Who to believe?

Next Wednesday the Chancellor will deliver his first proper Budget since the start of the pandemic nearly a year ago; since then, we have had what has amounted to a number of discriminatory and uncoordinated announcements aimed to protect some jobs and some businesses. You might think that, with all that time, the Treasury would…

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What should I do if my application to defer my 31 January tax due is rejected?

The government realised some time ago that a large number of taxpayers would need to defer tax due this January, so HMRC created an instalment mechanism to allow individual taxpayers to apply for time to pay the tax debts now falling due. However, some taxpayers and advisers using the online service to defer tax due on 31…

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MTD filing to be extended to all VAT-registered traders from April 2022

On 21 July the Treasury set out a first draft of the government’s ten-year plan to modernise the tax administration system. This includes restarting the making tax digital (MTD) programme which had ground to a halt in the face of Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic. MTD filing is to be extended to all VAT-registered traders from April 2022…

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Tax agents unable to make Self-Employed Income Support Scheme claims on behalf of clients

Just when they hoped the government was coming to their rescue, the millions of self-employed workers in the UK have been delivered a blow by HMRC who have announced that their tax agents are barred from claiming the self-employed income support scheme (SEISS) grant on their behalf. The SEISS will be open for applications from…

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How to negotiate a time to pay agreement with HMRC

HMRC has published details of the specific helpline to contact to negotiate a time to pay agreement if you are likely to have difficulty paying tax because of Coronavirus, but it’s not known whether HMRC will change its usual approach to time to pay, for taxpayers who are having difficulty. In the meantime businesses may find useful…

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