Tax Insider May 2019

Tax Insider May 2019

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Included in this months issue:
– MPs call for break-up of big four’s accountancy services
– HMRC announces delay to probate fee increase
– Landlords feeling the pinch as tax measures begin to bite
– First VAT-registered businesses enter into making tax digital

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ACCOUNTING FOR CHARITIES

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If you’re in charge of running a charity, you’ll know how it differs from operating a business and how its motives and goals vary.
Non-profit organisations are treated very differently under the law, and managing a charity’s accounts can offer some unique challenges as a result.

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RISK ASSESSMENT AND CONTINGENCY PLANNING

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It has been a challenging and eventful three years for UK businesses with a series of high-profile incidents highlighting how situations can change suddenly and often without warning.
From the continued pressure of uncertainty relating to Brexit, terrorism, fire, extreme weather and cyber-attacks, how would your business cope if it was affected by something similar?

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VQOTW: MTD AND CASH ACCOUNTING

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My client is a wedding and party planner, and is compulsorily VAT registered operating the cash accounting scheme. Their current system is not particularly sophisticated and they only operate using a manual cashbook. I am in the process of ensuring they are MTD compliant for their 07/19 return, but want to keep things as simple as possible for them. Can they continue to operate a cashbook in a spreadsheet format and submit via bridging software?

VQOTW: 28 DAY RULE

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My client runs a small bed and breakfast and a furnished apartment which to date has been let on an Airbnb basis with a daily linen change and cleaning service. Normally she would account for VAT on all of these stays. Now she has received an enquiry from a construction company about exclusive use of both for a period of 12 months to house some of its employees working away from home. Should she still charge VAT?

VQOTW: INPUT TAX ON RE-REGISTERING FOR VAT

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My client is a bathroom fitter and was VAT registered from January 2017 to March 2018 as he had a contract with a large developer to fit en-suites into new-build dwellings. His supplies were mostly zero-rated and he received repayments of VAT from HMRC. He bought a new commercial vehicle and specialist tooling in August 2016 on which he recovered the VAT as pre-registration input tax. On his final return, for the tax period ending 31st March 2018, he accounted for VAT on all the assets and stock on hand as a deemed supply.

TQOTW: PPR – SELLING NOW OR DELAYING

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This question is based on a call to the Advice Lines where a client never had the intention to be a landlord for very long. He had fallen into those circumstances because it had been difficult to find a buyer for his property when he moved home – not an uncommon situation. His hesitation to sell the property once the market improved resulted purely from the mortgage redemption fee that would be triggered.

TQOTW: ENTREPRENEUR’S’ RELIEF

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We recently received a question to the advice lines regarding a family company and the availability of entrepreneur’s’ relief (ER) with regard to different classes of shares in issue.
A total of 11,000 shares are in issue made up of A and B shares. Mother and father own 10,000 A shares and their adult child owns the other 1,000 B shares.

The A shares have full voting rights, full dividend and full rights on disposal of the company. The B shares have full voting rights, full dividend and no rights on disposal of the company.

HR EXPERT: WORK EXPERIENCE

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My client is considering taking on a 15-year-old schoolchild for a 2-week work experience placement. What sort of things do they need to consider?