Value Added Tax Articles

Eligibility for the VAT Flat Rate Scheme

The VAT Flat Rate scheme is open to VAT registered businesses that expect their taxable turnover in the next 12 months to be no more than £150,000, excluding VAT. The annual taxable turnover limit is the total of everything that a business sells during the year that is not VAT exempt. Under the VAT flat rate scheme scheme rules, businesses pay VAT as a fixed percentage of their VAT inclusive...

Joining or leaving the VAT Cash Accounting Scheme

The VAT Cash Accounting Scheme can offer useful benefits to small businesses. Under standard VAT accounting, VAT is payable on sales whether or not the customer has paid. It can lead to claims for Bad Debt Relief. By using the VAT Cash Accounting Scheme no VAT needs to be paid over to HMRC until the customer has paid for his goods / services. Using the scheme, if the customer does not pay, then...

VAT – option to tax property

Special VAT rules enable businesses to choose the standard rate for supplying most non-residential and commercial land and buildings (known as the option to tax). The person opting to tax will subject subsequent supplies to VAT at the standard rate. Converting the treatment of VAT-exempt land and buildings to subject them to VAT offers numerous benefits. The key advantage is that the person...

Are you self-employed?

Notify HMRC promptly when self-employed, by October 5 after tax year-end, for timely self-assessment and penalty avoidance. Follow HMRC guidelines...

Cost of living final payment 2023-24

The Cost of Living support package has been designed to help over 8 million households in receipt of means tested...

Beware fake tax rebate offers

HMRC continues to warn of the ever-present problem of fraudulent phishing emails, suspicious phone calls and texts. These unwanted emails,...

Importing or exporting for the first time?

When engaging in international trade, navigating regulations can be overwhelming. Utilize HMRC’s digital assistant on GOV.UK for guidance on EORI...

Top-line, bottom-line?

Monitoring small business finances involves more than tracking sales; it requires assessing costs, creating forecasts, and analyzing balance sheets. Regular...

Autumn Finance Bill 2023 update

The Autumn Finance Bill 2023, officially named Finance Bill 2023-24, introduces tax measures like permanent full expensing and extended reliefs....

What is Class 1A NIC?

Employers pay Class 1A NICs on benefits, subject to Income Tax. Special rules and conditions, including no existing Class 1...

Tax on inherited private pensions

Inheriting private pensions involves grasping tax implications, nominations, and rules, considering the owner’s age and limitations for defined benefit pots....

Eligibility for the VAT Flat Rate Scheme

The VAT Flat Rate scheme is for businesses with an expected turnover below £150,000. It involves a fixed percentage of...
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