Public pilot of Making Tax Digital for VAT opens

Public pilot of Making Tax Digital for VAT opens

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has opened a public pilot of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT. The pilot is open to sole traders and companies that are up-to-date with VAT, who have not received a default surcharge in the last two years. Some other groups will need to wait to join, including those: trading with the EU; based overseas; submitting VAT returns annually; making Read more…

Payee names to be required for bank transfers in effort to combat fraud and errors

Payee names to be required for bank transfers in effort to combat fraud and errors

From next year, payee names will be checked when making bank transfers in order to ensure that funds are being sent to the correct recipient. Currently, only the sort code and account number are checked when making a transfer, something which has been exploited by fraudsters to trick people into transferring tens of thousands of pounds into the wrong account. In cases where such fraud Read more…

HM Revenue & Customs to review and rework some 2016-17 self-assessment tax returns following error

HM Revenue & Customs to review and rework some 2016-17 self-assessment tax returns following error

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has warned that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is to review and potentially rework as many as 30,000 self-assessment tax returns that were filed online for 2016-17 owing to concerns that its tax calculator may have wrongly computed the tax liability. The review will begin on 19 November 2018 and HMRC will provide a new SA302 calculation where that Read more…

R&D Tax Credit system to be reviewed in light of fraudulent claims

R&D Tax Credit system to be reviewed in light of fraudulent claims

According to figures released in the Autumn Budget, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has prevented around £300 million of fraudulent R&D tax credit claims since the relief was introduced. In a bid to prevent further abuse of this tax relief, Philip Hammond has promised to clamp down on fraudulent claims by reintroducing a Pay As You Earn (PAYE) restriction for the small and medium-sized companies Read more…

Research reveals Inheritance Tax hotspots across the UK

Research reveals Inheritance Tax hotspots across the UK

New research has revealed that the affluent area surrounding Guildford in Surrey has the highest proportion of people paying Inheritance Tax (IHT). The study showed that 658 estates were subject to the tax the town in 2015/16, paying on average £231,000 each. In comparison, Wigan in Greater Manchester saw just 31 estates liable for IHT during the same period. After Guildford, families living in South Read more…

Entrepreneurs’ Relief rules to be tightened

Entrepreneurs’ Relief rules to be tightened

Despite rumours that the Chancellor might scrap Entrepreneurs’ Relief (ER) all together in the Autumn Budget, Philip Hammond decided to retain the tax relief but has made fundamental changes to who qualifies for it. Mr Hammond said that “encouraging entrepreneurs must be at the heart” of the Government’s strategy but he recognised the relief as it stood was open to abuse. To ensure ‘genuine’ entrepreneurs Read more…

National Living Wage to rise in April 2019

National Living Wage to rise in April 2019

In his latest Budget speech to the Commons, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage would increase from April next year. However, despite many employees across the UK welcoming this sudden pay rise, small business owners across the UK are being left to pick up the bill. From April 2019, employers will be required by law to pay their Read more…

Autumn Budget 2018

Autumn Budget 2018

The sun was already edging behind the London skyline by the time Chancellor Philip Hammond rose to the despatch box to deliver the first Monday Budget since 1962 – pushed back to 3.30pm because of later Parliamentary sitting times on Mondays. Officially, the traditional Wednesday slot was dispensed with this year to allow as much time as possible for debate in Parliament. The more cynical Read more…

CIOT reports increase in R40 refund errors

CIOT reports increase in R40 refund errors

According to a new report by the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), there have been a growing number of R40 computation errors on refunds processed by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Individuals can use R40 forms to claim tax refunds on tax deducted from savings income. Following the CIOT report, HMRC has now confirmed that there is an issue with R40 computations. The issue lies Read more…

Workers miss out on £15.6 million in pay through minimum wage breaches

Workers miss out on £15.6 million in pay through minimum wage breaches

Minimum wage breaches, including breaches of the National Living Wage, have cost workers from across the UK a combined total of £15.6 million in lost wages. Figures released by the Government show that around 200,000 workers were affected in 2017/18, in what was the highest underpayment since the National Minimum Wage was introduced. In total, more than 600 employers were named and shamed in 2017/18 Read more…