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10th September 2019 DELAYED – Domestic Reverse Charge VAT for Construction Services!

Brexit strikes again!  It appears that dreaded “B” word is not only good for grabbing headlines but also for causing H M Revenue & Customs a fair number of headaches.  Brexit has been blamed by the Revenue for everything from extended hold times on their phone lines to the delay in implementing their Making Tax…

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5th September 2019 Gift Aid Guidance Update

HM Revenue & Customs have updated their Gift Aid for charities guidance.   In particular, the tables under sections titled The Benefit Rule, Charity Auctions and Educational School trips have been updated the latter of which will be of interest to charities involved in the running of schools and Educational Trusts.   The updated guidance…

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23rd August 2019 Changes in VAT for Contractors and Subcontractors

Confused by the new CIS reverse charge VAT rules that come into effect from 1 October 2019, then HMRC have issued further guidance at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/vat-domestic-reverse-charge-for-building-and-construction-services#overview.   The basics are as from 1 October 2019 if you are a VAT registered subcontractor working for a contractor you will no longer be paid for the VAT element…

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13th August 2019 Charity accounts assurance

Whether unincorporated, a charitable company or a CIO (charitable incorporated organisation), charities are required to have certain levels of assurance over their financial statements depending on their size. The limits are much smaller than companies, meaning that many charities require some sort of external scrutiny. The requirements by size are as follows: Income up to…

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24th July 2019 From April 2020 – 30-day Reporting and payment date on residential property disposals

From 6 April 2020 the Government is making some significant changes to the rules regarding the reporting and payment of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) when individuals, trustees and personal representatives dispose of residential property and it is important to be aware of these.   Currently such a disposal would be reportable on your tax return…

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23rd July 2019 Residential Property Tax News!

  Lettings Relief and Principal Private Residence Relief   Following my previous blog regarding the changes announced to the Principal Private Residence Relief (PPR) and lettings relief rules, the consultation period ended on 1 June 2019. You can view the consultation responses here.   HMRC have now published a policy paper on 11 July 2019,…

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15th July 2019 IR35: private sector off-payroll rules for contractors

This week HMRC have published draft legislation that will affect private sector personal services companies (PSCs)  from 6 April 2020. PSC’s supplying services to medium or large-sized organisations will no longer decide if they are employed or self-employed, the end engager will assess this. If caught by these rules, known as IR35, employment taxes and…

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20th May 2019 Property allowance considerations: Joint properties held in unequal proportions

The property allowance was introduced on 5 April 2017, allowing a flat rate deduction of £1,000 to be claimed against property income, in lieu of keeping detailed records of expenses. This however, raises the question as to whether individuals renting out a joint property are required to make the same claim as one another. In…

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8th May 2019 Lorraine Kelly wins IR35 battle with HMRC; would you?

A recent series of HMRC high-profile court cases have brought Contractors back into the tax spotlight. TV presenters Lorraine Kelly, Kay Adams and Christa Ackroyd have all defended their working practices with mixed success.   HMRC claimed all three should have been taxed as employees rather than business owners. HMRC won the case against Ackroyd…

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9th April 2019 R&D Tax Relief: HMRC Try to Tackle Abuse

  Many companies, not just those in the tech industry, will have benefitted from the generosity of R&D tax relief. Eligible R&D expenditure can be inflated by a notional 230% uplift, and a refund of tax claimed on tax that was never paid in the first place. Perhaps not unsurprisingly, HMRC have identified abuses of…

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