Spring Budget 2021

Yesterday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented his Budget, which as expected focussed a lot on continuing short-term measures to help support both individuals and businesses through the next few months, but also included some longer-term plans in the government’s attempt to try and reduce the national borrowing. Here is a summary of some of the key… Continue reading Spring Budget 2021

VAT reverse charge for construction services

After three false starts the VAT reverse charge will now come into effect on 1st March 2021. The reverse charge represents part of a government clampdown on VAT fraud. Large amounts of VAT are lost through 'missing trader' fraud. As part of this type of fraud, VAT is charged by a supplier, who then disappears,… Continue reading VAT reverse charge for construction services

Postponed VAT Accounting

A faster way to recover VAT on goods imported to the UK. These changes will affect your business from 1 January 2021 if you import goods into the UK. Import VAT is now charged on all goods entering the UK (including goods from EU countries). Previously import VAT was charged on non-EU imports only.  You… Continue reading Postponed VAT Accounting

VAT deferral

HMRC has issued some guidance to taxpayers that deferred their VAT payments between 20 March and 30 June 2020 and still have payments to make. HMRC is advising taxpayers who deferred their VAT payments to: pay the deferred VAT in full on or before 31 March 2021or opt in to the VAT deferral new payment… Continue reading VAT deferral

Self assessment deadline approaching – 31st January 2021

The deadline for submitting your 2019/20 self assessment return is 31 January 2021. The deadline applies to taxpayers who need to complete a tax return and make direct payments to HMRC in respect of their income tax, Classes 2 and 4 National Insurance Contributions (NIC), capital gains tax and High Income Child Benefit Charge liabilities. … Continue reading Self assessment deadline approaching – 31st January 2021

£1 million Annual Investment Allowance cap extended

The Treasury has confirmed that the £1 million cap on the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) is to be extended for an additional year as the government continues to look at ways to stimulate the economy. The AIA provides a tax write off against profits for expenditure incurred on plant and machinery by businesses and owners… Continue reading £1 million Annual Investment Allowance cap extended

Self assessment customers to benefit from enhanced payment plans

Self assessment taxpayers are now able to benefit from enhanced payment plans and can apply online for additional support to help spread their tax bill into monthly payments. The online payment plan service was already able to set up instalment arrangements for paying tax liabilities up to £10,000. From 1 October 2020, HMRC increased the… Continue reading Self assessment customers to benefit from enhanced payment plans

Hot Topic: Job Support Scheme

As part of the Winter Economy Plan Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the introduction of the government’s new Job Support Scheme Open (JSS Open). The JSS aims to protect jobs and support businesses over the coming months. Following the initial announcement, the Chancellor announced an extension of the JSS.  The Job Support Scheme Closed (JSS Closed)… Continue reading Hot Topic: Job Support Scheme

COVID-19: delay to VAT reverse charge on construction services

On 5 June 2020, HMRC announced a five-month delay to the introduction of the domestic VAT reverse charge for construction services, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sector. The change will now apply from 1 March 2021 and will overhaul the way VAT is payable on building and construction invoices as… Continue reading COVID-19: delay to VAT reverse charge on construction services

Time To Pay Tax

If coronavirus means you can't pay a tax bill on time, the government is offering Time To Pay (TTP) as a way of easing cash flow problems. It is important to appreciate that TTP cannot be used to reduce tax liability. TTP is just that - it buys time, giving you breathing space and spreading… Continue reading Time To Pay Tax