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7th March 2019 HMRC sets out rules for postponed VAT accounting if no deal Brexit

HMRC confirmed that in the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, from 11pm GMT on 29 March 2019, businesses registered for VAT in the UK will be able to account for import VAT on their VAT return rather than pay when, or soon after, the goods arrive at the UK border.  …

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7th March 2019 How to submit a VAT Return using Sage

Submitting a VAT Return using Sage is a simple process, however before you can do this you need the correct log in details to do so.  These log in details are commonly known as a Government Gateway ID. As a Sage user that is not currently using Sage to submit your VAT returns, you will…

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6th March 2019 Making Tax Digital – Full steam ahead

  Despite calls from some to put a further delay to Making Tax Digital, on 19th February 2019 with less than 40 days to go Mel Stride MP Financial Secretary to the Treasury updated the House of Commons on HMRC’s progress on delivering MTD for VAT. The government are pressing ahead with the April 2019…

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6th March 2019 Construction Industry VAT Reverse Charge

  HMRC’s latest attempt to stamp out tax fraud has turned their attention to the construction industry and, more specifically, VAT within the construction industry.  HMRC state they have identified “a significant risk to the Exchequer” as a result of missing trader fraud.  Missing trader fraud occurs where fraudsters take over or create shell companies…

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6th March 2019 National Minimum Wage and Pension Contributions

  Further to the budget announcements at the end of October 2018, rate changes to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) have been confirmed for April 2019. These are in line with the recommendations that were made by the low pay commission.   Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice April 2018 (current rate) £7.83…

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6th March 2019 HMRC wants your opinion – IR35 private sector consultation opens

The expected consultation period to roll out “off-payroll working rules” to the private sector has begun. HMRC propose that, from April 2020, medium and large sized private sector end-clients will be responsible for deciding if workers fees will be subject to PAYE and national insurance.   The consultation document advises HMRC will seek to address…

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1st March 2019 Mind Your Own Business

So, you’ve decided to go it alone. You’ve identified a niche for your idea, your product or the service you can offer. It may just be that you want independence and greater recognition for your expertise.   We have many start-up businesses looking to us for help and advice. These range from spare room endeavours…

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28th February 2019 The ‘Right to Build’

In 2016, new legislation came into force which meant that councils now have a duty to grant planning permission to appropriate serviced plots as part of the ‘Right to Build’ entitlement. This was part of the government’s solution to tackling housing shortages across the country – the objective was to double the value of the…

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27th February 2019 Brexit – What does it mean for Farming?

Britain’s withdrawal from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) means British farmers will no longer be able to receive EU subsidies and will not have to comply with a number of regulations. Agriculture is a small sector in the UK economy, contributing less than 1% to GDP and employing around 1.2% of the workforce. But…

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7th February 2019 Businesses urged to prepare for post-Brexit Customs

HMRC is urging VAT-registered UK businesses which trade exclusively with the EU to be prepared for a no deal Brexit.   In a letter sent to 145,000 affected businesses, HMRC explains changes to Customs, Excise and VAT procedures in the ‘unlikely event’ that the UK leaves the EU without a Brexit deal.   HMRC’s letter…

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