last 8 weeks we have:
a client whose selling account was blocked to obtain a UK VAT registration
number – in under 48 hours!
- Continued development of a systematic method of extracting and summarising Amazon’s confusing VAT accounting reports. No need for expensive Xero, A2X, Link my Books subscriptions for our clients!
by three large clients whose (separate) accountants had each totally
misunderstood VAT liability calculations and Amazon accounting.
- Helped a client
obtain £150k of VAT refunds following a comprehensive and accurate submission
to HMRC which resulted in just a one-hour VAT control visit. We were also able to help the HMRC’s officers
understand some aspects of Amazon accounting!
The draft Finance Bill
clauses issued for consultation on 11 July include legislation to extend the
“off-payroll” working rules to the private sector from 6 April 2020. These
changes will have significant implications for workers providing their services
through personal service companies and also the end user organisations that
engage such workers.
End users will be
required to determine whether the worker would have been an employee if
directly engaged and hence the new rules apply to the services provided by the
worker via his or her personal service company. This will be a significant
additional administrative burden on the large and medium-sized businesses who
will be required to operate the new rules. The current CEST (Check Employment
Status for Tax) online tool would be improved before the proposed start date.
the end user decides the worker would have been an employee then they have to deduct
PAYE from the payments owed to the workers company.
“Small” businesses will
be outside of the new obligations and services supplied to such organisations
will continue to be dealt with under the current IR35 rules, with the worker
and his or her personal service company effectively self-assessing whether the
rules apply to that particular engagement.
The draft Finance Bill
confirms that the definition of “small” is linked to the Companies Act 2006
definition – An
eligible company will qualify as small if it meets at
least two out of three of: turnover: not more than £10.2m; balance sheet total:
not more than £5.1m; and. average number of employees: not more than 50.
– this is not your business size it is the size of the company you are working
Our latest newsletter ‘Tax Tips and News’ is now available to download here.
- Off Payroll Working
- Recent ECommerce News and Advice
- Dividend Allowance
- A personal VAT penalty?
- Directors’ National Insurance
- Personal Development
- Building Trust as a Manager
- August’s Questions and Answers
Q. I borrowed some money from my company to lend to my brother. He is
paying it back in monthly instalments over three years. I am the sole director
and shareholder of the company and I am not charging my brother interest on the
loan. Are there any tax implications I need to consider?
A. The tax implications for the company are that the loan is deemed to
have been made to an associate of a participator in the company, and as such,
it will be caught by what are commonly referred to as the ‘section 455 rules’.
Broadly, these rules mean that the company will have to pay tax at 32.5% on the
amount of the loan outstanding nine months after the accounting year end of the
company. When the loan has subsequently been repaid to the company, HMRC will
refund the tax paid.
There is an exception to this, namely where a loan does not exceed £15,000, but
only when the shareholder does not own more than 5% of the shares.
If an employee of a relative of an employee receives an interest-free loan from
an employer, this will be a benefit-in-kind for the employee. Interest at the
‘official rate’ (currently 2.5%) is calculated, and this deemed interest is
subject to tax. However, there are exceptions to this tax charge where:
– the loan is a ‘qualifying loan’;
– a qualifying or non-qualifying loan is less than £10,000; and
– the employee can show that they received no benefit from the loan to the
Q. My child’s school is asking parents to make a one-off donation to help with much-needed school funds. If I complete a gift aid form for my donation, will I be able to can claim tax back on the payment?
A. If the school is a registered charity, either registered with the Charity Commission or with HMRC, you can make gift aid payments to them – both regular and one-off payments.
Under gift aid your donation is treated as being made net of basic rate tax (at 20%) tax and the charity claims the tax back from the government. So, if you make a donation of £100 under the Gift Aid scheme and you’re a basic rate taxpayer, the charity is able to claim back tax of £25 from the government, which means the charity receives £125, but it costs you only £100.
However, a higher rate taxpayer can claim 20% (the difference between the higher rate of tax at 40% cent and the basic rate of tax at 20%) as a tax deduction on the total value to the charity of the donation. So, on a gift of £100, a higher rate taxpayer can reclaim £25 (20% of the gross donation of £125). The claim is usually made via the individual’s self-assessment tax return.
HMRC are currently running a campaign to remind people that they could get up to £2,000 per child, per year, towards childcare costs. Broadly, eligible parents/guardians may receive government top-ups of £2 for every £8 that they pay into a tax-free childcare account, up to a maximum of £2,000 per child (or £4,000 for disabled children). There is an overall maximum limit of £10,000.
