Tax planning

Tax / Call for reduced charity VAT rate on purchases to cut £800m bill

There are calls for the government to introduce a new special charity VAT rate on purchases, after a study found charities miss out on almost £2bn a year on irrecoverable VAT

Tax / Move to make HMRC preferential creditor ‘ill timed’

Accountancy firms are warning that the reintroduction of HMRC’s status as a preferential creditor at the beginning of this month could have a significant impact on businesses’ ability to obtain finance, and risks compromising the economy’s recovery from the current pandemic

Tax / Total tax take for UK’s largest companies hits £84.1bn

The UK’s biggest companies paid £84.1bn in tax during the 2019/20 financial year, the largest amount for a decade, in the run-up to the start of the Covid-19 crisis, according to research by PwC for the 100 Group of finance directors

Tax / Calculating capital gains tax losses - CPD module – NEW

This month's exclusive Accountancy Daily CPD module acts as a guide to the effective use of capital losses, covering what losses are allowable, their restrictions, tax efficiency and more

Tax / Q&A: post Brexit supplies of digital services (VAT MOSS)

In our regular Q&A series, Croner Taxwise, senior VAT consultant, Hilary Budd, explores how Brexit will affect digital service providers using VAT Mini One Stop Shop (VAT MOSS) to account for VAT on sales to EU consumers

Tax / VAT updates: December 2020

In this month’s round up of VAT cases, Graham Elliott considers genuine suppliers, MOSS submission failures, local authority sport centre supplies and charity building relief

Tax / SEISS update: third self-employed grant now available

As the third Self Employment Income Support Scheme goes live, Croner-i tax writer Stephen Relf ACA CTA unpicks the latest guidance from HMRC, warning of important differences with earlier grants

Tax / US reworks ‘gig economy’ payments

US tech companies such as Uber are to pilot a scheme to offer to pay some of their gig workers part of their wages in equity, rather than cash, in a move which the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said mirrored changes in the modern workplace

Tax / Spending review presages tax rises

The stark picture of an emerging ‘economic emergency’ painted by the Chancellor’s spending review has prompted predictions of significant tax rises in the year ahead, and potentially over the lifetime of this Parliament

Tax / Spending review: ‘economic emergency’ sees GDP fall 11.3%

In his November spending review, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has emphasised the UK currently faces an ‘economic emergency’, and revealed the economy is set to contract by 11.3%, the largest fall in over 300 years

Tax / Capital gains tax changes self assessment taxpayers need to know

HMRC signals time is running out for anyone who sold a second home during 2019-20 to declare it on their self assessment tax return and pay the capital gains tax (CGT) that is due

Tax / Q&A: Furnished Holiday Let tax benefits

In our regular Q&A series, Croner Taxwise, tax adviser, Patrick O'Brian covers the specific conditions that need to be met for a Furnished Holiday Let (FHL) to qualify for tax benefits

Tax / HMRC urged to clarify festive fun tax reliefs

The Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) is calling for urgent guidance from HMRC to avoid people enduring an unpleasant tax hangover because of their ‘virtual’ Christmas parties this year, as traditional face-to-face events are put on hold because of Covid

Tax / SME R&D tax relief cap set at £20K plus employment costs

As part of its recent set of tax policy announcements, the government has confirmed changes to the R&D tax credit regime for SMEs designed to reduce fraud and abuse

Tax / Compensation payments hit by retrospective VAT change

Following court rulings in the UK and Europe, payments made for the early termination of contracts are now liable to VAT, but HMRC is now looking back over past transactions, warns Irwin Mitchell’s Sarah Cardew
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