Leavitt Walmsley Associates

Furlough fraud – avoiding investigation for genuine claims

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,

Making Tax Digital (MTD) – time is running out!

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,

Are you prepared for new construction industry VAT rules?

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.