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Government confirms that HMRC will get a higher priority when firms go bust

Government confirms that HMRC will get a higher priority when firms go bust

From April next year, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will rank third, just after secured creditors such as banks and insolvency practitioners in order to recover additional outstanding tax from failing businesses. Currently, HMRC is ranked alongside unsecured creditors, such as suppliers, trade creditors, contractors and customers, who on average rarely recover more than four per cent of debts owed. However, the change will mean Read more…

Registering for Making Tax Digital for VAT takes seven days, warns HM Revenue & Customs

Registering for Making Tax Digital for VAT takes seven days, warns HM Revenue & Customs

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has warned businesses across the UK that the registration process for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT takes seven working days. This means that VAT-registered businesses turning over £85,000 or more need to register more than seven days before submitting a return if they want to pay their tax bill by direct debit. Last month saw the introduction of the Read more…

IR35: off-payroll working rules set to change next year

IR35: off-payroll working rules set to change next year

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published new guidance on the expansion of the IR35 requirements to contractors working in the private sector. IR35 governs the tax status of people working through personal service companies (PSCs) and until now required public sector employers to determine whether contractors working for them should be taxed as employees. From April 2020, the same rules will apply to bodies Read more…

Additional year to prepare for Making Tax Digital for taxes other than VAT

Additional year to prepare for Making Tax Digital for taxes other than VAT

The Chancellor’s Spring Statement contained an important nugget of information for businesses that had been wondering when they will need to be ready for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for taxes other than VAT. Until recently, the Government’s official line was that the rollout of the UK’s digital system would be confined to VAT until “April 2020 at the earliest”. Now, a subtle change to this Read more…

Employers must comply with new payslip rules

Employers must comply with new payslip rules

Under the Government’s Good Work Plan, more than 300,000 workers have received a payslip for the first time under new rules that came into force in April. However, experts fear that many employers may be unaware of the recent changes and how it could affect them. The new rules require employers to include variable rates of pay and hours worked within their payroll reporting, which Read more…

Beware the Employer Compliance Check Questionnaire

Beware the Employer Compliance Check Questionnaire

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is understood to be sending out “Employer Compliance Check Questionnaires” without notifying agents, which could land businesses in trouble if the wrong information is provided. The questionnaires are understood to be a replacement or substitute for a PAYE audit, which would typically require a visit from HMRC to ensure that a business’s payroll is compliant and being managed correctly. The Read more…

Pass on up to £950,000 tax-free in 2019-20

Pass on up to £950,000 tax-free in 2019-20

As of 6 April, direct descendants can inherit up to £950,000 completely free of income tax from their parents or grandparents thanks to increases in the residence nil-rate band. This tax-free allowance on inherited property has risen from £125,000 to £150,000 this year and will rise again next year to £175,000. In order to qualify for this allowance, an individual must pass on their main Read more…

Businesses get to grips with new employment costs

Businesses get to grips with new employment costs

Employers across the UK are starting April with a sudden increase in employment costs following a rise in workplace pension contributions and minimum wage costs. The sharp increase in expenditure on staff couldn’t come at a worse time for business who are experiencing growing uncertainty over the UK and wider global economy. Minimum contributions for workplace pensions have risen to eight per cent this month, Read more…

Invoice fraud cost UK firms £93 million last year

Invoice fraud cost UK firms £93 million last year

A recent survey conducted by UK Finance revealed that more than four in 10 UK businesses are unaware of the potential risks associated with invoice fraud. Last year these scams cost UK firms almost £93 million, with 3,280 invoice and bank scam cases reported – costing on average £28,000 per case. Fortunately, in 2018, £29.6 million of the money lost to this type of fraud Read more…

Tax-free HMRC scheme assists families with childcare costs

Tax-free HMRC scheme assists families with childcare costs

A Government scheme set up by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is advising parents to apply for the Tax-Free Childcare scheme, which provides contributions on savings used to cover childcare costs. Research has revealed that more than a million families are failing to make use of the Tax-Free Childcare scheme. The Tax-Free Childcare scheme is set to replace the already defunct Childcare Vouchers scheme. It Read more…