Daily penalties waived for Self-Assessment late filing

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that it will not charge the usual daily penalties for late filing of 2018-19 Self-Assessment tax returns, which were due by 31 January 2020. HMRC says the move is in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and the challenging circumstances taxpayers have faced in recent months. The daily penalties are usually levied where returns are more than three months

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Homebuyers need to start purchases this month to take advantage of Stamp Duty savings

Thousands of people across the UK have purchased new homes to take advantage of the Government’s Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday, but Legal & General Mortgage Club has warned a backlog in the sales and mortgage process means that sales need to be completed quickly. The SDLT holiday announced earlier this year, ends in March 2021. Homebuyers need to complete a purchase before then to

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HMRC warns taxpayers still aren’t ready for Making Tax Digital

The Director of Making Tax Digital (MTD) at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has warned that “not all taxpayers are ready for a digitalised tax system.” Roy Wallace spoke with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) about the implementation of the new digital tax system after HMRC was criticised by the Public House Committee, who said that “it is not clear that Making

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HMRC called on to simplify the administration of tax reliefs

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) is calling on HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to simplify the process of applying for tax reliefs so that fewer taxpayers miss out. In total, the UK has 1,190 tax reliefs, that each require taxpayers to claim or make an election to benefit from them. The OTS in its report has considered the administrative processes for making claims and

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More than 50,000 people claim working from home tax relief through HM Revenue & Customs online portal

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has received more than 50,000 claims for tax relief for working from home since opening a new online portal on 1 October. Since the start of the current tax year on 6 April 2020, employers have been permitted to pay employees up to £6 a week in respect of the additional costs of working from home. Employees who have not

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IFS predicts tax rises of more than £40 billion a year by the middle of the decade

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has predicted that taxes will need to rise by more than £40 billion a year by the middle of the decade to prevent Government debt from growing out of control. The widely-respected think tank issued the warning following the news that the Government’s Coronavirus response has cost more than £200 billion to date. At the same time, the IFS

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Certain sectors see access to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme restricted

Some sectors that receive payments from the Government as well as from private sources have seen their access to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) restricted. The CJRS allows employers to retain employees on the PAYE Payroll who are not carrying out work for them by placing them on furlough and to claim a grant of 80 per cent of a furloughed employee’s usual pay

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Payment of dividends during the Coronavirus outbreak

It is common for directors of limited companies, who are also shareholders, to receive much of their income in the form of dividends instead of through a salary, owing to the tax benefits this can entail. However, there are strict rules governing the circumstances in which a company may pay a dividend to its shareholders, some of which could affect directors’ income. Companies must have

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Coronavirus Customs Authorisations

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government is making temporary changes to customs policy and authorisations. These amendments to existing policies are most likely to affect businesses authorised, or applying to be authorised by customs,thatuse temporary storage or customs special procedures such as inward processing or customs warehousing, operate using simplified declarations such as an entry in your records or if you have a

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