9am Lowdown: Landlords, fraud & unnecessary SA

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Hello! Here is the news that’s making Monday’s headlines.

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What’s in the news

Newham council says HMRC may be losing £200m a year in London alone after finding half its 27,000 landlords failed to register for self-assessment. (The Guardian)

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Natalie Saul, an accountant who stole £350,000 from her technology firm bosses to fund her gambling addiction, was spared jail after the judge decided that she was “not the general stuff of which the prison population is made”. (The Mirror)

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963,000 taxpayers were found to be unnecessarily registered for self-assessment in the past two years and have now been taken out of the system altogether. (The Telegraph)

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Morrisons has announced that it will follow the lead of its supermarket rivals Tesco and Waitrose by paying the so-called tampon tax. (City A.M)

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Sports Direct has won the right to appeal HMRC’s position that it owes millions to dozens of EU tax authorities for VAT for online sales to consumers. (Avalera)

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