Are you ready for the VAT filing changes?

February 4th, 2019

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. Accounts software providers have been working at some pace to change their software, so they “speak” to […]

What are your tax planning options for 2018-19?

February 4th, 2019

Options for adopting 99% of tax planning opportunities for 2018-19 ends on 5 April 2019, just a couple of months away. This applies equally to individuals and all businesses with an accounting year end close to, but prior to 5 April 2019. More importantly, this planning option applies to all taxes: Income Tax, Capital Gains […]

Government fiddles over Brexit

January 29th, 2019

Leaving aside the fact that there were no violins available, it’s interesting to seek a comparison between the supposed musical antics of Nero in AD64 as Rome burned and our government, preoccupied with important political matters as British industry slips ever closer to the cliff edge of a no-deal Brexit. There are just under 60 […]

Are your contractors disguised employees

January 24th, 2019

What is a disguised employee? Very definitely, it is not an individual holding a clock card in fancy dress. It is contractor, usually in the guise of a limited company, that is undertaking work as if an employee, but more importantly, is being paid as a business contractor: this saves the “employer” paying National Insurance […]

Unbelievable excuses and dubious expenses

January 22nd, 2019

HMRC seem to be working on their people skills, either that or they have decided to soften their hard sales approach to tax compliance by injecting a little humour. Last week they published the following responses they had received for late payment of tax and claims for expenses that failed. This what they said: Excuses […]

How do we prepare for Brexit when so much is undecided?

January 17th, 2019

It is hardly surprising that Brexit is fast becoming as big a turnoff as tax. How on earth are we supposed to react or adapt to such far-reaching changes when the exact details of our exit are still undecided just a few weeks before the March 2019 deadline? Businesses that buy or sell goods to […]

Why does the UK tax year end 5th April?

January 15th, 2019

A bit of history this week but with a practical outcome for 2019. Up to 1582, Europe used the Julian calendar introduced by the Romans in 45BC. Unfortunately, the Julian calendar differed from the solar calendar by 11 ½ minutes; after 500 years this small difference meant that the Julian calendar was 10 days off […]