9am Lowdown: Avoidance cases, HMRC digital & BHS

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News round-up

HMRC lost only three of the tax avoidance cases which went to court during 2016/17. As well as the three losses there was one mixed result, where the judge found in favour of HMRC on some points but against it on others. (FT Adviser)

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Thousands are still unable to apply to claim free childcare because of technical difficulties with HMRC’s website, a letter to the Treasury select committee chair, Nicky Morgan, has revealed. (The Guardian)

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Fleet operators have called for clarity on the future basis of vehicle taxation beyond the current system of CO2 emissions derived from the combined miles per gallon (mpg) figure. (Fleet News)

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The Pensions Regulator is to prosecute Dominic Chappell, the former boss of retail chain BHS, for failing to provide information and documents the regulator requested. (BBC News)

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Angela MacDonald, HMRC’s new director general of customer services, talks about how the Revenue’s digital innovation has helped support this year’s July tax credit peak. The digital services include a new SMS reassurance service, the introduction of the HMRC app and a range of digital tools such as Facebook posts and messenger bots. (HMRC digital blog)

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Katherine Ford explains the changes to corporation tax loss relief, which are due to come into effect retrospectively from 1 April 2017.

Showing that a valid business exists can be a challenge for VAT purposes, particularly for charities and not-for-profit organisations. Neil Warren reviews the tests to consider in areas of doubt.

The Any Answers question of the day concerns a referral commission tug of war between a company director and the company. As the member explains, “a company director has recently referred our clients to one of our suppliers under a commission scheme”. So who has the legal right to the money?

As we approach the bank holiday weekend, Philip Fisher questions on the blog pages whether, in today’s connected world, bank holidays exist for accountants.

And finally, ICPA’s Tony Margaritelli reviews Bloomsbury’s Buy-to-let property tax handbook over on the Industry Update page. It’s a book he calls “the go-to reference for accountants with clients in this sector”.  

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