Category Archives: Tax

Budget 2021

In this highly anticipated Budget announcement, there was a real focus on support for businesses and individuals whilst the lockdown is still in place and plans to help the economy recover once restrictions are lifted. The Chancellor opened by stating that he wants to be honest about the government’s plans for fixing the public finances and set out plans for the future. Making it clear that he would do… “whatever it takes” during the pandemic, and that he has done and will continue to do so, he added that “It’s going to take this country, and the whole world, a […]

Domestic Reverse Charge – Important Changes For Builders

The new VAT Domestic Reverse Charge which was originally due to start in October 2019 has been the subject of a renewed commitment by the government. A spokesperson confirmed that after a number of postponements: “The government is committed to implementing the reverse charge on the 1st of March” The reverse charge is intended to reduce VAT fraud for companies that buy or sell construction services. How The Reverse Charge Will Work The reverse charge heps to reduce VAT fraud by ensuring that companies who provide an onward supply of services (e.g. typical subcontractors) are unable to bypass paying VAT […]

For those businesses that opted into the government’s COVID-19 VAT payment deferral scheme, the new guidance that outlines the further extension of deferral has been released by HMRC. The scheme which allowed for VAT payments falling due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 to be deferred until 31 March 2021 is to be extended for organisations that still have deferred VAT payments to make. Opt In To The VAT Payment Deferral Scheme By opting in to the new VAT payment deferral scheme when it launches in 2021, the option to pay in instalments instead of one bulk payment […]

Self Assessment Time To Pay

It’s that time of year again as we start the process of preparing self-assessment tax returns for our clients. This year however things are a little different, due to changes to the Self Assessment Time To Pay service. Al self-assessment tax returns must be submitted and the 31st of January, however, it is best not to wait until the deadline because not only does the tax return need to be filed you also need to arrange payment for any personal tax due by the payment deadline. Time To Pay Online Service Self Assessment taxpayers can apply online for additional support […]

Furlough Scheme Is Extended – CJRS.2

Furlough scheme is extended to March For those businesses affected by the increased restrictions necessary to curb the coronavirus pandemic, additional economic support has been announced by the Chancellor. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) otherwise known as furlough was originally due to end on the 31st of October. However, the Government has announced that the furlough scheme is extended to March. This means that the CJRS will now be extended by five-months until the end of March with the government paying 80% of wages for the hours that furloughed employees do not work. SEISS Also Extended Similarly, support for […]

Extended Date For Making Tax Digital Is Now Confirmed

Making Tax Digital is already compulsory for VAT registered businesses with a taxable turnover of over £85,000. At the present time, smaller businesses with less turnover aren’t currently obligated to comply. However, the extended date for Making Tax Digital for all VAT registered businesses is now confirmed as April 2022. Making Tax Digital For VAT As we know, MTD is already compulsory for VAT registered traders with an annual turnover exceeding £85,000. However, smaller VAT registered businesses with lower turnover have so far been exempt. This is, in part, due to plans to make tax digital for all VAT registered […]

The Importance Of Cash Flow

How Cash Flow Planning Can Help Your Business Recover From Covid-19 For business owners, one of the hardest questions posed by the outbreak of Covid-19 was “How long can we last without cash flow?”.  To quickly adjust for the difficulties ahead and with cash flow forecasts being a required part of the application process for government-backed loans, many found it necessary to take a good hard look at their budget. In this instance, cashflow planning has prepared businesses for the impact of the pandemic. But it’s much more than just a tool in a crisis. The Importance Of Cash Flow […]

Dates For Your Tax Diary

There have been many different grants, schemes and tax-deferment options throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Whilst they have been vital to the economy and survival of UK businesses, the various start and end dates are quite confusing. Keeping track of timescales for grants, loans and tax deferment is also essential for good cash-flow planning. With this in mind, we have put together a list of important dates for your tax diary. Important Dates To Remember This blog will detail the key dates for your tax diary including when the rules change when claims must be submitted, and when payments of deferred […]

90 Days To Repay Coronavirus Grants

Employers and self-employed people now have 90 days to repay coronavirus grants if they have been over-paid. HMRC have announced that they must be informed within a 90 day period if businesses have over-claimed furlough payments through the CJRS. Self-employed individuals have the same time-period to report any overpaid grants through SEISS. The excess payments must also be paid back or penalties will apply. CJRS Overpayments – Furlough Scheme A CJRS grant should be repaid to HMRC if the funds were not used to reimburse the employer’s costs related to furloughed employees within a reasonable period of time. The grant […]

HMRC Tax Investigations And COVID-19

Due to social distancing restrictions, there has been a reduction in face-to-face HMRC tax investigations. HMRC staff are mainly working from home and not carrying out customer-facing compliance work. They have therefore given taxpayers extensions and/or the option to suspend compliance work. However, compliance works have not completely stopped and some taxpayers are being notified of new tax enquiries. We as accountants are also receiving correspondence regarding ongoing enquiries on a regular basis. Whilst this is certainly a quiet period for tax investigations, this will not continue in the long term. Tax Investigations Into Coronavirus Support Claims Many of the […]