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28 July 2020

As well as filing accounts with Companies House, there is an important requirement to check that the information Companies House has about your company is correct every year. This is facilitated by the filing of an annual company confirmation statement. The confirmation statement was introduced in June 2016 and replaced the annual return. You could be subject to a fine of up to £5,000 for...

28 July 2020

To accommodate coronavirus disruption HMRC temporarily changed the time limit from 30 to 90 days for notifying a VAT option-to-tax for land and buildings. This extension was set to expire on 30 June 2020 but has been extended to 31 October 2020.

The option to tax rules allows businesses to make an election to standard rate the supply of most non-residential and commercial land and...

28 July 2020

The government has confirmed that the next business rates revaluation in England will be postponed until April 2023. The government has previously announced that the revaluation that was due in 2021 would be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic but no date had been announced. The revaluation in April 2023 will be based on property values on 1 April 2021.

The new revaluation date...

28 July 2020

HMRC’s annual reconciliation of PAYE for the tax year 2019-20 is well under way. HMRC uses salary and pension information to calculate if you have paid the correct amount of tax. The calculation is usually generated automatically by HMRC’s computer systems on what is known as a P800 form. P800 forms are sent out from the end of the tax year with HMRC expecting all forms to be sent by the end...

28 July 2020

This may seem to be an odd question. They buy because you offer what they want at the right price?

But is that the only consideration?

For faceless organisations like the larger online retailers, customers benefit from the huge range of goods on offer, easy payment options and reviews from previous buyers.

Competing on these terms is difficult for smaller businesses which...

28 July 2020

There are working time limits that state the legal maximum weekly working hours that a person has to work. They should not exceed 48 hours a week on average. The maximum hours for under 18’s is fixed at no more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week.

The average working hours are calculated over a 17-week period and includes overtime. This means that an employee may work more than 48...

28 July 2020

The Brexit transition period is due to end 31 December 2020. The UK and EU have agreed there will not be any further extensions, although with the COVID-19 outbreak nothing appears certain. As things currently stand, no formal trade deal has been reached with the EU. Consequently, it seems likely that the process for exporting goods to the EU will change from 1 January 2021.

Current...

28 July 2020

A new measure that will provide HMRC with additional civil information powers is expected to take effect when the Finance Bill 2020-21 receives Royal Assent. The new measure known as a Financial Institution Notice (FIN) will be used to require financial institutions to provide information to HMRC, when requested, about a specific taxpayer and without the need for approval from the independent...

28 July 2020

HMRC has published a series of a consultations together with details of proposed legislative changes to existing anti-avoidance regimes to strengthen HMRC’s ability to further clamp down on the market for tax avoidance.

The proposals include:

  • ensuring HMRC can effectively issue stop notices to promoters, under the Promoters of Tax Avoidance Scheme (POTAS) rules, to make it...
26 July 2020

1 August 2020 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 October 2019.

19 August 2020 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 August 2020. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 August 2020)

19 August 2020 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 August 2020. 

19 August 2020 - CIS tax deducted for the month...

22 July 2020

The government has published the draft legislation for Finance Bill 2020-21, along with accompanying explanatory notes, tax information and impact notes. The consultation on draft clauses is intended to make sure that the legislation works as intended. The consultation will close on 15 September 2020.

The Finance Bill will contain the legislation for some of the tax measures that have...

22 July 2020

HMRC has issued a press release to remind Self-Assessment taxpayers of the opportunity to defer Income Tax payments due on 31 July 2020. This opportunity is available to taxpayers due to make their second payment on account for the 2019-20 tax year that is ordinarily due at the end of this month. Taxpayers who take up this offer will see the payment due date deferred until 31 January 2021....

22 July 2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has written to the OTS (Office of Tax Simplification), asking the OTS to undertake a review of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and aspects of the taxation of chargeable gains in relation to individuals and smaller businesses. In response to the request, the OTS has published a scoping document for the review, together with a call for evidence and an online survey.

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22 July 2020

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme to help encourage the struggling restaurant sector was announced as part of the Chancellor’s Summer Economic Update earlier this month. The scheme is designed to help restaurants recover from the effects of the lockdown. The scheme officially launches on 3 August 2020 and will be available every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until 31 August 2020.

A new...

22 July 2020

Friday 31 July 2020 is the deadline day for families and individuals that receive tax credits to tell HMRC about any changes to their financial circumstances. As in previous years, there is likely to be a huge last-minute rush and it may be difficult to contact HMRC by phone. Claims can be renewed by post, phone or online.

Once the deadline has expired anyone who has not yet renewed...

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