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Tax compensation for Scottish soldiers

About 8,000 military personnel are to be compensated for higher income tax rates in Scotland, it was disclosed on 18 July 2018. This applies to anyone earning more than £26,000 a year. Under the proposals, still not fully worked out, personnel affected would be given a pay rise to compensate for the higher tax. [18.07]  
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Johnson and Davis resign

On 9 July 2018, Boris Johnson resigned as foreign secretary. About 16 hours earlier, David Davis resigned as Brexit secretary. It is the first time since 1979 that two Cabinet ministers have resigned within 24 hours. Both resignations were triggered by the government's "soft Brexit" statement agreed by Cabinet members at a fraught Chequers meeting on 6 July 2018. The policy statement would invo...
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Ban on ticket bots

From 5 July 2018, ticket bots are banned. These are forms of automated software that allow ticket touts to buy more tickets than are allowed. Those who break the law face an unlimited fine. Many musical artists, including Ed Sheeran and Iron Maiden, have found that fans cannot buy tickets at the advertised price as they have been bought up by ticket bots. [18.07]
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Draft Finance Act 2018 legislation

The government released draft clauses for Finance Act 2018 on 6 July 2018. Measures to help taxi drivers to buy cleaner vehicles, remove barriers for investment in the oil and gas industry, and tackle tax avoidance using profit fragmentation are just some of the key policies that will be legislated for in the Finance Bill 2018-19. The clauses, explanatory notes and other material may be down...
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Jersey tightens money laundering rules

Jersey has tightened up its rules on money laundering, it announced in July 2018. The changes are made in the Proceeds of Crime (Jersey) Law. The changes are designed to ensure Jersey complies with European standards. The two amendments are focused on strengthening Jersey’s ability to secure higher volumes of prosecutions and confiscations in cases of financial crime. Specifically, they wide...
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Former BDO director jailed

Former director of accounting firm BDO was jailed for seven years in July 2018 for defrauding pensioners of £2.63 million. The fraud ran from 2002 to 2009. Some money has been recovered, but victims have still lost £1.9 million. Richard David Arthur, a chartered accountant from Jersey, took money from clients which he used to fund an extravagant lifestyle. He was struck off by the Institute ...
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Appeal must be provided for right to work

An appeal process must be included in a right to work dismissal. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) so decided on 13 April 2018. The case was brought by an employee from Pakistan who had been employed from 2009 to deliver pizzas. He was married to a European national. He was well regarded, and promoted to acting assistant manager by 2016. His right to work in the UK expired on 12 August 20...
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Tax credits deadline

The deadline for renewing tax credits is 31 July 2018. Renewal must be made online by this date. Claimants must notify HMRC of any change in their circumstances. Benefits will stop for those who do not renew in time. [18.07]
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Flat rate expenses

HMRC has updated its guidance on the expenses that may be claimed by employees in certain sectors. These are small amounts, often less than £100, that a worker in the appropriate category may claim without needing evidence. It covers the costs of allowable expenses for small tools, protective clothing and uniforms. The change announced on 4 July 2018 relates to amounts that may be claimed by...
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CIOT says HMRC does not mediate

HMRC does not follow its own policies for resolving taxpayer disputes, the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) said on 4 July 2018. Under HMRC's litigation and settlement strategy (LSS), HMRC will concede a point where it believes it is unlikely to win in litigation. CIOT says that HMRC engages its legal specialists too late in the process to avoid unnecessary disputes. As a consequence, ...
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