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15th September 2021 Changes to the leisure & hospitality VAT rate

To encourage spending in the leisure & tourism sector, the VAT rate for certain supplies was cut from 20% to 5% in July 2020. From 1 October 2021, the VAT rate will rise again to 12.5% and this rate will be in place until 31 March 2022.   If your business operates in the leisure…

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9th September 2021 The new Health and Social Care Levy – increases to NIC and dividend tax

The new levy will increase all NIC rates by 1.25% from April 2022, this will affect employees, employers, self employed and the NIC paid on P11D benefits (such as company cars and private health care). The increase will apply to employed (include deemed employees) and self-employed individuals and partners earning above the class 1 primary…

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16th August 2021 Does my group need to prepare consolidated accounts?

Under the Companies Act 2006 and the Financial Reporting Standard FRS 102, a group of companies must produce consolidated financial statements. This means that the financial statements for each of the members of the group are combined into one set, as if it was one entity.   If the group classifies as a small, then…

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28th July 2021 Potato store tribunal ruling

In 2019 the first tier tribunal ruled in a case concerning a grain store that the entire structure qualified as plant and consequently gave rise to a capital allowance claim, by reason of it being a silo. As a consequences of this decision there have been a number of claims for capital allowances both in…

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14th July 2021 Accounts Basis Period Reform – Consultation

Under current rules, businesses draw up annual accounts to the same date each year. The profit/loss for the tax year is usually the profit/loss for the year to the accounting date – called the basis period.  Tax is paid on profits earned in the basis period ending in the tax year in question.   However,…

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1st July 2021 Changes to the reduced rate of VAT for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions

  In July 2020 the government announced that VAT registered business who operate in the hospitality and tourism industry could use a temporary 5% reduced rate of VAT on certain supplies compared to the standard 20%. The objective of this legislation was to support businesses in this sector during the Coronavirus pandemic and assist with…

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15th June 2021 Tax on Cryptocurrency does not have to be cryptic

Within the last 10 years the cryptocurrency scene has exploded from the first decentralised cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, being created back in 2009 to now more than 4,000 different cryptocurrencies being in existence with a total market cap value of over £1trillion.   This has led to the creation of the Cryptoassets Taskforce which was announced back…

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9th June 2021 Paying VAT by Direct Debit – check your HMRC records

HMRC are in the process of moving VAT records for non-MTD registered traders from their old database to a new one.   Due to banking requirements if HMRC does not hold a valid e-mail address for a trader, when the data is transferred to the new database, any existing direct debit mandate will be cancelled.…

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3rd June 2021 National Insurance holiday for employers hiring veterans

Following an announcement by the government in 2020, from April 2021 employers hiring former members of the UK armed forces will be exempted from any NI contributions liability on the veteran’s salary up to the Upper Secondary Threshold (UST) in the first twelve months of their employment. However, under current guidelines relief for the 2021-22…

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20th May 2021 VAT deferral payment scheme deadline 21 June 2021

One of the ways government helped businesses in 2020 was to allow them to defer paying VAT liabilities due between March and June that year. Those taking advantage of this had until 31 March 2021 to pay. In September 2020, the Chancellor announced the VAT deferral payment scheme. Instead of paying in full by 31…

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