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Low emission lorries to pay lower levies

18 Jul, 2018

The government has confirmed plans to introduce a lower rate of the HGV road user levy for lorries that meet the latest Euro VI emissions standards. This measure is intended to incentivize vehicle operators to move towards newer, cleaner vehicles and to reduce emissions from HGVs and improve air quality. Lorries which meet the Euro VI standard produce 80% less nitrogen oxide emissions than many older vehicles.

Requirement to correct tax due on overseas assets

18 Jul, 2018

The Requirement to Correct (RTC) legislation created a new statutory obligation for taxpayers with undeclared UK tax liabilities that involve offshore matters. The RTC applies to any person with undeclared UK Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax and/or Inheritance Tax liability concerning offshore matters or transfers relating to offshore tax non-compliance committed before 6 April 2017.

Corporation Tax relief for carried forward losses

18 Jul, 2018

The rules for the Corporation Tax treatment of carried forward losses changed from 1 April 2017. The changes increased flexibility to set off carried forward losses against total profits of the same company or another company in a group whilst at the same time introducing new restrictions as to the amount of profits against which carried forward losses can be set.

VAT and gift vouchers

18 Jul, 2018

New draft legislation has been published as part of the draft Finance Bill 2018-19 that aims to change the VAT treatment of vouchers. The legislation will focus on bringing the UK VAT treatment of vouchers in line with that published in the EU directive. Notwithstanding the Brexit negotiations, the UK continues to be a member of the EU for the time being and this legislation will help remedy a long running saga concerning the VAT treatment of vouchers.

Change to penalties for late payment of tax

18 Jul, 2018

Plans to introduce a new two tiered penalty system for individuals and businesses that do not pay their tax bills on time have been included in the draft Finance Bill 2018-19. The government has said that the new late payment penalty regime will help to ensure that those who pay their tax on time are not disadvantaged by those who do not and to incentivise payment on time where possible. There will also be measures put in place to ensure that taxpayers who have a reasonable excuse for not making a payment on time are not disadvantaged.

HMRC security deposit regime to be extended

18 Jul, 2018

The security deposit legislation is to be extended to both Corporation Tax and Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) deductions from April 2019. The security deposit regime allows HMRC to require security from high-risk businesses where there is a serious risk that taxes owed will not be paid.

New points-based late filing penalties

18 Jul, 2018

The Finance Bill 2018-19 draft legislation includes a new measure to introduce a points-based penalty system for certain regular (e.g. monthly, quarterly and annual) returns that are filed late. The introduction of a points system was first announced at Autumn Budget 2017 and will operate in conjunction with HMRC's Making Tax Digital (MTD) initiative.

Tax codes for employees

18 Jul, 2018

The P9X form is used to notify employers of the tax codes to use for employees. The form shows the tax codes to use from 6 April 2017. The basic personal allowance for the tax year starting 6 April 2017 is £11,500 and the tax code for emergency use is 1150L. The basic rate limit is £33,500 except for those defined as Scottish taxpayers who have a lower basic rate limit of £31,500.

New toolkit on handling domestic abuse

16 Jul, 2018

Public Health England (PHE) and Business in the Community have published a new toolkit to help employers support workers who are affected by domestic abuse.

New toolkit for employers on handling domestic abuse

16 Jul, 2018

Public Health England (PHE) and Business in the Community have published a new toolkit to help employers support workers who are affected by domestic abuse.

Technical change to Entrepreneurs’ Relief

11 Jul, 2018

Entrepreneurs' Relief applies to the sale of a business, shares in a trading company or an individual’s interest in a trading partnership. Where Entrepreneurs' Relief is available CGT of 10% is payable in place of the standard rate. There are a number of qualifying conditions that must be met in order to qualify for the relief. One of these conditions is that an individual’s shareholding must make up at least 5% of the shares.

Non-UK resident property companies to be charged Corporation Tax

11 Jul, 2018

The government is to move forward with plans to charge Corporation Tax to non-UK resident companies with property income. Currently, these companies are chargeable to Income Tax and not UK Corporation Tax.

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