Just a short update this week, and we feature an item that deserves special attention. Accountants: are you MSC Providers?

The Managed Service Company anti-avoidance rules contain an exemption for accounting services. Many MSCs have therefore become accountants. Conversely, in the rush to "add value", accountants are offering more and more pre-packed services, and it is evident that many modern practices do not always fall into the description of a traditional accountancy firm. Aside from invoicing for your clients and offering various packages to create wealth (I think 'tax schemes'...), some practices are virtually running their clients' business administration. Judging by some accountancy websites there is a risk that what many firms are offering may make them an MSC Provider.

Why does this matter? Well, if you are a MSC Provider and you have failed to operate PAYE, you client's liability may transfer to you. One hopes that HMRC will apply the MSC legislation sensibly as the digital age progresses, however software allows us to do more and more for our clients and we all want to do more. We already take over bank accounts and we can process payments as well receipts. I think it is time to update the MSC rules to reflect the digital age otherwise expect a messy case or two before the tribunals.

Also in this week's case reports a SEIS claim fails.The trouble with SEIS is that the rules are fiendishly complicated and it really pays to obtain a second opinion if you decide to DIY.

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Nichola Ross Martin FCA Tax Director


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