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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Severe Obesity May Now Be A Disability States Advocate General

The Advocate General (AG) of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has issued a preliminary ruling considering whether obesity could fall within the definition of ‘Disability’. The case which prompted this ruling involved Karsten Kaltoft, a Danish childminder, who was dismissed by his local city council after being unable to bend down to tie up […]

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FATCA – The Deadline For Trust Registration Is Looming

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was introduced in the United States with the aim of combating tax evasion through the use of foreign accounts by their tax residents. Following the UK/US Inter Governmental Agreement (IGA) and section 222 of the Finance Act 2013 this now forms part of UK law. HMRC has subsequently published […]

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Debt Recovery Services

Last month Wonga was ordered to pay £2.6 million in compensation after it was found to have engaged in unfair and misleading debt collection practices. The Financial Conduct Authority fined the payday loan company after it emerged that the company had sent letters to customers from fake law firms pressuring them to repay outstanding loans. […]

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The Gardiner Family: A Case Of Negligence By HMRC?

The Gardiner family (husband, wife and son) had taken part in a failed tax avoidance scheme. HMRC contended that they were negligent for having filed tax returns based on the assumption that the scheme was effective, up to the point where the Court of Appeal decided it was not. On the issue of negligence the […]

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