Simplified tax reporting for self-employed and small businesses

Reforms to the tax system that will make it easier for small businesses to fill out their returns have been announced by the government 20th July 2021. Self-employed and small businesses are set to benefit from simpler tax reporting ruleNew measures to clamp down on promoters of tax avoidance, including supporting taxpayers to steer clear … Continue reading Simplified tax reporting for self-employed and small businesses

Payroll boss in tax avoidance scheme 11-year ban

Leicester payroll services boss banned for orchestrating multi-million pound tax avoidance scheme, while failing to justify £37 million expenditure in 11 months Scott Rooney, of Leicester, was appointed sole director of Magnetic Push Limited in February 2017. The company provided payroll services, trading from a serviced office in Liverpool, and was previously known as The … Continue reading Payroll boss in tax avoidance scheme 11-year ban

G7 Agrees Historic Global Tax Agreement

The G7 has agreed (5th June 2021) to back an historic international agreement on global tax reform which delivers on the Chancellor’s promise for big international companies to start paying their fair share. G7 Finance ministers strike seismic agreement on global tax reform meaning the largest multinational tech giants will pay their share of tax … Continue reading G7 Agrees Historic Global Tax Agreement

RTI data and Tax avoidance

Question To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC uses real time information to close down tax avoidance schemes. Answer Answered on 27 May 2021 HMRC identify new avoidance schemes and the promoters behind those schemes using a range of data and intelligence, including real time information from PAYE systems. HMRC actively monitor the … Continue reading RTI data and Tax avoidance

Supply chain due diligence to assure labour supply chains

HMRC have issued guidance (13th May 2021) to both and help warn business to be aware of risks within Labour supply chains. Why assure the labour supply chain Failing to take reasonable action to make sure that the supply of labour is legitimate can lead to significant legal, financial and reputational risks, liability for unpaid … Continue reading Supply chain due diligence to assure labour supply chains

Mini Umbrella Company (MUC) fraud

HMRC have issued information on fraud being committed by a number of Mini Umbrella Companies. HMRC claim that every business which either places or uses temporary labour should be aware of the potential dangers posed to by mini umbrella company fraud. Not only can a fraudulent supply chain lead to reputational and financial damage to … Continue reading Mini Umbrella Company (MUC) fraud

HMRC publish guidance for those employed by umbrellas

HMRC have published further guidance (29th April 2021) to clarify the position on agency and contractors who are employees of umbrella organisations. Working through an umbrella company Those employed by umbrellas can find out about how and what they will be paid if they are an agency worker or contractor and work through an umbrella … Continue reading HMRC publish guidance for those employed by umbrellas

Consultation on ‘Raising standards in the tax advice market: professional indemnity insurance and defining tax advice’

Dear Payadvice.U.K. Our consultation on 'Raising standards in the tax advice market' was published on 23‌‌‌rd March 2021. This is your chance to have your say. We need to understand the impact these proposals would have on taxpayers, businesses, the insurance industry and the wider tax advice market, so your views are really important to … Continue reading Consultation on ‘Raising standards in the tax advice market: professional indemnity insurance and defining tax advice’

‘Umbrella’ companies under the spotlight

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has published a research report looking at the use of ‘umbrella’ companies and other labour market intermediaries in the UK. The factual and technical report also considers the nature and scale of disguised remuneration schemes. It is intended to help increase public knowledge of how labour market intermediaries … Continue reading ‘Umbrella’ companies under the spotlight

HMRC April 2021 Employer Bulletin

HMRC have issued the April 2021 Employer Bulletin, again, packed full with information. In this month’s edition of the Employer Bulletin there are updates and information on COVID-19 updates and information:Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeVAT deferral new payment schemeNew one-off payment of £500 to support working households receiving tax creditsExtension of filing dates for internationally mobile … Continue reading HMRC April 2021 Employer Bulletin

HMRC Anti Money Laundering team change name to Economic Crime Supervision

Dear Payadvice, HMRC's Anti Money Laundering Supervision (AMLS) team is changing its name to Economic Crime Supervision (ECS) from 1‌‌ April 2021. This change does not affect our responsibilities under the Money Laundering Regulations or how we will interact with you.   You may continue to see AMLS referenced in correspondence from us during April whilst the changes take effect. You … Continue reading HMRC Anti Money Laundering team change name to Economic Crime Supervision

Government strengthens tax policymaking with over 30 updates, consultations and documents published

