Category Archives: Tax Investigation

Tariff free trade deal: Brexit

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Just before Christmas, the U.K. and the EU have announced a historic agreement indicating tariff free trade deal. The agreement (termed a “Trade and Co-operation Agreement” (TCA)) meant how they’ll trade with one another after Brexit. TCA agreed between the UK and EU came into force at 11 pm on 31 December 2020. Why did […]

What if you can’t pay your tax bill on time?

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Contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as soon as possible if you have missed your tax bill payment. How you contact HMRC depends on what you need to pay. You have to pay interest if you pay late. You may avoid penalties by contacting HMRC as soon as possible. If you cannot pay because of […]

2,700 tax returns filed on Christmas Day

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HMRC’s new data has shown that 2,700 people used Christmas day to file their tax returns. Many taxpayers chose to send the documents in just after lunchtime on 25 December. The peak time for completing tax returns was between 2 pm to 2.59 pm. More than 200 customers pressed ‘submit’ on their online form in […]

Self Assessment filing deadline: No relaxation

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HMRC has rejected requests from professional bodies (ACCA, CIOT, AAT, ICAEW and ICAS) to relax the Self Assessment filing deadline. HMRC will issue penalty notices as usual to all who file late but will allow more time to appeal. Many members contacted ICAEW in relation to the 31 January self assessment filing deadline. ICAEW wrote […]

Airbnb landlords may be investigated by HMRC

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Online lettings firm Airbnb agreed to provide HMRC with details of its hosts’ income, which may increase tax investigations. The Grunberg & Co has warned Airbnb landlords that HMRC may be investigating them following the agreement a decision by the short lets platform to share data with HM Revenue & Customs. The Grunberg & Co accountancy […]

Furlough Scheme Claims: HMRC found fraud and errors

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HMRC has revealed that they may have paid almost £3.5 billion in furlough scheme money on fraudulent or wrong claims. That means CJRS payments have been claimed fraudulently or paid out in error. The tax authority told MPs on the Public Accounts Committee it estimates that they have awarded 5-10% of furlough cash mistakenly. Latest […]

UK Tax System: OTS recommended measures to simplify VAT

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The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has outlined a range of measures intended to help simplify the UK tax system. The OTS stated that the UK tax has become ‘highly complex’, and has ‘not kept pace with changes in society’. As such, in its report, the OTS has recommended 23 measures intended to simplify VAT. […]

IFS urges Sunak for higher taxes

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The Institute of Fiscal Studies says the economy will remain in a “support and recovery” phase for some time, but higher taxes are inevitable. They have warned that the government will need to raise taxes in order to pay for the economic support measures announced by Chancellor in his summer statement on Wednesday 8 July. […]

Overseas VAT claims delayed: Covid-19

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The tax authority has stated that VAT claims submitted under the Overseas Refund Scheme will be subject to delays. HMRC has admitted that changes to its working practices, as a result of the pandemic, have resulted in delays in processing and refunding VAT claims. The delays relate to payments due to overseas businesses that are not […]

Making Tax Digital for VAT

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HMRC has revealed guidance to check when a business must follow the rules for Making Tax Digital for VAT. HMRC has announced that due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the businesses can delay (defer) any VAT payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020. If they choose to defer a VAT payment, they will have […]