Business tax

Tax / HMRC changes coronavirus business helpline number to increase capacity

HMRC has changed the dedicated phone number for the coronavirus helpline targeted at businesses and the self employed to 0800 024 1222 to increase load capacity, reports Sara White

Tax / Covid-19: business rates holiday extended to estate agents and bingo halls

The government has announced that estate agents, lettings agencies and bingo halls that have closed as a result of covid-19 measures to restrict the spread of the virus will be now be exempted from business rates in 2020-21

Tax / HMRC consults on tax impact of LIBOR reform

HMRC has set out its views on the main tax impacts for businesses as a result of reforms to the London Inter-bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and other benchmark rates

Tax / Anti-forestalling rule added to entrepreneurs’ relief reform

HMRC has updated its technical note on the changes to the lifetime limit for entrepreneurs’ relief, which has been cut to £1m, detailing an additional anti-forestalling rule

Tax / HMRC cuts interest rate for late/early payments

Following the Bank of England’s base rate cut, HMRC has cut the interest rates charged on underpaid corporation tax quarterly instalments and interest paid on overpaid quarterly payments

Tax / Covid-19: moratorium on evictions by commercial landlords

The government has introduced emergency legislation to enact a moratorium on commercial landlord sanctions and debt enforcement for at least three months so that those who cannot pay their rent because of cashflow difficulties related to coronavirus will be protected from eviction, reports Pat Sweet

Tax / Making Tax Digital serviceability levels too low

HMRC has released a slew of research reports on progress with its flagship Making Tax Digital (MTD) online reporting regime, suggesting that businesses which have fully automated are seeing some benefits, but those with a hybrid approach are finding the transition more challenging

Tax / Consultation on tightening construction industry scheme (CIS) rules

HMRC has launched a 10-week consultation on ways to tackle abuse of the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) to prevent tax loss, including new powers to correct deductions

Tax / HMRC wants large businesses to notify if tax arrangements legally questionable

HMRC is consulting on proposals, first advanced in the Budget, that the UK’s largest businesses will be required to notify HMRC where they have adopted an uncertain tax treatment, in a bid to close the £6.2bn legal interpretation tax gap

Tax / Taxman cans paper self assessment forms

HMRC is to stop automatically sending taxpayers paper self assessment forms except for exempt individuals who cannot file digitally

Tax / Employee counselling added to non-taxable benefit list

Specialist counselling, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, is to be added to the list of non-taxable occupational health services provided by employers, in a bid to support improvements in individuals’ health

Tax / FTT refuses vegan truffle VAT appeal

The manufacturer of a range of vegan truffle balls has failed in a bid to have the product zero rated for VAT as food, with the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) ruling they are a sweet treat for occasional enjoyment rather than a meal replacement

Tax / Q&A: electric company cars

In our regular Q&A series from Croner Taxwise, payroll adviser, Samantha O'Sullivan explores the tax benefits of providing low emission/electric vehicles as company cars

Tax / Contractors charged £180 for IR35 assessment

Some recruitment agencies are passing on the costs of IR35 assessments to contractors even though liability for the decision will legally remain with the original engager

Tax / Rayney: it’s back to 2008 for entrepreneurs’ relief

The Budget 2020 decision to decimate the lifetime gains limit of £10m for entrepreneurs’ relief was hardly unexpeccted, but it does raise immediate questions about tax planning. Peter Rayney FCA CTA (Fellow) TEP examines the tax implications for business owners
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