Author: Carlton Collister

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has published the first stage of its review of the Inheritance Tax system, which focuses on administrative issues, rather than the principles of the tax and its reliefs.  The OTS acknowledges that the review has attracted an unprecedented level...

Since April 2015, UK residential property disposals by non-resident persons (including trusts) have been taxable, with the gains needing to report online even if there is no tax to pay or there is a loss, and with the payment of any tax due to HMRC...

Further to the Chancellor’s request for the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to review Inheritance Tax, the OTS has published a short scoping document advising that it will publish a report in the autumn of 2018 that is to consider how key aspects of the current...

Although the cut in the future UK growth forecast may be most worrying in the long term, the Budget was largely silent on tax matters that particularly impact upon farms. For landowners, the Chancellor talked up the housing market, and the aspirations of those hoping to get on the housing ladder, with Stamp Duty Land Tax relief for first-time buyers being made permanent, Please see the generic Autumn Budget Summany 2017/2018 guide for details of more general tax changes. The following are matters of greater concern for landowners and farmers:
As part of their summer reading, MPs have been given a 51-page briefing paper on Inheritance Tax which includes:
Further to earlier news articles regarding Making Tax Digital, HMRC will not now seek to implement compulsory quarterly digital reporting of trading and property businesses results starting in 2018.  Instead the process will be slower and initially only for VAT purposes, which is excellent news.
Due to the General Election, a shortened version of the original 2017 Finance Bill was enacted by parliament on 27 April, containing only 148 pages compared to 762 pages in the original Finance Bill published on 20 March 2017.
As part of the measures being introduced with Making Tax Digital, to assist landlords in reporting their income, the cash basis will be available for unincorporated landlords from 6 April 2017 (ie for 2017/18 onwards).