Tag Archives: small business

  1. Making Tax Digital Webinar

    Many VAT registered businesses are getting ready to submit their first digital VAT return through Making Tax Digital software. If this includes you, find out about Making Tax Digital for VAT with online help and support from HMRC. Join this live webinar, where you’re able to ask questions using the on-screen text box. This webinar…

  2. VAT: Reverse Charge for Building and Construction Services

    This anti-fraud measure will introduce a VAT reverse charge on certain building and construction services. The final version of the legislation was published at Budget 2018, and will come into effect on 1 October 2019. It will affect businesses involved in buying and selling construction services. It does not apply to zero-rated supplies of construction…

  3. Tax on Trivial Benefits

    Giving your employees benefits and not sure if you have to pay tax on them? If the benefit meets ALL the following conditions then you do not have to pay tax: The benefit cost you £50 or less to provide The benefit is not cash or a cash voucher The benefit is not a reward…

  4. Zero-Rating VAT of Transport of Disabled Passengers

    HMRC have issued Brief 3 (2019), which aims to clarify that the Department’s policy on the scope of the VAT zero rate for transport services has not changed following the Upper Tribunal (UT) decision in Jigsaw Medical Services Ltd (2018) UKUT 0222. In this case, the UT heard an appeal by HMRC against the First-tier Tribunal’s…

  5. Choosing the Right Accounting Software for Your Business

    So you have decided to take the plunge, you want to follow your dream of becoming a successful business entrepreneur, you have the knowledge of your chosen product, the contacts and the funds to get started, just one thing is getting in your way to becoming the next Peter Jones or Deborah Meaden and that’s…

  6. Trading with the EU? You will need a UK Customs Number After Brexit

    If you are a UK business and you are trading with the European Union by importing or exporting goods, you will need a UK EORI number to continue trading after Brexit. EORI is short for Economic Operators Registration and Identification Number. This is used by custom authorities throughout the European Union. This unique number is…

  7. Juicy First Tier Tribunal Case

    The First Tier Tribunal (FTT) was recently called upon to examine whether fruit and vegetable juices sold as meal replacements were beverages and therefore standard-rated for VAT. The case (The Core (Swindon) Ltd [2019] TC 06874) concerned a juice bar and health café which supplied juice cleanse programmes (JCPs) consisting of fresh drinkable products made…

  8. Can Employers Still Claim the Employment Allowance?

    In broad terms, the Employment Allowance (EA) is available to most employers and should enable them to reduce the amount of National Insurance Contributions (NICs) they have to pay by up to £3,000 per year. The eligibility rules changed from April 2016, and the Autumn Budget 2018 announced further changes expected to take effect from…

  9. Efficient Tax Savings

    As the end of the current tax year approaches, it is worthwhile making a check to ensure that the various tax-efficient saving opportunities have been utilised wherever possible. The following paragraphs highlight some of the areas where savings may be made. ISAs The maximum annual investment limit for Individual Savings Accounts (SAs) will remain at £20,000 for…

  10. Making Tax Digital – Be Ready

    The April deadline for Making Tax Digital is rapidly approaching so we all need to be prepared, which includes using a software programme compatible with HMRC. Making Tax Digital will help bring the tax system into the 21st century by providing businesses with a modern, streamlined system to keep their tax records and provide information…

  11. Making Tax Digital: MTD for VAT

    From April 2019 all VAT registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold of £85,000 will be required to: Maintain their accounting records digitally in a software package or on a spreadsheet. Paper records will no longer meet the legal requirements in tax legislation. Submit their VAT returns to HMRC using MTD compatible…

  12. Apprenticeship Levy Help for Smaller Firms

    In a bid to make apprenticeship schemes more accessible, the Treasury has raised the amount of the apprentice levy that larger companies can transfer to smaller firms in their supply chain from 10% to 25%. The change, which was announced by Chancellor Phillip Hammond at the Conservative Party conference, aims to provide additional flexibility for…