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The rules for MTD for Income Tax

28/05/2021

Making Tax Digital (MTD) will fundamentally change the way businesses, the self-employed and landlords interact with HMRC. The regime will require businesses and individuals to register, file, pay and update their information using an online tax account. The regime started in April 2019 for VAT purposes but only for VAT registered

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Self-Assessment filing deadlines

21/10/2021

The 2020-21 tax return deadline for submitting your paper Self-Assessment returns is 31 October 2021. The tax deadline for submitting online returns is 31 January 2022. Late submission of a Self-Assessment return will become liable to a £100 late filing penalty. The penalty usually applies even if there is no liability or if any tax due

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Claiming tariff quotas to reduce import duties

21/10/2021

Tariff quotas are a special mechanism for importing limited supplies of specific goods at a lower rate of customs duty than would normally apply. The quotas usually apply to imports from specific countries. Most tariff quotas operate on a first come first serve basis and when the quota runs out, the duty rate returns to normal. There is

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Transport restrictions eased

21/10/2021

The government has announced plans to introduce a temporary extension to road haulage cabotage rules to alleviate pressures with the supply chain due to lorry driver shortages and other global supply issues. The term cabotage in this context refers to specific restrictions on foreign lorry drivers on the amount of work they can do within

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VAT Margin Scheme bad debt relief

21/10/2021

The VAT bad debt relief rules allow businesses to claim bad debt relief and reclaim the VAT they have paid to HMRC. This can happen when an invoice has been issued to a customer and no payment has been received after an extended period (usually 6 months after the due date) has elapsed. Under the normal VAT accounting rules, a business

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Haulage company charged with loan fraud

21/10/2021

An interesting case has seen a haulage company based in the West Midlands have their operator licence revoked. This followed a public inquiry into the company by the traffic commissioner for the West Midlands. The traffic commissioner found that almost all the company’s financial resources had been provided by a £50,000 Bounce Back loan

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Payments received after company is dissolved

21/10/2021

Any assets or rights (but not liabilities) remaining in a company at the date of dissolution will pass to the Crown as ownerless property. This happens under what is known as 'bona vacantia' which literally means vacant goods. The bodies that deal with bona vacantia claims vary across the United Kingdom, but they all ultimately represent

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Have you claimed your Child Trust Fund cash?

14/10/2021

Young persons who turned 18 on or after 1 September 2020 may have cash waiting in a dormant Child Trust Fund (CTF) account. This could be as much as or more than £1,000. The actual amount on deposit depends on certain factors. Children born after 31 August 2002 and before 3 January 2011 were entitled to a CTF account provided they met

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Letting agencies and the Money Laundering Regulations

14/10/2021

HMRC is responsible for the money laundering supervision of certain businesses including letting agencies. Businesses that HMRC is responsible for supervising should be aware of the requirement to register with HMRC and the penalties for failing to register. It is a criminal offence to trade as a letting agency business (as defined within

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Don’t miss out on this tax allowance

14/10/2021

If you are entitled to the marriage allowance and have not yet applied, then you could receive a payment of up to £1,220 from HMRC. The marriage allowance is available to qualifying married couples and those in a civil partnership where a spouse or civil partner is a non-taxpayer i.e., has an income below their personal allowance

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What goods are eligible for the margin scheme?

14/10/2021

There are a few VAT margin schemes. The margin schemes work by allowing qualifying businesses to account for VAT on their profit margin i.e., on the difference between the cost of acquiring an item and its sale price rather than on the full selling price. Without the margin scheme the business would have to account for VAT on the full

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Valuing property for ATED

14/10/2021

The Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) is a tax payable by certain Non-Natural Persons (NNPs) that own interests in dwellings valued at more than £500,000. These provisions affect certain companies, partnerships with company members and managers of collective investment schemes described in the legislation as NNPs. To value a

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Getting prepared to use Freeport customs sites

14/10/2021

In the Spring Budget earlier this year, the chancellor announced that eight Freeport locations would be created in England. The Freeports will be in the East Midlands Airport, Felixstowe and Harwich, the Humber region, Liverpool City Region, Plymouth, the Solent, the Thames, and Teesside. Freeports are a special kind of port where

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£500m support for vulnerable households

07/10/2021

The government has launched a new £500 million package of support for vulnerable households. The new Household Support Fund will be used to help those most in need with essentials over the coming months as the country continues its recovery from the pandemic. The fund will be used to help support millions of households in England and

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Hospitality trades temporary reduction in VAT has expired

07/10/2021

The temporary reduced rate of 5% for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions that came into effect in July 2020 ended on 30 September 2021. However, the government had previously decided that reverting to the standard rate would be too much for many businesses and had announced a further step before reverting the rate back to

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Raising capital using the EIS

07/10/2021

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) has been designed to increase investment in the early development of high potential growth businesses. Companies seeking EIS investment are typically more developed than those looking for funding using the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) and the investment limits and tax reliefs available

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Reporting grants received to HMRC

07/10/2021

Most COVID support grants are treated as taxable income in the same way as other taxable receipts and need to be reported to HMRC. The grants are treated as income where the business is within the scope of either Income Tax or Corporation Tax. This treatment extends to support measures including the following: the Self Employment

