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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Have you received a ‘nudge’ letter?

A number of  businesses and individuals have received letters from HMRC requesting detailed information about subjects ranging from rental accommodation and offshore income to the employment status of contractors. What’s going on, and how should you respond? HMRC’s Connect computer system collects data from public and private sources, which HMRC uses as the basis for…

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Making Tax Digital – accounting software

Making tax digital is the government’s plan to take information for tax purposes directly from business owners’ online accounting software with no recourse to their accountant. This explains why HMRC are so keen to work with Xero, QuickBooks and FreeAgent. This move was foreseeable, and should be less of a shock to forward-thinking business owners…

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