SME Tax News

The government has published a consultation paper, 'Non-Contentious Probate Mandating online professional applications'. It proposes changing the non-contentious probate rules to make it mandatory for professional users, such as solicitors and other probate practitioners, to use the online process.

In Armstrong & Haire Ltd v HMRC [2020] TC7780, the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) refused a Corporation Tax deduction for goodwill amortisation. The pre-incorporation businesses had been carried on before April 2002.


This time we have a capital taxes round-up. We look at the options of those thousands of taxpayers who still have Employee Benefit Trust loans, we review some topical cases and we have new CPD.

In David Merchant and Sarah Gater v HMRC [2020] TC07783, the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) dismissed the appeal made by the taxpayers. It was found that the closure notice issued by HMRC was valid and that the annexe was not a separate dwelling for Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) Multiple Dwellings Relief (MDR).

In Ian Shiner & David Sheinman v HMRC [2020] TC7779, the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) disallowed interest on loans to members of a trading partnership. The loans were taken by the partners as investors and not the partnership and the interest paid was not wholly and exclusively for the partnership trade.

In BlueCrest Capital Management Cayman Limited (& others) v HMRC [2020] TC 07782, the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) agreed that the sale of occupational income rules could apply to charge Income Tax on partnership capital contributions.