To VAT or not to VAT, that is the question

To VAT or not to VAT, that is the question

For smaller businesses and sole traders, VAT can be complicated issue. Knowing when is right, or required, to register can be difficult. When does a business need to register for VAT? A business must register for VAT when its taxable turnover exceeds the VAT...
HMRC set to launch enhanced employment status checker

HMRC set to launch enhanced employment status checker

HMRC has confirmed an improved version of its check employment status for tax (CEST) tool should launch before the end of the year. The tool was first introduced in 2017 as part of an extension to the off-payroll (IR35) rules that applied to the public sector. It...
Small Business Guide: Sole Trader vs Limited Company

Small Business Guide: Sole Trader vs Limited Company

You have decided to take the big leap of faith and start your own business, the next question is how this should be structured. Should you trade in your personal name or through a limited company? Follow the link below to read our guide on the key accounting and tax...
HMRC publishes new IR35 guidance

HMRC publishes new IR35 guidance

New guidance has been published on the HMRC website, covering changes to the off-payroll working rules known as IR35 which will come into effect next year. From 6 April 2020, medium and large-sized businesses will be responsible for deciding the employment status of...
120k firms miss MTD for VAT deadline

120k firms miss MTD for VAT deadline

More than 120,000 VAT-registered businesses in the UK missed the August deadline to file returns through Making Tax Digital (MTD). HMRC confirmed that around 116,000 businesses with quarterly obligations and 5,000 firms that file monthly returns did not sign up in...
VAT reverse charge ‘should be delayed’

VAT reverse charge ‘should be delayed’

A major change to VAT in the construction industry could cause significant disruption to businesses unless it’s delayed, the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has warned. The VAT domestic reverse charge is set to come into effect on 1 October 2019, and will...