We are rather top heavy on cases this time, however they are all freeview, so read on. One that really caught my eye is Power Adhesives. The High Court applied 'the Hastings Bass principle' (that allows the correction of a fiduciary's mistake) to a company's board's decision to allow a director's loan to be converted into shares.

We all see company directors doing some daft things with share capital from time to time, generally because they have failed to take professional advice, however in this case, professional advice was taken (it was a B share IHT planning type idea), but the actual transaction went disastrously wrong as the directors allotted the wrong number of shares. The result was that they accidently diluted the share capital and created a transfer of value. The court allowed this to be reversed. 

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Quick news (freeview)

SA CGT nil gain/nil loss workarounds
HMRC has applied a fix for some of the Self Assessment online filing software specification errors relating to income tax allowances. There is now also an issue on the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) pages which is unrelated to the other problems.

HMRC: Employer bulletin October 2017
HMRC have published their Employer Bulletin for October 2017. We summarise the key content for you, with links to our detailed guidance on the topics covered.

Case Update (freeview)

Share issue overturned
In Power Adhesives Limited v Stephen James Sweeney & Others [2017] EWHC 676 the High Court set aside the decision by a company’s directors to convert a loan into shares: this accidently created a transfer of value and it amounted to breach of the directors’ fiduciary or common law duties.

Unpaid salary is salary
In Ventura UK Ltd v HMRC TC06028, the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) considered whether a credit to the director’s loan account in respect of salary had been paid and so should be subject to PAYE.

SEIS: wrong forms again
In Innovate Commissioning Services Limited v HMRC TC 06152, the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) followed the precedent in X-Wind Power to deny SEIS relief where the incorrect forms were filed.

Fit and proper
In Munatsi Logistics Ltd v HMRC TC0653, the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) rejected an appeal against HMRC’s decision to refuse the appellant registration under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007.


Editor's Choice (subscribers)  

Directors' Tax Planning Toolbox 2017/18
UPDATE: key guide for company directors and advisers

Entrepreneur's Relief
UPDATE: ER and IIP trusts: a new conflict between HMRC's view and the legislation.

Company losses
UPDATE: summary of the old and new rules for each of the different type of loss together with group relief

Tax Guides and Updates (subscribers) 

Money laundering regulations: accountants registration
Guide updated to reflect above cases Munatsi and Hunt.

Shares and shareholders

Key guides for company owners and advisers

How to gift your shares to the family

How to issue new shares 

Employment related securities: share scheme basics

Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI)

An Inspector calls...

EBTs: where are we now?
NEW: essential reading if you still have unsettled EBT loans.

Research & Development tax reliefs

We have:

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Partial exemption
UPDATE: How do you calculate the amount of input tax you can recover under the VAT partial exemption rules? What are the de minimis rules?

Registering for VAT
UPDATE: How to register as executor of a deceased during a period of administration.

Opting to tax land and property
UPDATE: How is it made? When must it be made and notified? Can a belated notification be made? When does it cease? When can it be revoked?

VAT cases (FREEview)

Bridge is not a sport after all 
In a surprise u-turn, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) have judged against the Advocate General’s opinion and concluded that Bridge is not a sport after all for VAT purposes.

Members' sports club VAT recovery sea change
In Queen’s Club Limited v HMRC [2017] TC06119, the FTT allowed full VAT recovery on refurbishments to a members only bar and restaurant, dismissing HMRCs view that the costs were directly linked to the exempt membership fees.

Prohibited use and specific occupation conditions are synonymous
In Duncan Lichfield v HMRC [2017] TC06040, the FTT clarified that where a planning condition contains a specific ‘occupation’ condition, this is synonymous with a prohibition on use restriction as envisaged by legislation. 

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