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In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court has decided that the law preventing opposite sex couples from entering into a civil partnership breaches the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The appellants in this long running case are an opposi... Read More

HMRC continues to warn taxpayers to be aware of email phishing scams. Phishing emails are used by fraudsters to access recipients’ valuable personal details, such as usernames and passwords. Whilst these messages may appear to be genuine they are ver... Read More

HMRC has published figures that show the tax gap for the 2016-17 tax year was 5.7%. The tax gap is basically the difference between the amount of tax due and the amount of tax collected by the Exchequer. The gap includes tax that has been avoided in... Read More

The government has announced that the dormant asset scheme is to be expanded to include to a wider set of financial assets including stocks, shares, pensions or bonds. The government has appointed four 'industry champions' to expand the dormant asset... Read More

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018, along with most of the provisions in a new Data Protection Act 2018 (including those provisions relevant to processing in the employment relationship). The previous Data... Read More

HMRC understands that taxpayers will sometimes experience difficulties with paying their tax bill and stress that taxpayers should make contact with them as soon as they realise that there is a problem. This is good advice as burying your head i... Read More

The settlement rules are intended to prevent an individual from gaining a tax advantage by making arrangements that divert his or her income to another person who may be liable at a lower rate of tax or is not liable to Income Tax.Where a settlor has... Read More

Fraudsters are taking advantage of taxpayers who may be due a tax refund following the end of the 2017-18 tax year. HMRC is currently processing tax refunds, but the fraudsters are trying to get one step ahead. They do this by sending out scam e... Read More

It is important that any correspondence received from the County Court is dealt with promptly. This should include taking proper legal advice when appropriate.Usually, a creditor asks the County Court to make a county court judgment (CCJ) against a p... Read More

A new system that allows UK banks and building societies to scan cheques and clear them digitally rather than using the paper cheque for clearing is expected to be introduced from October 2018. The Image Clearing System (ICS) for cheques will cut dow... Read More

The government has announced a new crackdown to close loopholes that have been exploited by those using Scottish Limited Partnerships (SLPs). SLPs and Limited Partnerships (LPs) are used by many legitimate businesses particularly those in the private... Read More

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has announced that it has produced a lawful basis interactive guidance tool to assist businesses in determining, which lawful basis is appropriate for their data processing activities.The tool requires busi... Read More