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October Q&A

1st October 2019
Is hiring golf clubs to a non-resident taxable? Q. We hire golf clubs to private individuals. A customer came into our shop last week and insisted that the fee for hiring a set of golf clubs for a week should not be subject to VAT because he is a US resident. He produced evidence of...

VAT: deferral of new reverse charge for the construction industry

17th September 2019
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ALL BUSINESSES REGISTERED FOR VAT IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY The date on which the new reverse charge was to come into force in the construction industry has been deferred by a year until 1 October 2020. Explanation of the change Industry representatives have raised concerns that some businesses in the construction sector...

September Questions and Answers

3rd September 2019
Can we submit monthly VAT returns? Q. We struggle to pay our quarterly VAT returns on time because we use the VAT money for other business expenses before it becomes due. Would HMRC allow us to complete monthly returns to help our cash flow? A. Unfortunately not. A business can only submit monthly returns if...

New business – when is the best time to register for VAT?

23rd July 2019
You have identified a new business opportunity that you want to keep separate from your main business. What should you consider regarding your VAT recovery if you don’t want to register straightaway? VAT expert John Craig advises. You can voluntarily register for VAT at any time if you are either making or intend to make...

Is it a donation or sponsorship, or both?

17th July 2019
HMRC has recently updated its guidance about when a payment to a charity could comprise of two different elements, with different VAT outcomes for each part. What opportunities does this create for both charities and sponsors? John Craig looks at the change and how this might affect you. HMRC’s approach to philanthropy is very clear,...

Time saving U-turn on Making Tax Digital

3rd June 2019
The latest Making Tax Digital policy update from HMRC means that supplier statements can now be used to record expenses for input tax purposes, that’s a big time saving for the many businesses which use spreadsheet accounting. MTD for VAT was introduced for all UK businesses making annual taxable supplies of more than £85,000 for...

Are you ready for the new Reverse Charge?

31st May 2019
If you are a businesses involved in the supply of construction services, from 1st October 2019, you will need to change how you account for VAT. This is when the Construction Services Domestic Reverse Charge (CSDRC) is introduced, VAT expert John Craig takes a closer look. If you are a supplier making a supply of...
Letting out space in your premises

Letting out space in your premises?

2nd May 2019
You have reviewed your business premises and realise that you have surplus space that could potentially be sub-let to another business. But what are the VAT issues that need to be considered before you make this decision? Kevin Ferguson  takes a closer look. LIABILITY OF RENTAL INCOME The starting point is that income you receive...

Well built

28th March 2019
In this article we answer some well-constructed questions on the issue of reduced and zero-rated VAT on building projects. If you are involved in the construction industry, deliver trades and services or are planning a new building project you will know just how complex the issue of VAT and zero-rating can be. This article poses...

Get a UK EORI number to trade within the EU

30th January 2019
UK businesses trading with the EU will need a UK EORI number to continue trading in the event that Britain exits the EU without a deal. Kenny Logan outlines what is involved in this no cost application. With only two months until the UK’s scheduled departure from the EU, it is still tough for most...