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VAT Flat Rate Scheme guidance updated

HMRC have issued updated guidance on the operation of the VAT Flat Rate Scheme which allows taxpayers to calculate the VAT payable by applying a flat rate percentage to their VAT inclusive turnover, rather than netting off output and input VAT due on sales and purchases.

The revision in the guidance follows a number of unsuccessful visits to the First Tier Tribunal (FTT). HMRC has issued a revised version of VAT notice 733 Flat Rate Scheme to update their guidance in accordance with the FTT decisions.

The previous version of the notice listed a number of trades and professions (at paragraph 4.4 of the guidance) and indicated the relevant sectors and percentages that these types of business should choose. These had a higher percentage than the 12% rate which applies to 'business services not listed elsewhere'.

The FTT was critical of HMRC in their rigid interpretation of their own guidance. Although this section of the guidance has not been removed, taxpayers are now advised to 'use ordinary English' and choose the sector which 'most closely describes what your business will be doing in the coming year'. The new guidance confirms that HMRC will not change a business's choice of sector retrospectively as long as the choice was reasonable.

Please contact us if you would like any advice on VAT matters.

Internet link: VAT Notice 733

08 May 2018

Changing priorities at HMRC

HMRC has shared a statement about how they are prioritising change in the department and as a result some parts of MTD will be delayed.

08 May 2018

GDPR compliance deadline looms

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is warning small and medium-sized enterprises that time is running out for them to prepare.

08 May 2018

Tax reliefs following the Scottish Budget

The Government has stated that it will ensure that tax reliefs continue to work as they were intended as the new Scottish Income Tax rates and bands are introduced.