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Like tax? Love networks? UK taxmen have a job just for you

HM Revenue and Customs is hiring a head of networks, for those who fancy a real pre-Brexit IT challenge. “We’re creating a dynamic, agile technology organisation that works on two levels: we want the most amazing experience for customers and citizens, both internal and external; and we are building careers that are rewarding …
Gareth Corfield, 13 Sep 2018
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UK.gov's no-deal plans leave HMRC customs, VAT systems scrambling to keep up

The government's no-deal Brexit scenario has thrown another technical spanner into HMRC's works, as bosses admitted delivering the plan would put a strain on its other work. A fully functional, optimal system will not be in place on 1 April 2019 – HMRC bosses At the same time, the final release of the new Customs …
Rebecca Hill, 6 Sep 2018

Surprise! VAT, customs likely to get a bit trickier in a Brexit no-deal world

A week after the UK's taxman unveiled an exciting new system for modernising its existing processes, the government has published papers describing what might happen in the event the UK tumbles out of the EU next year without a workable deal. Custom declarations in a no-deal world In what should really come as a surprise to …
Richard Speed, 24 Aug 2018
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UK taxman told: IR35 still isn't working in the public sector, and you want to take it private?

The UK's taxman, HMRC, is under pressure to rethink "short-sighted" plans to extend IR35 tax reforms to the private sector and scrap its "unfit" assessment tool as a consultation on the matter closes today. The government is tightening up tax rules on off-payroll working to squeeze contractors for a bit more cash. Broadly, it …
Rebecca Hill, 10 Aug 2018
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Amazon meets the incredible SHRINKING UK taxman

Box-slinging cloud botherer Amazon unveiled some impressive results for its UK tentacle last year, and some even more impressive tax efficiencies. In filings available from the UK's Companies House, the box shifter reported an impressive turnover a gnat's whisker shy of £2bn* in 2017, up from £1.5bn a year before. Wafer-thin …
Richard Speed, 3 Aug 2018
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UK taxman outlines its CHIEF concerns for customs IT systems

HMRC execs have set out a series of risks to the development of its new customs IT system, including ensuring that supplier IBM delivers on time and a possible £70m shortfall in funding this year alone. UK taxman warned it's running out of time to deliver working customs IT system by Brexit READ MORE The department is …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Jul 2018
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CEST la vie, IR35 workers: HMRC sets out stall for ignoring Mutuality of Obligation

HMRC has attracted further ire from contractors affected by plans to squeeze them for a bit more tax under IR35 rules. After considerable prodding by contractor consultancies and other groups including freelance advisory service ContractorCalculator.co.uk, the tax agency last week released a new paper on Mutuality of …
Richard Speed, 10 Jul 2018
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UK.gov told: You're not very good at collecting quality data, are you?

UK government bodies collect data "as an afterthought" or when they've been caught off-guard in a grilling, Parliament's Public Accounts Committee's chairwoman Meg Hillier has said. In her annual report, published today, she describes poor quality data as "the perennial bugbear" of her committee, saying that it has seen repeat …
Rebecca Hill, 5 Jul 2018
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HMRC told AGAIN to toughen up on VAT-dodging online traders

The UK taxman has been told to crack down on online traders that aren't paying their fair share of VAT when they sell on sites like Amazon and eBay. The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has been pushing the government to stop the scourge of online marketplaces damaging UK business and the government's coffers for …
Rebecca Hill, 29 Jun 2018
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UK taxman has amassed voice profiles of 5.1 million taxpayers

Campaign group Big Brother Watch has accused HMRC of creating ID cards by stealth after it was revealed the UK taxman has amassed a database of 5.1 million people's voiceprints. The department introduced its Voice ID system in January 2017. This requires taxpayers calling HMRC to record a key phrase, which is used to create a …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Jun 2018
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HMRC: Aria PC's £2m MSN Messenger deals bonanza was VAT fraud

Reseller Aria PC's managing director "must have known" that 11 disputed deals his company made a decade ago had a "connection to fraud", an HMRC barrister has told a tax tribunal. Aria PC is accused by HMRC of playing a key part in a missing trader intra-community fraud, also known as VAT carousel fraud. In 2006 the company …
Gareth Corfield, 25 Jun 2018

Brit reseller Aria PC's appeal against HMRC VAT fraud finding gets under way

Manchester-based reseller Aria Technology Ltd is appealing against a tax tribunal finding that MD Aria Taheri “knew or ought to have known” that it took part in a VAT carousel fraud. Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has published a guide to what missing trader intra-community (MTIC) fraud is on the GOV.UK website. …
Gareth Corfield, 21 Jun 2018

Brit reseller Aria PC mounts appeal against £750k taxman VAT fiddle ruling

Computer parts reseller Aria Technology, which trades as Aria PC, is appealing against a ruling that it defrauded the UK taxman out of £750,000 of VAT. The Tax Chamber of the First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) ruled in 2016 that Aria Taheri, the Manchester-based firm’s sole director, “must have known of the connection to fraud” when …
Gareth Corfield, 21 May 2018
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HMRC opens consultation to crack down on off-payroll working in private sector

The UK government has opened its long-awaited (and dreaded) consultation (PDF) on proposals to extend IR35 off-payroll working in the private sector, which could affect 2 million contractors. In the Autumn Budget 2017, the government revealed it would consult on how to tackle non-compliance with the off-payroll working rules …
Kat Hall, 18 May 2018
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Brit IT contractor wins appeal against HMRC to pay £26k in back taxes

A public sector IT contractor has won his appeal against Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to pay £26,000 in back taxes under IR35 legislation. Ian Wells won the case against the UK taxman over his working arrangement on the Department for Work and Pensions' Universal Credit project between 28 May 2012 and 4 April 2013. Wells …
Kat Hall, 17 May 2018

Recycling tech biz bosses get years for VAT fraud, money laundering

A dastardly duo running IT recycling businesses that pilfered nearly £145,000 in VAT and laundered cash for a gang of fraudsters face years behind bars, HMRC confirmed today. Andrew Baddeley, 45, formerly of Greengate Road, Stoke-on-Trent, and Douglas Brown, 55, of Springfield Avenue, Warrington, ran CMS Computer Monitor …
Paul Kunert, 25 Apr 2018
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HMRC delays digi tax plans amid Brexit customs woes

HMRC appears to be putting its flagship "making tax digital" (MTD) project on hold. Instead, it's all hands on deck at the Brit tax authority to handle its customs IT replacement system post-Brexit. In an update on the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) IT programme, Jon Thompson, chief exec of HMRC, said the department has " …
Kat Hall, 13 Apr 2018
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Amazon and eBay agree to expose potential VAT evaders for UK tax man

Amazon and eBay are to ink a deal with the UK tax man this month to provide data on potential VAT evaders. Both companies confirmed to The Register they will sign a voluntary agreement with HMRC, along with other online marketplaces, to combat sellers failing to pay their fair share of tax in Blighty. According to HMRC, the …
Kat Hall, 6 Apr 2018

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