Weekly Tax Update 21 May 2019

The latest tax update and VAT round up for the week.

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Ami Jack
Published: 21 May 2019 Updated: 31 Jan 2023


  • Tax update and the Spring Bank Holiday

Private client

  • HMRC fails to demonstrate a discovery
  • HMRC comments on IHT on overseas property Q&As

Trusts, estates and IHT

  • IHT annual receipts increased by over 3% in 2018/19
  • HMRC publishes report on lifetime gifting

PAYE and employment

  • HMRC issues two Spotlights on tax avoidance schemes

Business tax

  • SDLT Manual to be updated following anti-avoidance case
  • Scottish UT rules on the effect of a procedural error on penalties
  • Office of Tax Simplification reports on tax for small businesses


  • FTT clarifies definitions in DIY Builders Scheme case
  • Storage company found to be making supplies of insurance

And finally

  • Clean cup, move down!

By necessity, this briefing can only provide a short overview and it is essential to seek professional advice before applying the contents of this article. This briefing does not constitute advice nor a recommendation relating to the acquisition or disposal of investments. No responsibility can be taken for any loss arising from action taken or refrained from on the basis of this publication. Details correct at time of writing.


This article was previously published on Smith & Williamson prior to the launch of Evelyn Partners.