This time we feature our new and improved guide to RTI and penalties, an update on all things tax avoidance, together with latest news and practical tax guides.


RTI: as some of those with large payrolls may appreciate, HMRC has further relaxed the late filing deadline from October 2014 by giving employers an extra three days' grace. Small employers are subject to late filing penalties for RTI submissions made after 5 March 2015 however, there are now 11 (or 12, depending on which HMRC table you use) exceptions in respect of the "on or before" rule for the filing of a Full Payment Submission (FPS). My challenge to you, without looking this up, how many filing exceptions can you guess? In case you get stuck there is a table in the RTI penalty guide below.

Tax avoidance has been in the news headlines all week. For a little light relief and for wider information I have summarised the key stories; this is not essential reading but it might open an eye or two. I was quite curious to note that a tax anti-avoidance protest group has picked up on the issue of "Carried interests" and private equity. Broadly, under the terms of a "gentleman's agreement" with the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA), if you are a private equity/collective investment manager you don't have to pay income tax on your profits. Instead they are taxed as capital gains and you obtain all the reliefs that CGT can offer, such as Entrepreneurs' Relief. What is surprising in this treatment is that if any other UK taxpayer tries this one on, HMRC will say "you are trading, the badges of trade are quite obviously present" (actually we have a round up of trading vs investment cases next week) and will apply income tax and NICs to your profits. Changes are afoot however. In the Finance Bill HMRC is now taking some measures to tax those aspects of carried interest profits which it labels as "disguised remuneration" (a term that those in share planning and employment intermediaries know well). Quite whether this will work, is another matter because there still remain exemptions for the carried interests that don't represent disguised remuneration. 

While I am only slightly amazed that it has taken people so long to have protested about the BVCA's agreement (I only knew of it because of my long-running interest in share schemes) I wonder firstly whether it has any statutory footing and secondly why it is that one group of people have been allowed such stunning tax breaks for so long. Food for thought before an election.

Best wishes

Nichola Ross Martin FCA Tax Director


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