This month in tax – November 2019
Justine Riccomini advises on the key tax webinars, seminars and learning opportunities that CAs and tax professionals should be aware of in November and ahead.
Fraser of Allander Pre-Budget Scottish Conference
12 November 2019, National Museum Of Scotland, Edinburgh – 09.00 to 11.30
This is the annual FAI analysis of the Scottish budget and is fast becoming the pre-eminent briefing on issues surrounding Scotland’s Budget.The report will discuss the state of the economy, the outlook for Scotland’s public finances and the options open to the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Finance as the Scottish Government prepares for its upcoming 2020/21 Budget.The report includes a chapter on tax contributed by ICAS.
To accompany the report’s launch, a free-to-attend briefing event will be held in the National Museum of Scotland at 9am on the 12 November.
Charlotte Barbour, Director of Tax at ICAS will provide her insights at the event.
Register online and to obtain further information.
CIOT Scotland Branch Annual Conference
Friday 8 November 2019 - 9:00am to Saturday 9 November 2019 - 4:30pm
The Scotland Branch extends an invitation to all CIOT and ATT members and students, together with other tax professionals, to attend its Annual Conference. On the Saturday, there is a presentation from Charlotte Barbour with a Scottish Taxes update.
Edinburgh Tax Network – November
The Edinburgh Tax Network, in conjunction with Terra Firma Chambers, will present the following seminars at the Mackenzie Building, Old Assembly Close, Edinburgh.
21 November 2019
- “IR35 and interposing Personal Service Companies: Where can you do it? Where will it work for the Taxpayer?”
oA review of the underlying case principles based on the burgeoning recent case law – Christa Ackroyd, Albatel (Lorraine Kelly) Big Bad Wolf (Robert Glenister) and much more.
- Speaker: Derek Francis, LL.B., CTA (Fellow), Advocate, Barrister, Chartered Tax Advisor, Terra Firma Chambers & Temple Tax Chambers.
28th November 2019
- Advisory Issues and Computational Aspects re IR35”
- Speaker: Karen Davidson, LLB (Hons), DipLP, ATT, Partner, Corporate Tax & Incentives, Brodies LLP, Glasgow.
Registration for each seminar will commence at 12.30pm to start at 1pm.
There is no charge for attendance, however booking is necessary - to reserve a space at this event email firstname.lastname@example.org
Aberdeen Tax Discussion Group
Tax Reliefs for Innovative Businesses – Dougy Agnew, RSM. 02 December 2019 at 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm at KPMG, 37 Albyn Place.
Please contact Lindsey Stewart, the ICAS Grampian Area Coordinator, by email or on 07941 365627 for further information.
Glasgow Tax Discussion Group
12 November 2019 at 12:30 pm - 1:30, Merchants Hall .
‘Reflections on the Profit Diversion Compliance Facility and on the evolution of discovery’ presented by Johnston Orr, and Zee Overton, EY. To register, please click here.
03 December 2019 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, Merchants Hall
‘IR35 and Interposing Personal Service Companies’ presented by Derek Francis of Terra Firma Chambers.To register, please click here.
Women in Tax events coming up
There are numerous events ahead for the Women in Tax network, designed for, but not exclusive to, women working in tax – in the profession, in-house, HMRC or anywhere else.
HMRC Talking points dates for your diary are as follows:
If you have missed one, you can usually catch up later.
Off-payrolling working rules from April 2020: This webinar gives an update to the reform of off-payroll working rules from April 2020 for engagements with the public sector and medium and large sized organisations.
National Minimum Wage – How to carry out checks to ensure compliance with minimum wage legislation: This webinar will cover what employers must do to avoid errors and ensure compliance when paying the national minimum wage.
Wednesday 6 November – 11am to midday
HMRC Community Forum on PAYE and Payroll Matters
HMRC has a new online customer forum where you can post questions on a range of tax topics that are answered by HMRC experts. The new forum includes “PAYE and Payroll for Employers”.
ICAS Members are encouraged to join this.
The Knowledge Base is a new feature which contains answers to FAQs on a variety of topics and where you can find information on a number of subjects to help with tax matters. Content is regularly updated and new material added.
Anyone can view the forum at the HMRC website. To post a question, simply register and create a profile.
The aims of the PAYE and Payroll for Employers Forum are:
- Provide HMRC with early identification of issues that are affecting employers, so that these can be progressed and resolved more quickly and help employers meet their obligations.
- Share thoughts, issues and concerns on new and current HMRC processes, policies and strategies with their peers, so that they can agree how potential changes may affect them.
- Quickly identify and recognise common errors and processing glitches, so they can be reviewed and investigated.
- Enable members to raise, discuss and possibly resolve potential issues with each other by sharing best practice or experience.
A registered forum member can:
- View posts
- Add or post topics / questions
The ICAS tax team responds to many consultations on tax issues and welcomes members’ views to assist in preparing responses. If you have any comments on open consultations let us know.
Details of current consultations on tax issues can be found here: