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Standard Life: Govt tax avoidance clampdown will hit mainstream IHT trusts

14 August 2014 6:01 pm

Proposed changes by HMRC to the tax disclosure regime are a cause for concern.

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Treasury waters down HMRC powers to raid bank accounts

27 November 2014 | By Samuel Dale

Treasury concedes ground after criticism from MPs over scope of powers.


HMRC moves to close pension lump sum recycling loophole

25 November 2014 2:32 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

HMRC has confirmed ‘stand-alone’ pension lump sums will not be subject to the restricted money purchase annual allowance rules imposed on savers who access the Budget freedoms.

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Labour pledges 'tough' penalties for tax avoidance

14 November 2014 8:35 am | By Natalie Holt

Party wants to impose fines of up to 100 per cent of the value of tax avoided.

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Govt launches 'revolution in tax transparency'

3 November 2014 10:12 am | By Sam Brodbeck

But Labour says annual tax statements mask full impact of taxes.

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Labour raises pressure on Govt over £2bn pensions tax leakage

29 October 2014 3:58 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

MPs ‘profoundly worried’ about potential missing £2bn from Treasury coffers.

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Experts pour cold water on proposal to scrap NICs

17 October 2014 2:00 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

A think-tank’s proposal to combine National Insurance and income tax is laudable but likely to be thwarted by lack of political will.

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PruProtect eyes whole of life LTC launch

2 October 2014 2:00 pm | By Devraj Ray

Money Marketing understands PruProtect will launch the new product next month, with Ageas UK set to follow in February 2015.

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Conservatives pledge to raise 40p income tax threshold to £50k

1 October 2014 2:00 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

A Conservative government would raise the threshold for the 40 per cent income tax rate to £50,000, up from its current level of £41,900.

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Osborne to cut 55% pensions 'death tax'

29 September 2014 8:18 am | By Samuel Dale

Chancellor will abolish tax that applied to untouched DC pension pots left by those aged 75 or over.

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Accountants cleared over £1m charity relief tax scheme

15 September 2014 3:41 pm | By Tessa Norman

Montpelier Tax Consultants chief executive cleared over tax relief scheme. 


Liberal Democrats set out pensions tax relief reform plans

8 September 2014 2:12 pm | By Steve Tolley

Party pledges to launch review on implications of introducing single rate of relief set above 20 per cent

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MPs warn HMRC IT shake-up risks 'disaster'

27 August 2014 3:31 pm | By Steve Tolley

Senior MPs warn over plans to break up super computer into as many as 100 parts.

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Govt to toughen up on offshore tax evasion

20 August 2014 11:10 am | By Michael Glenister

Government plans to introduce new criminal offence for failure to declare offshore tax arrangements.

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Standard Life: Govt IHT disclosure plans will hit advisers

13 August 2014 10:12 am | By Steve Tolley

Insurer says disclosure rules must take into account trusts that are mainly used for asset control, not avoidance.


Govt plans IHT trusts crackdown

11 August 2014 8:37 am | By Tom Selby

Government ministers have drawn up plans to clamp down on savers using IHT trusts to reduce their tax burden, The Daily Telegraph reports.

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SJP profits down as FSCS levy hits distribution arm

29 July 2014 8:47 am | By Tom Selby

St James’s Place has reported an 8.5 per cent drop in pre-tax profits, from £90.1m in the first half of 2013 to £82.4m this year.

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HMRC owed £15bn in tax, overpaid credits and fines

15 July 2014 8:22 am | By Steve Tolley

Public Accounts committee calls for immediate action from Treasury to claw back money owed to Government.


Former TSC chair Lord McFall calls for tax simplification to tackle avoidance

9 July 2014 4:28 pm

Labour peer Lord McFall says simpler tax code and some form of scheme approval would reduce avoidance.


HMRC wants access to bank statements

9 July 2014 8:47 am | By Steve Tolley, Tessa Norman

Revenue wants banks to hand over statements as part of plans to recoup tax owed directly from bank accounts.

