SME Tax News

In Qubic Tax and others v HMRC [2020] TC7701, HMRC successfully made information requests on tax advisers selling and engaging in tax avoidance schemes in order to check on commission payments made to introducers and the validity of the tax schemes.

In Michael Hamilton Bowack and Ann Jennifer Bowack v Claire Vera Saxton [2020] EWHC(Ch) 1049, the High Court found that discretionary trusts were validly set up despite serious defects in the documentation.

HMRC's latest Employment-Related Securities Bulletin focusses on the impact of COVID-19 on employee share and incentive schemes. Here is our enhanced version.

In Salman and Asma Tufail [2020] TC7691, the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) dismissed appeals against HMRC’s refusal to allow late claims for trade loss relief. No enquiry had been opened so it did not have the jurisdiction to consider the refusal.


The government has been tweaking many of its Coronavirus support grants, funds and other measures in the last week. It is worth having a read through our Government Support Tracker for recent updates and additions. My highlights of the latest news are as follows:

In Keith Fiander and Samantha Brower V HMRC [2020] TC7676, the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) decided that an annexe was not a separate dwelling for Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) Multiple Dwellings Relief (MDR). There was no door separating the house from its annexe.