Category: VAT

Domestic reverse VAT charge for building and construction services

The domestic reverse VAT charge for building and construction services was due to come into effect from 1 October 2019. However, in early September it was announced that the start date had been put back one year. As a result, the charge will now apply from 1 October 2020. Who is affected? The charge will…


VAT refunds for DIY builders

If you build your own house or convert an existing property into a home, you may be eligible to apply for a VAT refund on building materials and services. You do not need to be VAT registered to claim a refund. What qualifies? Refunds can be claimed in respect of building materials that are incorporated…


VAT registration – sooner or later?

Once a business is up and running, the next major administrative area to be faced often concerns the subject of VAT. At first glance, it looks complicated – not to mention time-consuming – particularly for small businesses. However, taken one step at a time, the rules governing VAT registration and invoicing are generally quite straight-forward…


When should a business register for VAT?

All traders – whether sole traders, partnerships, or limited companies – are obliged to register to charge and pay VAT once annual sales reach a pre-set annual threshold. This threshold remains at £85,000 for the year commencing 1 April 2019. The annual VAT threshold is determined by total sales and is not the same as…


MTD software – what do you need?

Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT went live on 1 April 2019. VAT registered businesses with VATable turnover above the VAT registration threshold of £85,000 are required to comply with the requirements of MTD for VAT from the start of their first VAT accounting period beginning on or after 1 April 2019. For certain businesses,…


Letting a property as a furnished holiday let – is it worthwhile?

Where a property is located in a holiday region, a consideration will be whether to let it as a furnished holiday let or on a longer-term basis. As well as differing rental income, there are tax differences to consider too. Furnished holiday lets From a tax perspective, special rules apply to furnished holiday lets, which…


Make keeping better business records your New Year’s resolution

To ensure that you pay the correct amount of tax and file correct tax returns with HMRC, it is vital that you keep complete and accurate records. This applies regardless of whether you are running a business as a sole trader or in partnership or operating a limited company. Business records for the self-employed The…


The Annual Investment Allowance is being temporarily increased to £1 million

Faster tax relief for capital expenditure From January 2019, businesses considering investing more than £200,000 in plant and machinery may benefit from a change to the capital allowances rules, which should allow them to obtain tax relief at a much earlier time. Broadly, business profits, after any adjustments for tax purposes (for example depreciation of…