JP Whitter (Water Well Engineers) Ltd v Revenue and Customs: SC 13 Jun 2018

The taxpayers registration under the Construction Industry Scheme had been withdrawn. The Court was now asked whether HMRC are obliged, or at least entitled, to take into account the impact on the taxpayer’s business of the cancellation of its registration for gross payment.
Held: The company’s appeal failed: ‘the company’s submission comes down to a short point: that is, given the existence of a discretion in section 66, it must in the absence of any specific restriction be treated as an unfettered discretion. That to my mind overlooks the basic principle that any statutory discretion must be exercised consistently with the objects and scope of the statutory scheme.’
Lord Mance, Lord Sumption, Lord Carnwath, Lord Lloyd-Jones, Lord Briggs
[2018] UKSC 31, [2018] 1 WLR 3117, [2018] STI 1110, [2018] 4 All ER 95, [2018] STC 1394, [2018] WLR(D) 348, [2018] BTC 24, UKSC 2017/0016
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Finance Act 2004, Income Tax (Construction Industry Scheme) Regulations 2005
England and Wales
At FTTTxJ P Whitter (Waterwell Engineers) Ltd v Revenue and Customs FTTTx 18-Oct-2012
FTTTxp INCOME TAX – construction industry scheme – cancellation of gross payment status – s66 Finance Act 2004 – HMRC discretion – whether properly exercised – Failure to take into account effect of cancellation . .
At UTTCRevenue and Customs v J P Whitter (Water Well Engineers) Ltd UTTC 13-Jul-2015
UTTC INCOME TAX – construction industry scheme – cancellation of gross payment status – s 66 Finance Act 2004 – HMRC discretion – scope of – whether properly exercised – failure to take into account effect of . .
At CAJ P Whitter (Waterwell Engineers) Ltd v HM Revenue and Customs CA 24-Nov-2016
Important point of principle concerning the power of HMRC, to cancel the registration of a taxpayer for gross payment under the legislation which governs the Construction Industry Scheme. . .
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Updated: 27 July 2021; Ref: scu.617856