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Government nudges local authorities

27/01/2022

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has written a letter to local authorities in England urging them to help support businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors as efficiently as possible. Just before Christmas, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced a support package for businesses most impacted

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Filing obligations for private limited companies

27/01/2022

It is important that anyone responsible for the accounts and tax filing regime for private limited companies is aware of their obligations. After the end of its financial year, a private limited company must prepare full annual accounts and a company tax return. The deadline for filing the first set of accounts with Companies House is 21

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Tax and customs duties for goods sent from abroad

27/01/2022

There are special rules to help ensure that goods sent from abroad are taxed appropriately and to ensure that UK businesses supplying goods in the UK, for example by having to compete with VAT free imports, are not disadvantaged. This includes goods that are new or used and bought online, bought abroad, and shipped to the UK and goods

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How CIS off-set works in practice

27/01/2022

The Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) is a set of special rules for tax and National Insurance for those working in the construction industry. Businesses in the construction industry are known as 'contractors' and 'subcontractors' and should be aware of the tax implications of the scheme. Under the scheme, contractors are required to

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Who should register for Plastic Packaging Tax

27/01/2022

The new Plastic Packaging Tax will come into effect from 1 April 2022. The tax will not apply to any plastic packaging which contains at least 30% recycled plastic, or any packaging which is not predominantly plastic by weight. The tax will be charged at a rate of £200 per metric tonne and will apply to packaging with less than 30%

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VAT Flat Rate Scheme exclusions

27/01/2022

The VAT Flat Rate scheme has been designed to simplify the way a business accounts for VAT and in so doing reduce the administration costs of complying with VAT legislation. Using the Flat Rate scheme, businesses pay VAT as a fixed percentage of their VAT inclusive turnover. The actual percentage used depends on the type of business. The

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Tax Diary February/March 2022

27/01/2022

1 February 2022 - Due date for Corporation Tax payable for the year ended 30 April 2021. 19 February 2022 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 February 2022 (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 February 2022). 19 February 2022 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 February

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Leaving gifts to charity in your Will

20/01/2022

The government introduced new rules to encourage charitable giving on death in 2012. The rule which has remained unchanged ever since means that a reduced rate of Inheritance Tax (IHT) of 36% (reduced from 40%) applies where 10% or more of a deceased’s net estate is left to charity. The lower rate applies where 10% or more of the ‘net

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Tax relief for working from home

20/01/2022

If you are an employee working from home, you may be able to claim tax relief for some of the bills you pay that are related to your work. Employers can reimburse employees for the additional household expenses incurred through regularly working at home. The relief covers expenses such as business telephone calls or heating and

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Replacement of domestic items in let property

20/01/2022

The replacement of domestic items relief has been in place since April 2016. The relief allows landlords to claim tax relief when they replace movable furniture, furnishings, household appliances and kitchenware in a rental property. The allowance is available for the cost of domestic items such as free-standing wardrobes, curtains,

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Global minimum Corporation Tax of 15%

20/01/2022

A new consultation has been published by the UK government seeking views for how a worldwide 15% minimum Corporation Tax should be enforced domestically. This follows more than 130 countries signing up to a new global minimum tax framework in October 2021, after the G7 agreed in principle to this measure during UK’s presidency. We have

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HMRC “sweetheart” deals

20/01/2022

HMRC has issued an interesting press release stating that ‘Fact: HMRC does not do ‘sweetheart deals’. HMRC makes sure every taxpayer, no matter what their size, pays everything they owe.’ This denial could be in response to many claims that have been made over the years in Parliament and the press suggesting that HMRC offers better

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Company reconstructions – liabilities restriction

20/01/2022

The rules for the Corporation Tax treatment of carried forward losses changed from 1 April 2017. The changes increased flexibility to set off carried forward losses against total profits of the same company or another company in a group whilst at the same time introducing new restrictions as to the amount of profits against which carried

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HMRC agree delay in tax return deadline

13/01/2022

HMRC has announced that late filing penalties will be waived for taxpayers that file their 2020-21 Self-Assessment returns by 28 February 2022. The due date of 31 January 2022 remains and HMRC is still encouraging taxpayers to try and meet this deadline. Taxpayers should try and pay their tax bill by 31 January 2022 as interest will

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Delay in implementing late payment penalties

13/01/2022

In tandem with the announcement that no late filing penalties will be issued for 2020-21 Self-Assessment returns submitted by 28 February 2022, HMRC has also confirmed a delay in implementing late payment penalties. This means that taxpayers will not be charged a 5% late payment penalty if they pay their tax or set up a payment plan by

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Are you registered for Making Tax Digital for VAT?

13/01/2022

Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT is to be extended to cover businesses with a turnover below the VAT threshold from April 2022. The MTD for VAT regime started in April 2019 when businesses with a turnover above the VAT threshold of £85,000 became mandated to keep their records digitally and provide their VAT return information to HMRC

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HMRC fraud squad net £1bn from criminals

13/01/2022

HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) was launched in April 2016. The FIS is responsible for HMRC’s civil and criminal investigations into the most serious fraud and wrongdoing. It has been estimated that tax evasion and fraud cost the exchequer up to £10bn per annum. The formation of the FIS brought together HMRC’s criminal and civil

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Omicron funding delivered to local authorities

13/01/2022

Just before the Christmas break, the Chancellor announced a new support package for some businesses most affected by the Omicron variant. The biggest single measure was the re-introduction of one-off grants of up to £6,000 for businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors many of whom have seen their seasonal trade hugely impacted by

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