Wading through the sea of this summer's tax consultations we find that the Office of Tax Simplification is considering radical changes to small business taxation.

This follows on its earlier suggestion that Income Tax and NICs should be joined up. Disincorporation could be made popular by creating a new tax relief. It's an interesting idea: we may see a large drop in companies thus achieving the goal of less red tape for those who go back to being sole traders or LLPs. The thought occurs, perhaps Companies House can be disbanded at the same time. That would save a bit of cash.

Lots of interesting news items this time (on FREEVIEW) and subscribers, please scroll down to see an update summary.

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Nichola Ross Martin FCA
Tax Director

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Joint Property: new guidance
HMRC updates its guidance and we summarise it.

VAT and green fees
Why HMRC will not change its guidance following a recent case...it is lodging an appeal.

VAT flat rate scheme
HMRC eventually amends its guidance to exclude bank interest from turnover.

Delaware LLCs: company or partnership?
A private equity boss tests HMRC's interpretation of LLCs. Why it took so long for this issue to come up.

A simpler income tax for the smallest businesses?
The OTS considers cash accounting and fixed rate expense allowances as an alternative to GAAP.

Disincorporation of small companies
The OTS considers the case for a new disincorporation relief: is demand sufficient to justify the complexity?

Tax Agent proposals: tax bodies broadly supportive
The CIOT and ATT make their suggestions to self-serve by agents.

Companies House dumps iXBRL...for now
Compulsory e-filing postponed until 2015

Contractor loses fight against retrospective tax
Anti-avoidance legislation does not breach your human rights if you choose to take part in a tax scheme.

31 July reminders: HMRC runs out of paper
500,000 taxpayers affected

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