Author: Louise Collier

Aug
04

Property Management Agency arrangements – are you getting it right for VAT?

  As a young lad, my parents rented our TV, and so did all my friends along the street. A man used to come round to collect the rent each fortnight, and I thought he must be very rich to own all these……. I know now that he didn’t really own them, he just worked […]

By Louise Collier | Tax News . VAT
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Jul
07

HMRC – ‘Perhaps not all builders are like Bob’

HMRC concluded years ago that perhaps not all builders are like Bob. Maybe they saw “Auf Wiedersehen, Pet” and thought it was a documentary(?). But whatever it was, they clearly see the construction industry as a risk to the Treasury and deserving of special tax measures. most recently, the Domestic Reverse Charge for construction services (“the […]

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Jun
20

Disabled Facilities Grants and VAT – New HMRC Campaign

HMRC is asking councils how they treat Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) for VAT. How you answer the questions could avoid unnecessary VAT liabilities. Background We have seen letters that HMRC is sending local authorities asking several questions about DFGs and DFG administration fees. Specifically, HMRC asks: Outputs Does the council make any charge to the […]

By Louise Collier | HMRC . Tax News . VAT
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Jun
16

Off-Payroll Working (IR35) & public sector bodies

The Off-Payroll Working rules (‘OPW’ – commonly referred to as ‘IR35’) were first introduced for public bodies in April 2017 with significant changes to the relevant procedures added in April 2021. We continue to receive significant numbers of queries on this topic – and employment status generally – reflecting the fact that this subject continues […]

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Jun
06

Ahh (or Aggh!) Beach Huts

From time to time, our helpline receives questions about beach huts. Now some of you might entertain idyllic thoughts about carefree fun and holidays in the sun, or perhaps flinch at painful memories of sunburn and sandy sandwiches. Many will then dismiss them as being relatively simple things and unlikely candidates for causing headaches and […]

By Louise Collier | Tax News . VAT
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Apr
26

Check if your “HMRC” email is a scam

Scammers are getting increasingly sophisticated when using emails purporting to be from HMRC. Often scammers target individuals, but we are seeing organisations being targeted more and more frequently. It is important to remember that HMRC will never send notifications of a tax rebate or refund by email. Nor will it ask you to disclose personal […]

By Louise Collier | HMRC . Tax News . VAT
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Mar
28

Spring Budget 2022 Update – Employment Taxes and VAT

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, delivered his 2022 Spring Statement speech on 23 March. It included some important Employment Taxes updates relevant to public bodies. Many of the measures ensure continued efforts to combat the cost of living while setting out the government’s plans for tax reforms, rates and thresholds, as well as investments in compliance […]

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Feb
21

PSTAX CELEBRATES COMMITMENT TO REAL LIVING WAGE

PSTAX has today accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at PSTAX receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.90, significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £8.91 per hour.   PSTAX is based in the South East, a region where over 12% […]

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