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Four arrested in HMRC phone scam

Two men and two women have been arrested as part of an investigation into a suspected multi-million pound HMRC phone scam set up to target UK taxpayers. HM Revenue and Customs officers carried out searches at five addresses in East and West London on 28th July. They...

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Tax credits deadline, don’t lose out

Tax credits customers have until the 31st July 2020 to tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about changes to their circumstances or income. If you have received a letter to reconfirm their income details must contact HMRC if your circumstances have changed. Failure to...

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Finance Bill 2020

This year’s Finance Bill received Royal Assent on 22 July 2020 and will now pass into law as the Finance Act 2020. There are a lot of new items, here are the headlines: Loan Charge (Disguised Remuneration) Possible repayments for existing settlements can now start to...

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Furlough Fraud

CJRS (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme) and SEISS (Self-Employment Income Support Scheme) grants knowingly misused can be a charged as a criminal offence. If HMRC open an enquiry and do not prosecute, the Officers can pursue penalties up to 100% of the tax due. The...

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Hashmi

The case of Hashmi related to the private residence relief regarding capital gains tax.  The case was lost in the First-Tier Tribunal Tax because the Appellant had tried to claim the PRR on three properties that had been sold on fairly quickly after purchase.  The...

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Rank Group

The Rank Group had attempted to recover excessive output tax declared and paid to HMRC in relation to Bingo sales, which had been incorrectly standard rated since the inception of VAT, forty-seven years ago. Most of the claims had been accepted and repaid by HMRC...

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Golfing Tobacco Smuggler Putt In Jail

A keen golfer who enjoyed playing golf in exotic locations by dodging tax on smuggled tobacco has been jailed. Dhanji Varsani, 56,  North West London, shipped in nearly 7000kg of hand-rolling tobacco worth £1.2 million in unpaid excise duty, an investigation by HM...

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