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Fifty Shades of Grey area – it’s prostitution for tax reasons, virtually

In Poland the Tax Office operates a system whereby you can seek prior confirmation of the tax treatment which would be applied to any proposed business activity.  One such application has recently hit the press, partly because of its subject matter and partly because of the sheer degree of prior consideration which had clearly gone into … Continue Reading

UK Autumn Budget Statement 2014 – salary sacrifice

Within the detail of the Autumn Statement yesterday, George Osborne said measures would be taken to prevent, “payments of benefits in lieu of salary”. HM Treasury also said that tax relief would be prevented on reimbursed business expenses where they are paid in conjunction with a salary sacrifice scheme. Not unusually, it is unclear at … Continue Reading

Taxing times for UK discrimination claimant

The recent Tax tribunal case of Moorthy v HMRC considered the well-known Section 401 ITEPA 2003 which, together with Section 403, makes taxable payments over £30,000 which are directly or indirectly in consideration of the termination of employment.  It also looked at the rules allowing compensation for injury to feelings caused by unlawful discrimination to … Continue Reading

Reed Employment PLC –v- HMRC

For any employer the ramifications of the Upper Tier of the Tax and Chancery Chamber upholding the decision of the First Tier in Reed Employment PLC –v- HMRC are worth consideration. You will remember that Reed provided daily travel and subsistence for 500,000 of its temporary workers under a salary sacrifice arrangement over the period … Continue Reading

New UK tax rules on dual/split contracts

From 5 April 2014 HMRC intends to target contrived arrangements which create “artificial divisions between the duties of a UK employment and an employment overseas in order to obtain a tax advantage”. The new legislation is expected to bring in £245m over the next 4 years. It remains unclear why such new legislation is even … Continue Reading

Interagency Snafu Delaying Issuance of Tax ID Numbers in Russia

This is an article from the Moscow Times on 14 March 2014, quoting Squire Sanders’ Anastasia Melnikov, Moscow.  It is a heads-up to any employer proposing to apply for a work permit for Russia.   A lack of coordination between two government agencies concerning taxpayer identification numbers is creating difficulties for some foreigners trying to get a Russian work permit. … Continue Reading

The UK “bump plan” – when childbirth is a bonus

Readers may have been seen BBC1’s Panorama programme earlier this week, which touched, amongst other things, on the so-called “bump plan.” Details of this entirely legal tax strategy came to be heard in unfortunate circumstances for a very highly regarded member of the tax profession, who has subsequently resigned his position on the GAAR panel- … Continue Reading
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