As we near the end of  ‘Self Assessment, Season 23’ (it all started back in 1996), I am sure that we are all relieved that it's over.

I must stress that I much prefer to have the one filing deadline rather than the four proposed under the government’s plans for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for income tax. However, as change is on the way, we have updated our MTD survival guide for the self-employed: this is a handy briefing note for your clients. No one knows when these new MTD rules will commence. We think that it is likely to be April 2021 or 2022. It goes without saying that the government has a lot of other things on its mind right now. 

As you may be aware, the deadline for reporting capital gains on the disposal of residential property by UK residents is due to change in April. Don’t get caught out and warn your clients. We have created a handy CGT payment guide for you.

The end of another tax year looms and we have updated some of our company checklists to assist in last-minute planning. We will be bringing out all our new planning guides in the following weeks.

Don’t forget that if you have a tax query you can raise a support ticket on www.VtaxP.co.uk the UK’s only Virtual Tax Partner service.

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Nichola Ross Martin FCA CTA (Fellow) Tax Director


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Stamp taxes & Duty: What’s new? January 2020
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Consultation: Fifth Money Laundering Directive and Trust Registration Service
HM Treasury have published the responses to their consultation, “Transposition of the Fifth Money Laundering Directive” and opened a new consultation, “Fifth Money Laundering Directive and Trust Registration Service”.

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VAT Cases (freeview)

Martial arts VAT exemption claim kicked out
In Premier Family Martial Arts LLP v HMRC [2020] UKFTT TC07509, the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) found that kickboxing is not an activity which is commonly taught at schools or universities and does not qualify for an exemption.

Church club bar should have VAT registered
In Marites Salabit v HMRC [2019] TC0675, the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) found that the operator of a social club bar was liable to register for VAT, despite making no profit on it.

Indoor ski lift passes attract reduced rate VAT
In Snow Factor Limited v HMRC [2020] UKUT 0025 (TCC), the Upper Tribunal (UT) found that the sale of lift tickets at an indoor ski and snowboard centre attracts a reduced rate of VAT.

VAT Guides (subscribers)

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When do I need to register for VAT? When do I need start charging VAT? What penalties might HMRC issue for late notification?

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Missed last time's Web-update?

Nichola's SME Tax W-update 23 January 2020

  • Update: recent changes to the loan charge
  • Trading and Property Allowances: At a glance
  • Self Assessment (SA) tax penalties
  • Holiday camps are a single composite supply for VAT
  • Private Client: what's on January 2020
  • Directors: tax planning toolkit 2018/19
  • Adviser guide: Property profits and losses
  • Will I pay less tax if I trade via an LLP?
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