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VAT

Extension to the VAT deferral scheme

Organisations were able to take advantage of the Coronavirus VAT payment deferral scheme in 2020 but with a repayment deadline approaching HMRC have made these options available for those which still need to pay.

Sage updates tax codes post Brexit

Sage has introduced new tax codes to make the process of recording EU and non-EU imports easier, following the announcement of the Brexit agreement.

How to prepare for incoming CIS VAT reverse charge changes

With the continued changes coming from HMRC to the building and construction industry, there is yet another major change on its way which will affect both customers and suppliers who are CIS and VAT registered. 

Coronavirus VAT Deferral Scheme Extended Until March 2022

HMRC have announced that businesses who deferred VAT payments between between 20 March and 30 June 2020 and still have payments to make can opt in to the new VAT deferral payment scheme when it launches later this year.

Postponed VAT Accounting

What is postponed accounting? Postponed accounting means that the importer does not pay import VAT when goods arrive at a port or airport instead the VAT is deferred.

VAT Reverse charge for construction industry

With the VAT reverse charge for the construction industry having been twice delayed because of Brexit and Covid, many of you will have learnt and forgotten these new rules twice over already.

Summer Economic Statement 2020

As part of the continuing government response to the Coronavirus, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a raft of measures to support the UK economy in a special summer economic update.  

Making Tax Digital VAT deadline extended to 1 April 2021

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has just confirmed that they are allowing an extension to the deadline for implementing full digital links for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT, therefore extending the soft landing period.

Deferring VAT and Income Tax payments

Government has announced that HMRC will allow you to defer Value Added Tax (VAT) payments for 3 months. The deferral period will apply from 20 March 2020 until 30 June 2020.

Deferring VAT and Income Tax payments

Government has announced that HMRC will allow you to defer Value Added Tax (VAT) payments for 3 months. The deferral period will apply from 20 March 2020 until 30 June 2020.

Update on the VAT reverse charge for building contractors

From 1 October 2019, contractors who employ subcontractors, will need to assume responsibility for declaring and paying the VAT that was previously settled by their VAT registered subcontractors.

HMRC: Charities can no longer claim VAT relief on social media advertising

HMRC is writing to charities to inform them of the latest changes to VAT relief on social media advertising. 

Making Tax Digital: Are you aware of the changes to the Government Gateway?

Making Tax Digital is fast approaching; therefore it is important for mandated businesses with taxable turnover of £85,000+ start preparing for the switch over in April 2019.   The first VAT period affected is the period which begins after 1 April 2019.

Making Tax Digital: Are you aware of the changes to the Government Gateway?

Making Tax Digital is fast approaching; therefore it is important for mandated businesses with taxable turnover of £85,000+ start preparing for the switch over in April 2019.   The first VAT period affected is the period which begins after 1 April 2019.

VAT chargeable on all non-refundable deposits

HMRC has confirmed a new policy that VAT will remain due on a deposit, even if the customer does not use the goods or services for which it was paid – this comes into effect from March 1 2019. This change will affect the hospitality industry significantly (but it will also apply to other businesses), which will soon be unable to recover VAT charged on cancelations or ‘no show’ charges.  

VAT chargeable on all non-refundable deposits

HMRC has confirmed a new policy that VAT will remain due on a deposit, even if the customer does not use the goods or services for which it was paid – this comes into effect from March 1 2019. This change will affect the hospitality industry significantly (but it will also apply to other businesses), which will soon be unable to recover VAT charged on cancelations or ‘no show’ charges.  

VAT chargeable on all non-refundable deposits

HMRC has confirmed a new policy that VAT will remain due on a deposit, even if the customer does not use the goods or services for which it was paid – this comes into effect from March 1 2019. This change will affect the hospitality industry significantly (but it will also apply to other businesses), which will soon be unable to recover VAT charged on cancelations or ‘no show’ charges.

Last call for VAT traders to prepare for new filing regulations

As we have mentioned before, VAT returns filed for periods commencing on or after 1 April 2019, may need to be filed using the new Making Tax Digital (MTD) protocols. The new filing obligations will apply to VAT registered businesses with turnover above the current VAT registration limit, £85,000.  

Last call for VAT traders to prepare for new filing regulations

As we have mentioned before, VAT returns filed for periods commencing on or after 1 April 2019, may need to be filed using the new Making Tax Digital (MTD) protocols. The new filing obligations will apply to VAT registered businesses with turnover above the current VAT registration limit, £85,000.  

Are you ready for the VAT filing changes?

