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10th September 2021 MTD: Eight out of Ten Cats

A recent publication has quoted a survey suggesting that 8 out of 10 plumbers are at risk of penalties when the impending Making Tax Digital rules are enforced.   Half this number is quoted as being unaware of the impending changes. Although the rules do not bite until April 2023 it is a brave tax…

9th September 2021 The new Health and Social Care Levy – increases to NIC and dividend tax

The new levy will increase all NIC rates by 1.25% from April 2022, this will affect employees, employers, self employed and the NIC paid on P11D benefits (such as company cars and private health care). The increase will apply to employed (include deemed employees) and self-employed individuals and partners earning above the class 1 primary…

16th August 2021 Payroll – Earlier Year Updates

Previously if you submitted an error on your payroll to HMRC in an earlier tax year and you noticed the error by 19th April following that tax year, you could amend your payroll records and submit an adjustment (FPS adjustment).   If you noticed the error after 19th April, you would submit an Earlier Year…

16th August 2021 Does my group need to prepare consolidated accounts?

Under the Companies Act 2006 and the Financial Reporting Standard FRS 102, a group of companies must produce consolidated financial statements. This means that the financial statements for each of the members of the group are combined into one set, as if it was one entity.   If the group classifies as a small, then…

15th August 2021 Growth: Revenge Spending?

As we are hopefully now at the start of the end for Covid related business activity disruption, the accounts of local SME’s are now starting to show part of the damage they have experienced through the lock-downs and associated restrictive measures. The overall effect upon turnover for the year-ends of 2020 has not been as…

5th August 2021 New NI Codes for Freeports

In case you thought the NI coding system was becoming too easy to follow, HMRC have announced 4 more NI codes in order to comply with the new regulations, starting in April 2022, for those companies trading within one of the newly established Freeport areas.   F – standard category letter I – married women…

28th July 2021 Potato store tribunal ruling

In 2019 the first tier tribunal ruled in a case concerning a grain store that the entire structure qualified as plant and consequently gave rise to a capital allowance claim, by reason of it being a silo. As a consequences of this decision there have been a number of claims for capital allowances both in…

14th July 2021 Accounts Basis Period Reform – Consultation

Under current rules, businesses draw up annual accounts to the same date each year. The profit/loss for the tax year is usually the profit/loss for the year to the accounting date – called the basis period.  Tax is paid on profits earned in the basis period ending in the tax year in question.   However,…

5th July 2021 Charity annual returns

The charity annual return service is now available for 2021 and can be found on the link below. https://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/   Charities need to submit their annual return within 10 months of the financial year end.   Dependant on the level of income, the annual return has different requirements; Income under £10,000 It is only the…

1st July 2021 Changes to the reduced rate of VAT for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions

  In July 2020 the government announced that VAT registered business who operate in the hospitality and tourism industry could use a temporary 5% reduced rate of VAT on certain supplies compared to the standard 20%. The objective of this legislation was to support businesses in this sector during the Coronavirus pandemic and assist with…