The government has published 23rd March 2021 a series of tax documents and consultations in a move to strengthen policymaking and help create a more trusted, simple and modern tax system. government publishes more than 30 tax updates, consultations and documents to strengthen policymaking and modernise UK tax systemlarge number of the announcements form a … Continue reading Government strengthens tax policymaking with over 30 updates, consultations and documents published

HMRC Talking Points

Dear @PAYadvice, HMRC's regular Talking Points provide information, guidance and tips to help you to understand tax issues.  We have more Talking Points webinars coming up. There are a limited number of spaces, so save your place now. Penalties for enablers of defeated tax avoidance: This webinar gives an overview of the penalties for enablers of … Continue reading HMRC Talking Points

Parliamentary question – Directors Income Support Scheme response

HM Treasury responded to a question on COVID-19 assistance for Directors on 22nd February 2021 The question: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to progress a directors’ income support scheme package for directors of limited companies? The response was made by Treasury minister Jesse Norman: The Government always welcomes … Continue reading Parliamentary question – Directors Income Support Scheme response

February 2021 Employer Bulletin published

HMRC have published their new format web delivered Employer Bulletin. It’s absolutely packed with important information which will aid payroll professionals in obtaining vital information and guidance. There are a plethora of important topics: Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeVAT deferral new payment scheme – opt-in from the end of February 2021VAT reverse charge for construction and … Continue reading February 2021 Employer Bulletin published

Preparing for changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35) on 6 April 2021

There are less than 100 days until changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35) come into effect on 6 April 2021. Changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35) HMRC are providing support to help customers continue to prepare for the changes. Help and support for off-payroll working Those who should take action are: large and … Continue reading Preparing for changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35) on 6 April 2021

December 2020 HMRC Employer Bulletin

Dear @PAYadvice, Our Employer Bulletin (December 2020, Issue 87) includes a host of useful information including the extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, VAT deferral and VAT reverse charge measures for the construction industry, Virtual Christmas Parties and Brexit transition updates. There’s also a timely reminder about how to report PAYE Real Time Information … Continue reading December 2020 HMRC Employer Bulletin

Failed tax avoidance – the IT contractors story

The IT contractor - Duncan’s story Duncan is a 55-year-old IT project manager. He’s married with two children and lives in London. When he started working as a contractor, he chose to use an umbrella company to help him manage his payroll admin. He found one through a comparison website. Duncan didn’t ask enough questions … Continue reading Failed tax avoidance – the IT contractors story

The nurses story – failed tax avoidance

HMRC have shared stories of contractors who have been caught up in tax avoidance schemes. They were promised higher take-home pay, lower tax bills and less paperwork. Instead, it cost them time, money and stress. Tanya is a single parent. She works as a critical care nurse at her local hospital. She found her job … Continue reading The nurses story – failed tax avoidance

Enforcement notice – advertising tax arrangement schemes

The Advertising Standards Authority @ASA_UK have published an enforcement notice to ensure businesses who advertise tax avoidance schemes are upfront about the risks involved This Enforcement Notice is jointly-issued with HMRC and provides guidance to promoters of tax arrangement schemes. The notice applies to websites which advertise a tax arrangement scheme to UK individuals or … Continue reading Enforcement notice – advertising tax arrangement schemes

Disguised remuneration: settling your tax affairs #loancharge

HMRC have updated their guidance 19th November 2020 about paying what is owed to HMRC and added new information about providing settlement information. The #loancharge deadline passed on 30th September 2020. Guidance is now available for those who want to settle all their tax liabilities related to disguised remuneration and loans subject to the loan … Continue reading Disguised remuneration: settling your tax affairs #loancharge

Raising standards for tax advice – Tackling promoters of tax avoidance

The Government has published (Thursday 12th November 2020) responses to calls for evidence in the market for tax advice and the tackling of promoters of tax avoidance. Raising standards for tax advice The Government is publishing a Summary of Responses and Next Steps from the call for evidence on raising standards in the market for … Continue reading Raising standards for tax advice – Tackling promoters of tax avoidance

Off-Payroll working rules (IR35) – are you prepared?

Off-Payroll Working Rules (IR35): education and support to help prepare for April 2021 changes Medium or large-sized non-public sector organisations and contractors need to start to prepare for the changes to the off-payroll working rules. These changes were legislated for in the recent Finance Act and will come into effect on 6th April 2021. Changes … Continue reading Off-Payroll working rules (IR35) – are you prepared?