A reminder that from 1 April 2019, VAT registered traders with turnover in excess of the current VAT registration limit, £85,000, will need to file returns after 1 April 2019 linked to HMRC’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) systems.

Claiming back VAT on a vehicle purchase

Generally speaking, the purchase of any vehicle where there is any element of private use means any reclaim of VAT may be restricted. HMRC’s website offers the following guidance:  

Claiming back VAT on a vehicle purchase

Generally speaking, the purchase of any vehicle where there is any element of private use means any reclaim of VAT may be restricted. HMRC’s website offers the following guidance:  

EU council gives e-books VAT-free status

In early October, the EU’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) decided to green-light a proposal for e-books to have the same VAT-free status as their printed counterparts. 

EU council gives e-books VAT-free status

In early October, the EU’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) decided to green-light a proposal for e-books to have the same VAT-free status as their printed counterparts. 

Making Tax Digital - Bridging software

One of the most commonly asked questions concerning the Making Tax Digital changes coming in from April 2019 concerns whether spreadsheets count as “functional compatible software”.   Bridging software allows businesses to transfer the relevant VAT information from a spreadsheet directly into HMRC's MTD systems - thereby removing the need to purchase a full accounting software package - at least in the short-term. 

Budget 2018 overview: Austerity is coming to an end, but discipline will remain

With the Government already having pledged to end austerity, the Chancellor had to loosen the purse strings in his Autumn Budget. Fortunately, better than expected growth and borrowing forecasts gave scope for a few extra voter-pleasing announcements.

Making Tax Digital for VAT: how Moore can help you prepare

From April 2019, VAT registered businesses with turnover above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) will have to:

Making Tax Digital for VAT: how Moore can help you prepare

From April 2019, VAT registered businesses with turnover above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) will have to:

Construction drawn into VAT reverse charge process

It would seem, that HMRC is keen to plug the apparent drain from VAT receipts when contractors and sub-contractors charge their customers VAT and then go missing, keeping the VAT for themselves. This is described in legislation as “missing trader fraud”.  

Construction drawn into VAT reverse charge process

It would seem, that HMRC is keen to plug the apparent drain from VAT receipts when contractors and sub-contractors charge their customers VAT and then go missing, keeping the VAT for themselves. This is described in legislation as “missing trader fraud”.  

New consultation on VAT registration threshold is encouraging

The consultation on the VAT registration threshold announced by the Chancellor in the Spring Statement is welcome news for small businesses. 

What will be in the Budget on 22 November?

Philip Hammond will present his second Budget on 22 November. What principles will guide his decisions, and what tax measures will be the result?  

What will be in the Budget on 22 November?

Philip Hammond will present his second Budget on 22 November. What principles will guide his decisions, and what tax measures will be the result?  

Making Tax Digital: Changes to VAT reporting from 2019

From April 2019, as part of the Government’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) programme, VAT registered businesses with taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold (currently £85,000) will have to keep their records digitally (for VAT purposes only) and submit their VAT return information to HMRC digitally through ‘MTD functional compatible software’.

VAT bad debt relief

If you use standard VAT accounting – pay VAT on sales when invoiced and claim back VAT on purchases when invoiced – you may have availed yourself of the six months claim for bad debt relief on unpaid invoices

VAT bad debt relief

If you use standard VAT accounting – pay VAT on sales when invoiced and claim back VAT on purchases when invoiced – you may have availed yourself of the six months claim for bad debt relief on unpaid invoices

One business or two for VAT?

A recent VAT Tribunal had to decide whether two hairdressing businesses should be treated as a single business for the purposes of VAT registration.  

One business or two for VAT?

A recent VAT Tribunal had to decide whether two hairdressing businesses should be treated as a single business for the purposes of VAT registration.  

Government extends the deadline for digital tax returns and exempts small businesses from the plans

Small firms will be experiencing a sense of relief this morning, as changes are announced to the controversial and revolutionary new digital tax system.

Government extends the deadline for digital tax returns and exempts small businesses from the plans

Small firms will be experiencing a sense of relief this morning, as changes are announced to the controversial and revolutionary new digital tax system.

Making Tax Digital postponed until 2019/20

A recent Treasury announcement confirmed that Making Tax Digital (MTD) will now only apply from April 2019 for businesses with turnover above the VAT threshold.  Full-blown quarterly reporting for all other businesses will now not apply until April 2020 at the earliest.  

VAT blow for cultural charities and public bodies

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has finally crushed hopes that more public bodies and charities engaged in cultural activities could claim VAT exemption on their admission charges. Its recent judgment in the VAT case of the British Film Institute (BFI), released in February, draws a line under an argument that has been running for the last four years.

