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HMRC’s guidance is often of limited value in a taxpayer dispute, and there is an increasing trend of HMRC ‘clarifying’ guidance, sometimes with purported retrospective effect. What then is it good for, ask Sarah Ling and Jack Slater (Macfarlanes).
HMRC’s revised guidance on early termination payments and several advocate general opinions are among the recent VAT developments reviewed by Jo Crookshank and Gary Barnett (Simmons & Simmons).
Although some uncertainty remains, from 1 April there will be fewer situations where HMRC accepts that early termination and compensation payments are not subject to VAT, write Katie Raine and Richard Woolich (DLA Piper). 
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Chris Holmes, Mark Ellis and James Egert (BDO) set out important current corporate and employer tax issues which in-house tax teams should now be addressing.
On 2 September 2020, HMRC published Revenue & Customs Brief 12/2020 setting out a change in the VAT treatment of payments made in respect of contract terminations and contractual disputes. HMRC’s new general rule is that most such payments will be...
David Smith and Richard Johnson (DLA Piper UK) consider the tax treatment of payments and benefits provided to employees in redundancy situations, and set out some of the common areas of tax difficulty and risk.
The latest VAT developments that matter, by Mark Watterson and Gary Barnett (Simmons & Simmons).
Eloise Walker (Pinsent Masons) discusses HMRC’s change of practice on the VAT treatment of early termination and compensation payments relating to commercial contracts following recent CJEU decisions.
A significant change in HMRC’s position.
As issues relating to the VAT treatment of damages and termination sums proliferate in the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, Eloise Walker and Dan Place (Pinsent Masons) bring us ‘back to basics’.