The scheme is open to all working parents across the UK with children under 12, or under 17 if disabled. Under the scheme, the parent/guardian opens an online account and decides how much to pay in. Circumstances are re-confirmed online every three months. Anyone can pay into the account, including grandparents, other family members or employers, giving flexibility to pay in more in some months, and less at other times. Money can be withdrawn at any time but in doing so, the government contribution will be lost.
To qualify for the government contribution, account holders will usually have to be in work, expecting to earn at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or Living Wage (LW) for 16 hours a week on average, over the next 3 months. Self-employed people who do not expect to make enough profit in the next 3 months can use an average of how much they expect to make over the current tax year. Additionally, the earnings limit does not apply to self-employed individuals who started their business less than 12 months ago.
Unlike the previous childcare scheme, tax-free childcare does not rely on employers offering it. Any working family can use a tax-free childcare account, provided they meet the eligibility requirements.
The Childcare Choices website includes a childcare calculator for parents to compare all the government’s childcare offers and check what works best for their families, including the 30-hour free childcare offer, tax-free childcare or universal credit.
recent years the number of ‘online traders’ or ‘Ecommerce’ businesses has grown
considerably and in the next ten years we believe the market will at least double!
& Co began advised several substantial eBay traders over ten years ago and due
to the significant growth of Amazon FBA (and many other markets) we have been very
fortunate to have attracted a significant number of these businesses as clients
from across the UK (and overseas).
consider ourselves to be ‘the specialists’ in this area. We are regularly contacted
by businesses whose accountants just don’t handle (or understand) this
of these businesses need (and expect) an online bookkeeping system that caters
for the complex reports flowing from Amazon, PayPal, Stripe etc. They also need confidence that their VAT and
taxes are being properly handled.
know of an Ecommerce business proprietor that is struggling for advice from
their advisors and accountants or need certainty about their bookkeeping, VAT
registration requirements (including EU / international), VAT calculations and
schemes (and of course MTD) please ask them to contact us for a chat!
Under new rules due to come in on
1 October 2019 builders, sub-contractors and other trades associated with the
construction industry will have start using a new method of accounting for VAT.
the new rules, supplies of standard or reduced-rated building services between
VAT-registered businesses in the supply chain will not be invoiced in the
normal way. Under the reverse charge, a main contractor would account for the
VAT on the services of any sub-contractor and the supplier does not invoice for
VAT. The customer (main contractor) would then account for VAT on the net value
of the supplier’s invoice and at the same time deduct that VAT from the payment
to the sub-contractor.
is intended to ensure that VAT is correctly accounted for on supplies by
new reverse charge will apply to a wide range of services in the building
trade, primarily those activities covered by the construction industry (CIS)
payment rules. Note that normal VAT invoices will continue to be issued to
contact us if you are likely to be affected by these changes and we can work
with you to ensure you are ready for the new system.
Hanley & Co Selected As One Of The UK’s Top Accountants
We are delighted to announce that Hanley & Co have been selected to join Handpicked Accountants.
Recently launched by the renowned Begbies Traynor Group, Handpicked Accountants is an online searchable database that aims to connect company directors and small business owners with accountancy firms that they know they can trust. Rather than having to take ‘pot-luck’ with one of the approximately 320,000 accountants in the UK, Handpicked Accountants features only firms which have been thoroughly vetted, often through years of working with the Begbies Traynor Group themselves.
David Tattersall, Head of Client Relations at Handpicked Accountants, said, “Hanley & Co deserves their place in our select list of only about 1,000 Handpicked Accountants, as a result of their dedication to their clients and their emphasis on providing an exceptional level of service at an up-front price. Too many business owners come to us looking for a new accountant after having been surprised by extra charges and unexpected bills. However we can guarantee that this will never happen with Hanley & Co and so we are delighted to be able to welcome them to the Handpicked Accountants family.”
Dean Logan, Partner at Hanley & Co, replied, “Being included in the Handpicked Accountants list is a real honour for us. We have always strived to provide our clients with fair, open and honest advice that they can trust, and our client testimonials show how many happy clients that we have. Whether it is providing accountancy, auditing, bookkeeping, tax advice, support for business start-ups, VAT, payroll and CIS or company formations and services, we ensure that we provide the best possible service for our clients all for a fair and upfront price. Hopefully via our inclusion on the Handpicked Accountants website we will be able to offer this to many new clients too.”
You can view our Manchester listing here and our Blackpool listing here