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Dec
21

CON29

Following much speculation in the sector Alan Carey at HMRC has today written to CIPFA with an update on the implementation of VAT on CON29 fees. The update is as follows: Property search fees I refer to the decision made at the November CIPFA meeting for an implementation date of 1 January 2017 in relation […]

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Dec
01

Higher Rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax

Higher Rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax At Autumn Statement on 25 November 2015, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that higher rates of stamp duty land tax (SDLT) would apply from 1 April 2016 to purchases of additional residential properties, such as second homes and buy-to-let properties. The Government consulted on details of the […]

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Dec
01

The Chancellor Confirms Plans for Salary Sacrifice and Intermediary Rule Changes

Release Date: 23 November 2016 Local authority and public sector clients have been anxiously awaiting the outcome of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in relation to two Government proposals introduced by way of Consultation earlier in the year. This E-Alert brings clients and contacts up to date with the post-Statement position in each area. Taxation of […]

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Oct
06

New Member of PSTAX Team

PSTAX is delighted to welcome Steve Williams to the team. Steve is one of the UK’s most experienced public sector VAT consultants, having worked previously at RSM/Baker Tilly, Lancashire County Council and HMRC. He also has an enhanced awareness of all other taxes that affect public sector bodies. Steve has been a leading presence in […]

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Jul
26

Update: VAT and trade waste collections

So I hear that the trade waste liability is being appealed again? Well, not exactly.  The Durham Company, trading as Max Recycling, has successfully applied for a judicial review (JR) of HMRC’s decision to treat as non-business trade or commercial waste collections by local authorities. Like I said, it’s being appealed again? No, a JR […]

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Jun
01

Revision of the Intermediaries Legislation for the Public Sector

Last year, HMRC published a discussion document on improving the effectiveness of the intermediaries’ legislation (IR35). This has now been followed by a consultation document issued on 26 May with an end date of 18 August. The proposal in the consultation document is that the Government will reform the intermediaries’ rules for ‘off-payroll’ engagements of […]

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May
31

Familiarity Breeds Complacency?

Salary sacrifice schemes have become all too familiar in recent years prompting the Government to issue its annual budget day warning that it may decide to turn off the supply ‘at the mains’. This seems an unlikely scenario but the warnings inevitably have the desired impact of making employers think twice. Apart from these warnings, […]

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May
10

Parking overpayment claims – Urgent!

Release Date: 10 May 2016  Further to our recent eAlerts on this topic, the HM Courts and Tribunal Service (“HMCTS”) has now started writing to all authorities that have off street car parking claims stood behind the Isle of Wight (“IoW”) case and requesting that, as that case is now closed, appeals are either withdrawn […]

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