VAT changes

In an attempt to address the financial difficulties of businesses in the hospitality and tourism industries, Rishi Sunak also announced a range of VAT reductions on selected supplies for these sectors. Summary of the changes are set out below: Hospitality When you supply food and non-alcoholic beverages for consumption on your premises, between 15 July 2020 and 12 January 2021 you will only...

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Keep an eye on the numbers

Recent economic forecasts for 2020 published by H M Treasury will do little to inspire business confidence. In their comparison of independent forecasts published last month, the unemployment rate is estimated to rise to 8% and in the same period, GDP falls by 9%. The only good news is that inflation remains on the low side, the RPI forecast is 1.4%. Obviously,...

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Stamp duty changes- residential property

In his recent Summer Statement, Rishi Sunak announced changes to the nil rate band of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) to be applied in England and Northern Ireland. This was followed by announcements from the Scottish and Welsh regional assemblies who set the rates in Scotland and Wales. Here is a brief summary of the regional changes aimed at stimulating the UK...

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Tax Diary August/September 2020

1 August 2020 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 October 2019. 19 August 2020 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 August 2020. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 August 2020) 19 August 2020 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 August...

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FIx your bike voucher scheme

A Fix your Bike Voucher Scheme has been launched by the Department for Transport as an incentive to encourage the numbers of people using their bikes to commute and for leisure purposes. How the scheme works Bike repairers must be located in England. Bike repairers must meet certain eligibility criteria including the possession of valid public liability insurance with a minimum cover of...

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New law clarifies redundancy rights

New legislation applies from 31 July 2020 to ensure that furloughed employees receive statutory redundancy pay based on their normal wages, rather than a reduced amount based on their furloughed pay. Business owners who are considering their options – to bring back furloughed staff or consider redundancy – are now obliged to consider new legislation that clarifies the amount of redundancy...

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Muras Matters: Coronavirus Self-Employment Income Support Scheme ‘Second Grant’

Background The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) was made available to provide financial support for individuals who are self-employed or a member of a partnership, who meet the eligibility conditions and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).  Applications for the first grant under the SEISS closed on 13 July 2020. Following the extension of the SEISS by the Chancellor those individuals...

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Making Tax Digital – getting prepared

We have been waiting for some time for government to announce an extension to its Making Tax Digital (MTD) program; this they did last week. What is MTD? HMRC are keen to digitise the collection of information to calculate your tax liabilities. At present they are reliant on you submitting a variety of tax returns to do this. MTD means that they will...

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Brexit – get someone to deal with customs for you

It seems fairly likely that we are heading for a no-deal exit from the EU, 1 January 2021. Many smaller businesses that presently import or export goods from and to the EU will need to deal with a complex raft of customs and VAT issues if they continue trade with the EU after this date. The GOV.UK website has a whole...

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Muras Matters: July 2020 Self-Assessment Payment on Account

Background Taxpayers registered under Self Assessment will need to make their second payment on account for the 2019/20 tax year by the deadline of 31 July 2020. However, many individuals and trusts will recall that the Government announced as part of its COVID-19 assistance packages that taxpayers impacted by the coronavirus would have the option to defer their July 2020 payment on...

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