Revenue has confirmed that the deadline for those who file their 2012 income tax return and pay their 2012 balance and 2013 preliminary tax through ROS is Thursday, 14 November 2013.
CAT filings for gifts or inheritances with valuation dates in the year ended 31 August 2013 can also avail of this extended deadline where both return and payment are made through ROS.
The Revenue Commissioners have released the following statement re Capital Acquisitions Tax and debt write off. Basically no CAT liability arises.
Section 5 of the Capital Acquisitions Tax Consolidation Act 2003 provides that a person is deemed to take a gift where, under or in consequence of any disposition, that person becomes beneficially entitled in possession, otherwise than on a death, to any benefit otherwise than for full consideration in money or money’s worth paid by such person.
By virtue of the definition of “disposition” in section 2 (1) CATCA 2003 the release, forfeiture, surrender or abandonment of any debt or benefit, or the failure to exercise a right may be subject to CAT in certain situations.
Where for bona fide commercial reasons, a financial institution enters into a debt restructuring, forgiveness or write-off arrangement with a customer, Revenue’s approach, subject to being satisfied as to the bona fides of the arrangement (which may be subject to Revenue audit or enquiry) is that the financial institution is not intent on making a gift of any sort to the mortgagor/debtor – and accordingly the mortgagor/debtor would not be subject to a CAT charge in respect of any such debt restructuring, forgiveness or write-off arrangement.
This approach will only apply in the above-mentioned circumstances. In particular, should any debt restructuring, forgiveness or write-off arrangement be undertaken for the purposes of the avoidance of tax, the treatment outlined above would not apply.
Revenue has advised that about 60,000 taxpayers will receive notification via ROS of their Local Property Tax (LPT) obligations. These are taxpayers who have an active ROS digital certificate. This would include taxpayers who may, for example, prepare their own VAT and/or PAYE/PRSI returns but have an adviser who deals with their income tax returns.
An interesting note from the Institute of Tax re an Appeals Commissoners decision on 12 March 2013.
“Appeal Commissioners Decision of 12/3/2013
As a result of a Tax Audit estimates on a re-grossed basis for PAYE/PRSI were made on a Company which had discharged third party liabilities of a Director. The Appeal Commissioner held that re-grossing was not appropriate and that PAYE/PRSI only applied to the amounts actually paid by the Company. The Revenue Commissioners have expressed dissatisfaction.”
You would nearly feel sorry for the Revenue!
As you may be aware the Revenue Commissioners have launched a review of tax compliance by contractors in the Munster region. Revenue are focussing on both the One Contractor One Company and Composite/Umbrella company structures.
This project has been so successful for Revenue that they are rolling the review out nationally with immediate effect.
We recently met the Revenue Commissioners review team in Cork to assess their progress in this project.
The key issues we learnt are:
• Revenue believe a large number of contractors are over claiming home office and travel costs.
• Revenue have predefined parameters they are using to identify contractors to be audited.
• Once identified for audit, Revenue have specified levels of ‘unvouched expenses’ they are prepared to accept without penalty for the contractors.
• If contractors have levels of expenses which Revenue believe are unjustified, Revenue are seeking to charge interest of 12% pa and penalties ranging from 10% (unprompted disclosure) to 100% (liabilities discovered in audit) of the tax liabilities.
Following our meeting with the Revenue Inspectors, we are familiar with the audit parameters and unvouched expenses thresholds Revenue are utilising in this review.
Noone Casey are acting for numerous contractors in their negotiations with Revenue using our industry knowledge and the specific knowledge we have obtained in our meetings with Revenue.
If you are or have been contracting in the past 4 years and have any concerns over your tax compliance, feel free to contact me email@example.com or 01 6766476 for a free, confidential review of your tax status.