To help you in your work as a tax adviser.
- Accelerated Tax Payments (1746kb)
The CIOT and ATT have prepared a note to make members aware of issues around HMRC’s new powers to demand payment upfront of disputed tax in certain cases.
- Engagement Letters for Tax Practitioners effective 25 February 2013 (476kb)
This document was produced by a collaborative working party of ATT, CIOT, ICAEW, ACCA, ICAS, IIT. These engagement letters are currently not examinable. Students are required to study those found within PRPG.
- Engagement Letters - Enforceability of Engagement Letters Guidance (373kb)
This document was produced by a collaborative working party of ATT, CIOT, ICAEW, ACCA, ICAS, and IIT and provides guidance on The Cancellation of Contracts made in a Consumer’s Home or Place of Work etc Regulations 2008 and the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000
- Mortgage lenders (21kb)
This guidance provides a list of mortgage lenders who will accept financial references prepared by chartered tax advisers.
We are aware from members that some lenders appear to have changed their policy and are no longer accepting ATT/CTA as someone able to certify financial references. We have left the names of lending organisations on the list unless we have been formally notified by the lender (as this still reflects the agreed position) – some of the rejections appear to stem from a local decision rather than a central one by the organisation. Thus it would be worth challenging any rejection by asking the branch to refer to their Head Office.
We have approached the Council of Mortgage Lenders with a view to trying to resolve the position centrally and get some clarity on the position for both lender and adviser. As soon as there is any news we will post it on the website; in the meantime please do tell us, by contacting Heather Brehcist (email@example.com), of further problems in this area.
- Appointing an Alternate (44kb)
Sections 3.5 and 3.6 of the Professional Rules and Practice Guidelines recommend that a member who is a sole practitioner should make suitable arrangements to ensure that his practice can continue to be carried on in the event of his illness, temporary or permanent incapacity, or death. This guidance includes appointing an alternate and a sample agreement.
- Services Directive (185kb)
Under the Services Directive CIOT and ATT members in practice must provide certain information to clients and prospective clients. The information must be supplied before the conclusion of a contract for the provision of the service or, where there is no contract, before the services are provided. A helpsheet giving further details is attached.
- HMRC launches Managing Deliberate Defaulters (MDD) programme
HMRC have launched their Managing Deliberate Defaulters (MDD) programme, which aims to deter and tackle tax defaulters. Tax advisers need to be aware of the programme and may need to consider its implications, especially when engaging new clients.
This guidance provides assistance for members who are representing clients at Tribunals, including the consideration of ethical principles.
- Updated Briefing Note - Guidance on UK/Swiss deal (25kb)
The CIOT and ATT have updated a briefing note on some of the Professional Standards issues which arise out of the UK/Swiss Tax Deal. For more information click here.
- SDLT schemes factsheet - March 2012 (293kb)
The CIOT and ATT have prepared a factsheet on Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) Schemes, following on from the warning issued last month to solicitors by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA).