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‘Unbelievable Excuses’ for Late Filing of Tax Returns

10th February 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Business, Client Focus, HMRC, HMRC, Miscellaneous, News, Personal Tax, Tax
‘Unbelievable Excuses’ for Late Filing of Tax Returns

HMRC has revealed some of the most ‘bizarre excuses’ taxpayers have given for failing to file their self assessment tax return on time. Excuses included ‘I’m too short to reach the post box’, and ‘my boiler had broken and my fingers were too cold to type’. One taxpayer claimed that a junior member of staff ‘forgot to wear their glasses’, and Read the full article…


Spring Statement Date Announced

8th February 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Budget, Business, HMRC, HMRC, Miscellaneous, News
Spring Statement Date Announced

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has announced that the government will respond to the forecast from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) in the Spring Statement on Wednesday 13 March 2019. The Chancellor may take the opportunity to announce tax changes and consultations. We will update you on pertinent announcements. Internet link:  GOV.UK news


Businesses Urged to Prepare for Post-Brexit Customs Declarations

8th February 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Business, Client Focus, HMRC, HMRC, Limited Companies, News
Businesses Urged to Prepare for Post-Brexit Customs Declarations

HMRC is urging VAT-registered UK businesses which trade exclusively with the EU to be prepared for a no deal Brexit. In a letter sent to 145,000 affected businesses, HMRC explains changes to Customs, Excise and VAT procedures in the ‘unlikely event’ that the UK leaves the EU without a Brexit deal. HMRC’s letter advises businesses to take three actions ahead Read the full article…


MTD for VAT – Pilot Extended to all Eligible Businesses

7th February 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Business, HMRC, HMRC, Limited Companies, Making Tax Digital, Making Tax Digital, Tax
MTD for VAT – Pilot Extended to all Eligible Businesses

HMRC has extended its Making Tax Digital for VAT (MTDfV) pilot scheme to all eligible businesses. For most businesses, compliance with the regulations is mandated for VAT return periods beginning on or after 1 April 2019. However, MTDfV for some ‘more complex’ businesses has been deferred until 1 October 2019. This deferral applies to: trusts; not for profit organisations not Read the full article…


How to Change Accountants… it’s easier than you think

23rd January 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Accounts, Business, Contractors, HMRC, Limited Companies, Making Tax Digital, Miscellaneous, News, Personal Tax, Tax
How to Change Accountants… it’s easier than you think

I’ve been asked half a dozen times recently how to change accountants, with local businesses being put off moving away from poor service, mistakes or high fees because they are worried the process might be difficult, complicated or expensive. In reality it is really simple and straightforward to change accountants – my quick video below outlines everything you need to Read the full article…


HMRC Publish Details of Deliberate Tax Defaulters

18th January 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Business, Client Focus, HMRC, Limited Companies, Tax
HMRC Publish Details of Deliberate Tax Defaulters

HMRC have updated the list of deliberate tax defaulters. The list contains details of taxpayers who have received penalties either for: deliberate errors in their tax returns deliberately failing to comply with their tax obligations HMRC may publish information about a deliberate tax defaulter where an investigation has been carried out and the taxpayer has been charged one or more Read the full article…


HMRC Reminder to Employees to Claim their Tax Deductible Expenses

17th January 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Business, HMRC, Limited Companies, Tax
HMRC Reminder to Employees to Claim their Tax Deductible Expenses

HMRC is reminding employees that they may be able to claim a tax rebate on their work related expenses. HMRC estimate that millions of employees, particularly those working in the service industry, could be entitled to a tax refund. Workers, including nurses, hairdressers, construction workers and those working in retail and food sectors, may be able to claim tax rebates. Read the full article…


Advisory Fuel Rates For Company Cars

24th December 2018 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Budget, Business, HMRC, Miscellaneous, News
Advisory Fuel Rates For Company Cars

New company car advisory fuel rates have been published which took effect from 1 December 2018. The guidance states: ‘You can use the previous rates for up to one month from the date the new rates apply’. The rates only apply to employees using a company car. The advisory fuel rates for journeys undertaken on or after 1 December 2018 are: Read the full article…


Committee Warns Small Businesses ‘Could Pay Heavy Price’ For MTD And Latest ‘Encouragement Letters’

14th December 2018 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Business, Client Focus, HMRC, Making Tax Digital, Making Tax Digital
Committee Warns Small Businesses ‘Could Pay Heavy Price’ For MTD And Latest ‘Encouragement Letters’

The Economic Affairs Committee has warned HMRC that small businesses ‘could pay a heavy price’ for Making Tax Digital for VAT (MTDfV). The Committee stated that HMRC has ‘failed to adequately support small businesses’ ahead of the introduction of MTDfV. MTDfV is generally set to come into effect for the from 1 April 2019 for businesses which have a taxable turnover above the Read the full article…


Discounting – Christmas Deals or Don’ts??

13th December 2018 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Budget, Business, Client Focus, Limited Companies, Miscellaneous, News
Discounting – Christmas Deals or Don’ts??

It’s that time of year again when everyone is getting excited for the bargains they might find in the January sales, which if you ask me have been getting earlier and earlier in recent years. But if you’re in business and are participating in the sales season, be it the recent Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Shop Local Saturday, Boxing Day or Read the full article…