Follower Notice penalties – the Corrado case
Follower Notice penalties – The Corrado Case The recently reported Corrado case has confirmed the validity of our approach to Follower Notice Penalties. In our previous blog post on the subject of Follower Notice Penalties, we noted that one of the most invidious (and potentially expensive) aspects of the Follower […]Read More
The myth of the long-term tax strategy
The myth of the long term tax strategy I am often asked by accountants to help advise their clients on long-term tax strategy. I’ll be honest – this gives me a problem. Mythical beast And it’s because the long-term tax strategy is something of a mythical beast – or at […]Read More
CEST, MOO and Status Anxiety
Status Anxiety A few years ago, I read a book with this title by the philosopher Alain de Botton, wherein he described status anxiety as the constant fear of being perceived by society as unsuccessful – a very 21st century and decidedly first world problem. In the tax and employment […]Read More
Using a small self-administered pension scheme (SSAS) to own business premises
USING A SMALL SELF-ADMINISTERED PENSION SCHEME (SSAS) TO OWN BUSINESS PREMISES What is a SSAS? A SSAS is an employer-sponsored pension scheme (established as a trust) with fewer than 12 members, usually restricted to senior employees or directors of a limited company. The members of the scheme will also be […]Read More
The Post-Incorporation Directors Loan Account – A Potential IHT problem?
THE POST-INCORPORATION DIRECTORS LOAN ACCOUNT – A POTENTIAL IHT PROBLEM? The Incorporation Boom In the late 2000s and early 2010s, incorporation was for many sole traders and partnerships running businesses, something of a “no-brainer”. There were numerous reasons for this. Firstly, from the 2008/9 tax year onwards, capital gains tax […]Read More
Non-resident CGT on UK Property – the right measure at the wrong time?
Non-resident CGT on UK Property – the right measure at the wrong time? In over 30 years as a tax adviser, I find it difficult to think of a more fundamental change of principle in the UK tax system than the imposition of UK tax on disposals by non-residents of […]Read More
Hopes dashed for appellants in De Silva case
Hopes dashed for appellants in De Silva case The Supreme Court yesterday (15 November) handed down its judgement in the case of R (on the application of De Silva and another) v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. The appellants in the De Silva case were limited partners in […]Read More
The General Anti-Abuse Rule (GAAR): What’s the point?
The General Anti-Abuse Rule (“GAAR”) The General Anti-Abuse Rule (“GAAR”) first came into effect in July 2013 on the passing into law of that year’s Finance Act, introduced by George Osborne, the then Chancellor in the Coalition Government. Yet it was 4 years later when the GAAR panel issued its […]Read More