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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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Customs controls from 1 January 2022

13/01/2022

There are special procedures for importing goods into the UK. Following the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020, the process for importing goods from the EU effectively mirrors the process for all other international destinations. A number of easements to help ensure a smooth transition for goods coming from the EU...

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Beware online sales scams

06/01/2022

A new government press release has been issued reminding the public that online sales scams continue to be a major issue. In fact, 2021 saw a record number of cyber-attacks and online scams. Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber-crime, has revealed that almost 100,000 people in the UK have fallen victim to...

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Self-certified sick notes

06/01/2022

The statutory sick pay rules were temporarily amended on 17 December 2021. The amendment allows employees to self-certify for a period of 28 days, in place of the normal 7 days. This measure has been put in place to help free up capacity in the NHS and allow GPs to spend more time focusing on the coronavirus booster rollout as well as...

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Will you need to pay-back Child Benefits?

06/01/2022

The High Income Child Benefit charge applies to taxpayers whose income exceeds £50,000 in a tax year and who are in receipt of child benefit. The charge claws back the financial benefit of receiving child benefit either by reducing or removing the benefit entirely. If you or your partner have exceeded the £50,000 threshold for the first...

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New powers for Insolvency Service

06/01/2022

The Insolvency Service is a government agency that provides services to those affected by financial distress or failure. The Insolvency Service operates as an executive agency of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The Insolvency Service has been granted new powers to investigate and disqualify company...

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Points to consider when valuing goodwill

06/01/2022

Valuing goodwill is a complex process and there are many different methods which can be used and that vary from industry to industry. Goodwill is a way of placing a monetary value on the business's reputation and customer relationships. Or as HMRC say in their guidance, in accounting terms, purchased goodwill is the balancing figure...

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Reminder of Statutory Sick Pay pay-back scheme

06/01/2022

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme for small and medium-sized businesses and employers, enables them to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19. The online service closed for new claims after 30 September 2021. However, following the new Omicron wave, the online claims service is to be...

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Plug-in grants for electric vehicles

23/12/2021

The government has announced significant changes to the low-emission vehicles plug-in grant scheme. The changes became effective on 15 December 2021. The changes have been introduced in response to soaring demand for electric vehicles and to help target those buying the most affordable zero emission cars. More than 10% of cars sold in...

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Pay your tax bill by instalments

23/12/2021

Businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service. An online payment plan for Self-Assessment tax bills can be used to set up instalment arrangements for paying tax liabilities up to £30,000....

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BOE advises government on inflation hike to 5.1%

23/12/2021

The current Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak. The letter was dated 16 December 2021 and has been uploaded to GOV.UK. The correspondence related to the recently published figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing a significant increase in...

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A reminder – HMRC’s badges of trade

23/12/2021

The 'badges of trade' tests whilst not conclusive are used by HMRC to help determine whether an activity is a proper economic trade / business activity or merely a money-making by-product of a hobby. The approach by the courts in using the badges of trade has been to decide questions of trade on the basis of the overall impression gained...

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Further changes to customs issues from 1 July 2022

23/12/2021

There are special procedures for importing goods into the UK. Following the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020, the process for importing goods from the EU effectively mirrors the process for all other international destinations. A number of easements had been put in place to help ensure a smooth transition for goods...

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New £1bn support package announced

23/12/2021

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced a new £1bn support package for businesses most impacted by the highly transmissible Omicron variant that is sweeping across the UK. The biggest single measure is the re-introduction of one-off grants of up to £6,000 for businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors (in England) many of whom have...

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