Our concise summary of yesterday’s budget for business owners and taxpayers

Please click on the link below for our summary of items in yesterday’s budget that will affect you.

budget_summary_2016_17_March – Shrewsbury

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Emergency Summer Budget

Here is a link to our summary of the Chancellor proposals. The changes to taxation of dividends is going to need to be carefully considered. There was also a major increase in the minimum wage (now living wage).

Emergency Budget 8 July 2015

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Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Save up to £212 in tax with the Marriage Allowance

I have uploaded our client guide to the Marriage Allowance.

Marriage allowance

Our client guides cover many of the tax and accounting issues faced by owner-managed businesses and tax-payers. Please contact us for further details.

Please be aware HMRC have not got the online registration process completely sorted for the Marriage Allowance. As explained by http://www.thisismoney.co.uk

“There is then an application process to go through and claimants are invited to complete their application online.

It has recruited three private operators to conduct ID checks for the system – Experian, Post Office and Digidentity.

This is being introduced gradually and HMRC admits there are restrictions at the moment that mean it may not work for everyone.

The restrictions you encountered are part of that. In order to transfer personal allowance, HMRC needs to verify who you are.

This requires evidence of the documents you were asked for. If you have them, HMRC says you can complete the process online in about 20 minutes.

If you don’t have these you’ll have to wait longer, although HMRC says it is taking phone applications for those who have tried the online application but hit a snag.”

Read more: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/experts/article-3086308/Why-wait-Marriage-Allowance-tax-break-promised-Government.html#ixzz3cSw6kr3Y

 

A neat summary of yesterday’s Autumn Statement relevant to owner-managed businesses

There was a surprising amount of content in yesterday’s Autumn Statement.

This is neatly summarised in a PDF file which can be opened by clicking on the link below.

Autumn Statement December 2014

If you need any further advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Am I a Subcontractor?

Question

I run a limited company and deliver electrical services. I recently did some work for another company and they deducted 20% tax! Is that correct? I’ve never had that happen before.

Answer

The Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) is a set of special rules for handling payments for construction work that contractors make to subcontractors. The scheme covers all construction work carried out in the UK, as well as some other related work. If your business is involved with construction operations then it might operate as a contractor or as a subcontractor- or as both.

Under the rules of CIS you’re a subcontractor if you agree to do construction work for a contractor. Subcontractors can be self-employed individuals, any type of business (such as sole traders, partnerships or limited companies), or other bodies and organisations.

It doesn’t matter how you complete the work – you could do it yourself, get your employees to do it, use your own subcontractors or make some other arrangement. And it also doesn’t matter if you don’t normally think of yourself as a subcontractor; you could still be treated as one under CIS.

So unfortunately, your customer (the contractor) may well have been correct to deduct tax from your invoice.

If you’d like to find about more about the Construction Industry Scheme and how it may be possible to receive your payments gross, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Nigel Lomax explains how the VAT Flat Rate scheme operates

The Flat Rate VAT scheme (FRS) is available to all small businesses. The FRS differs from standard VAT accounting as you pay a percentage of turnover rather than paying VAT on the difference between sales and purchases. So, while you continue to charge clients the standard 20% VAT rate, you can potentially give a smaller percentage to HM Revenue and Customs.

The FRS helps to simplify VAT calculations and record keeping. This is particularly helpful to smaller organisations that may not have the time to conduct their accounting in the traditional way. This is important bearing in mind the increasingly severe penalties that can be charged for errors. It shortens the process, removing the need to keep a record of VAT charged for each individual sale or that paid on purchases. However, you do still need to show a 20% VAT amount on each sales invoice.

It might also save you money. Example:

Standard VAT Calculation

Total Billings £50,000
Output VAT 20% £10,000
Total invoiced £60,000
VAT reclaimed through purchases £750 (this figure is arrived at by adding up the VAT on all your business costs)
Total payable to HMRC £9,250

With this scheme, you are acting as an unpaid tax-collector on the VAT generated by you business.

Flat Rate Scheme Calculation

Total Billings £50,000
Output VAT 20% £10,000
Total invoiced £60,000
Total payable to HMRC at 14.5% of total invoiced £8,700

In addition, while you are in your first year of vat registration you can benefit from a 1% reduction to your FRS rate.

If you make use of the scheme, you cannot reclaim VAT on purchases, except in certain circumstances. As a result, the FRS works best for people who have few expenses compared to their fee income. VAT on expenses can only be recovered if they are capital items costing £2,000 or more or if the assets are still within the business on the date of VAT registration.

I must credit http://www.contractoruk.com for their article which contains further information for IT Contractors

Please contact us if you need further advice. The FRS scheme means that it can make sense to voluntarily register to be VAT-Registered where your customers are VAT-registered.

Nigel Lomax from TaxAssist Accountants shares a useful client guide that explains the timing of income tax payments

Here in Shrewsbury, my team and I are often asked about income tax payments are calculated and, particularly, payments on account.

The link below will take you to our guide on this subject.

Client guide to timing of self-assessment tax payments

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