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April 2020 Questions and Answers

2020-04-01T19:43:10+01:00April 20th, 2020|Categories: Questions & Answers|Tags: , , , , |

Q. My business imports goods from the EU. What is the current position reading postponed accounting for VAT? A. There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 during which the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period. In broad terms, new rules will take effect on 1 January 2021. HMRC have confirmed that from 1 January 2021, postponed accounting for VAT will apply to all imports of goods, including from the EU. This will allow businesses to [...]

HMRC urge people to prepare for CGT payment change

2020-04-01T19:40:32+01:00April 12th, 2020|Categories: Blog, HMRC, Taxation|Tags: , , , , |

Property owners are being urged to get ready for changes to the deadline of capital gains tax (CGT) payments. Broadly, from 6 April 2020, a UK resident who sells a residential property in the UK will have 30 days to tell HMRC and pay any CGT Tax owed. HMRC are currently developing a new online service to allow taxpayers to report and pay any CGT owed. A CGT report and accompanying payment of tax may be required where the taxpayer sells or otherwise dispose of: - a property that they have not used as their main home; - a holiday [...]

Changes to off-payroll working rules delayed until 2021

2020-04-01T19:37:57+01:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: Blog, HMRC, Limited Company|Tags: , , , |

Amid concerns about their potential impact during the coronavirus pandemic, the government has announced a one year delay to changes to the off payroll working rules, due to take effect from April 2020. In an announcement at the end of the parliamentary debate on the Budget speech, Steve Barclay, chief secretary to the Treasury, said that the government is postponing the reforms to the off payroll working rules (known as the IR35 rules) from April 2020 to April 2021. Off-payroll working rules, known as IR35, were introduced in 2000 to ensure that someone working like an employee, but through their [...]

Reduction in the lifetime limit for entrepreneurs’ relief

2020-04-01T19:34:16+01:00April 5th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Limited Company, Taxation|Tags: , , , |

At Budget 2020 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the lifetime limit of entrepreneurs' relief (ER) would be reduced from £10 million to £1 million for ER qualifying disposals made on or after 11 March 2020. Rules will also apply the revised limit to certain arrangements and elections that seek to apply the earlier £10 million lifetime limit. These rules are: - forestalling arrangements involving uncompleted contracts; and - elections made under TGCA 1992, s 169Q in connection with a share reorganisation or exchange. There are no transitional rules for disposals that take place after 11 March 2020, including where: [...]

Homeworking flat rate allowances increased

2020-04-01T19:15:38+01:00April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Blog, Limited Company, Self Employment|Tags: , , , |

HMRC have announced that it will increase the maximum flat rate tax deduction available where employees incur additional household costs where they work at home under homeworking arrangements, from £4 per week to £6 per week. This will take effect from April 2020. Broadly, no tax liability arises where employers make payments to employees for reasonable additional household expenses, which the employee incurs in carrying out duties of the employment at home under 'homeworking arrangements'. 'Homeworking arrangements' are arrangements between the employee and the employer under which the employee regularly performs some or all of the duties of the employment [...]

Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

2020-03-27T21:06:38+00:00March 27th, 2020|Categories: Blog, COVID-19|Tags: , , , |

The Chancellor announced a VAT payments deferral on 20 March to support businesses with cash flow during the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that all businesses with a UK VAT registration have the option to defer VAT payments due between 20 March and 3‌0‌‌ June. You therefore have until 3‌1‌‌ March 2021 to pay any VAT deferred as a result of this announcement. You do not need to inform HMRC if you wish to defer payment. You can opt in to the deferral simply by not making VAT payments due in this period. If you pay by Direct Debit you [...]

HMRC advisory fuel rates from 1 December 2019

2020-01-03T11:58:05+00:00January 5th, 2020|Categories: Blog, HMRC, Taxation|Tags: , , |

HMRC have published company car advisory fuel rates for use from 1 December 2019. The rates apply when employers reimburse employees for the cost of fuel for business travel in their company cars or require employees to repay the cost of fuel used for private travel. HMRC review rates quarterly on 1 March, 1 June, 1 September and 1 December. The rates applying from 1 December 2019 are as follows: Petrol and LPG Engine size 1400cc or less: petrol 12p per mile, LPG 8p per mile 1401cc to 2000cc: petrol 14p per mile; LPG 9p per mile Over 2000cc: petrol [...]

Should I register for VAT?

2019-12-18T23:21:11+00:00December 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog, Business, VAT|Tags: , , , |

In broad terms, and subject to certain exceptions, a business will be required to register to charge and pay VAT once annual sales reach a pre-set annual threshold, which is currently £85,000. This threshold is determined by total sales and is not the same as total profits (which is generally sales minus expenses). However, a business can register for VAT even if its turnover (total sales) is below the threshold and it may actually save tax by doing so, particularly if its main clients or customers are organisations that can reclaim VAT themselves. Example Bill is a non-VAT registered [...]

Recognising genuine HMRC contact

2019-11-01T21:08:16+00:00November 3rd, 2019|Categories: HMRC|Tags: , |

Broadly, phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising oneself as a trustworthy source in an electronic communication. This is generally carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging, and it often directs users to enter personal information at a fake website which matches the look and feel of the legitimate site. Most people are aware of the increase in volume and sophistication of phishing campaigns in recent years, but worryingly, there has also been a notable rise in reported incidents of phone calls and/or electronic communications from [...]

Tax-free expenses for home-workers

2019-10-03T00:15:53+01:00October 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Taxation|Tags: , , , |

Providing certain conditions are met, no tax liability will arise if an employer makes payments to employees for reasonable additional household expenses, which the employee incurs in carrying out duties of their employment at home under 'homeworking arrangements'. 'Homeworking arrangements' are arrangements between the employee and the employer under which the employee regularly performs some or all of the duties of the employment at home. There is no requirement for any part of the employee's home to be used exclusively for the purposes of the employment. HMRC will accept that homeworking arrangements exist where: - there are arrangements between the [...]

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