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Tax and termination payments

07/10/2021

The tax treatment of termination payments has changed significantly over recent years. The changes have aligned the rules for tax and secondary National Insurance contributions (employer (NICs)) by making an employer liable to pay NICs on termination payments they make to their employees. An employer is required to pay NICs on any part of

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£500 million Plan for Jobs Expansion

07/10/2021

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced a £500 million expansion of the Plan for Jobs as part of his speech delivered to the party faithful at the Tory annual conference in Manchester. The money will be used to help hundreds of thousands of people leaving the furlough scheme as well as the unemployed over the age of 50 to get back to

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Tax Diary October/November 2021

30/09/2021

1 October 2021 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 December 2020. 19 October 2021 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 October 2021. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 October 2021.) 19 October 2021 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 October 2021. 19

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MTD for Income Tax has been delayed by one year to April 2024

30/09/2021

The introduction of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Income Tax Self-Assessment (ITSA) has been delayed by one year until April 2024. This change was announced in a Written Statement to Parliament. The reason for the delay was given as combination of the issues many UK businesses and their representatives are facing as a result of the

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Find customs agent to help with import/export declarations

30/09/2021

If you are moving goods to or from the UK then you need to ensure that you have all the correct procedures in place. This is a complex area, and you may need to consider the support of a customs agent to help with your import and / or export declarations. Customs declarations can be difficult and time consuming to complete. Most

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Make the most of tax-free trivial benefits

30/09/2021

The trivial benefits in kind (BiK) exemption applies to small non-cash benefits, for example a bottle of wine or a bouquet of flowers, given occasionally to employees. Although the benefit is defined as ‘trivial’, employers should remember that this can be an efficient way to provide small rewards and incentives to employees. The main

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OTS releases video update

30/09/2021

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) was established in July 2010, to provide advice to the Chancellor on simplifying the UK tax system. The OTS has recently published a recording of an online video update setting out its recent publications on three separate issues. The insights into tax changes that have been considered by the OTS

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More on possible change to tax year end date

30/09/2021

As we mentioned in a recent post, the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has released a new video on a number of possible changes to the tax regime. Perhaps the most radical of these ideas relates to the exploration of changes to the tax year end date. The unusual tax year end date of 5 April dates back to the British change from the

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Completing a One Stop Shop VAT return

30/09/2021

HMRC’s guidance on how to complete and submit a One Stop Shop (OSS) VAT Return from 1 October 2021 has been updated. The special VAT return should only be completed by businesses registered for the OSS Union scheme. The OSS Union scheme can be used by businesses selling goods from Northern Ireland to consumers in the EU under the terms

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Student tax scam warning

23/09/2021

HMRC is warning new students starting university that they could be targeted by scammers trying to steal their money and personal details. As new students start the academic year, they can be particularly vulnerable to tax scams. This is especially prevalent if they have a part-time job and are new to interacting with HMRC. This year,

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New timetable for import controls

23/09/2021

There are special procedures for importing goods into the UK. Following the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020, the process for importing goods from the EU effectively mirrors the process for all other international destinations. On 14 September 2021, a revised timetable for the introduction of full import controls

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Government announces winter COVID plan

23/09/2021

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has set out the government’s autumn and winter plan for managing Covid. The government is aiming to sustain the progress made and prepare the country for future challenges, while ensuring the National Health Service (NHS) does not come under unsustainable pressure. The government plans to achieve this

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SEISS claims deadline in a few days

23/09/2021

The final deadline for making a claim under the 5th Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is 30 September 2021. The SEISS scheme is only open to those self-employed with annual profits of less than £50,000 and who receive at least half their income from self-employment. Self-employed persons whose turnover has fallen by more

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VAT register inactivity

23/09/2021

HMRC’s published guidance titled ‘Check genuine HMRC contact that uses more than one communication method’ has been updated. The list is intended to help taxpayers check if recent contacts purporting to be from HMRC are actually a scam. The guidance contains a list of emails, phone calls, letters and text messages recently issued by HMRC

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Want to complain about HMRC?

23/09/2021

Taxpayers may find themselves in a position where they need to make a complaint about HMRC’s service. Complaints can relate to many different issues such as unreasonable delays, mistakes and poor treatment by HMRC’s staff. Note, there is a separate procedure to be followed by taxpayers that disagree with a decision of HMRC or that wish to

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Outdoor measures to be made permanent

20/09/2021

Temporary measures that have given a huge boost to high streets and hospitality during the pandemic could be made permanent following a public consultation launched in September 2021. From marquees being put up in pub grounds, to street markets operating all year round, permitted development rights that have allowed people to enjoy al

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Budget date announced

16/09/2021

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak has confirmed that the next UK Budget will take place on Wednesday, 27 October 2021. This will be the Chancellor’s third Budget and the first one to revert back to the Autumn Budget schedule that was interrupted first by Brexit related issues and then by the coronavirus pandemic. It means that

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Pension triple-lock abandoned for one year

