Revenue in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Commissioners of Inland Revenue v Duke of Westminster
    • House of Lords
    • 07 May 1935

    If he succeeds in ordering them so as to secure this result then however unappreciative the Commissioners of Inland Revenue or his fellow taxpayers may be of his ingenuity he cannot be compelled to pay an increased tax This so-called doctrine of "the substance" seems to me to be nothing more than an attempt to make a man pay notwithstanding that he has so ordered his affairs that the amount of tax sought from him is not legally claimable.

  • Ramsay (W T) Ltd v Commissioners of Inland Revenue
    • House of Lords
    • 12 Mar 1981

    It is the task of the court to ascertain the legal nature of any transaction to which it is sought to attach a tax or a tax consequence and if that emerges from a series or combination of transactions, intended to operate as such, it is that series or combination which may be regarded.

  • Woolwich Equitable Building Society v Commissioners of Inland Revenue
    • House of Lords
    • 20 Jul 1992

    It is faced with the Revenue, armed with the coercive power of the State, including what is in practice a power to charge interest which is penal in its effect. In addition, being a reputable Society which alone among Building Societies is challenging the lawfulness of the demand, it understandably fears damage to its reputation if it does not pay. So it decides to pay first, asserting that it will challenge the lawfulness of the demand in litigation.

    The first is that the retention by the State of taxes unlawfully exacted is particularly obnoxious, because it is one of the most fundamental principles of our law � enshrined in a famous constitutional document, the Bill of Rights � that taxes should not be levied without the authority of Parliament; and full effect can only be given to that principle if the return of taxes exacted under an unlawful demand can be enforced as a matter of right.

  • R v Commissioners of Inland Revenue, ex parte National Federation of Self-Employed and Small Businesses Ltd
    • House of Lords
    • 09 Abr 1981

    Notwithstanding the 1872 Treasury case ( supra), I am persuaded that the modern case law recognises a legal duty owed by the Revenue to the general body of the taxpayers to treat taxpayers fairly; to use their discretionary powers so that, subject to the requirements of good management, discrimination between one group of taxpayers and another does not arise; to ensure that there are no favourites and no sacrificial victims.

  • Atherton v British Insulated and Helsby Cables Ltd
    • House of Lords
    • 11 Dic 1925

    But when an expenditure is made, not only once and for all, but with a view to bringing into existence an asset or an advantage for the enduring benefit of a trade, I think that there is very good reason (in the absence of special circumstances leading to an opposite conclusion) for treating such an expenditure as properly attributable not to revenue but to capital.

  • Re McGuckian (No 1)
    • House of Lords
    • 12 Jun 1997

    During the last 30 years there has been a shift away from literalist to purposive methods of construction. Where there is no obvious meaning of a statutory provision the modern emphasis is on a contextual approach designed to identify the purpose of a statute and to give effect to it. Tax law was by and large left behind as some island of literal interpretation.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • Frauds against the Revenue
    • Núm. 7-2, Abril 1999
    • Journal of Financial Crime
    • 175-178
    Economists who have studied the economics of crime and other illegitimate activities have pointed out that criminals behave according to economic axioms and tend to evaluate the marginal costs and ...
  • Revenue inquiries triple.
    • Núm. 2002, Mayo 2002
    • Financial Management (UK)
    • News Round-up
    ...The UK is gaining a reputation for aggressive treatment of transfer pricing by tax authorities, according to a KPMG survey of companies operating under the new UK transfer pricing regime. The regime has led to the number of Inland Revenue inquiries a......
  • Zambia Revenue Authority.
    • Núm. 2000, Diciembre 2000
    • Financial Management (UK)
    • Appoints finance commissioner Lovemore M. Sievu - Brief Article
    ...Lovemore M Sievu ACMA FCCA has been appointed finance commissioner of the Zambia Revenue Authority. Prior to this, he was deputy commissioner of VAT Operations in the same organisation. Sievu has also lectured in taxation at the Zambia Centre for Acc......
  • REVENUE SHARING IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS LEAGUES
    • Núm. 56-2, Mayo 2009
    • Scottish Journal of Political Economy
    We employ a model of n heterogenous profit‐maximizing clubs to analyze the impact of revenue sharing in professional sports leagues on competitive balance. Revenues of each club depend on absolute ...
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