Tax avoidance in the public sector

The Government is finding it mighty hard to clamp down on tax avoidance, and frequently appears not to know quite what it needs to do to raise more revenue to replenish its ever-leaking coffers. This is not surprising. One would have thought, though, that it would not be so difficult toprevent some of the more […]

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On July 9, 2012, posted in: Articles by

Tax avoidance in the public sector

The Government is finding it mighty hard to clamp down on tax avoidance, and frequently appears not to know quite what it needs to do to raise more revenue to replenish its ever-leaking coffers. This is not surprising. One would have thought, though, that it would not be so difficult to prevent some of the […]

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On May 20, 2012, posted in: Articles by

Be careful what you wish for

Do we want a general anti-avoidance rule? DAVID KIRK thinks not KEY POINTS  A suitable quid pro quo for the GAAR?  Importance of a clearance system.  What is reasonable tax planning?  Effect of a GAAR on income shifting – Arctic Systems.  Corresponding non-abusive arrangements. We are all in favour of […]

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On January 25, 2012, posted in: Articles by

IR35

Congratulations to the Professional Contractors Group, who have wheedled out of the Government some interesting statistics on just how ineffective the IR35 legislation is.  In the 2010/11 tax year HMRC opened only 23 investigations into whether IR35 should be operated.  This was up on 2009/10 (12 investigations) but a considerable reduction on 2007/08 (104) and […]

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On November 16, 2011, posted in: Articles, IR 35 by

How to cut your VAT bills and have some very satisfied clients

If you are an intermediary (employment agency or umbrella company) supplying clients who can’t get their VAT back, how about not charging it in the first place?  These clients might be public sector bodies (central and local government and the NHS), any other healthcare providers, charities, schools, banks and insurance companies. Until 2009 HMRC operated […]

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On November 16, 2011, posted in: Articles by