in VAT registration for new businesses, who are looking to pay VAT to the exchequer but can’t get registered.”

These criticisms and suggestions are all very well, but HMRC is not going to fix them anytime soon. In the meantime taxpayers and their agents are screwed, as HMRC has basically ground to juddering halt!


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Monday, 24 May 2021

John Andrews Nails It!



Tax does have to be taxing.

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Friday, 21 May 2021

ICAEW Gives HMRC a Well Deserved Kicking

 

ICAEW members are reporting that poor performance is being experienced across almost all HMRC services and ICAEW has been pressing for greater transparency about the problems being experienced and for a clear recovery plan. The Tax Faculty outlines the problems that have been raised and the action it has taken.

Over the past 12 months ICAEW members have reported numerous service issues and delays across a range of HMRC services.

  • The main concern of members in practice is the withdrawal of priority access from the agent dedicated line (ADL). There are long wait times and reduced hours on other helplines and significant delays in processing registrations and repayment claims. ICAEW members have reported call waiting times of 40 mins to an hour on HMRC’s helplines and calls being cut off.
  • Other examples quoted by ICAEW members include taxpayers still waiting up to three months for Unique Taxpayer References (UTRs) to be issued for self assessment registrations, five months for VAT registrations to be completed, up to six months for research and development relief claims to be processed and more than six months for carry back of corporation tax losses to be actioned.

The current service levels not only increase the burdens and costs for taxpayers and HMRC but, as the UK moves out of the pandemic, could damage the recovery due to inhibiting new businesses from starting up and stifling the growth of existing businesses.

Throughout the pandemic, ICAEW has acknowledged the pressure on HMRC’s resources and its considerable achievements in delivering COVID-19 related support. HMRC acknowledges the poor service performance and attributes it to having had to reallocate staff to work on the COVID-19 support schemes and an unexpectedly high level of staff absence due to the pandemic, as well as EU exit work.

ICAEW appreciates the problems that HMRC has faced over the past year and stands ready to give what support it can to HMRC to bring forward a clear recovery plan. ICAEW has called for the restoration of priority access to the agent dedicated line for many months and representatives have attended two meetings specifically arranged to discuss this issue.

ICAEW has also pressed for an improvement to service standards at the bi-monthly meetings of the Representative Bodies Steering Group (RBSG) where Tax Faculty representatives have raised the problems encountered by members. Specific issues have also been raised directly with the relevant HMRC team and through the Issues Overview Group and the faculty has made the case for greater transparency by HMRC, with more information about delays and problems in the system being made publicly available.

ICAEW calls upon HMRC to publish a clear recovery plan and encourages HMRC to work more closely with the professional bodies to improve service levels so as to restore them to a sustainable level as soon as possible.

The Tax Faculty encourages all members to report service issues on the HMRC online agent forum as that supports ICAEW when escalating the issues with HMRC.


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Thursday, 20 May 2021

One Month Left To Join VAT Deferral Payment Scheme


 

HMRC have warned that businesses that deferred VAT payments last year have one month left to join online to pay in monthly instalments under the VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme.

The online portal for the new payment scheme closes on 21 June 2021.

Over half a million businesses deferred £34 billion in VAT payments due between March and June 2020 under the VAT Payment Deferral Scheme. Businesses had until 31 March 2021 to pay this deferred VAT or, if they could not afford to do so, they could go online from 23 February to set up a new payment scheme and pay by monthly instalments to spread the cost.

Jim Harra, HMRC’s Chief Executive, said:

“Businesses that deferred paying their VAT last spring have until 21 June to join the VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme online. They should act now to avoid missing out on this opportunity to spread payment of their deferred VAT across monthly, interest-free, instalments.

The new payment scheme is part of the Government package of support worth over £350 billion to help protect millions of jobs and businesses during the pandemic and as we emerge on the path to recovery."

Eligible businesses that are unable to use the HMRC online service by 21 June 2021 can ring the HMRC Coronavirus Helpline on 0800 024 1222 to join the scheme until 30 June 2021.

Businesses may be charged a 5 per cent penalty and / or interest if they don’t join up to the scheme online by 21 June, or pay in full by 30 June, or contact HMRC to make an arrangement to pay by 30 June 2021. Businesses should also contact HMRC by 30 June 2021 if they need to agree extra help to pay.


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Monday, 10 May 2021

The Rise of The MUCs


 

Seemingly, more than 40,000 people from the Philippines have been recruited to front British companies as part of schemes costing the UK "hundreds of millions of pounds" in lost taxes.

BBC Radio 4's File on 4 discovered more than 48,000 of these companies have been created in the past five years.

Some staff at Covid test centres run by G4S have been employed by subcontractors in this kind of scheme.

G4S said that, when this came to its attention, HMRC was notified.

The company said it was taking steps to ensure that all agency workers were employed directly and not via a subcontractor.

Employers pay 13.8% in National Insurance contributions on most of their employees' earnings, if the employee earns more than £170 a week.

It works by exploiting the government's Employment Allowance - an annual discount of £4,000 per company on National Insurance contributions. The allowance was meant to encourage companies to take on more workers.

However, recruitment agencies exploit the allowance by employing temporary workers through a series of mini umbrella companies - or "MUCs".

Each individual MUC has only a small number of workers and qualifies for the tax relief. These kind of arrangements can cost the taxpayer hundreds of millions in lost tax revenue a year. 

HMRC said it was using both its criminal and civil powers to challenge what it called "MUC fraud" - and recently deregistered more than 22,000 mini umbrella companies thought to be involved in such schemes.

