VAT

Tax / Covid-19 spurs working from home tax relief claims

With up to £124 a year available as tax relief, it is perhaps not surprising that some 54,800 working from home tax relief claims were made through HMRC’s new online portal in the first 11 days of operation, writes Philip Smith

Tax / Business warned ‘time is running out’ over Brexit planning

With around 50 working days until the end of the Brexit transition period, at which point the UK will leave the EU customs union and single market, the government is to urge business leaders to accelerate preparations for an Australia-style exit

Tax / Q&A: temporary rate-reduction and multiple-dwellings relief

In our regular Q&A series, Croner Taxwise, tax advice consultant Roger Bradbury, explains how multiple dwellings relief would work in a purchase following the temporary stamp duty land tax (SDLT) rate changes

Tax / HMRC slips up in skating rink VAT appeal

A tribunal has ruled that children’s ice skates can be hired without VAT, even when included in a skating session package. RSM’s Sarah Halsted reviews the judges’ score

Tax / VAT updates: October 2020

In this month’s round up of VAT cases, Graham Elliott considers compensation payments, charity advertising, legal fees and whether a houseboat is a building

Tax / Northern Ireland Trade Support Service goes live

The government is urging businesses to sign up to the new free-to-use Trader Support Service with fewer than 100 days until end of Transition period

Tax / EU travel business VAT scheme fuels Brexit uncertainty

With the 31 December Brexit leaving date fast approaching, UK travel operators facing a complex and uncertainty future under the TOMS scheme, including the possibility of registering in all 27 remaining EU states says Sovos Accordance’s Alex Smith

Tax / Q&A: VAT implications of a successful hobby

In our regular Q&A series, Croner Taxwise explores the VAT implications for income earned relating to a hobby, for example prize money, participation fees and sponsorship

Tax / VAT refunds to overseas shoppers to go post-Brexit

The Treasury has signalled the government will end VAT refunds on purchases made by overseas visitors on 31 December, when the UK leaves the EU, despite claims from the travel and luxury goods sector that this will harm tourism

Tax / £15bn NHS VAT refund scheme shake up

A new £15bn VAT refund scheme for NHS and central government could simplify recovery for the public sector, but there could be hidden impacts for contractors, say RSM’s Carolyn Brown and Scott Harwood

Tax / Aberdeen bottom of league for NMW compliance

The Scottish oil city of Aberdeen tops the list of places where HMRC conducted the greatest number of investigations into the underpayment of the national minimum wage (NMW) last year, according to Pinsent Masons

Tax / Treasury Committee discusses tax reforms post Covid

MPs have been told that possible tax reforms post Covid, coupled with increased digitalisation could save accountants from spending their lives ‘doing pointless repetitive tasks’ such as calculating tax returns

Tax / VAT-registered businesses urged to prepare for Brexit trading changes

HMRC has written to all VAT-registered businesses in Great Britain trading with the EU and/or the rest of the world, highlighting what they need to do to prepare for the UK’s exit from the EU at the end of this year

Tax / Preferential creditor change creates headache for rescue remedies

As HMRC regains its position at the front of the creditor queue, Ashford’s Katie Farmer and Amy Gallimore explain the impact on corporate insolvencies, including CVA challenges and cash flow crises

Tax / Expansion of zero-rated VAT for charity digital advertising

HMRC has issued a brief on VAT and digital advertising by charities, which confirms VAT is no longer considered due on the majority of internet search browsing advertisements
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