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Tax gap lowered according to HMRC
20/06/2018 - More...
HMRC has published figures that show the tax gap for the 2016-17 tax year was 5.7%. The tax gap is basically the difference between the amount of tax due and the amount of tax collected by the Exchequer. The gap includes tax that has been avoided in the UK’s black economy, criminal activities and by the use of tax avoidance and evasion

M&S lose expensive VAT case
20/06/2018 - More...
The First-Tier Tribunal recently heard an appeal that considered the correct VAT treatment of a promotional offer by the retailer, Marks and Spencer (M&S). The issue concerned a frequently run promotion referred to as 'Dine In for £10 with Free Wine'. Using this offer, customers could buy 3 items of food (comprising a main course,

Self-assessment second instalment due end of July
20/06/2018 - More...
Taxpayers that make payments on account should be aware that the second payment on account for 2017-18 is due on or before 31 July 2018. The amount due for payment is usually the same as the first payment on account made on 31 January 2018 in relation to the 2017-18 tax year. These payments are based on 50% of your previous year’s net

Is the email really from HMRC?
20/06/2018 - More...
HMRC continues to warn taxpayers to be aware of email phishing scams. Phishing emails are used by fraudsters to access recipients’ valuable personal details, such as usernames and passwords. Whilst these messages may appear to be genuine they are very dangerous and clicking on a link within the email can result in personal information

Are you on track to qualify for a full State Pension?
20/06/2018 - More...
Anyone aged 16 or over and at least 30 days from their State Pension age can request a State Pension statement from the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP). The statement provides an estimate of how much State Pension they can expect to receive when they reach State Pension age. The estimate is based on the applicant's National

Payment deadlines for VAT Annual Accounting Scheme
20/06/2018 - More...
The VAT annual accounting scheme is open to most businesses with a turnover of up to £1.35m per year. Businesses that use the scheme are only required to file one VAT return at the end of each year. This can significantly reduce the amount of administration time and the associated cost of preparing and submitting quarterly VAT returns.

Plumber wins landmark gig economy case
20/06/2018 - More...
The Supreme Court has upheld the Court of Appeal's decision and confirmed that a plumber who was classed as self-employed was actually a 'worker'. The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal by Pimlico Plumbers and agreed that the employment status of the person in question was that of a worker which conferred basic employment rights including

Impact on pensions of maternity leave
17/06/2018 - More...
The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) has published a “Maternity Leave Spotlight” outlining the impact on pensions of maternity leave. It also covers what happens when the employee returns to work and the impact of having a baby on the state pension. Although aimed at employees rather than employers, the Spotlight is a useful summary for

Dormant assets scheme to be expanded
12/06/2018 - More...
The Government has announced that the dormant asset schemes is to be expanded to include to a wider set of financial assets including stocks, shares, pensions or bonds. The government has appointed four 'industry champions' to expand the dormant assets scheme across these four important financial sectors. The Independent Dormant Assets

VAT reverse charge may be coming to the construction sector
12/06/2018 - More...
HMRC has launched a new consultation inviting comments from interested parties regarding the introduction of new VAT reverse charge legislation for certain construction services. The new legislation will make the supply of construction services between construction or building businesses subject to the domestic reverse charge. This move

The maternity allowance
12/06/2018 - More...
The maternity allowance is a financial benefit for pregnant women who are self-employed, who are working but do not qualify for statutory maternity pay (SMP) or who have recently stopped working. The maternity allowance is paid directly by the Department for Work and Pensions for up to 39 weeks for qualifying applicants. An application

Claim back pre-registration VAT
12/06/2018 - More...
There are special rules that determine the recoverability of VAT incurred before a business registers for VAT. This type of VAT is known as pre-registration input VAT. There are different rules for the supply of goods and services and VAT can only be reclaimed if the pre-registration expenses relate to the supply of taxable goods or