VAT Flat Rate Scheme Changes

April 2017 sees changes to the VAT flat rate scheme, which may have a detrimental impact on certain small businesses.

VAT Flat Rate Scheme Changes

April 2017 sees changes to the VAT flat rate scheme, which may have a detrimental impact on certain small businesses.

Corporate tax rates & VAT limits

The new corporate tax rates are now upon us and the Government is committed to continue to have the lowest corporate tax rate of the G20 major trading nations. As already announced the corporation tax rate reduces to 19% from1 April 2017 and then to 17% from 1 April 2020.

Corporate tax rates & VAT limits

The new corporate tax rates are now upon us and the Government is committed to continue to have the lowest corporate tax rate of the G20 major trading nations. As already announced the corporation tax rate reduces to 19% from1 April 2017 and then to 17% from 1 April 2020.

Simplified cash basis

For some time now, unincorporated businesses have been able to submit simplified accounts in order to settle their tax liabilities. The main advantage of using this system is that income and expenditure is based on money received from customers and money paid to suppliers. In other words, the accruals basis, where income and outgoings are based on the value of invoices sent and received, is not applied.

Simplified cash basis

For some time now, unincorporated businesses have been able to submit simplified accounts in order to settle their tax liabilities. The main advantage of using this system is that income and expenditure is based on money received from customers and money paid to suppliers. In other words, the accruals basis, where income and outgoings are based on the value of invoices sent and received, is not applied.

Are you affected by changes to the VAT flat rate scheme (FRS)?

HMRC is to introduce an additional test that will determine the flat rate percentage used by traders. It would seem that HMRC presently considers the benefits obtained by certain businesses to be excessive and not in accord with the intentions of Parliament.

Are you affected by changes to the VAT flat rate scheme (FRS)?

HMRC is to introduce an additional test that will determine the flat rate percentage used by traders. It would seem that HMRC presently considers the benefits obtained by certain businesses to be excessive and not in accord with the intentions of Parliament.

VAT flat rate scheme changes worth careful consideration

Changes to the VAT flat rate scheme announced in the Autumn Statement could mean that the scheme is no longer the right option for your business. Tax Advisor Tim Woodgates looks at what the changes mean. 

How long do you need to keep tax records?

The length of time you need to keep tax records depends on the types of income you earn and the types of tax you are paying. A list of time limits is set out below:

How long do you need to keep tax records?

The length of time you need to keep tax records depends on the types of income you earn and the types of tax you are paying. A list of time limits is set out below:

Claiming back VAT on a vehicle purchase

Generally speaking, the purchase of any vehicle where there is any element of private use means any reclaim of VAT may be restricted. HMRC’s website offers the following guidance:  

Claiming back VAT on a vehicle purchase

Generally speaking, the purchase of any vehicle where there is any element of private use means any reclaim of VAT may be restricted. HMRC’s website offers the following guidance:  

VAT on Property Interests

Many individuals have property interests and when buying, selling, leasing, constructing, converting or renovating buildings, it is important that the VAT position is considered in advance of any transaction.

Should I use the VAT flat rate scheme for my small business?

The VAT Flat Rate Scheme is intended to simplify VAT accounting and reporting for small businesses, and some may even find that they pay less VAT than using normal VAT accounting.

Should I use the VAT flat rate scheme for my small business?

The VAT Flat Rate Scheme is intended to simplify VAT accounting and reporting for small businesses, and some may even find that they pay less VAT than using normal VAT accounting.

Supplying digital services to customers in other EU countries?

The VAT place of supply rules changed on 1 January 2015 where digital services are supplied to non-business customers. The place of supply changed from where the supplier was based to where the customer is located as some companies were avoiding UK VAT.

Supplying digital services to customers in other EU countries?

The VAT place of supply rules changed on 1 January 2015 where digital services are supplied to non-business customers. The place of supply changed from where the supplier was based to where the customer is located as some companies were avoiding UK VAT.

Senior Accounting Officer regime: Making it work for you

HMRC’s Senior Accounting Officer (SAO) regime for large UK corporates may look like just another compliance burden. But you can look at it another way – as a powerful reference point and information source for minimising your tax risk.  

Reverse charge pitfalls for partially exempt businesses

The reverse charge VAT rules present a significant risk for partially exempt businesses, but the rules are often overlooked or misunderstood.

VAT planning must reflect economic reality

While tax planning is a sensible and expected part of running a business, that planning must be based on substance and the reality of the situation.

Using an overseas contractor for construction? Don’t dig yourself a VAT hole

In typical construction projects, a construction company’s services are seen as supplied where the construction takes place.