Topical Tips

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PLEASE NOTE: The Archive is a historical resource and by the very nature of these tips the details of tax law might have changed since they were published, so contact your Barnes Roffe partner before acting on any matter contained in these tips.

April 22, 2010

TT149: VAT on Postal Services – Potential Refund Claim?

Following a legal challenge to the scope of the postal services exemption applied in the UK, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has confirmed that Royal Mail, as the operator providing the public postal service, is the only postal body in the UK eligible to exempt postal services from VAT.
March 23, 2010

TT148: Potential For VAT Recovery On Business Entertainment

A recent opinion from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has cast doubt on the rule that VAT on business entertainment costs cannot be reclaimed. The Advocate General (an officer of the court who offers a preliminary opinion) has stated that the Netherlands is not complying with European legislation.
March 22, 2010

TT147: Tax Residency

February 2010 has seen the latest decision in the battle between Robert Gaines-Cooper and HMRC. Twenty or so years ago Mr Gaines-Cooper contends that when he purchased a home in the Seychelles and also married a “local girl” that he became non UK tax resident and in due course non UK domiciled.
February 22, 2010

TT146: Online Fraud – please stay alert!

We have received several cases of attempted phishing by fraudsters against clients. These have all, so far, taken the form of an unsolicited email which states that there is some sort of bank account problem, or under-reported income or fraud on your tax affairs and that you need to log-in to provide security details.
January 22, 2010

TT145: Company Car Fuel Update

Mileage rates from 1 December 2009: In TT140 we reported on the new rates to be used for paying the fuel-only element to employees who claim for business miles driven in company cars.
December 22, 2009

TT144: Expected changes to VAT rate and compliance

Expected VAT changes from 1 January 2010 There are a number of changes to VAT legislation which are expected to come into effect from 1 January 2010 which readers need to be aware of. Perhaps the most important of these changes are: Expected return of standard rate of VAT to 17.
October 22, 2009

TT143: Group Accounts

Following recent changes to company law, medium sized groups of companies are now required to prepare group accounts.  These group accounts will need to be filed at Companies House.  Previously both small and medium sized groups were exempt from this requirement.
September 22, 2009

TT142: VAT Fuel Scale Update-2009

All change again on VAT fuel scale charges In Topical Tips 115 (April 2008) we reported on a change to VAT fuel scale charges from 1 May 2008. This linked the VAT charge for businesses that recover VAT on fuel used for private motoring to the CO2 emissions of each car.
August 22, 2009

TT141: Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Estate planning is a lot easier and more tax efficient if you are married – which is of little consolation to the many people choosing to stay single these days. Perhaps one of the reasons for this reluctance to marry is the financial implication of divorce.
July 25, 2009

TT140: Company Car Fuel Update

Mileage rates from July: In TT129 we reported on the new rates to be used for paying the fuel-only element to employees who claim for business miles driven in company cars. (Remember, this applies only when the employee with a company car pays for all their fuel and claims back only the business element).
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