When do charities pay or not pay tax?
12/06/2018 - More...
The tax treatment of charities is complex. Many charities trade either as part of their charitable interests or to raise funds. As a first step, any charity hoping to claim from beneficial tax treatment needs to be recognised as a charity for UK tax purposes by HMRC as well as meeting other criteria. A recognised charity may qualify for

Companies and capital gains
12/06/2018 - More...
Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is not payable by limited companies or unincorporated associations when they sell an asset and make a gain. Instead, the gain (proceeds less any allowable costs and reliefs) is subject to Corporation Tax at the applicable rate, currently 19%. There are various allowances and reliefs available that can reduce the

Don’t forget to renew your tax credit claims
12/06/2018 - More...
Families and individuals that receive tax credits should ensure that they renew their tax credit claims by 31 July 2018. Claimants who do not renew on-time may have their payments stopped. HMRC has begun sending tax credits renewal packs to tax credit claimants and is encouraging recipients to renew their tax credits claim online. All

World Cup 2018 – Acas guidance
10/06/2018 - More...
The World Cup 2018 will take place in Russia between Thursday, 14 June and Sunday, 15 July 2018, with 32 national football teams taking part, including England. Football match times in the UK will vary between 1pm and 8pm. Acas has now published new guidance explaining how employers worried about staff productivity should start planning

Religion and belief discrimination
10/06/2018 - More...
Acas has published new guidance on religion and belief discrimination in the workplace. The 26-page guidance booklet, entitled “Religion or belief discrimination: key points for the workplace”, primarily offers employers, managers, HR professionals, employees and job applicants a grounding in how to reduce the chance of religion or belief

Gifts with strings attached
05/06/2018 - More...
Most gifts made during a person's lifetime are not subject to tax at the time of the gift. The lifetime transfers are known as 'potentially exempt transfers' or 'PETs'. These gifts or transfers achieve their potential of becoming exempt from Inheritance Tax if the taxpayer survives for more than seven years after making the gift. There is

Don’t leave assets in a company you dissolve
05/06/2018 - More...
The final step in bringing a company to a legal end is when the company is dissolved. However, one if the important points to be aware of when doing so is that the dissolved company can no longer trade or otherwise deal with it's assets. For example, receive a tax refund. It is the responsibility of the company directors to ensure that

Liability of non-resident companies
05/06/2018 - More...
Under the current rules non-resident companies with a trading business in the UK are liable to pay UK Corporation Tax on their profits made through a permanent establishment/branch or agency. There are some differences in the taxation of non-resident companies as opposed to resident companies. For example, a non-resident company: is

What is the Repayment of Teachers Loan Scheme?
05/06/2018 - More...
Student Loans are part of the government’s financial support package for students in higher education in the UK. They are available to help students meet their expenses while they are studying, and it is HMRC’s responsibility to collect repayments where the borrower is working in the UK. The Student Loans Company (SLC) is directly

Pensions paid to non-residents
05/06/2018 - More...
The HMRC Double Taxation Relief Manual sets out the overall principles to be applied in respect of pension income. It states: 'Pensions, other than Government pensions, paid in consideration of past employment to a resident of a country with which the United Kingdom has a double taxation agreement, are normally taxable only in the

VAT Agricultural Flat Rate Scheme
05/06/2018 - More...
Businesses that use the flat rate scheme pay VAT as a fixed percentage of their VAT inclusive turnover. The VAT agricultural flat rate scheme is a variant of the flat rate scheme specifically designed for farmers and other activities relating to agricultural production (such as horticulture). Farmers cannot join this scheme if the value

New Time Off for Public Duties Order 2018 due in force from 1 October 2018
03/06/2018 - More...
The Time Off for Public Duties Order 2018 has been laid before Parliament and will come into force on 1 October 2018. The Order amends section 50 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 so as to grant unpaid time off work to four groups of volunteers in the criminal justice system, who all monitor conditions of those in custody. Currently,

 

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