Given the current resurgence of coronavirus, it came as no surprise today when the Treasury announced that this Autumn's budget has been cancelled. This announcement was later followed by an economic statement, the 'Winter Economy Plan', made by the chancellor, Rishi Sunak. 

The lack of a budget is quite good news for those who were worried about potential changes to Capital Gains Tax (CGT), and given that we may all be 'locked down' again in a matter of weeks, that is one less thing to worry about! We have summarised the chancellor's statement below. Things to watch are that a) you have set the correct reduced rate of VAT if you are dealing with businesses in the hospitality industry; b) that you and your staff are keeping up with all the different changes to the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) and the new job support scheme. I hope that our COVID-19 tracker is helpful in keeping you up to date.

This time we have a new land and property tax update CPD and if you want to feel even more 'up to date' then don't forget that our Finance Act 2020 rolling planner and tracker covers tax announcements for all key taxes for SMEs and their owners, as well as VAT and Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).

We also bring you our review of the tax cases that we think will interest you. One for 'tax geeks' to note is that the judgment in the Pickle's case on overvalued goodwill on incorporation was later revised by the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) on a point a law. The case was heard earlier in the year and the question, in that case, was whether overvalued goodwill credited to a director's loan account resulted in a distribution. This was quite a strange conundrum, and not something ever considered by the tribunal before. A credit to a loan account just creates a liability for one party and a debt for the other, and unless you could do something with your debt, such as maybe cash it in or assign it for cash, you could not really say that a debt could ever be a distribution in its own right. The tribunal judges initially disagreed on this but in the revised judgment reworked their reasoning to decide the matter based not on the value of the debt but on what the directors actually withdrew from their loan account in cash. 

We are again featuring guides and updates on topical subjects, many of which are being inspired by queries coming in to the Virtual Tax Partner service. Last week we looked at Transactions in Securities and this time we have been updating our Entrepreneurs' Relief 'ER' guides as 'Business Asset Disposal Relief' 'BADR' following the renaming of the relief by Finance Act 2020. So far no one is calling it BADR, everyone seems to still like ER. We are unsure whether it will be just too confusing to stop calling it ER. Is BADR better? Shall we update all our guides, what do you think? 

For all your tax queries, please do post them up to our sister site: www.VtaxP.co.uk.

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CIS: Keep adequate records to support your claims
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Transfer of a business offshore to avoid irrecoverable VAT is not abusive if it reflects commercial reality
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Hire of children's ice skates is a separate supply at zero rate
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Supply and installation of ‘energy-saving materials’ as insulated roof panels is standard-rated
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