Tax / Post-Brexit VAT: refunds and MOSS compliance issues

George Bull, senior tax partner and Andy Ilsley, VAT director at RSM assess the latest no deal Brexit VAT guidance from HMRC and warns companies to act now to avoid missing VAT refunds and review MOSS compliance

Insight / Suspended sentence for bankrupt who burnt cash owed

A bankrupt who claimed to have burnt nearly £70,000 in cash rather than pay insolvency practitioners has received a suspended prison term

Tax / Court reverses Belgian state aid tax decision

A European Commission ruling that Belgium’s ‘excess profit’ tax scheme amounted to €700m of illegal state aid to Belgian subsidiaries of multinational companies has been overturned in the highest EU court, on the grounds that it was an umbrella scheme and not clearly defined

Tax / Income tax haul boosts public finances

Ahead of the Chancellor’s spring statement next month, official figures show public sector borrowing has recorded the largest January surplus on record at £14.9bn, £5.6bn more than the same period last year, boosted by self assessed income tax payments which also hit a record high

Tax / MPs want tax changes to support high street retailers

MPs are backing changes to the tax regime to halt the current decline in high streets and town centres and allow them to flourish in the future, which could include reforms to business rates, a new sales tax and ‘green taxes’ on packaging and deliveries

Insight / Yorkshire furniture maker breaks down in administration

Lee Lockwood, director at Begbies Traynor, and Ray Claughton, director at Rushtons, have been appointed joint administrators of bespoke furniture maker YTM Group, based in Castleford, which has ceased trading with the loss of over 100 jobs

Tax / Brexit VAT expenses reclaim deadline looms

UK businesses should ensure they claim the local VAT incurred in the EU by their staff on expenses spending before the March deadline for quitting the EU, or they could face having to deal with the delays and costs of dealing with countries individually, in the event of a ‘no deal’ withdrawal, CIOT is advising

Tax / Record €3.7bn fine for UBS tax fraud

UBS has been fined a record €3.7bn (£3.2bn) by a French court on tax evasion and money-laundering charges, after allegations the Swiss bank illegally helped French clients hide assets worth €10bn from the tax authorities between 2004 and 2012

20 Feb 2019

Tax / What does 'reasonable excuse' mean to the taxman?

A number of tax tribunal decisions every year revolve around HMRC’s interpretation of reasonable excuse, but it is the Upper Tribunal decisions which are important to watch. Meg Wilson CTA, specialist tax writer at Croner-i Tax and Accounting, examines the options for taxpayers considering an appeal and use of the reasonable excuse defence

Tax / July deadline for first MTD for VAT filing for complete quarter

Companies will not have to file their first digital VAT return under Making Tax Digital for VAT until 1 July at the earliest, although the digital reporting requirement becomes mandatory in April

Tax / Only 45% of businesses plan to sign up to Making Tax Digital for VAT before deadline

With six weeks to go to the launch of Making Tax Digital for VAT, HMRC research indicates 81% of VAT mandated businesses are aware of the new requirements and a similar proportion have started to prepare for the changes, although only 45% plan to sign up before the April deadline

Accounting / IFRS 16 set to pull £180bn onto FTSE 350 balance sheets

Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Sainsbury’s, Vodafone and International Airlines Group head the ranking of FTSE 350 companies whose balance sheets are set to be most impacted by the new IFRS 16 lease accounting standard, according to analysis by accounting software specialist LeaseAccelerator

Accounting / Prudential Regulation Authority publishes updated Solvency II statements

The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has published a policy statement on ‘Solvency II: adjusting for the reduction of loss absorbency where own fund instruments are taxed on write down’, which has been updated to reflect comments made during the consultation

Insight / Charity Commission email change will suspend website

The Charity Commission has confirmed that no online services will be available over this weekend as it prepares to migrate its email system

Audit / MPs ask Big Four for FTSE 350 hospitality data

The Big Four have been asked to give MPs details of their spending on hospitality and entertainment for FTSE 350 clients, along with details of staff targets and progression, as part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) committee inquiry into audit quality

Insight / Early results show gender pay gap widening

With only weeks to go until the reporting deadline, four in 10 private companies that have published their latest gender pay gap are reporting wider gaps than they did last year, according to BBC analysis

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19 Feb 2019

Accounting / Transition tips: preparing for IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts

Sweeping changes to accounting for insurance contracts are set to come into effect from 2022 under IFRS 17. Mark Miller, IFRS global lead at Legerity, sets out key steps to start the compliance process, highlighting potential pitfalls and the use of cloud options to avoid a 'rip-and-replace' approach 

Tax / Call for 1p levy on fast fashion retailers

MPs are calling for a 1p producer responsibility charge for fashion retailers and say taxation should also be reformed to reward companies that offer clothing repairs and reduce the environmental footprint of their products

Insight / HMRC adds to no deal Brexit import information

The government has announced plans to phase in for EU imports the pre-arrival forms known as entry summary declarations, if the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal deal, in a bid to ease trading arrangements post-Brexit

Tax / £47m support for developing countries to improve tax systems

The government is to offer developing countries a £47m package of support aimed at improving tax systems in a move aimed at helping end their reliance on aid, the Department for International Development (DFID) has announced

Tax / VAT Q&A: registration for individuals over threshold

In our regular VAT Q&A series, Croner Taxwise advice consultant Janis Kirkham explains how to best register clients for VAT when they have exceeded the £85,000 threshold in 2017-18

Insight / Forger’s VAT fraud used to pay confiscation order

A South Lanarkshire man who used a VAT tax fraud to repay money he had previously made as forger of fake banknotes has been jailed for more than two years, following an HMRC investigation in which an officer uncovered his identity

Accounting / Half of execs fail to spot financial errors before reporting

More than half of finance professionals and global business leaders are not completely confident they can identify financial errors before reporting results, according to a survey commissioned by software specialist BlackLine

Insight / BDO pilots Flybmi administration

BDO business restructuring partners Graham Newton, Tony Nygate and James Stephen have been appointed as joint administrators over British Midland Regional Ltd, the East Midlands-based airline which operated as Flybmi, and ceased operations at the weekend with all flights cancelled and the loss of around 400 jobs

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