Fraud awareness – Mini Umbrella Company (MUC)

Please see message sent on behalf of the HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service, Threat Response Unit. This article has been written to provide you with material to share with your membership / readership in relation to the Mini Umbrella Company Fraud risk. Every business which either places or uses temporary labour should be aware of the … Continue reading Fraud awareness – Mini Umbrella Company (MUC)

Off-payroll workers – have you prepared?

With less than 6 months until new law comes into effect, has your business put in place plans to implement changes to the process of: Engagement of contractorsStatus classificationNotification of status to contractors and their intermediariesDispute processsRecord keepingPayroll and finance readinessOrganising appropriate PAYE schemeIdentifying amounts subject to tax and National InsuranceBudgeting for the employers National … Continue reading Off-payroll workers – have you prepared?

Loan charge deadline 30th September

Message sent on behalf of the HMRC Counter Avoidance Team. There’s still time to file, pay or discuss a Time to Pay arrangement With the 30 September 2020 deadline approaching, customers with loans subject to the Loan Charge should be mindful of any actions they need to address well in advance of the 30 September … Continue reading Loan charge deadline 30th September

Tax Gap & the Job retention fraud

HMRC Chief Executive appears at Public Accounts CommitteeJim Harra, HMRC’s Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary, appeared at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today. You can watch his appearance. Jim Harra, Public Accounts Committee Jim was asked to comment on a range of topics including the tax gap, EU transition the and the Coronavirus Job … Continue reading Tax Gap & the Job retention fraud

Corporate Criminal Offences – more than just a legislative tool, and why you should care

HMT by PSP (c)2019 Customer Stakeholder Engagement Team| HM Revenue & Customs have provided the following: Back in September 2017, legislation was introduced which can hold a corporate liable if it fails to prevent any associated person from facilitating tax fraud. This is known as the Corporate Criminal Offences (CCO). It is easy to see … Continue reading Corporate Criminal Offences – more than just a legislative tool, and why you should care

Call for evidence: tackling disguised remuneration tax avoidance

HMRC welcome views on ways to tackle future use of disguised remuneration tax avoidance schemes. You can Share your views, to help shape the best way to tackle promoters and enablers of these schemes. This call for evidence asks for views and evidence on several issues including: what are the drivers of continuing use of … Continue reading Call for evidence: tackling disguised remuneration tax avoidance

Off-Payroll rules progressing for April 2021 private sector introduction

The government are progressing the introduction of off-payroll working / deemed employment / IR35 changes in the private sector to mirror tax and NI activity that has applied in the public sector for the past few years. Originally intended for introduction from April 2020 and delayed by #coronavirus #COVID19, an amendment to the finance bill … Continue reading Off-Payroll rules progressing for April 2021 private sector introduction

Disguised remuneration Loan Charge – 20th September 2020 deadline

PAYadvice (as an AML HMRC regulated agent) can assist with the filing of the Loan Charge form on your behalf. If you need our assistance please make contact stating ‘Loan Charge’ within your contact message. HMRC have confirmed that any outstanding disguised remuneration loans that are subject to the Loan Charge must report the details … Continue reading Disguised remuneration Loan Charge – 20th September 2020 deadline

Waiving Income or Salary as a result of #COVID19

Employers, directors and employees may want to waive their rights to salaries and bonuses during the Covid-19 pandemic to support their own business or donate to good causes related to Covid-19. Where directors give up part of their salary or bonus to a third party or direct that the money be used in a particular … Continue reading Waiving Income or Salary as a result of #COVID19

Furlough : benefits and salary sacrifice #COVID19 #coronavirus

Letter box, HM Treasury, by P Simon Parsons With employees being placed into furlough, there is much confusion and misunderstanding in relation to salary sacrifice arrangements. Benefits in kind The provision of benefits provided by employers have different tax and National Insurance implications than an employee receiving cash remuneration. For example: Child care vouchers given … Continue reading Furlough : benefits and salary sacrifice #COVID19 #coronavirus

NHS returners being targeted by unscrupulous tax avoidance schemes #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tax-avoidance-promoters-targeting-returning-nhs-workers-spotlight-54 ..’unscrupulous promoters of tax avoidance schemes are targeting workers returning to the National Health Service (NHS) to help respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’ ....All of these schemes have one thing in common and that is to attempt to disguise the true level of your earnings, which would ordinarily be subject to Income Tax … Continue reading NHS returners being targeted by unscrupulous tax avoidance schemes #COVID19 #coronavirus