Private residence relief: lessons from recent case law by Senior Associate Helen McGhee
Case law concerning the availability of PPR relief continues to apply the legislation in a somewhat inconsistent and unpredictable manner, but some common themes can be identified: the taxpayer needs to be able to produce satisfactory evidence of an intention to reside in the property as a home, and the tribunals will look at both the length of time and the quality of occupation in considering such an intention. The availability of the relief is, however, being curtailed both by HMRC’s increasing eagerness to challenge taxpayer claims, as shown by recent case law and by further legislative changes in the draft Finance Bill 2019/20 provisions which are due to come into force in April. The lack of clarity provided by case law, coupled with a tinkering to the rules by Finance Acts, has led to an increasingly confused picture for taxpayers and consequently undermined their ability to properly plan their affairs.
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The DBKAG & K (CJEU) decision: an opportunity for investment funds?
On 17 June 2021, the European Court decided the joint cases K (C-58/20) and DBKAG (C-59/20) regarding whether the supply of certain services constituted the “management of special investment funds”, benefiting from the VAT exemption enshrined in Article 135(1)(g) of Council Directive 2006/112/EC.
Raising the bar: UK Supreme Court clarifies the requirements for HMRC to issue Follower Notices
On 2 July 2021, the Supreme Court delivered its judgment in R (on the application of Haworth) v HMRC  UKSC 25, finding unanimously in favour of the taxpayer and upholding the Court of Appeal’s decision to quash the follower notice issued to him.
The Danish Supreme Court decides the Fidelity case
The Fidelity case concerned claims brough by three undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS) for the repayment of Danish withholding tax on dividends received from companies resident in Denmark between 2000 and 2009. The Supreme Court rejected the claims on the grounds that the Fidelity UCITS did not fulfil the conditions for the exemption provided by Danish law.
A yellow card for footballers and their agents……let’s bring in another match official
There has been long running tension between HMRC and the way that footballers and their agents are remunerated. As the Professional Footballers’ Association wade into the debate, Helen McGhee discusses the problems arising from agents’ fees and image rights.