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The obvious conclusion from the Upper Tribunal decision is that every standalone company should form a dormant subsidiary, writes Robert Langston (Saffery Champness), but there are anti-avoidance rules to consider.
Following a raft of recent case law, HMRC’s has revised its guidance on the unallowable purpose rules. Helen Buchanan and Sarah Bond (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer) consider what it says about HMRC’s approach to purpose-based enquiries and the situations which HMRC would normally regard as involving a tax avoidance purpose.
The APPG on responsible tax proposes criminally prosecuting tax advisers for avoidance planning. Craig Kirkham-Wilson (Simmons & Simmons) explains why the report is based on some misguided assumptions.

Josie Hills and Abigail McGregor (Pinsent Masons) examine one of the oldest statutory tax avoidance regimes that continues to apply.

Lynnette Bober (Gateley Legal) focuses on some key issues and problem areas which are likely to cross many advisers’ desks this year.
Michael Flaherty and Nigel Giles (BDO) provide a refresher guide to these intricate and wide-ranging rules which can easily be overlooked when advising on migration tax planning for individuals.
Card image Don Morley, Yvonne Cypher, Basim Khattab
Don Morley, Yvonne Cypher and Basim Khattab (PwC) explain the importance of businesses retaining documentation of commercial decision making as HMRC increasingly focuses on areas of international tax risk.
HMRC’s attempts to reverse the limitations imposed by the Court of Appeal backfired, as Ben Elliott (Pump Court Tax Chambers) explains.
The option to tax anti-avoidance rules have always been complex, but do they make the option to tax an endless roundabout or a one-way street? Chris Nyland (Gowling WLG) explores.
EU proposes extending the DAC 6 reporting deadlines by 12 weeks.