Latest Blogs in Business Tax
Stephen Malkin
28th February 2021 1-Mar-21: Are you ready for new VAT Domestic Reverse Charge rules for construction services?

VAT registered businesses working within the construction sector should be aware that new domestic reverse charge VAT administration rules are being introduced wef 1 March 2021 (delayed from original October 2019 launch date). The Government announced in the 2018 Budget that they are trying to reduce missing trader fraud; where builders collect VAT from their…

Ruth Pearson
25th February 2021 HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

HMRC have issued the new advisory fuel rates (AFR) which come into effect from 1st March 2021.   They have increased by 1p per mile for petrol and diesel vehicles with engines of 1400-2000cc reflecting a small increase in fuel prices over the last quarter.   The advisory electricity rate for fully electric cars remains…

Keith Day
19th February 2021 VAT deferral new payment scheme – join from 23 February

If you deferred paying VAT due in the period from 20‌‌ March to 30‌‌ June‌‌ 2020, you should pay it by 31‌‌ ‌March‌‌ ‌2021 if you can.   If you can’t afford to pay by 31‌‌ March‌‌ 2021, you can join the VAT deferral new payment scheme and pay your deferred VAT over a longer period.   The online service…

Vanessa Pearson
18th February 2021 IR35 – HMRC announce ‘light touch’ approach to penalties

The new private sector off-payroll rules are due to start from 6 April 2021 and HMRC have published their latest guidance – here.   The changes move the responsibility for determining a contractor’s IR35 status from the worker’s personal service company to the end client engaging them, where the end client is a medium/large business.…

Lisa Smith
11th February 2021 VAT payments deferred due to Coronavirus

If, due to Coronavirus, your business deferred VAT payments due between 20 March and 30 June 2020 and you still have payments to make, you can: pay the deferred VAT in full, on or before 31 March 2021, join the VAT deferral new payment scheme – the online service is open between 23 February and…

Jeannette Hume
7th December 2020 Prevention of abuse of R&D tax credit refunds for small and medium sized companies

From 1 April 2021, HMRC are to introduce a limit on the amount of payable tax credits which can be claimed by a loss-making company. The refund will be restricted to £20,000 plus 300% of its PAYE and NIC liability for the period. Where the accounting year straddles 1 April 2021, the company will be…

Vanessa Pearson
7th December 2020 Company accounts – do you know your new filing deadline?

As a response to COVID-19, earlier this year the Government announced a temporary extension to the filing deadline of certain documents that are filed at Companies House. Private companies whose annual accounts filing deadline fell between 27 June 2020 and 5 April 2021 were given an additional three months to prepare and file their accounts.…

Lisa Smith
7th December 2020 Covid-19 – Support for the hospitality and tourism industries extended

In response to the continuing Coronavirus health emergency, the Government has extended the period during which the reduced rate of VAT will apply to the hospitality and tourism industries.  The reduced rate of VAT, which came into force on 15 July 2020, will continue to apply until 31 March 2021. As a result, VAT at…

Lisa Smith
2nd December 2020 Brexit – EU VAT Refund System – Don’t miss the deadline!

UK businesses can only use the EU VAT Refund System until  11 pm on 31 March 2021.  This means that claims for a refund of VAT incurred in other EU Member States for the year ended 31 December 2020 must be submitted by then.  Prior to Brexit the deadline was 30 September following the end…

Chris Ridgeon
30th November 2020 Is DISS about to appear!

A Directors Income Support Scheme (DISS) is being recommended by a consortium of professional bodies to the Government.   The proposal would see this running along the same parameters as the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS), updated details of which are now emerging from HMRC. Under the SEISS scheme sole traders and partners of partnership…