This time we have a slightly unusual case study in personal tax, we consider the effect of making a mistake in a COVID-19 support payment claim, we look at tax refunds, and tax agents and the courts have been busy with VAT appeals.

We provide a commentary on the personal tax data provided by the Prime Minister. He is obviously far too busy to prepare his own tax returns, but if he did we can see that our tax guides would have saved him a bob or two in professional fees! We take you over the what we know.

By way of balance, the leader of the opposition, Keir Starmer, says that he will shortly be releasing his tax return data, so we have also published a new guide to barrister's tax which he might find useful.

Tax agents will have noted that in his Spring Budget announcements, the Chancellor changed the rules, with immediate effect, to ensure that no taxpayer can assign their tax refunds to an unscrupulous tax refund company. Some of you might have overlooked the small print in HMRC's policy impact assessment. This observes that the rule change does not affect a taxpayer's ability to nominate a refund to a genuine tax agent, or to anyone else for that matter. It might well sound like a question of semantics, however the legal difference is that you can easily revoke nomination; you cannot always do that with an assignment.

What happens if your accountant made a mistake in preparing your Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims? The answer is that it's bad luck; but if a claim is incorrect, it's incorrect and there is no defence of reliance on an adviser. The tax tribunal has considered the issue and we have summarised the judgment for you.

Looking at other cases this week, a VAT Option to Tax case has reached the Supreme Court. This is an interesting decision for property developers and concerns the disapplication rules. We also note an Upper Tribunal VAT decision which looks at the timing of VAT invoicing.

That's all for now, 

Back soon, 

Nichola Ross Martin FCA CTA (Fellow)
Tax Director


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