SME Tax News

In Stephen and Lisa Core v HMRC [2020] TC07917, the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) allowed the taxpayers’ private residence relief claims despite their occupation of the dwelling only lasting six to eight weeks.


This time we are covering quite a diverse range of topics. What does the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) recommend for the future of Capital Gains Tax (CGT)? We explore enduring tax imponderables on the nature of a trade. We have ever more essential updates on COVID-19 funding, new guides on farming and Corporation Tax (CT), as well as more updates, cases and, of course,VAT.

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has published 'Simplifying by Design', the first report of its current Capital Gains Tax (CGT) review. It recommends some major changes to CGT including increasing tax rates and removing business asset reliefs.

HMRC have issued special Christmas/New Year instructions to employers in respect of PAYE Real-Time Information (RTI) filing.

In Heacham Holidays Limited v HMRC [2020] TC07883, the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) upheld fixed penalties imposed by HMRC for the late-filing of the taxpayer's Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) return but discharged the daily penalties imposed as they were issued retrospectively without notice.

In Hopscotch Limited v HMRC [2020] UKUT 0294, the Upper Tribunal (UT) upheld a First Tier Tribunal (FTT) decision that the taxpayer was subject to the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED). The redevelopment of the property did not constitute a trade and so relief from the charge was not available.