Lisa Smith (Bury St Edmunds)

Lisa has a mixed tax and accounting background and is a member of the Institute of Taxation. She joined the Bury St Edmunds office in 2018 after working for one of the Big Four accounting firms where she developed a specialism in VAT and a passion for supporting people to learn and develop their technical and business skills. Lisa is a Tax Manager responsible for a mixed portfolio of private clients. She also provides VAT advice to a broad range of clients. Outside of work Lisa is a keen cyclist who can often be found enjoying the delightful lanes of Suffolk on two wheels.
 
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7th December 2020 Covid-19 – Support for the hospitality and tourism industries extended

In response to the continuing Coronavirus health emergency, the Government has extended the period during which the reduced rate of VAT will apply to the hospitality and tourism industries.  The reduced rate of VAT, which came into force on 15 July 2020, will continue to apply until 31 March 2021. As a result, VAT at…

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2nd December 2020 Brexit – EU VAT Refund System – Don’t miss the deadline!

UK businesses can only use the EU VAT Refund System until  11 pm on 31 March 2021.  This means that claims for a refund of VAT incurred in other EU Member States for the year ended 31 December 2020 must be submitted by then.  Prior to Brexit the deadline was 30 September following the end…

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26th November 2020 SEISS 3rd Grant– Guidance issued on how trading conditions affect eligibility

To be eligible to claim for the third Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant you must either:   be trading and impacted by reduced demand due to coronavirus, or have been trading but are temporarily unable to do so due to coronavirus.   To help businesses understand whether they are eligible for the 3rd SEISS…

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29th September 2020 Extension to deferment of VAT due

On 24 September 2020 the Chancellor announced and extension to scheme allowing for the deferment of VAT for businesses affected by coronavirus.  Businesses that took advantage of the arrangements to defer VAT payments due between 20 March and 30 June 2020 until 31 March 2021, will have the option to pay the outstanding amounts in…

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10th August 2020 Covid-19 – VAT complexity of Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

  From 3 to 31 August 2020 businesses that offer a discount under the The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme are able to claim the discounted amount back from the Government.   Whilst on the face of it you might expect VAT only to be payable on the discounted amount, in-fact VAT is payable…

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13th July 2020 COVID-19 – Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Following the Chancellor’s recent announcement, HMRC has issued guidance for businesses to register for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme, which will enable them to offer a discount to diners from 3 August 2020.   The Scheme can be used:   all day every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August 2020,…

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9th July 2020 REMINDER – Deadline for SEISS grant is 13 July 2020

Further to my blog on 22 June 2020 (please see below), just a reminder that the deadline for applying for the first SEISS grant is 13 July.   Those eligible under the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be able to claim a second and final grant in August 2020.The grant will be worth 70%…

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9th July 2020 VAT savings for the hospitality and tourism industries

As part of the Government’s measures to try to stimulate the economy, the Chancellor has announced a reduction in the rate of VAT payable by the hospitality and tourism industries.   From 15‌‌‌ ‌July 2020 until 12‌‌‌ ‌January 2021, the rate of VAT will be reduced to 5% on any eat-in or hot takeaway food…

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23rd June 2020 COVID-19 – Reminder to reinstate VAT direct debit

Many businesses have taken advantage of HMRC’s concession to defer VAT payments falling due between 20 March and 30 June 2020.  If you have used this concession, and as a result cancelled your direct debit, do not forget to reinstate the direct debit mandate in time for any VAT payments falling due on or after…

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22nd June 2020 COVID-19 – Potential to advance the opportunity to reclaim corporation tax

To reflect the exceptional trading position many companies find themselves in during the Covid-10 pandemic, HMRC has updated its internal guidance regarding companies making claims for repayments of corporation tax based on anticipated losses, and claiming a repayment of corporation tax paid under the quarterly instalments regime.  Companies wishing to make such a claim will…

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