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19th November 2018 Xero Rapidly Becoming THE Small Business Platform

At Xerocon 2018, held Wednesday and Thursday last week, we heard how the number of Xero Subscribers has now reached over 1.6 Million Worldwide.   Xero’s focus on becoming THE Small Business Platform is greater than ever, with recent market research confirming how users of Xero really do save time, in some cases as much…

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19th November 2018 Draft Brexit Agreement: What’s all the fuss about?

So now that we can finally see what Brexit might mean in reality, with the publication of the Draft Brexit Agreement, everyone is still unhappy. After much talk about what we wanted, which was leaving the EU club, whilst cherry-picking retention of access to the Single Market and a borderless border in Ireland, it has…

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13th November 2018 Corporation tax rates set to fall

Following the Autumn Budget on 29th October 2018, it was confirmed that Corporation Tax rates will fall to 17% from 1st April 2020. Currently, the Corporation Tax rate is 19% and this will remain until the 17% rate comes into force. Presumably the reason for introducing lower rates is to make the UK more competitive,…

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9th November 2018 HMRC letters to businesses affected by MTD for VAT

HMRC have started to send out their first wave of what they are calling “encouragement letters” to businesses within the scope of MTD for VAT. The letters are being sent to businesses which are currently eligible to join the pilot.  They are not being copied to the businesses’ agents. The first wave is 20,000 letters…

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8th November 2018 Further contingency planning guidance on a ‘No deal Brexit’

HMRC has issued a Partnership Pack to help businesses carry out contingency planning and to help their customers, members and clients to: think about how they will need to adapt their business to comply with new systems, processes and controls assess the impact of the increased demand for customs declarations on their business consider whether…

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8th November 2018 Making Tax Digital for VAT public pilot opens and deferral for some businesses

HMRC has opened the Making Tax Digital for VAT (MTDfV) public pilot. However certain VAT-registered businesses (around 3.5% according to HMRC) with more complex requirements will be deferred from being subject to MTD for six months. Essentially, the public pilot is now open to sole traders and companies using standard VAT accounting. This applies whether…

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19th October 2018 Increasing publicity over IR35

In the run up to the Autumn Budget, where it is widely speculated the Government will clamp down on IR35 in the private sector, barely a week goes by without another IR35 case being in the news. Employment tribunal claims are increasingly being launched by those caught by the IR35 reforms of the public sector.…

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18th October 2018 HMRC defer MTD for businesses with more complex requirements

HMRC have updated  MTD for businesses with more complex requirements The exception is a small minority of VAT-registered businesses with more complex requirements. As part of planning for the VAT pilot, HMRC have made the decision to delay mandation for these customers until 1 October 2019 to ensure there is sufficient time to test the…

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15th October 2018 If HMRC Can’t Say, Who Can? – Records Required for ‘Cash Accounting for VAT’ Under MTD

Reference to VAT Notices 700/21, 700/22 and 731 suggests that a business using Cash Accounting for VAT under Making Tax Digital will be required to:- Maintain digital accounting records at transaction level: Keep a digital VAT account using Accrual accounting; Cross reference Monies Received and Paid against individual Sales and Purchase invoices within their digital…

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15th October 2018 Preserve your wealth

Discover how to manage your wealth effectively at our annual event led by our wealth management and tax experts. There will be three presentations followed by a light lunch – a great networking opportunity. Tax planning tips & traps Barbara Nicholas, Tax Partner at Whiting & Partners  Passing on Wealth – How hard can it…

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