Another useful case on take-aways and HMRC best judgement assessments this week, plus the Budget is set for October.

HMRC undertakes surveillance on different business from time to time in order to test that they are correctly recording their sales. From the case below it looks as if the Subway franchise has been under scrutiny and as the result of the case reveals HMRC's officers were not working evenings and weekends and so the results of the observation were insufficient to result in a best judgement VAT assessment. What a waste of time for everyone.

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Quick news (freeview)

2018 Budget date announced
The Chancellor has announced that the 2018 Budget will be held on Monday 29 October 2018. 

Record breaking Corporation Tax receipts
In 2017-18 companies paid the highest amount of Corporation Tax ever with receipts topping £56bn.

SDLT surcharge for overseas purchasers of UK property?
The government has announced plans to introduce a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) surcharge for foreign buyers of UK property.

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Editor's Choice (subscribers)  

CGT Private Residence Relief (PRR)
A topic we see a lot in case law and Virtual Tax Partner queries and which can be complex to unravel depending on the facts of the case.

Tax Guides and Updates (subscribers) 

Residential property: Personal ownership v Company?
UPDATE: with Brexit on the horizon and property prices falling in the UK is this a good time to invest in a buy-to-let? If so, then what form of ownership is most suitable to you? There is a cut-down freeview version of this guide Here.

Disguised remuneration final settlement opportunity
UPDATE: The voluntary restitution side of these settlements can be confusing so we have updated our guide to help you better understand how it should work.

Case Update (freeview)

Alternative Dispute Resolution: FTT decision has a sting in its tail
In The Serpentine Trust Ltd  v HMRC [2018] TC06719 the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) held that an agreement reached with HMRC under Alternative Dispute Resolution was ultra vires; it was contrary to the law and could not be enforced by the taxpayer.

PRR: offplan purchase
In HMRC v Desmond Higgins [2018] UKUT 280, the Upper Tribunal (UT) found that the period between exchange and completion of an off-plan property acquisition could not be ignored and would not get private residence relief.

Holdover relief denial breached Human Rights
In William Reeves v HMRC [2018] UKUT 293, the Upper Tribunal (UT) concluded that a non-resident taxpayer can gift a UK trading asset to a UK company he owns and claim holdover relief.

VAT (freeview)

HMRC's 3 day invigilation not representative
In Golden Cube Limited v HMRC [2018] TC06666, the First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) concluded that HMRC’s 3 day invigilation of a Subway franchise was not representative of the zero-rated supplies made in the preceding VAT periods.

Church building is an annexe and zero-rated
In Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster v HMRC [2018] TC06692, the First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) concluded that a new hall built at a church was an annexe that could function independently and the costs could be zero-rated.

Input VAT on Single Farm Payment Entitlement units can be claimed
UPDATE: HMRC granted permission to appeal the decision of the Court of Session.

VAT (subscribers) 

Partial exemption & input VAT
UPDATE: more case law added to our guide.

Land & Property: Dwellings
UPDATE: further information relating to parking facilities added to our new guide.

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Nichola's SME Tax w-update 28 September 2018


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