This week brings updates to our Travel guide, advice on the tax implications of companies building on their owners' private property, and a write up on a tribunal involving VAT exempt supply of land.

Following the Dr Samadian v HMRC travel case, in which a self-employed doctor was denied tax relief for travel between his home office and the hospitals that he attended on a regular and predictable basis, we have a seen several cases involving doctors which have different facts. They are not attending anywhere on a regular or predictable basis! These will, if they go to tribunal, have to be decided according to those facts, and the chances are that home-to-hospital travel may be allowable for them. Not exactly an ideal state of affairs if you are in the medical profession and trying to get your tax right, and a really horrible problem for advisers because unless you are on the ball it might be all too easy to just say "Doctor, ah the Samadian case, let's disallow travel" rather than do a detailed fact find and consider all available case law. Our Travel guide hopefully bridges gaps where necessary.

Through our Virtual Tax Partner service recently we have also seen a number of cases in which directors have allowed their companies to build on their private property and not fully understood the full range of tax effects. We have a detailed guide on this available on the site.

On tribunals: we have picked a couple of cases this week, noting a VAT case in which what was thought to be an exempt supply of land turned out to be a mixed standard rated supply. It is quite common now in this age of pop-up shops and festivals for property owners to licence space to micro enterprises, and some care should be taken in planning to ensure that you are creating an exempt supply.

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No trade loss relief for horse racing and breeding
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New sanctions to tackle offshore tax evasion
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Share loss relief: shares issued to nominee
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Travel (self-employed)
UPDATE: for different types of doctors, following the decision in Dr Samadian v HMRC we have examples of cases which are not on all fours with that decision and where it is more likely that home to work travel will be allowed. 

Building an office at home or converting part of a home into an office
UPDATE: how to create a tax-efficient home office (and amongst other things avoid unexpected PAYE and NICs). 

Annual Investment Allowance (AIA)
UPDATE: take a refresher on the AIA. It is set to increase from 1/6 April 2014 (assuming no changes to the Finance Bill) not all expenditure qualifies for relief and not all businesses my claim it either. 

AIA & WDA: rules where there is a change of rate
Capital allowances: the note explains the hybrid rates used when there are change in the rate of writing down allowances (WDA) and the rules where there is a change in the rate of Annual Investment Allowance (AIA). 

IHT: Business Property Relief (BPR) (subscriber guide)
NEW: BPR is too good a relief to miss. This guide contains a checklist for advisers, the latest case law together with planning points and links 

Losses, trade losses and sideways relief
UPDATE: at a glance guide


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