Latest Blogs in Construction
Lisa Smith
15th April 2020 COVID-19 – VAT Relief on Bad Debts

At a time when cash flow is key, don’t forget to claim VAT relief on bad debts when preparing your VAT return.  To claim relief, a debt must have remained unpaid for a period of six months from the later of the date payment was due or the date of the supply. If all or…

Ben Kilby
12th December 2019 VAT Surcharge

Have you or your business received one between 23 April 2018 and 31 January 2019?   If so, you may want to check if it has been dated. If it has not been dated you may be in for a refund. Any surcharge liability notice or surcharge liability notice extensions are invalid if they have…

Daryl Smith
10th September 2019 DELAYED – Domestic Reverse Charge VAT for Construction Services!

Brexit strikes again!  It appears that dreaded “B” word is not only good for grabbing headlines but also for causing H M Revenue & Customs a fair number of headaches.  Brexit has been blamed by the Revenue for everything from extended hold times on their phone lines to the delay in implementing their Making Tax…

Amanda Newman
23rd August 2019 Changes in VAT for Contractors and Subcontractors

Confused by the new CIS reverse charge VAT rules that come into effect from 1 October 2019, then HMRC have issued further guidance at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/vat-domestic-reverse-charge-for-building-and-construction-services#overview.   The basics are as from 1 October 2019 if you are a VAT registered subcontractor working for a contractor you will no longer be paid for the VAT element…

Lisa Mason
18th March 2019 Payroll update: March 2019

  The team at Whiting’s payroll bureau have produced their latest newsletter, to keep clients updated on relevant recent changes to payroll and related legislation.   Edition 10 – March 2019  

Daryl Smith
6th March 2019 Construction Industry VAT Reverse Charge

  HMRC’s latest attempt to stamp out tax fraud has turned their attention to the construction industry and, more specifically, VAT within the construction industry.  HMRC state they have identified “a significant risk to the Exchequer” as a result of missing trader fraud.  Missing trader fraud occurs where fraudsters take over or create shell companies…

Stephen Malkin
28th February 2019 The ‘Right to Build’

In 2016, new legislation came into force which meant that councils now have a duty to grant planning permission to appropriate serviced plots as part of the ‘Right to Build’ entitlement. This was part of the government’s solution to tackling housing shortages across the country – the objective was to double the value of the…

Amanda Newman
30th May 2018 CITB Levy form requirement

It is the time of year when contractors are being issued with their CITB Levy forms, with a completion deadline of 30 June 2018. For those starting in the construction industry the registration process is easily not realised. For the purpose of the construction industry an employer includes those with subcontractors, and therefore the annual…

Stephen Malkin
1st May 2018 CITB Levy: Changes in calculation basis

Builders will probably now be aware that the basis for calculating how much their annual payment is under the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has recently changed:     Old Basis New Basis Levy on employees 0.5% 0.5% Levy on labour only sub-contractors 1.25% 0% Levy on payments to sub-contractors with Net CIS status 0%…

Chris Ridgeon
25th January 2018 Twin Cab Pick-ups: Uncertainty over future tax treatment.

  For many years now, businesses, particularly builders, have provided their staff with twin cab pick-ups, instead of cars, to take advantage of the more generous tax regime. Such vehicles have previously been taxed as a van, resulting in more favourable capital allowances, VAT, NIC and benefit in kind treatments. The distinction between a car…