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Husband and wife businesses - Jones v Garnett : the saga continues

The House of Lords issued their judgement in the case of Jones v Garnett (also known as the “Arctic Systems Ltd” case) on 25 July 2007. To much rejoicing the case was decided in favour of Mr and Mrs Jones. However, the Revenue is a bad loser.

On 26 July a written Ministerial statement was issued by the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, announcing the intention to change the law.

Using the standard “the Government is committed to maintaining fairness in the tax system” statement the Government now believes it needs to do something to “ensure that there is greater clarity in the law regarding its position on the tax treatment of income splitting”. Actually, in my opinion, the law is now clear – it may not say what the Revenue wants it to, but that is unfortunate (for them) rather than unclear.



Date: 27th July, 2007
Author: Cathy Corns


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