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TSC member calls on HMRC to expose 'dodgy' tax advisers

8 July 2014 2:14 pm | By Steve Tolley

Conservative MP Jesse Norman says table would clarify which advisers are “dodgy” and which are not.

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HMRC apologises over £1.9bn tax mistake

8 July 2014 12:50 pm | By Steve Tolley

HMRC chief executive Lin Homer says error wasn’t spotted earlier because it was in the past.

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MPs to grill HMRC boss over £1.9bn mistake

4 July 2014 10:10 am | By Steve Tolley

HMRC will face two Parliamentary committees over errors that led to it overstating its success in recouping owed tax.

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Govt warned over 'nightmare' NIC and income tax merger

3 July 2014 1:00 pm | By Steve Tolley

Tax experts say merger would be difficult to deliver.

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Osborne resurrects plans to merge income tax and national insurance

30 June 2014 8:33 am | By Natalie Holt

Plan is actively being considered by Downing Street, according to The Times.

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Govt under pressure to tackle tax avoidance promoters

26 June 2014 8:00 am | By Steve Tolley

Public Accounts committee says HMRC and Treasury are unable to cope with increasingly complex tax rules.


Tax take from savers greater than 'sin taxes'

24 June 2014 8:41 am | By Devraj Ray

Stamp duty and inheritance tax revenues will be greater than alcohol and tobacco duties by the end of the 2015/16 financial year.

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Lawyers attack 'unfair' plans on tax avoidance rulings

18 June 2014 1:17 pm | By Steve Tolley

Law Society wants plans to bind users of tax avoidance schemes to judicial rulings to be dropped.

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High Court throws out stamp duty avoidance appeal

16 June 2014 10:08 am | By Steve Tolley

High Court backs retrospective closure of stamp duty loophole.

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HMRC to give IHT allowance flexibility in trusts

12 June 2014 | By Natalie Holt, Steve Tolley

HMRC proposes giving people discretion over how they split £325,000 tax allowance between multiple trusts.


HMRC to allow IHT allowance flexibility in trusts

9 June 2014 8:36 am | By Natalie Holt, Steve Tolley

Proposed reforms to IHT rules would mean a couple can only set aside £650,000 tax-free through the use of trusts.


Tories set to offer income tax freedom to Scotland

2 June 2014 9:19 am | By Steve Tolley

Party report to propose freedom to set bands and rates in bid to convince Scotland to stay in UK.

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Govt crackdown raises record £23.9bn in extra tax

27 May 2014 8:26 am | By Natalie Holt

Figure is almost £1bn higher than the target set by Chancellor George Osborne in the Autumn Statement.

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MPs sound alarm over HMRC tax recovery powers

9 May 2014 8:30 am | By Steve Tolley

The Treasury select committee says HMRC power to retreive debts from bank accounts must have independent oversight.

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HMRC wants beefed-up tax avoidance powers to take money from Isas

6 May 2014 5:40 pm | By Steve Tolley

Revenue says taking money directly from bank accounts and Isas is “less invasive” than going through courts.

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Chancellor urged to scrap 55% death benefit pension tax

1 May 2014 3:00 pm | By Tom Selby

MoretoSipps principal John Moret says the current tax system is “a total nonsense” and needs to be reformed

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Osborne expects death charge on pension funds to be cut

3 April 2014 10:35 am | By Samuel Dale

Chancellor George Osborne says the 55 per cent rate could be too high for the new pensions regime.

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Tories pledge to raise IHT threshold in next manifesto

24 March 2014 11:10 am | By Samuel Dale

Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to the Saga Group today to promote last week’s pension reforms.

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HMRC to seize £7bn in tax avoidance crackdown

20 March 2014 | By Tessa Norman

Government extends HMRC’s powers to issue payment notices relating to tax avoidance schemes. 

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