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New Personal Service Company Rules Start This Month

The “off-payroll” working rules that apply to certain workers supplying their services to clients via their own personal service companies start from 6 April 2021. Under this new regime end user businesses will be required to determine whether that individual would have been treated as an employee or not if directly engaged. This will be […]

Read more April 13th, 2021

Budget Summary Spring 2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented his much-anticipated second Budget on Wednesday 3 March 2021. There were many rumours of changes that would be implemented, but much of the content concerned maintaining the current position for up to five years causing a fiscal drag to boost tax revenues.  In his speech, he stated his Budget ‘meets the […]

Read more March 4th, 2021

VAT Updates For December 2020

VAT deferred due to Coronavirus If you deferred VAT between 20 March and 30 June 2020 and still have payments to make, you can: pay the deferred VAT in full on or before 31 March 2021 opt into the VAT deferral new payment scheme when it launches in 2021 contact HMRC if you need more […]

Read more December 9th, 2020

Business Christmas Gifts

How about a virtual Christmas Party? HMRC are not the Grinch after all. They have recently announced that employers may arrange a “virtual” Christmas party this year and there will be no taxable benefit for employees provided that all staff are invited and the cost per head does not exceed the normal £150 limit. Maybe […]

Read more December 9th, 2020

New Penalties For Overclaimed CJRS, SEISS And “Eat Out To Help Out” Grants

HMRC have announced that they will be imposing penalties of up to 100% of the amounts overclaimed on businesses so make sure that your claims are correct. The penalties depend on whether or not the overclaim is the result of a deliberate error and whether or not the disclosure was prompted by HMRC. The penalty […]

Read more December 9th, 2020

AirBNB Reporting Property Rental Details To HMRC

You may have seen in the newspapers that Airbnb will share data with HMRC about the earnings of hosts (those who let out property) on its UK platform in the years 2017/18 and 2018/19. It is anticipated that HMRC will use this data to open enquiries into the tax affairs of individuals who have not […]

Read more November 12th, 2020

More Time To Pay Tax Due On 31 January 2021

Those taxpayers who may have difficulty paying the tax due under self-assessment on 31 January 2021 can agree more time to pay with HMRC provided the amount outstanding is no more than £30,000. The government have already agreed that amounts due under self-assessment on 31 July 2020 could be deferred until 31 January 2021, but […]

Read more November 11th, 2020

Review Of Furlough Claims

In recent weeks, HMRC have been making it clear that they will be auditing furlough claims where they believe there has been an inaccuracy, whether deliberate or not. They believe between 5-10% of claims made contain some form of error. It is likely that there will be a large number of furlough claims across the […]

Read more September 22nd, 2020

Numerous Fraudulent CJRS Claims Identified

HMRC’s CJRS fraud reporting portal had received over 2,000 reports of wrongful claims.   Examples of such wrongful claims include; Claiming furlough payments for staff who are continuing to work Furloughing staff but asking them to work “voluntarily” on an unpaid basis. Claiming furlough payments for “ghost” employees, and those who left employment before 19 […]

Read more September 7th, 2020

High Income Child Benefit Charges Not Valid

A recent tax tribunal has ruled against HMRC who were seeking to raise tax assessments for the High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC) for earlier years that had not been reported to HMRC. HICBC is a special tax charge that applies where one member of a couple in receipt of child benefit receives income in […]

Read more August 10th, 2020

If You Have Claimed The Wrong Amount From CJRS

The government reminds employers that the 31 July is the last day that they can submit Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims for periods ending on or before 30 June. Employers can now submit claims for periods starting on or after 1 July. See: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme If you have claimed too much or not enough from […]

Read more July 30th, 2020

CJRS – Individuals You Can Claim For Who Are Not Employees

The Government has issued further updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) regarding individuals you can claim for who are not employees. From 1st July “Flexible Furlough” was introduced and the calculations and time recording of full-time, part-time and fully furloughed employees has become more complicated. Changes are occurring regularly as the Government and […]

Read more July 15th, 2020

Eat Out To Help Out

HMRC has opened registrations for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme from 13 July 2020. Restaurants and other establishments serving food for on-premises consumption can now sign up to a new government initiative aimed at protecting jobs in the hospitality industry and encouraging people to safely return to dining out. The Eat Out to […]

Read more July 14th, 2020

How To Treat Employee Expenses And Benefits Provided During Coronavirus

Find out about taxable expenses and benefits when they are paid to employees because of coronavirus and how to report them to HMRC. This guidance is about Income Tax treatment only. National Insurance contributions treatment may vary depending on the individual benefit or expense. See: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-treat-certain-expenses-and-benefits-provided-to-employees-during-coronavirus-covid-19 Please talk to us if you need clarification in […]

Read more June 11th, 2020

HMRC Changing Their Forms

HMRC is creating new versions of their forms that do not depend on Adobe Reader. Whilst this work is in progress the following methods can be used to make sure the form will download or open in Adobe Reader: whatever browser you use, review your settings to make Adobe Reader the default program for opening […]

Read more June 1st, 2020