The first fines have been issued to businesses that have inappropriately claimed from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), including one person who claimed £495,000. The government set out a number of rules and guidelines which need to be followed for claims, and employers that have struggled to understand the rules of the scheme, or that did not seek legal advice prior to furloughing employees (including office holders, company directors and agency workers), may have unknowingly failed to comply with CJRS rules,
Can you claim lunch with a client as a business expense? How do you manage employees’ expense claims? What if you’re self-employed and work from home? There are so many questions around what can and can’t be claimed as expenses by a business, and there have been several requests directed through GMBC magazine for this topic to be covered. In this issue, Les Leavitt, Managing Partner at local accountancy firm LWA, has written a practical article that aims to answer these questions at a top level around business expenses.
Here’s what your business needs to do to prepare
After over two years of uncertainty concerning the UK’s departure from the European Union, Brexit is finally due to happen on 31 October. We are still no clearer on whether the UK government will be able to negotiate a deal, or we leave with a no-deal Brexit. Either way one thing is for sure – if you’re a UK business trading within the EU and/or the rest of the world,
Selling a property is considered to be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. So, when help comes along in the form of tax exemption, like principal private residence relief (PRR), it can make the experience a little easier to bear. However, following the 2018 autumn budget announcement, the proposal was made to change the current tax relief criteria relating to principal private residence relief and lettings relief. These changes could leave individuals who are struggling to find a buyer for their home,
Making Tax Digital (MTD) is the government requirement for businesses with an annual turnover above the VAT threshold (£85k) to submit their accounting information digitally every quarter, and from 1 April 2019 this means all VAT returns, and the digital records of the VAT return, should be submitted via MTD.
If you have a VAT quarter that begins in Feb 2019 and ends in April 2019, you don’t need to submit the April return via MTD. It is after April 1 that MTD will come into effect,
Helen Bennett, owner of The Business Network, has been professionally making connections for Manchester business people for well over 20 years – linking them with contacts, both locally and beyond.
It might just be in her DNA, as Helen tells the story of when she was a 4-year-old growing up in Sale she used to invite neighbours home to come and meet her Mum for tea. “I picked up the value of ‘connections’ very early on.” She says,
HMRC is implementing new VAT rules for the construction industry to combat fraud – are you prepared?
Due to a number of cases of fraud in the construction industry which has been significantly impacting upon the amount of tax payments received from the sector, HMRC feel they have been forced to take action. This has resulted in a decision meaning that from 1 October 2019, HMRC will be introducing a new method of accounting for VAT for construction workers and sub-contractors to prevent the ongoing exploitation and avoidance of VAT payments.