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- Budget will not now take place on 6 November – On 25 October 2019 the Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid wrote to the Treasury Select Committee.
- Christa Ackroyd loses IR35 appeal – Former BBC presenter Christa Ackroyd has lost her appeal against a ruling that she was an employee, not a freelance contractor, when she worked for the BBC via a personal service company.
- Clamp down on enablers of tax avoidance schemes – HMRC says it is clamping down on the promoters and enablers of tax avoidance schemes in the wake of the loan charge controversy.
- Increase in probate fees abandoned – The government has abandoned its planned increase in probate fees.
- Charities fraud protection failures – According to a report published by the Charity Commision, the majority of UK charities admit fraud is a major risk, but are still failing to carry out basic tasks in order to protect themselves.
- Guidance for employers – HMRC has published the October 2019 issue of the Employer Bulletin which contains guidance on a number of issues relevant for employers.
- HMRC countdown: file your tax return – With less than 100 days until the self assessment tax return deadline of 31 January 2020, HMRC is urging taxpayers to complete their tax returns early, in order to avoid the last minute rush.
- Genuine HMRC contact and recognising phishing emails and texts – HMRC has updated their guidance on how to recognise when contact from HMRC is genuine.