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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Changes to Making Tax Digital

We’re very pleased with HMRC’s announced changes to the roll-out of its Making Tax Digital scheme, which was due to go live from April 2018. The proposed scheme was far reaching and due to be implemented in a short timescale, however due to concerns from business owners, accounting professionals and software developers, HMRC have made a number of changes to the Making Tax Digital Scheme. Businesses that trade above the VAT threshold will now only have to keep records digitally for VAT purposes and only from 2019. Businesses will now no longer be asked to keep digital records or update HMRC quarterly for taxes other than VAT until at least 2020, instead of 2018 as originally proposed. Smaller business will be able to file digitally for other taxes on a voluntary basis. While we are skeptical of HMRC’s agenda we do believe that the taxpayer and the accounting industry should be given time to adapt to new methods of compliance regarding record-keeping. At Courtley West, we are comfortable with all the popular cloud platforms for record keeping and so you can be assured that when the MTD (Making Tax Digital) scheme goes live, we will be best placed to support...

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Changes to the VAT Flat Rate Scheme

From 1 April 2017 the VAT Flat Rate Scheme will be changing for some small businesses. Currently the flat rates percentages range from 4% to 14.5% depending on the type of business. The new percentage is 16.5% and applies to businesses with low expenditure relative to their sales. The test is if the VAT inclusive expenditure is either less than 2% of the VAT inclusive turnover or less than £250 per quarter then the new rate applies. Certain types of expenditure are excluded: Vehicles and other capital items. Food and drink purchased by the owners / employees. Unless the business is providing transport services such as couriers and taxis then the value of fuel and parts are also excluded. If you think your business may be affected by the changes to the Flat Rate Scheme, then it is worth checking using the criteria above and then comparing your VAT liability to the standard basis. For many small businesses it is worth considering leaving the vat flat rate scheme and returning to standard accounting. As always, we’re here to help. Get in touch if you’d like some help or...

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Axe the Tenant Tax – Buy-to-let mortgage tax relief setback

In October 2016, the group legally challenging the government’s decision to cut tax relief on buy-to-let loans, suffered a setback when their challenge was rejected by a judge advising that it was “bound to fail” and therefore should not proceed to court. The group is called “Axe the Tenant Tax” and was represented by Cherie Booth QC who owns buy-to-let properties and therefore has an interest in the case. If the challenge had been successful then the plan would have been put on hold until the courts had time to consider the case in full. What are the changes to buy-to-let mortgage tax relief? Starting in April 2017 and over a period of 4 years, tax relief at higher rates will be phased out for interest on loans to buy or improve buy-to-let residential properties. Therefore from April 2021, the maximum tax relief will only be available at the basic rate. If you are a basic rate tax payer only, then you won’t be affected. If you think you may be affected please don’t hesitate to get in touch to see how we can help you. Courtley West Chartered Certified Accountants Wakefield    ...

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HMRC – Making Tax Digital

  Below is a brief summary about the ‘Making Tax Digital’ consultations and proposals from HMRC.   HMRC’s vision is for businesses to be able to easier understand and manage their tax affairs. It wants to make greater use of the information that it already holds such as bank and building society interest to make things easier on the tax payer without them having to compile this information again. Digital record-keeping will be required from 2018 for most businesses, sole traders and landlords in order to report quarterly to HMRC. HMRC aren’t looking to become software providers, they will expect the tax payer to use third party software although they are trying to ensure free options are available. Those with income below £10,000 will not be required to use the new ‘making tax digital’ system. Further thresholds haven’t been decided yet. This is being looked at while HMRC are reviewing how they can simplify the tax system. Other areas they are looking at are the thresholds for cash vs revenue accounting and similar areas. One thing we can say for certain is that tax administration in the UK will look very different in 5 years time. At Courtley West we keep up to date on all the current developments at HMRC and we proactively engage with many of our clients using the cloud based book-keeping systems which ultimately will be very instrumental in the delivery of the quarterly reports. As always, if you have any queries about how this may affect you or you’d just like to know how we may help your business, please get in...

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