Last summer, Chancellor Rishi Sunak introduced a temporary 5% VAT rate as part of a package of measures to support the hard-hit hospitality and tourism sector. As trade slowly starts to return to normal, VAT will increase to 12.5% from 1 October before reverting to the usual 20% next April. If you’ve not already done so, you should prepare for the change now.
Two major changes for Construction companies – designed to tackle VAT fraud and abuse of the CIS scheme rules – have now come into effect.
The government has made some changes to help individuals and business who are struggling to meet the usual tax deadlines.
There are many reasons why you might be selected for a visit from HMRC, including simple bad luck. While you may not be able to avoid a visit from the taxman – you can avoid the cost of professional fees incurred over the course of an HMRC tax investigation.*
When it comes to VAT, it is always important to get the classification right for the supply of goods or services. Crossing the boundaries separating standard and zero-rated items in food retailing can lead to problems. The outcome of a recent tribunal hinged on the question of whether takeaway food supplied by a business was ‘hot’ – or not.
Taxpayers can already use their online Business Tax Account for their dealings with HMRC but it is not currently essential. This is set to change with Making Tax Digital.
From 1 April 2019, certain businesses will be required to comply with the government’s new Making Tax Digital (MTD) regime. MTD represents a significant change to the way taxpayers keep their accounting records and submit information to HMRC. Will you be affected? And what should you do to be compliant?
In early 2017, the government announced that the first businesses to enter the new Making Tax Digital (MTD) regime would be those operating above the VAT-registration threshold. We now have more details about what those businesses will have to do, and when.
Changes to the VAT Flat Rate Scheme (FRS), announced in the Autumn Statement, came into affect on 1 April 2017. Businesses defined as being a ‘limited cost trader’ will now have to calculate VAT using an increased flat rate percentage. We explain what this will mean for many businesses using the FRS.