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Debt recovery costs small businesses an average of £9,000

The cash flow difficulties that late payments cause small businesses are well known. However, the cost of recovering late payments is less well publicised, despite being a major and growing expense – coming in at around £9,000 last year for an average business. Research by Bacs Payment Schemes found that the cost of recovering late payments has increased considerably in recent months. Collecting money owed Read more…

Brexit uncertainty sends small business confidence to a seven-year low

Confidence amongst small businesses has tumbled to a seven-year low – in part due to the uncertainty of Brexit. A survey carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that nearly one in three small exporters think that sales to overseas customers will fall during the early part of this year. Meanwhile, one in seven of the more than 1,000 small businesses Read more…

An end to the Entrepreneurs’ Relief ‘dilutions dilemma’?

As a business takes off, the level of investment it needs in order to expand can significantly outpace growth in revenues and profits. One of the options open to entrepreneurs at this stage in the development of a business is to issue new shares that secure new investment, without the financial pressures that come with loans. However, until now, this has created the potential for Read more…

Taxpayers offered online tool to assess their self-assessment requirement

It should seem obvious whether an individual must submit a self-assessment tax return annually. Yet, each year, thousands of people find themselves brought into the regime unwittingly. To help taxpayers prepare their affairs accordingly, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is offering a free online tool to help people find out whether they need to submit a return. Typically, an individual must submit a tax return Read more…

Taxpayers treated unfairly by HMRC, says House of Lords report

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has criticised some of the powers granted to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), describing them as disproportionate and lacking effective taxpayer safeguards. The committee’s latest report says that HMRC’s powers are now too broad and the penalties too high, deterring taxpayers from appealing and creating injustice within the system. It has demanded that the Government reviews the current Read more…

Unwrapping Christmas tax gifts

Christmas is a time for giving, but many businesses may not be aware that their gifts can be made in a tax-efficient manner, which could make raising festive spirits that little bit cheaper. While Christmas parties may not be for everyone, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) does provide an allowable tax deduction of up to £150 per head per year for events. This means companies Read more…

UK takes second spot for tax compliance in G20

New research from the World Bank has revealed that the UK has the second most effective tax system amongst the G20 nations for tax compliance and ease of paying corporate taxes. According to the survey, companies take an average of 105 hours per year to prepare and file their taxes in the UK, which equates to around three hours per week. The report looks at Read more…

House of Lords calls for a delay to Making Tax Digital

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has criticised HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for its handling of Making Tax Digital (MTD) and called for a delay to some of the regime’s mandatory requirements. The majority of VAT-registered businesses with taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold of £85,000 will need to keep digital records and file their VAT returns using HMRC-compliant software or methods Read more…

Italian e-invoicing requirements make Making Tax Digital look like a walk in the park

While a series of false starts and changes of direction have made Making Tax Digital (MTD) seem more complicated than it might need to be, new e-invoicing requirements that come into effect in Italy from 1 January 2019 make it look like a walk in the park. The Italian tax authorities will require VAT-registered businesses to issue electronic invoices converted into .XML format to other Read more…