HMRC News

Don’t look a gift horse…

February 16, 2024

Don’t look a gift horse… People come up with all kinds of ways of trying to avoid tax on income. HMRC will usually challenge anything they see as unreasonable tax avoidance or, worse still, tax evasion. A classic example of this has been heard by the Tax Tribunals recently, involving a lawyer working for the

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Avoid the spotlight!

September 21, 2023

Avoid the spotlight! ‘Spotlights’ published by HMRC highlight schemes that HMRC has not yet had the opportunity to formally challenge, but where they are indicating, in advance, that they will enquire into any taxpayer who has utilised the planning. If someone uses a scheme which has been highlighted by a Spotlight. It is likely HMRC

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HMRC chases gig economy workers

March 15, 2023

HMRC is writing to online sellers, gig economy workers and influencers, asking for tax to be paid up for earlier years. People who make money from the online content they create may not realise that they need to declare that income for tax purposes. Where it exceeds £1,000 per year. This rule applies even if

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Tax changes ahead

March 10, 2023

The new tax year starting in April will see personal allowances frozen, as well as cuts to tax exemptions that could increase your tax bills. Your tax-free personal allowance will be frozen for the third year running at £12,570 and the basic rate band also held at £37,700. This means you will pay tax at

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Child benefit clawed back

Child benefit clawed back

July 28, 2021

Child Benefit is a universal benefit; Every family with a child under 16 (20 if the child is in approved education or training) is entitled to receive it. However, since 2013, Child Benefit has been clawed back from certain higher rate taxpayers by means of a tax charge. This tax charge applies where the higher

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HMRC targets businesses not using MTD

HMRC targets businesses not using MTD

July 19, 2021

Most VAT-registered businesses have been required to comply with the Making Tax Digital (MTD) regulations for VAT since 1 April 2019. Until now, HMRC has taken a soft approach to those who have not switched to submitting VAT returns using MTD-compliant software, but that is changing. Around 800 businesses have been told that they will

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HMRC Repayment

Repayment claims challenged by HMRC

July 16, 2021

Repayment claims are being challenged by HMRC, do not ignore them when they contact or you risk losing out Many taxpayers are currently claiming tax refunds, as the covid-19 pandemic has turned normally profitable businesses into loss-making ones. Unfortunately, fraudsters are also trying to cash in, by using the ID details of genuine businesses to

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Construction Industry VAT changes

Construction Industry VAT changes

February 3, 2021

From 1 March 2021, the responsibility for accounting for VAT on building works will shift up the supply chain to larger contractors. Building sub-contractors will no longer charge VAT to other businesses in the construction industry. Instead, their building customers will account for the VAT as both a purchase and sale by doing a reverse

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Tax Deferrals are coming due

November 30, 2020

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the UK Government gave individuals and businesses the option to defer, until 2021, payments of Income Tax due by 31 July 2020 and VAT due in the period 20 March to 30 June 2020. In both cases, you could pay the tax or VAT by the original due

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When should a business register for VAT

HRMC Tax Debt Management

November 17, 2020

In addition to the various coronavirus business loan schemes, the government has allowed businesses to build up tax debt. Payment of the VAT due in the period March 20 to June 30 could be postponed until 31 March 2021. Unincorporated businesses and individuals could delay paying their self-assessment tax due on 31 July until 31

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