Weekly Tax Brief | 3 September 2019

If governments fail to respect the rule of law, might taxpayers do the same?
George Bull
With a Cabinet Minister refusing to confirm that the Government will abide by the law, and HMRC accused by a Tribunal of abusing its powers in order to deliberately frighten a taxpayer, it’s not been a good month for the rule of law. What would happen if taxpayers similarly chose which tax demands to pay and which to ignore? 

Construction sector faces perfect storm of VAT issues
Philip Munn
Unless HMRC responds to calls from the construction industry and RSM, on 1 October the industry faces a perfect storm of VAT issues. The domestic reverse charge for the Construction Industry Scheme will be introduced along with the kick-off of Making Tax Digital for some organisations. The most recent announcement looks set to increase the cost of energy-saving measures. 

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