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New VAT Rules For Construction Sector

New VAT rules are finally due to come into effect 1 March 2021 which will impact on accounting for VAT for transactions in the construction sector. These new rules, which were originally scheduled to start back in October 2019, have already been delayed twice as there was a lack of awareness of the changes in […]

Read more January 14th, 2021

VAT Post-Brexit Changes To Imports And Exports

Exports If you are a VAT registered person or business and you export goods, from 1 January 2021 all sales of goods to a destination outside of the UK will be classed as Exports and therefore can be zero-rated as long as they meet the normal conditions in VAT Notice 703 Section 3. These include […]

Read more January 13th, 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

Important Update On VAT Returns Submissions

Following the original implementation of Making Tax Digital in April 2019, initially for VAT-registered businesses over the VAT threshold, it has been fairly quiet especially after the postponement by a year of further implementations was announced in the summer. The next wave of businesses required to register and comply with MTD are the remainder of […]

Read more November 19th, 2020

Job Support Scheme Starts 1 November

The Chancellor has announced a new 6 month Job Support Scheme to help businesses and employees survive the winter months. We are still awaiting full details of the scheme that will replace the current “flexible furlough” scheme but the main features are as follows:- Employers of all sizes will be eligible for the new scheme […]

Read more October 15th, 2020

Get Ready For Leaving The EU On 1 January 2021

The United Kingdom leaves the European Union at 11pm on 31 December 2020 when the transitional period ends. It is still unclear whether a trade deal will have been agreed with the EU by that date, and such an agreement is looking increasingly unlikely. HMRC have started writing to businesses alerting them to important changes […]

Read more October 15th, 2020

Deferral Of VAT And VAT Cut Continues

Up to half a million businesses who deferred their VAT bills will be given more breathing space through the New Payment Scheme, which gives them the option to pay back in smaller instalments. Rather than paying a lump sum in full at the end March next year, they will be able to make 11 smaller […]

Read more September 25th, 2020

MTD For VAT Extended To 2022

Since 2019, the vast majority of VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold (£85,000) have been mandated to keep digital VAT records and send returns using Making Tax Digital (MTD)-compatible software. From April 2022 these requirements will apply to all VAT-registered businesses. It has also been announced that MTD for Income Tax […]

Read more September 8th, 2020

Company Vans As Motor Cars

The Court of Appeal have now ruled on the tax status of certain vehicles provided to employees of Coca Cola. The court has upheld the HMRC view that vans with windows and a second row of seats behind the driver are not goods vehicles but motor cars for benefit in kind purposes. Consequently, the income […]

Read more September 7th, 2020

More Details On Hospitality VAT Reduction

When the Chancellor announced a temporary cut in the rate of VAT for the hospitality sector and attractions in his Summer Statement on 8 July there were a number of areas that needed clarification. The reduction applies to supplies made between 15 July 2020 and 12 January 2021. HMRC have now set out more details […]

Read more August 4th, 2020

5% Reduced VAT Rate

Reduced VAT rate for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions. The government made an announcement on 8 July 2020 allowing VAT registered businesses to apply a temporary 5% reduced rate of VAT to certain supplies relating to: hospitality hotel and holiday accommodation admissions to certain attractions The temporary reduced rate will apply to supplies that are […]

Read more July 14th, 2020

Summer Economic Update

On Wednesday 8th July, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak made a speech entitled “Summer Economic Update” where he unveiled further Government supports and he unveiled the Government’s plan for jobs which he described as the “Second phase in the Government’s economic response to the crisis.” Here are the highlights and we will update you on the […]

Read more July 9th, 2020

Setting Up VAT Direct Debits

The VAT Payment deferral scheme does not apply to VAT quarters ending from 31 May 2020 onwards. VAT returns for these periods must be submitted and paid on time. If you have previously cancelled your Direct Debit payment to HMRC in order to make use of the VAT payment deferral scheme, you will now need […]

Read more June 18th, 2020

Delaying Import Duty And VAT Payments Due To Covid-19

Many businesses that import goods into the UK from outside the EU operate deferment accounts, which allow payment of import duty and VAT to be delayed for 15 days after the month in which the goods are brought into the country. See Gov.uk – How to set up a deferment account: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/setting-up-an-account-to-defer-duty-payments-when-you-import-goods What are HMRC […]

Read more April 15th, 2020

HMRC Time To Pay

Along with the various government schemes to provide income support for businesses and individuals, HMRC offers a Time To Pay Scheme. This is currently available for Self Assessment Tax, Corporation Tax, VAT and PAYE. In order to arrange a deferral of a tax payment which is not already covered by a specific scheme, such as […]

Read more April 14th, 2020