This time: where now for travel and accommodation claims? Top tips on furnished letting, purchase of own shares and CGT relief, and a briefing on HMRC's current stance on "wholly and exclusively".

I was interested in reading over the case of Dr Samadian (reported below) that the First Tier Tax Tribunal has taken the view that some self-employed people who work at home should have to treat their outward travel expenses differently than others. We saw something similar in the case of actor Tim Healy v HMRC and his accommodation costs (this case is being heard on appeal in April, you can follow links below). As these cases head off to the Upper Tier Tax Tribunal spare a thought for any taxpayer trying to get it right! It is absurd to find out that currently no one knows the answer to a really basic question such as "Can I claim tax relief on travel and accommodation". If the Office of Tax Simplification is looking for a new topic, I would like to suggest this one.

To assist you we also have a briefing for advisers on "where now for wholly and exclusively?" noting that whether it is accommodation, travel or clothing that HMRC is taking a harsher view on expense claims for the self-employed.

We have top tips for company owners and property landlords as well as case updates on travel, Business Property Relief and Furnished Holiday Letting.

Please read on for news, new toolkits, briefings, and updates, or click this link to read this online.

Best wishes


Nichola Ross Martin FCA
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News headlines

Not more travel mix-ups?
The First Tier Tax Tribunal continues to bamboozle self-employed taxpayers over the travel rules - Samad Samadian v HMRC

Tax-avoiders to be excluded from government contracts
Probably bolting the door long after the horse has made off with the silver: proposed rules may be difficult to apply.

CIOT: increase RTI penalty free period
Quite why there is not to be a "soft-landing" on Real Time Information penalties is really difficult to understand. Those who are likely to be penalised probably just need help.

ATT: thumbs down to proposed rules
Tax simplification measures have been skewed by HMRC and will distort decision making - the ATT lists the "horrors".


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