SME Tax News

In KS MacMillan and G Boardman v HMRC [2019] TC 07408, the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) ordered the HMRC to pay 50% of the taxpayer's costs. HMRC had denied relief based up an incorrect argument. This became the subject of a complex appeal. It turned out that if the correct argument had been considered in the first place it would have saved both sides' costs.

In HMRC v David Goldsmith [2019] UT 0325, the Upper Tribunal (UT) decided that HMRC may issue a notice to file a tax return in order to collect a PAYE debt. The taxpayer's appeal against late filing penalties was rejected on the basics: he had failed to appeal the amount of the penalty.

In 'Automated Decisions: Technical Note' published in October 2019, HMRC proposes new legislation for inclusion in the Finance Act 2020. The proposals mean that anything that can currently be done by an officer may instead be completed by HMRC through the use of a computer or other electronic means, whether automatically or not.


We have updated several key guides for landlords and property owners this time and there are a couple of Private Residence relief (PRR) cases to report which may be of interest to advisers and potential property buyers.

A government review of People with Significant Control (PSC) regulations concludes that the PSC register is meeting its objectives. The costs to business have been proportionate and in line with the original estimates. 

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS)'s latest report, “Tax reporting and payment: Simplifying tax for self-employed people and residential landlords” recommends that HMRC make further use of digital systems to simplify how self-employed people and landlords report and pay their tax.