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21-06-2018
Tax gap lowered according to HMRC

Tax gap lowered according to HMRC

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 schemes. The 5.7% figure is the same as ... read more

21-06-2018
M&S lose expensive VAT case

M&S lose expensive VAT case

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, side dish and dessert) from a specific ... read more

21-06-2018
Self-assessment second instalment due end of July

Self-assessment second instalment due end of July

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 Income Tax liability. However, if your ... read more

21-06-2018
Is the email really from HMRC?

Is the email really from HMRC?

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 being compromised and the possibility of ... read more

21-06-2018
Are you on track to qualify for a full State Pension?

Are you on track to qualify for a full State Pension?

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 Insurance Contribution record as it stands on ... read more

21-06-2018
Payment deadlines for VAT Annual Accounting Scheme

Payment deadlines for VAT Annual Accounting Scheme

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. The scheme has the benefit of allowing a ... read more

21-06-2018
Plumber wins landmark gig economy case

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 entitlement to the minimum wage, ... read more

18-06-2018
Impact on pensions of maternity leave

Impact on pensions of maternity leave

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 employers of the law in this area. The ... read more

13-06-2018
Dormant assets scheme to be expanded

Dormant assets scheme to be expanded

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 Commission was set up in March 2016 and ... read more

13-06-2018
VAT reverse charge may be coming to the construction sector

VAT reverse charge may be coming to the construction sector

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 is part of the government’s measures to ... read more

13-06-2018
The maternity allowance

The maternity allowance

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 must be made for the maternity allowance ... read more

13-06-2018
Claim back pre-registration VAT

Claim back pre-registration VAT

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 services by the newly VAT registered ... read more

13-06-2018
When do charities pay or not pay tax?

When do charities pay or not pay tax?

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 a number of tax exemptions and reliefs ... read more

13-06-2018
Companies and capital gains

Companies and capital gains

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 amount of Corporation Tax payable. Until ... read more

13-06-2018
Don’t forget to renew your tax credit claims

Don’t forget to renew your tax credit claims

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 packs should be with recipients by 26 ... read more

11-06-2018
World Cup 2018 – Acas guidance

World Cup 2018 – Acas guidance

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 now to reduce the impact the World Cup ... read more

11-06-2018
Religion and belief discrimination

Religion and belief discrimination

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 discrimination happening in the ... read more

06-06-2018
Gifts with strings attached

Gifts with strings attached

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 a tapered relief available if the donor ... read more

06-06-2018
Don’t leave assets in a company you dissolve

Don’t leave assets in a company you dissolve

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 all of a company’s assets and liabilities ... read more

06-06-2018
Liability of non-resident companies

Liability of non-resident companies

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 not liable to account for ACT on ... read more