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    Judicial review applications against HMRC – 1 November 2018

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    The past couple of years has seen a noticeable increase in the number of Judicial Review (JR) applications being made against HMRC. The majority of these have been in relation to HMRC using its new powers to issue the various types of notices to enforce payment ahead of a taxpayer’s case being heard by the Tribunal. This article looks at some of the leading applications and how the Courts are cutting HMRC a lot of slack when it comes to their actions.

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    Just a thought… – 1 November 2018

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    The news that Marcelo, the Real Madrid footballer, pleaded guilty to defrauding the Spanish state of €490,000 and received a fine of €750,000 and a suspended jail sentence of four months won’t come as a surprise to those that have been following the Spanish Tax Administration’s (AEAT) raid on footballers over recent years. Like many before him, Marcelo had used a non-Spanish company to exploit his image rights with the income not being taxable in Spain.

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    Panasonic to Relocate HQ from U.K. — over Brexit Tax Fears? – 24 September 2018

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    Whether you approve of him or not, it is difficult to refute President Trump’s assertion that we live in an era where “fake news” abounds.

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    Legal challenge to two UK reliefs: another EU uncertainty – 6 September 2018

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    Unlike the many uncertainties people and businesses face over Brexit, the EU caused another one in July that will not be solved by canny negotiations between Michel Barnier and Dominic Raab (assuming that he is still the UK’s negotiator when you are reading this). In another twist, this one may be of benefit to UK taxpayers, while the EU Commission gets to tweak the tail of UK officialdom.

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    Royal Dutch Shell plc ‘‘Shell-shocked’’ over Tax Structure Criticism – 30 July 2018

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    It was recently claimed in the press that the petroleum giant, Royal Dutch Shell plc, had avoided up to 7 billion euros in Dutch withholding tax since 2005–06. It has also been reported that Dutch MEP, Paul Tang, was intent on referring the case to the European Commission and that Dutch Green MP, Jesse Klaver, urged the Dutch parliament to investigate the arrangements.    

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    Milestone 10 Year Anniversary – 3 July 2018

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    It’s hard to believe that Milestone is 10 years old today. Andy, Zoe and I would like to thank all our clients and fellow professionals, former and current employees for the support and friendships we have developed over the past 10 years. As with everything in life, there have been some great times and some not so great times. Setting up shop as the global financial crisis was taking hold wasn’t the best timing, but it’s fair to say we learnt some valuable business and life lessons!

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    MTN November 2018

    The MO  The pre-Christmas edition! We bring you some pre-Christmas crackers in this November edition of the MTN and hope that, at least for a moment or two, we help take your mind off the omnishambles that is Brexit. We start with a look at, what is in the current climate, one of the rarest […]

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    MTN October 2018

    Canada and Jersey (that’s the Channel Islands version, for our U.S. readers), don’t have a great deal in common, that’s for sure, but we’re trying our best to find a link for the purposes of this MTN as both jurisdictions get a couple of mentions. Brexit, however, comes to mind (and yes, we’re as sick of this as you are), with politicians seeming to prefer a Canada+++ deal (whatever that may be) to Theresa May’s much maligned Chequers Plan.

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    MTN September 2018

    The MO  Normal service has been resumed! When we first put pen to paper (so to speak) with this edition of the MTN, the September weather had a decidedly autumnal chill about it. We sighed a sigh of relief, thankful that we could dig out our woolly jumpers, put on the central heating and look […]

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    MTN August 2018

    August is for the important decisions: whether to sit by the pool or the beach, whether to have that extra scoop of ice cream or whether to enjoy that glass of wine in the pub garden on a summer evening. So as to allow sufficient time for life’s weightier matters to be considered properly, we’ve kept the MTN short this month.

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    MTN July 2018

    With the UK in the grip of its best summer since 1976 (although no greenfly invasion just yet) this month we look at a number of issues that are just right for considering while on the beach or in the garden under a shady tree. Well they are if you, like us, find tax fascinating! First, we consider the ground-breaking U.S. Supreme Court decision in Wayfair that opens up internet businesses to U.S. state taxes. Next is a case study considering the effects of Brexit on a business that provides services rather than goods to the EU…

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    MTN June 2018

    To honour the World Cup, this month the MTN is about a subject close to FIFA’s heart, transparency. We start with a favourite of several tabloids and politicians, that of entities registered in the last echoes of the British Empire in the Caribbean. We then cover the latest announcements from the Finance Ministers of the EU, one of which we are very interested in! Our third article discusses how funds interact with BEPS Action 6 on preventing inappropriate access to treaty benefits.

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