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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claims stood behind the Isle of Wight (“IoW”) case and requesting that, as that case is now closed, appeals are either withdrawn […]

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May
05

Help PSTAX to help good causes

PSTAX are always keen to support a good cause and we get many requests for sponsorship from clients who are completing amazing challenges for excellent causes, sadly we cannot always sponsor all of our clients, so in order to keep our charitable giving fair, we have decided to set up an annual charity nomination programme. […]

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Apr
07

The End of Dispensations- Time to Act Now

As of yesterday, Dispensations will be history. However, if you have one and are relying on it for expenses paid in 2015/16, please don’t consign it to the ‘circular file’ just yet. Not only can you use your Dispensation to inform your reporting obligations in June/early July 2016, it will also help you if you […]

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Apr
07

Changes to the rules regarding subsistence allowances

From April 2016 P11D dispensation agreements will be abolished and replaced with new rules based on statutory exemptions for business expenses paid/reimbursed that have been necessarily incurred in the performance of the duties of the employment. As a result of this change, where employers wish to pay subsistence expenses using so-called ‘scale rate’ payments (sometimes […]

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