Tag Archives: Business Updates

VAT refund rules reforms and Public Sector

The Treasury has published a consultation document on reforms to the VAT refund rules. The government departments, devolved administrations, the NHS and Highways England are eligible for VAT refunds under Section 41 of the VAT Act 1994 Under the current VAT refund rules. However, unlike commercial organisations, public sector organisations do not carry out business […]

UK Tax rises: Pay the cost of COVID-19

The leading economists have warned that the UK will likely face “substantial” tax rises in the coming years, as the government seeks to pay for the cost of its COVID-19 response and public services. Some top economists told parliament’s Treasury Select Committee on Tuesday that tax rises were likely, although they said increases would likely […]

Small Businesses UK: Government approves £20 million funds

Uk government approves an additional £20 million for Small Businesses of UK are to help them recover from (COVID-19) pandemic.The government recently announced that small and medium-sized businesses will have access to grants of between £1,000 and £5,000. So, the grants will help them recover from the effects of the pandemic.Further, the funding will allow […]

Small business grants update

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has urged local councils in England to ensure the speedy issuance of vital small business grants to firms that require them. The business group found that councils across England have distributed on average 92 per cent of the funds. However, only 23% of councils across England have issued 100% […]

UK Tax System: OTS recommended measures to simplify VAT

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. […]

Coronavirus Loan Schemes:UK businesses have borrowed over £46 billion

UK businesses have now borrowed over £46 billion through the government-backed coronavirus loan schemes. These schemes are helping firms during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, according to the latest figures from the Treasury. In total, £46.3 billion has now been lent to over 1.1 million businesses through the following schemes: Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) Coronavirus […]

Future Fund Scheme expanded for start-ups

The government has expanded its Future Fund scheme for start-ups businesses. The reforms in scheme aim to support start-up businesses not eligible for other Coronavirus (Covid-19) rescue measures. The start-ups that have previously taken part in accelerator programmes can now easily access the Future Fund Scheme. However early-stage firms might continue to struggle. This means […]

Overseas VAT claims delayed: Covid-19

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 […]

Mortgage Payment Deferrals: Lenders grant 1.9 million

  The UK’s mortgage lenders have granted 1.9 million payment deferrals to customers impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). According to the latest figures from the UK Finance One in six mortgages is now subject to a payment deferral. For the average mortgage holder, that payment amounts to £755 per month of suspended payments. Hence, the […]

Online Marketplaces should collect VAT

  The government should compel online marketplaces to collect and remit VAT, according to the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). The AAT was responding to ‘Claims and Elections Review’ call for evidence published by the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS). It said the move would help combat online VAT fraud and create a level playing […]