16/09/2021

The government has confirmed that its triple-lock guarantee on pensions is to be abandoned for one year. The guarantee was first introduced in 2010 and has remained in place until now. This guarantee has seen the full yearly State Pension increase by over £2,050 in this period. The triple-lock is the mechanism used to calculate increases

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Capped social care costs from October 2023

16/09/2021

The government has announced new plans to cap social care costs in England from October 2023. This change is expected to see the introduction of a new £86,000 cap on care costs across an individual’s lifetime. There will also be the following measures of financial assistance for those without substantial assets: Anyone with less than

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Dental Associates tax status update

16/09/2021

HMRC has, for many years, accepted that associate dentists are generally treated as self-employed. These agreements have been approved by the British Dental Association (BDA) and the Dental Practitioners Association (DPA) and are quoted in HMRC’s manuals. HMRC’s manuals state that ‘these agreements relate to dentists practising as

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Class 1 NIC changes extend to Class 1A contributions

16/09/2021

It is important to bear in mind that the 1.25% increase in National Insurance contributions (NICs) for 2022-23 will apply to National Insurance Class 1 and Class 4 contributions from April 2022. This means that the increase will apply to Class 1 (employee and employer), Class 1A and 1B and Class 4 (self-employed) NICs. Those above State

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Do tax-payers need to register for Self-Assessment

16/09/2021

There are a number of reasons why a taxpayer needs to complete a Self-Assessment return. This includes if they are self-employed, a company director, have an annual income over £100,000 and / or have income from savings, investment or property. Taxpayers that need to complete a Self-Assessment return for the first time should inform HMRC

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Using your Personal tax accounts

09/09/2021

HMRC’s Personal tax accounts (PTAs) were launched in 2015. The service works as an online resource to allow taxpayers to review and update their details in real time. For many routine requests and services using the PTA can help you avoid having to phone or write to HMRC. Every individual in the UK that pays tax has a PTA, but taxpayers

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Claiming a tax refund

09/09/2021

If you think that you have paid too much tax to HMRC you can usually claim back any overpaid tax. The exact method for making a claim depends on a number of factors including whether or not you complete a Self-Assessment return and the length of time that has passed since the tax was overpaid. Claims can usually be backdated for up to

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Child benefit when child turns 16

09/09/2021

Taxpayers entitled to the child benefit should be aware that HMRC usually stop paying child benefit on the 31 August on or after a child’s 16th Birthday. Under qualifying circumstances, the child benefit can continue until a child reaches their 20th birthday. A qualifying young person is someone aged 16,17, 18 or 19 in full time

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Deadline for notifying an option to tax (VAT) land and buildings

09/09/2021

There are special VAT rules that allow businesses to standard rate the supply of most non-residential and commercial land and buildings (known as the option to tax). This means that subsequent supplies by the person making the option to tax will be subject to VAT at the standard rate. HMRC had temporarily changed the time limit from 30

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Back to school – help with childcare costs

09/09/2021

As children have returned to school, HMRC is reminding parents that they may be eligible for Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) to help pay for breakfast and after school clubs. The TFC scheme can help parents of children aged up to 11 years old (17 for those with certain disabilities). The TFC scheme helps support working families with their

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National Insurance increase to fund NHS and social care

08/09/2021

The Prime Minister announced increases in National Insurance Contributions (NIC) of 1.25% from April 2022, to contribute to increases in the NHS and social care budgets. The increases will apply to: Class 1 contributions (paid by employees). This is the NIC that is deducted from your earnings by your employer. Class 4 (paid by

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Dividend tax increase announced

08/09/2021

The 1,25% increase in NIC contributions from April 2022 will be mirrored by a similar increase in the tax charge on dividends. From April 2022, the dividend tax increases will apply as follows: Basic rate taxpayers will see an increase from the present 7.5% to 8.75%. Higher rate taxpayers will see an increase from 32.5% to

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Claiming CGT Gift Hold-Over relief

02/09/2021

Gift Hold-Over Relief is effectively a deferral of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) when assets are given away (including certain shares) or sold for less than they are worth to help benefit the buyer. The relief means that any gain on the asset is 'Held-Over' until the recipient of the gift sells or disposes of them. This is done by reducing the

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Tax relief on charitable donations

02/09/2021

If you are a higher rate or additional rate taxpayer, you are eligible to claim relief on the difference between the basic rate and your highest rate of tax. The charity you donate to can reclaim the basic rate of tax from donations made by taxpayers. For example: If you donated £5,000 to charity, the total value of the donation to the

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How to deal with tax appeals

02/09/2021

There are a number of options open to taxpayers who disagree with a tax decision issued by HMRC. It is important to note that not all decisions by HMRC can be appealed against. There is normally a 30-day deadline for making a claim, so time is of the essence. If you or your business have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak, the

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Tax treatment of incentive award schemes

02/09/2021

Companies use incentive award schemes to encourage their employees in various ways. For example, to sell more of their own goods and services. The award can be in various forms including cash, vouchers or other gifts. Where an employer meets the tax payable on a non-cash incentive award given to a direct employee by entering into a PAYE

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