International Tax Review selects four partners at Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP as Tax Controversy Leaders
Four of JHA's partners have been selected as highly regarded individuals in the latest edition of Tax Controversy Leaders. This guide by Euromoney's International Tax Review, in association with World Tax, selects the leading Tax Controversy lawyers worldwide based on independent research, including client and peer interviews. Graham Aaronson QC, Michael Anderson, Paul Farmer and Simon Whitehead from JHA's tax disputes team have all been included in the guide. In recent weeks, JHA's contentious tax team has once again achieved top tier rankings in both The Legal 500 UK and Chambers and Partners UK 2020 guides. JHA remains the only law firm to have achieved such rankings in both guides every year since its inception. These continued successes by the firms' tax team demonstrate its market-leading position, which is the result of JHA's unique model of employing expert solicitors, barristers and forensic accountants to offer clients unparalleled service, combined with its experts close working relationships with clients. You can find the Tax Controversy Leaders list for the UK here.
Navigating Domicile Enquiries: Recent Case Review
In recent months, the First-tier Tax Tribunal has presided over 3 headline grabbing domicile cases which, whilst offering little precedential value, set out some useful commentary on the multi factorial approach taken by HMRC and ultimately the tribunal in determining an individual’s domicile status. This note reviews the decisions made in Shah v HMRC  UK FTT 539 (TC), Strachan v HMRC  UKFTT 00617 (TC) and Coller v HMRC  UKFTT 212 (TC).
Mini Umbrella Companies (“MUCs”) Success at Tribunal (Labour Supply; Kittel fraud; Fini fraud)
Iain MacWhannell, instructing David Bedenham, successfully represented an employment intermediary in an appeal against a denial of input tax and £15 million VAT assessment.
The End is Nigh for the Non-Dom Regime
Published in ThoughtLeaders4 Private Client Magazine, Helen McGhee expert analysis of the current state of non-dom tax regime and it's future.
HMRC Makes Changes to COP9
On 14 June 2023, HMRC published a substantially rewritten Code of Practice 9 (“COP9”). Helen McGhee and Megan Durnford set out the key changes implemented as a result of this publication.
Pandora Papers: HMRC issues nudge letters
The Pandora Papers leak of almost 12m documents back in 2021 purportedly exposed the secret accounts and dealings (including potential tax evasion/ avoidance and money laundering) of 35 world leaders (including the late HM Elizabeth II), as well as many politicians and billionaires. The data was obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in Washington DC and led to one of the biggest ever global financial investigations.