VAT News

Should I Register my Property Business for VAT?

Residential rent income is exempt for VAT so therefore you should not register your property project for VAT.form

Joint and Several Liability for Unpaid VAT

Certain traders can be made liable for the unpaid VAT of another VAT-registered business when you buy or sell specified goods. HMRC have recently updated VAT notice 726 which advises traders to carry out due diligence into their supply chain.

The specified goods are any equipment made or adapted for use as a telephone and any other equipment made or adapted for use in connection with telephones or telecommunication, such as SIM cards.

Making Tax Digital for VAT - Guidance Issued

HMRC have now issued their detailed guidance on the digital record keeping and return requirements for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT. 

VAT Notice 700/22 clarifies that spreadsheets may still be used to keep business records provided that there is bridging software that links to the Government Gateway. 

New VAT Rules for Building Trade in 2019

Under new rules due to come in on 1 October 2019 builders, sub-contractors and other trades associated with the construction industry will have to start using a new method of accounting for VAT.

The measure is designed to combat VAT fraud in the construction sector labour supply chain which HMRC argue presents a significant tax loss. HMRC has now published draft legislation to introduce the Reverse Charge for Construction Services.

Want to Join the Making Tax Digital VAT Pilot?

HMRC have announced that they are looking for suitable businesses to sign up for the pilot testing of the new system of digital reporting of VAT information. Turkeys voting for Christmas springs to mind?

Does Your Accounts System Comply with Making Tax Digital for VAT?

Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT is scheduled to start in April 2019 which means that your VAT information needs to be submitted to HMRC digitally.

On 18 December 2017, HMRC published draft legislation together with examples of how the business account records might link with the HMRC computer in order to comply with MTD for VAT. The legislation specifies that “functional compatible software” must be used to record and preserve prescribed VAT related data.

What are Digital records?

VAT Registration Limit Frozen

The VAT registration limit normally increases in line with inflation each year, however the limit has been frozen at £85,000 until 1 April 2020. At the same time, the deregistration limit remains at £83,000.

Reclaiming Foreign VAT on Expenses

If your business has suffered VAT on expenses incurred in another EU country, for example overseas hotel and restaurant bills, then it is possible to reclaim the foreign VAT. 

The foreign VAT must not however be reclaimed on the UK VAT return but by using HMRC 's VAT online services system.

The foreign VAT refund claims can be made either quarterly or annually but there is a de-minimis amount that may be reclaimed quarterly. 

VAT Registration Numbers on Email

With the advancement and excessive ease of technology over the years, many businesses have taken to sending their sales invoices to customers electronically, rather than in paper form. This has many benefits. 

  • It’s Faster! 
  • It’s Safer! 
  • It’s Environmentally Friendly! 
  • Its Cheaper! 

However, it could lead to some difficulties…

Reporting VAT Online - Aren't we Doing That Already?

Last month we reported that the government had announced the delay of Making Tax Digital for Business (MTDfB) to 2020 at the earliest but that quarterly VAT reporting, using the new system will be mandatory from 2019. 

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