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HMRC's guidance purports to be backed up by a Supreme Court decision but it goes further than that, writes Simon Yeo (KPMG).
Sean Randall (Blick Rothenberg) examines a tribunal decision on the SDLT anti-avoidance in s 75A, which could have adverse consequences for cases where real estate is sold via corporate wrappers.

Liz Wilson (Squire Patton Boggs) considers whether the Supreme Court’s decision shifts the boundary between acceptable and unacceptable SDLT planning.

Patrick Cannon (15 Old Square Chambers) provides guidance on the recent decision made by the Court of Appeal in Project Blue, and asks why the MoD did not make it a condition of sale that SDLT was paid.

Care should be taken when interpreting SDLT’s general anti-avoidance rule purposively, writes Sean Randall (KPMG).

While the much-anticipated decision in Project Blue is unsurprising, the decision raises some points of wider interest, including because HMRC prevailed by using FA 2003 s 75A, the SDLT anti-avoidance rule. Michael Thomas (Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers) reports

In this month’s briefing, Mark Middleditch (Allen & Overy) provides a round-up of recent tax developments affecting the City, including: the decisions in Sir Fraser Morrison (contingent CGT liability for shareholder-director) and Project Blue (SDLT anti-avoidance); new tax relief for corporate rescues; and the Office of Tax Simplification’s report on partnership taxation.

HMRC’s recently published guidance on SDLT and de-enveloping transactions is distinctly unhelpful, writes Marc Selby

Simon Yeo reflects on HMRC’s recent guidance on how the SDLT anti-avoidance in FA 2003 s 75A applies to financing around distributions of property to shareholders

The wheels come off two SDLT planning schemes, but two charities fare better before the court. Mark Baldwin and George Cotterell examine the lessons learned from three recent SDLT decisions.