It's in the news for obvious reasons but what actually is a business interruption for insurance purposes and what should you look for in your policy schedule and policy wording.
So what snakes a good witness at a Tribunal hearing? Les Howard takes a look and recounts cases where the witness let themselves and their case down. Les also point out the HMRC's witnesses can be cross examined and suddenly as he puts it "An officer may well struggle"
A lot has been made of the mental effects upon staff on lockdown especially those who are already possibly struggling with mental health issues. Whoi better to turn to for help when considering our staff than ACAS and in this article thy give some good advice.
The present crisis means that many individuals will be drawing upon various benefits to help them get through most likely for the very first time. In his blog for Bolomsbury Professional Tax Robin Williamson looks at they interact with the tax code and what we should be looking out for.
Let's be honest it would be a major surprise if there were no frauds being perpetrated on the various initiatives being made available. The Furlough scheme is paying £million to help employers keep staff on the books and as this article highlights frauds are sadly happening.
The opening sentence is "Can taxpayer require HMRC to do what it has said it will do, even if it is wrong or based on a mistaken view of the law?" A really interesting question is it not? can they be compelled even if it means they will collect less tax? Check out the four conditions that must be met for this to happen.
For those Accountants and other sectors supervised by HMRC for Money Laundering they have now announced that a deferral option is available as a result of the current Covid-19 situation. He is the announcement in full so if your renewal is due shortly you may want to take them up on the offer.
Taxationweb editor and author Lee Sharpe turns his attention to Independent Review and a recent decision leads him to seriously question the point of an Internal Review.
The very latest on how HMRC will communicate by email or text and how to spot a fraudulent contact. Includes a comprehensive list of the typoe of contact that HMRC will be initiating now and in the near future.
Being Vat Exempt may not be as good as it seems as this detailed article by Melanie Lord explains. It just goes to shown again that vat is not straightforward.
I would hazard a guess that as Accountants in Practice we have come across Incorporation Relief and we are familiar with the concept of the relief and how it works. However, Mark points out that "Whilst the relief seems straightforward enough on the face of it, there are potential traps for the unwary"
Businesses start up usually on a wave of optimism and lots of determination. However sometimes it takes longer to get established than hoped or planned for and in the early days losses may be incurred. In this article Lee Sharpe takes a look at what is available from the tax system with regard to these losses.
A small change in the questions we ask our clients, and a small change in how we deliver what we do, leads to a better service to our clients" Kevin explains how important it is to get our ideal client but first you need to establish just who are your ideal clients.
In the current turbulent times for the economy business owners will be considering job losses even though triage furlough scheme is in place and redundancy obligations may well come into play. What are the rights and calculations involved? who better to look to for an answer than ACAS.
We all know the tax significance of dividends in any tax planning scenario and we all also know that some clients get in a mess and call virtually everything a dividend. In circumstances where dividends have been paid which are in fact unlawful what are the consequences? here are the answers.
The latest information for public sector contractors. You may well have some as clients and this is good news for them.
Finally, we have some detailed guidance from HMRC on who is eligible, what constitutes a wages and how the claim is to be calculated. This latest update 26th March answers a huge amount of our questions and is a very important read for us all.
In response to the significant number of calls being made to the Coronavirus Helpline HMRC have acted and added more staff and switched to an 0800 number.
Sad to say the fraudsters, scammers and the like are using the current situation for their own benefit. This article from SmartVault might just help you keep safe online.
The budget made no changes despite a lot of opposition so HMRC have issued what they believe to be a timely reminder. So basically from April you have 30 days to notify and pay CGT on a residential property sale if circumstance warrant it.
A helpful summary of the budget provisions for businesses and their staff. lots of actual detail will be released in the coming days/weeks as resources are released but this is a good place to start.