It says it has made a number of arrests and taken steps to recover unpaid tax from businesses which knew or should have known about fraud in their supply chain.


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Friday, 7 May 2021

HMRC Says Gary Lineker Owes £4.9M in Tax


 

The dispute has been ongoing for a year according to tax tribunal documents which were published last month. HMRC claims it is owed £3,621,735.90 worth of income tax and £1,313,755.38 as national insurance contributions from Lineker.

Speaking to the Financial Times Jon Holmes, Lineker's agent, defended his client's actions.

“It is a question of whether he is employed by the BBC or not.

Most people, once they understand employment law, would say of course he isn’t. He works for many other people.”

HMRC is arguing Lineker is essentially a “disguised employee”.

HMRC's action covers work the presenter did for the BBC between the 2013-14 and 2016-17 tax years, and BT Sport for the 2015-16 and 2017-18 tax years.


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Thursday, 6 May 2021

Has HMRC Stopped Responding To Queries?


 

There have been numerous tweets of late, from people who have had little joy in being able to contact and receive a response from HMRC regarding tax issues/queries.

Has HMRC given up responding to queries?

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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Stopping The Scammers



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Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Tony Margaritelli Nails It!



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Monday, 26 April 2021

Leaky HMRC


 

inews reports that HMRC is to seek “clarification” from Boris Johnson on where the £58,000 to pay for the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat came from and whether it should have been declared.

A source from HMRC said that the Prime Minister would be “treated like any other taxpayer” as it seeks “clarification” on whether Mr Johnson derived any benefit in kind from any loans or donations for the refurbishment of No 11 Downing Street.

While the HMRC source made clear no formal investigation had been launched into the Prime Minister’s financial affairs, he added: 

“Things like this are declared by UK taxpayers all the time and it is the role of HMRC to clarify with people if these are subject to tax. The Prime Minister is no different to anyone else in this regard.”

The PM is indeed not different wrt tax matters. I would therefore query why HMRC is leaking details about what they are doing wrt his tax affairs, given that HMRC normally states that individual's tax affairs are confidential?



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Thursday, 22 April 2021

HMRC Trending on Twitter

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HMRC is trending on Twitter today, the reason being an FOI request about disguised remuneration schemes (aka loan charge) that has just been answered by HMRC.

It would appear that Jim Harra was noit convinced that HMRC had a legally sound case against them!

The full set of disclosures can be seen here.

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Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Register For HMRC's Online SEISS Webinar


 
Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)

Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus.

You can sign up for email alerts about live and recorded webinars, YouTube videos and online guidance.

If you register for a webinar, you:

  • must register and sign in 5 minutes before it starts
  • can ask questions using the on-screen text box

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme

Register for the next live webinar about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

This webinar gives an overview of:

  • the extension of the scheme
  • how employers will be affected
  • flexible furloughing
  • key dates
  • support available

Watch a YouTube video about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) – fourth grant

Register for the next live webinar about Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – fourth grant.

This webinar takes you through the aim of the scheme, who can apply, how much you may be entitled to, how to claim the fourth grant, and what happens after you have claimed.

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate Scheme

Register for the next live webinar about the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme.

This webinar gives an overview of the SSP Rebate Scheme, including:

  • who can claim
  • when to start paying SSP
  • employees you can claim for
  • making a claim
  • keeping records and more

Other help available

Use HMRC’s digital assistant to find more information about the coronavirus support schemes.



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Monday, 12 April 2021

Hanging on The Telephone - Same Old, Same Old!


 



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Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Happy New Tax Year!



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Thursday, 1 April 2021

HMRC Doesn't Know Its Own Phone Number!


 



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Friday, 26 March 2021

HMRC Data Breach - “They Are, at Present, Utterly Useless on Every Level on Every Tax.”


 

Last week, AccountingWEB user Cholmes first reported receiving five late penalty notices from HMRC – with only one of the five regarding their clients. The remaining notices were addressed to two other firms.

The AWEB community has been reporting these incidents for the past week, with many unsure of what to do with the notices received. Some were hesitant to forward the notices to the correct agents in fear of potential data breaches.

When Cholmes got through to HMRC after being put on hold for 40 minutes, the helpline operator seemed “disinterested” and surprised that this member had even called: 

“The only suggestion given was to return the penalty notices to HMRC.

When I asked why I had received them, I was told she didn't know and couldn't comment. No other suggestions offered nor any apologies offered.”

AccountingWEB member Blazefan also reportedly received six late filing penalty notices in a single envelope, only two of which were for their clients. The notices contained the name and address of the practices, the name of their clients, and the clients’ UTR.

Blazefan copied the incorrect notices and returned them to HMRC with a covering letter, and forwarded the copies to the correct accountancy practices: 

“I have not as yet received a response from HMRC, however the other practice has thanked me for forwarding them on.”

HMRC's agent forum has seen further complaints; Catherine Newman received a report from a member of the community who was sent six late filing penalty notices, five of which were sent in error.

HMRC’s response

AccountingWEB approached HMRC about the stories shared on Any Answers and the agent forum and was told: 

“HMRC takes its responsibilities under UK GDPR very seriously. The vast majority of privacy notices will be issued and received correctly, but if any agents receive notices or any correspondence for wrong clients, we would ask that they notify HMRC to enable us to investigate why it happened and take appropriate action.”

It was then highlighted to HMRC that many agents are unable to get through to them or are not getting a sufficient response. The spokesperson could offer no additional information but confirmed that HMRC is aware and would be looking to contact the agents.

VAT director Jason Croke summed HMRC up perfectly: 

“They are, at present, utterly useless on every level on every tax.”



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