Tax / Restaurateur served up nine-year ban after hiding VAT from HMRC

A restaurateur behind Glasgow’s Cyan Restaurant has been disqualified for nine years after failing to pay a £195,000 VAT bill.

Tax / £16m ‘Brexit boost’ to fund thousands more customs agents

Government sets aside more funding to help businesses train staff to handle customs regulations after the UK leaves the EU, but business urged to apply early before funds run out

Tax / VAT updates: September 2019

In this month’s VAT updates, Graham Elliott, director at City & Cambridge Consultancy, considers whether the provision of nursery education is non-business, the case of a DIY housebuilder who took HMRC to tribunal after the failure of an Alternative Dispute Resolution process, a new angle on the provision of management services to overseas subsidiaries and the end of the road for the Smart case on input tax for farm subsidies

Tax / Auto enrolment for post-Brexit EU customs system

HMRC is to automatically enrol over 145,000 VAT-registered UK companies into the economic operator registration and identification (EORI) customs system to reduce the risk of Brexit disruption to trade

Tax / Four Quick Fixes to VAT on intra-EU movement of goods

Businesses need to prepare for the EU’s Four Quick Fixes, the latest attempt to refresh the VAT system for intra-EU movement of goods, effective from January 2020. Rob Janering, associate director at Accordance explains the impact on supplies when call-off stock arrangements and chain transactions take place

Tax / VAT Q&A: qualifying cars and input tax recovery

In our regular Q&A series, Croner Taxwise VAT adviser Janis Kirkham considers whether a car bought for business use actually falls within the qualifying rules for VAT recoverability

Tax / One in 10 businesses miss MTD for VAT filing deadline

An estimated 120,000 businesses have missed the deadline to sign up for Making Tax Digital for VAT, meaning that technically they should be due a penalty from HMRC

Tax / The sale of a horse for VAT

Julie Butler FCA considers the VAT implications when selling a racehorse from shared ownership to applying the business economic activity test, particularly in light of the McMorris case

Tax / VAT Q&A: place of supply rules for intermediary services

In our regular Q&A series, Croner Taxwise VAT adviser Priyesh Mistry explains the VAT rules for third parties and whether VAT is charged at the standard rate when invoicing services from a non-UK based supplier

Tax / UK continues to refuse to cut VAT on e-books

The UK continues to charge VAT on e-books, audio books and online newspapers despite changes to EU VAT rules introduced last year and since adopted by a growing number of member states

Tax / HMRC will not send out confirmation emails for MTD VAT returns

HMRC has issued a last-minute update to its guidance stating that it will not be sending out confirmation emails on receipt of Making Tax Digital for VAT submissions

Tax / UK digital tech businesses want tax streamlined

The UK’s digital tech businesses are positive about tax compliance but struggle with the complexity of some requirements, notably VAT and employment taxes, according to HMRC research

Tax / Half of small businesses make VAT return errors

Half of small businesses say they have made mistakes when sending in their VAT return and only a quarter are confident they have the figures correct despite spending more than an hour checking

Tax / What you need to know about Making Tax Digital

The deadline for the first round of VAT returns under Making Tax Digital (MTD) is fast approaching – here’s what you need to know if you haven’t already filed your first VAT return via MTD

Tax / VAT updates: August 2019

In this month’s VAT roundup of significant cases, Graham Elliott CTA (Fellow), VAT specialist at City & Cambridge Consultancy, considers group registrations in Baillie Gifford, transport of disabled people in Jigsaw Medical, charities VAT recovery in University of Cambridge and treatment of bank note supplies in Clydesdale