Spring Statement 2019

What you need to know:   Making Tax Digital   Philip Hammond reinforced that the mandatory digital record keeping for businesses with annual revenues above the VAT threshold (£85,000) will come into force from 1st April 2019. He called this an “important first step in this modernisation of the tax system to which the Government remains committed”. The Chancellor has also confirmed that the Government will adopt a “light touch approach” to all penalties relating to MTD for VAT in the first year of implementation. This approach is reserved for individuals and small businesses that are “doing their best to comply”, with no filing or record-keeping penalties due to be issued within the first 12 months. Mr Hammond said that the focus for MTD for VAT will be on “supporting businesses to transition”. Apprenticeships   updates to apprenticeship reforms announced at Budget that mean from April 1st employers will see the co-investment rate they pay cut by a half from 10% to 5%, at the same time as levy-paying employers are able to share more levy funds across their supply chains, with the maximum amount rising from 10% to 25%   Finance   The statement alongside the Spring Statement said: “The government stands ready to deliver its commitment in all circumstances to provide additional funding to the British Business Bank for venture and growth capital, as we leave the European Union and our relationship with the European Investment Fund...

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Christmas and New Year Opening Hours.

Just a quick note to let you know our office will be closing at 5pm on Friday 21st December and reopening after New Year on Wednesday 2nd January at 9am. Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you next year!

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Making Tax Digital for VAT

If your accountant hasn’t mentioned this yet, then you really ought to have a new accountant. Does this affect me? Are you VAT registered? Then if so, yes. This does affect you and you need to be considering whether you will be compliant in time. What is it? Making Tax Digital for VAT requires VAT registered businesses with taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold to keep records in digital form and file their VAT Returns using software. It is increasingly common for business records and accounts to be kept digitally, in a software program on a computer or tablet, or in a smartphone application, or maintained through such a device and stored using a cloud-based application. The difference under Making Tax Digital is that the software which businesses use must be capable of keeping and maintaining the records specified in the regulations, preparing their VAT Returns using the information maintained in those digital records and communicating with HMRC digitally via our Application Programming Interface (API) platform. If your digital records are up to date, software will be able to collate and prepare your return for you. It will then show the return to you and ask you to declare that it is correct and confirm that you want to submit it to HMRC. Once you have submitted your return you will receive confirmation through your software that it has been received. Not all software is compliant, contact us to find out if your current software will be compliant and whether you need to take any additional step. When does this start? With effect from 1 April 2019, if your taxable turnover is above the VAT registration threshold you must follow the rules set out in this notice. If your taxable turnover subsequently falls below the threshold you will need to continue to follow the Making Tax Digital rules, unless you deregister from VAT or meet other exemption criteria (see paragraph 2.2 of this notice). Only businesses with taxable turnover that has never exceeded the VAT registration threshold (currently £85,000) will be exempt from Making Tax Digital. You will therefore need to keep an eye on your taxable turnover, especially if you think it is close to the VAT registration threshold. The Making Tax Digital rules apply from your first VAT period starting on or after 1 April 2019. A ‘VAT period’ is the inclusive dates covered by your VAT Return. Here are some examples. Example 1 – Existing business with taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold on 1 April 2019 A business submits a quarterly return covering the period 1 March to 31 May 2019. The business taxable turnover exceeds the VAT registration threshold and therefore the business will need to comply with Making Tax Digital rules for the period starting 1 June 2019. Example 2 – Business with a taxable turnover above the Making Tax Digital threshold at the point they need to register for VAT A business that is not registered for VAT is required to register from September 2019 because the taxable turnover over the previous 12 months has exceeded the VAT registration threshold. The business must follow the rules in this notice for all VAT Returns they are subsequently required to make as their taxable turnover was above the VAT threshold when they...

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New HMRC Penalties

Making Tax Digital (MTD) New points based penalty model HMRC have been exploring changes to the penalty system for late submission failures under Making Tax Digital (MTD). They have now decided to adopt a points based model with the draft legislation expected in summer 2018. This will see the introduction of a system where late submission of a return or of the filing obligations under MTD attract points. A penalty will be charged for every failure to provide a submission on time once points have been accumulated up to a certain threshold. Penalty thresholds The penalty thresholds will be: Submission frequency penalty threshold Annual 2 points Quarterly 4 points Monthly 5 points Good compliance points reset After a period of good compliance, the government is ‘minded’ to use the following periods of good compliance before resetting penalty points back to zero. Submission frequency good compliance period Annual 2 submissions Quarterly 4 submissions Monthly 5 submissions Both the accumulation of points and any subsequent penalties will be fully appealable. When will this start? April 2019 sees the start of mandatory reporting of VAT obligations for all VAT registered businesses with a turnover in excess of £85,000. A 12 month soft landing period will follow, before the new points system commences in 2020. This will then be rolled out across the other taxes. What will the penalties be? The actual penalty amount has yet to be announced. Watch this space, once we know more details we’ll be sure to share...

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Tax Guide 2017/2018

Great news, our tax guide for 2017/2018 is online and can be downloaded here: Courtley West tax guide 2017 2018 If you have any questions or we can help you in anyway way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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