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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As announced in July of last year, the 2020 Budget introduces a new deferred payment plan option for Corporation Tax charged on profits or gains arising from certain transactions between UK companies and EEA companies of the same group of companies.
Reversal of Inverclyde
The 2020 Budget announced provisions to reverse last year’s FTT decision in Inverclyde. In that case, HMRC denied the appellant LLPs’ claims for Business Property Renovation Allowance on the basis that the LLPs did not carry on a business with a view to a profit.
HMRC nudge letters
HMRC continues to fight the good fight in its quest to cut down on tax avoidance and have recently been issuing further “nudge” letters to taxpayers who may have an income source or assets producing gains overseas and consequently an undisclosed outstanding UK tax liability.
ExxonMobil: FTT Decision Released
The FTT decision in Esso Exploration and Production UK Limited and others v HMRC, which relates to pre-2006 claims for Cross Border Group Relief, has now been released.