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The chancellor’s statement on 13 March confirmed two things about the timing of Making Tax Digital (MTD)………….
1. MTD for VAT will go ahead as planned from April 2019….BUT ….
2. MTD will NOT be made mandatory for any other taxes or businesses in 2020 as was originally feared.
My guess is not that HMRC are being generous in any way. More likely they know they cannot possibly be ready for any more MTD upheavals that soon.
For those of you in the construction industry who may not know. This is a BIGGIE.
A new VAT “reverse charge” will be introduced in the UK for building and construction services with effect from 1st October 2019.
It is designed to combat VAT fraud in the building and construction sector.
From 1st October 2019 a customer within the construction industry CIS scheme, who purchases a supply of construction services, will have to pay the supplier’s VAT charge directly to HMRC rather than paying it to the supplier.
This prevents the supplier from charging the customer what purports to be VAT then absconding with the VAT, not paying it to HMRC.
Example of new rule – NOW, you carry out CIS work for another company. You send them an invoice plus VAT. They pay you.
AFTER the change your invoices will need to be worded according to the new rules and the paying company must pay your VAT charge straight to HMRC, not to you.
Supplies made to “end users”/final customers, supplies made between “connected parties” and supplies between landlords and tenants will all be excluded from the new rules.
This reverse charge will only affect supplies made at the standard or reduced rates where payments are required to be reported through the CIS.
The construction services covered by the reverse charge are those falling within the usual definition of “construction operations” in CIS. This is a wide definition which includes construction, alteration, repair, extension, demolition or dismantling of buildings or structures and infrastructure such as roads, railways and waterways. It also includes painting and decorating.
The process involved, the way in which VAT invoices are to be worded and the way these invoices are recorded in your VAT Returns will change from the start of this new rule.
Please take whatever steps you believe are necessary so you don’t forget. Perhaps some diary notes would be helpful.
NB: a few specified services are excluded from this change including professional services of architects, surveyors and certain consultants.
Good luck and do call us if you need any help with this.
BUDGET SUMMARY 29.10.18
There is much Budget news online. Some of the aspects impacting on individuals and small companies listed below in bullet points.
Remember …other new tax legislation was already planned to come into effect so what’s mentioned below is the new stuff from yesterday.
Hammond had plenty of “will be”, “in the future” and so on. Very little “now”.
Budget plans dependent on a Brexit deal. If no deal then who knows what will happen? Most likely some sort of “emergency” Budget speech next March.
For now …….
Comment …these tax changes put more in the hands of the higher paid than the basic rate taxpayer though this is mitigated somewhat by increases in National Insurance.
Good examples of that the Budget may mean in individual situations……
Capital Gains Tax
(No changes to the 36-month final period exemption available to disabled people or those in a care home.)
Pensions and ISAs
Business equipment investment
Other business note
Stamp duty and housing
Other general Budget notes …..
Lastly ….a new commemorative 50p coin to be issued to mark the UK’s departure from the EU. No comment.
This is another Making Tax Digital (“MTD”) update …..the taxman has FINALLY agreed what a good idea it would be to contact all VAT registered taxpayers, advisors and others to warn them about the upcoming start of MTD.
Only 6 months to go before kick off but, hey, better late than never I suppose. I know some will say “too little, too late”.
Their tweet said …”VAT registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold (£85,000) will need to keep digital VAT records and send returns using #MTD compatible software from April 2019.”
There are exceptions and workarounds to make this MTD journey simpler than it sounds but the main issue is that the necessary software to do the job is STILL not available. Many software companies say their products will be “ready” for launch day but who knows what will happen between now and then?
For example Jon Thompson (Chief Exec and Permanent Secretary of HMRC) says that HMRC will make a decision, at their October board meeting, as to whether or not MTD for VAT goes ahead as planned next April.
It might not even happen. (Gets my vote)
Amongst a raft of “consultation documents” published by HMRC for discussion is this >> new powers enabling HMRC to get your personal financial information without telling you.
No notification would be provided and there would be no right of appeal to the data access.
The bank or any other third party possessing the data to be accessed (including building societies, solicitors, accountants, estate agents and more) would be legally prohibited from telling you that HMRC requested and was given access to your private data.
These powers are not just for tax assessment but also proposed for debt collection purposes and other (unnamed) functions.
These proposals are at the consultation stage before implementation. Any responses from “stakeholders” will be accepted until October 2018.
Interested in the detail? It’s here……
Might be a good idea to lobby your MP if you don’t agree with this.
…..for those if you who have – or are going to get – a Personal Tax Account be VERY CAREFUL and AVOID the Capital Gains Tax add-on for voluntary “Real time reporting”.
This add-on has NO legal standing, it makes you pay Capital Gains Tax earlier than necessary and causes utter confusion with the Self Assessment Tax Return system.
I could continue listing many more things wrong with this barking mad idea but, hey, that’s put simple enough.
Mr Hammond didn’t announce any new tax measures in his Spring Statement yesterday, 13th March 2018, as, under his new system, such changes will wait till the Autumn Budget.
That said, he did announce 13 consultation documents on a variety of topics including international corporate tax issues, cash and the gig economy, business rates, resolving an Entrepreneur’s Relief share problem, some aspects of VAT and steps to tackle the problem of plastic waste.
Two other issues that may be of direct interest to our readers are outlined below.
ENSURING TAX COMPLIANCE
HMRC feel that people who sell online via platforms such as eBay are not filing Tax Returns or paying tax as they should because of deliberate evasion or lack of knowledge.
Either way HMRC is considering how to change this and encourage/compel everyone to file whatever Tax Returns are due and pay their share of tax and Natioanl Insurance.
Watch out for new laws on that with attendant increases in HMRC powers and more interest, fines and penalty charges for defaulters.
TAX RELIEF FOR SELF FUNDED TRAINING
Costs of training to gain new knowledge are rarely tax deductible. We all know this.
For self employed people IF training merely maintains or updates existing knowledge, WITHOUT acquiring new skills,then tax relief is often available.
For employees their costs of training are usually paid by the employer but, sometimes, that isn’t the case. Ocassionally it is the employees who pay to train themselves.
Where this happens, generally speaking, the employee cannot claim tax relief for the cost of the training.
HMRC estimate that around 860,000 employees self-funded their own training in 2016 and the vast majority of them would not have received any tax relief.
HMRC is considering how more relief can be given for training costs so, hopefully, this is good news on the horizon.