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Company director imprisoned

10/10/2018

A director of a company that manufactured security systems has been found guilty of two counts of fraudulent trading and one count of fraudulently removing property in anticipation of winding up. He was sentenced to two years in prison after defrauding his creditors to the tune of £600,000. The man has also been banned from directly or...

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The end of late payments by large organisations?

10/10/2018

The government has been trying to combat the widespread issue of large businesses abusing their position by making late payments to small businesses. This initiative has included the launch of the voluntary Prompt Payment Code (PPC) in April 2017 where over 2,000 signatories have committed to the fair and equal treatment of payments to...

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Importing from non-EU countries

10/10/2018

There are special rules for businesses that import goods from non-EU countries. Whilst most smaller businesses importing goods will use a courier or freight forwarder it is still important to be aware of the duties and VAT implications. Businesses importing goods must be able to distinguish between importing goods from outside the EU or...

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Self-assessment filing deadline

10/10/2018

The 2017-18 tax return deadline for taxpayers using a paper self-assessment return is 31 October 2018. Late submission of a self-assessment return will become liable to a £100 late filing penalty. The penalty usually applies even if there is no liability or if any tax due is paid in full by 31 January 2019. There are many advantages to...

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VAT - option to tax

10/10/2018

There are special VAT rules that allow businesses to standard rate the supply of most non-residential and commercial land and buildings (known as the option to tax). This means that subsequent supplies by the person making the option to tax will be subject to VAT at the standard rate. The ability to convert the treatment of VAT exempt...

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Companies and trading losses

10/10/2018

Corporation Tax relief may be available when a company or organisation makes a trading loss. The loss may be used to claim relief from Corporation Tax by offset against other gains or profits of the business in the same or previous accounting period. The loss can also be set against future qualifying trading income. Any claim for...

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The Digital Disclosure Service

10/10/2018

HMRC has used targeted campaigns to recover underpaid taxes and penalties from specific sectors and industries where significant underpayment of tax has been identified. The use of these campaigns is part of the government’s continued moves to tackle tax evasion, avoidance and fraud. Current campaigns include the Card Transaction...

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Genuine messages from HMRC

10/10/2018

HMRC has issued an updated version of their online guidance on Genuine HMRC contact and recognising phishing emails and texts. The guidance provides a current list of genuine messages from HMRC. This includes email messages, text messages and telephone contacts from HMRC. HMRC is currently carrying out compliance checks for midsized...

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Charity filing deadline approaching

02/10/2018

The Charity Commission has warned charities that the deadline for submitting the 2017 annual return is fast approaching. The deadline for charities with a standard 12-month accounting period is 31 October 2018. According to the Charity Commission, there are many charities that have yet to file their annual return. Not filing on time means...

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When do you pay Income Tax?

02/10/2018

Income Tax, unsurprisingly, is a tax on income. To be more specific, it is a tax on the income of individuals and non-incorporated businesses. However, there are some types of income where no Income Tax is payable. We have summarised below some of the main income type that are and are not liable to Income Tax. In most circumstances,...

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What are National Insurance credits?

02/10/2018

National Insurance credits can help qualifying applicants to fill gaps in their National Insurance record. This can assist taxpayers to build up the amount of qualifying years of National Insurance contributions which can increase the amount of benefits a person is entitled to, such as the State Pension. For example, National Insurance...

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Gift Aid donations for food and drink

02/10/2018

The Gift Aid scheme is available to all UK taxpayers. The charity or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) concerned can take a taxpayer’s donation and provided all the qualifying conditions are met, can reclaim the basic rate tax allowing an extra 25p on every £1 donated to charity. HMRC has published a press release to remind...

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Class 3 NICs

02/10/2018

Class 3 National Insurance Contributions (NICs) are a voluntary contribution paid by those wishing to fill gaps in their NICs contribution record and can be used by taxpayers who have not made sufficient compulsory contributions or are not liable to pay any other class of National Insurance contributions. Essentially, Class 3...

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Limitations of trivial benefit claims

02/10/2018

Under HMRC’s rules, there is no tax to pay on trivial benefits in kind (BiK) provided to employees where all of the following apply: the benefit is not cash or a cash-voucher; and costs £50 or less; and is not provided as part of a salary sacrifice or other contractual arrangement; and is not provided in recognition of services...

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Eligibility to claim Entrepreneurs’ Relief

02/10/2018

Entrepreneurs' relief applies to the sale of a business, shares in a trading company or an individual’s interest in a trading partnership. Where this relief is available Capital Gains Tax (CGT) of 10% is payable in place of the standard rate. CGT on the disposal of chargeable assets is usually chargeable at 20%. There are a number of...

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Ways to liquidate a limited company

02/10/2018

There are a number of reasons why a limited company may be no longer required and can be shut down. This may be because the limited company structure: no longer suits the needs of its owners, the business is no longer active, or the company is insolvent. The agreement of all the company’s directors and shareholders to close down...

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High penalties for offshore tax evasion

02/10/2018

There are higher penalties for taxpayers evading Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax relating to offshore matters. HMRC’s compliance check notice entitled Higher penalties for offshore matters, has recently been updated to include details about penalties under the Requirement to Correct (RTC) legislation. The RTC rules apply to any person...

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Alert for VAT registered traders

25/09/2018

The deadline for businesses with a turnover above the VAT threshold to keep digital records and provide regular digital updates to HMRC for VAT purposes using Making Tax Digital (MTD) is fast approaching. From 1 April 2019, businesses with a turnover above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) will be required to keep their records...

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