HMRC warns households of rise in landline tax scams

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HMRC has urged UK households with a landline number to be vigilant following a significant rise in landline tax scams. HMRC recently moved to crack down on email and SMS phishing scams. As a result, many criminals are now turning to the more traditional method of cold-calling publicly available phone …

OTS publishes review into impact of technology on taxation

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The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has published a review into the impact of technology on UK taxation. The review analyses how technology creates opportunities and poses challenges for UK taxation. According to the OTS, technology could pose a risk for taxpayers in the future. The OTS argues that the …

MPs call for introduction of new levy on clothing retailers

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The Environmental Audit Committee has called for the introduction of a new levy on so-called ‘fast fashion’ retailers. The Committee wants to make clothing retailers ‘take responsibility’ for the waste that is generated during the process of making new clothes. It has suggested that each item of clothing retailers create …

Government publishes advice on minimising gender pay gap

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The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has published advice designed to help UK businesses to reduce their gender pay gap. The documents contain advice on which pieces of information employers must publish in relation to their gender pay gap, and how to make the calculations needed to report gender pay gap …

Rise in probate fees to take effect despite opposition

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Government plans to increase probate fees are set to go ahead despite considerable opposition. Currently, for estates valued at over £5,000, a grant application made by a solicitor is subject to a flat fee of £155. A grant application made by an individual is subject to a fee of £215. …

CIOT urges government to simplify Structures and Buildings Allowance

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The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has urged the government to ‘simplify’ its new Structures and Buildings Allowance (SBA). The SBA provides relief for expenditure on certain new, non-residential structures and buildings. Eligible construction costs incurred on or after 29 October 2018 will qualify for relief: this will be at …

Treasury Committee launches business rates inquiry

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The Treasury Committee has launched an inquiry into the UK’s business rates system, in order to assess the impact of business rates on firms. The Committee intends to examine how changes in government policy have altered the business rates system. It will also analyse ‘how the current business rates system …

CBI outlines next stage of apprenticeship reform

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The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has published a report outlining the next steps that must be taken in order to successfully reform the UK’s apprenticeship system. The report suggests that the government should give the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA), the principal body for vocational skills in England, the ‘independence …

Chancellor announces Spring Statement date

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Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that this year’s Spring Statement will be delivered on Wednesday 13 March. The 2019 Spring Statement will be the second of its kind: in the 2016 Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced a major shake-up of the government’s fiscal timetable. This saw the abolition of the …

Taxpayers urge HMRC to delete biometric data

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Thousands of taxpayers have urged HMRC to delete the biometric data it stored during phone calls made to its Voice ID system. HMRC has gathered millions of callers’ biometric data since launching its Voice ID system in 2017. However, non-profit organisation Big Brother Watch stated that people have been ‘railroaded …