Is that Invoice correct or invalid for VAT?

Its a common issue, how often do directors buy things in their own name or perhaps use their personal amazon prime account for convienence.

The invoice is then addressed to them not to the company!

VIT13400 – VAT Input Tax basics: when input tax can be claimed by the business on supplies to employees

You must take care in applying the supply rule when the third party is an employee. Here are some examples of supplies made to the employer, provided the employer meets the full cost, even when it may look as if the employee has received the supply:

  • road fuel and other motoring expenses;
  • subsistence costs such as meals and accommodation necessarily paid for whilst away from the normal workplace;
  • removal expenses arising from company relocations or transfer of staff;
  • sundry items such as small tools or materials purchased on site.

This list is not exhaustive.

You should decide whether the supply is legitimately paid for by the employer for the purpose of the business. If it clearly is then input tax should be recovered. This is in keeping with the intention of the legislation.

Simplified VAT Invoices for items worth less than £250 – these invoices don’t show the customers details

Simplified invoices only need to include the following information: 

  • The name, address and VAT registration number of the supplier
  • A unique invoice number
  • The tax point, also known as the ‘time of supply’ – (This is the date that the transaction actually takes place and is used for VAT purposes. The tax point may be different from the invoice date.) 
  • A description of the products or services that are sold
  • The VAT rate of each invoiced item – (If an item is VAT exempt or zero-rated, then the invoice must show that there’s no VAT charged on that item.)
  • The total amount, including VAT

Unlike an ordinary invoice, it’s not necessary to include your customer’s name and address, or the date the invoice was issued. Other information about prices and VAT, such as the total amount of VAT, the price of each item without VAT and the pre-tax total, can be omitted. 

What if the above don’t apply and you can’t get the supplier to correct the invoice? Will HMRC reject you VAT reclaim?

First you need to keep notes of your attempts to get a valid invoice.

Then to persuade HMRC that the VAT reclaim is valid you will need to prove

  1. There has been an actual supply of goods or services to your business
  2. Your business received the goods and services and that they don’t belong to another person or business
  3. You have some documentary evidence to support the claim such as contracts, purchase orders, correspondence, you may also be able to link the purchase to a sale

VIT31200 – How to treat input tax: alternative evidence for claiming input tax

Questions to determine whether there is a right to deduct in the absence of a valid VAT invoice

  • Do you have alternative documentary evidence other than an invoice (for example a supplier statement)?
  • Do you have evidence of receipt of a taxable supply on which VAT has been charged?
  • Do you have evidence of payment?
  • Do you have evidence of how the goods/services have been consumed within your business or evidence about their onward supply?
  • How did you know the supplier existed?
  • How was your relationship with the supplier established? For example:
  • How was contact made?
  • Do you know where the supplier operates from (have you been there?)
  • How do you contact them?
  • How do you know they can supply the goods or services?
  • If goods, how do you know they are not stolen?
  • How do you return faulty supplies?

Where:

  • the supply is of goods not specified as subject to widespread fraud and abuse; and
  • the taxpayer can provide satisfactory alternative evidence of the supply (questions 1-4); and
  • there are no grounds to suspect abuse or fraudulent intent on the part of the claimant

HMRC staff should normally exercise their discretion to allow the taxpayer to deduct the input tax.

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How to offset Construction Industry Scheme deductions – CIS Offsetting (CIS340 4.13)

If you have suffered deductions from your income its generally reclaimed

  1. The Self Employed enter the CIS suffered on their self assessment return, its then part of their tax calculation
  2. Companies reclaim via their Payroll – Companies can also offset

Construction Industry Scheme: a guide for contractors and subcontractors (CIS 340) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) – Section 4.13

Companies that have deductions taken from their income as subcontractors should set-off these deductions against the amounts payable monthly or quarterly for PAYE, National Insurance contributions and Student Loan repayments due from their employees and CIS deductions from their subcontractors. This should be done monthly (or quarterly, as appropriate) and the calculation should be shown on the company’s EPS.

Companies should simply reduce the amount of PAYE, National Insurance contributions, Student Loan repayments and any scheme deductions they pay over to our accounts office by the amount of CIS deductions made from their income.

CIS132 – Construction Industry Scheme (publishing.service.gov.uk)

The CIS132 is used to keep a record of the offsets, you could create a spreadsheet to keep these records.

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How do you get an HMRC Business Government Gateway, add taxes and add an Agent?

This is a 3 stage process

1. Register for a Gateway

HMRC services: sign in or register

Enter your email address – GOV.UK (access.service.gov.uk)

You will then be asked questions and get a Government Gateway ID

You will be asked choose the type of account from these 3 options

  • Register as an Individual
  • Register as an Organisation
  • Register as an Agent

You need to register as an Organisation

2. Add PAYE/CIS, Corporation Tax, VAT

Watch this HMRC Video to see how its done

CIS is part of PAYE

You will need your Tax Reference Numbers

Company UTR

PAYE Office and Employer Numbers

VAT Number

3. Add your Accountant

Login to your business gateway

Click Manage Account – its in the horizontal menu bar at the top of the screen

Choose Accountants from the list in the middle of the screen

Click the services you wish to add us to

Corporation Tax

PAYE/CIS

VAT

Click Authorise an Agent

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Is it Betting or Trading? CFD – contracts for differences and spread betting

Clients are always looking for new ways to make money and recently we have had a couple of clients ask how CFD’s and Spread Betting are treated for Tax Purposes.

The general rule is that its considered to be gambling unless the badges of trade are present.

BIM22016 – Meaning of trade: exceptions and alternatives: betting and gambling – what is a bet?

The first, and obvious, question is simply what is a bet? A definition of a bet or ‘wager’ was given by Hawkins J in Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Company [1892] 2QB484 and has been followed in later cases:

‘It is not easy to define with precision what amounts to a wagering contract, nor the narrow line of demarcation which separates a wagering from an ordinary contract; but, according to my view, a wagering contract is one by which two persons, professing to hold opposite views touching the issue of a future uncertain event, mutually agree that, dependent on the determination of that event, one shall win from the other, and that other shall pay or hand over to him, a sum of money or other stake; neither of the contracting parties having any other interest in that contract than the sum or stake he will so win or lose, there being no other real consideration for the making of such contract by either of the parties. It is essential to a wagering contract that each party may under it either win or lose, whether he will win or lose being dependent on the issue of the event, and, therefore, remaining uncertain until that issue is known.’

BIM56900 – Financial traders – instruments and shares: contracts for differences and spread betting

Companies

Contracts for differences (CFDs) are defined in CFM50380, and this definition includes financial spread bets. CFDs fall within the definition of derivative contracts for Corporation Tax purposes, so for companies the derivative contracts regime applies in most cases.

Individuals and others not within the charge to Corporation Tax

For individuals and others not within the charge to Corporation Tax the position is different. In such cases you will need to examine the contract to see if it is a gambling or wagering one. There is guidance on this at BIM22016. The profits or losses from gambling or wagering contracts are outside the scope of Income Tax (see BIM22015). However, this will not apply if the spread bet is used for a commercial purpose such as a hedge where the guidance at BIM56880 should be followed.

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Making Tax Digital ITSA Postponed !

Businesses will have an extra year to prepare for the digitalisation of Income Tax, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced today.

Recognising the challenges faced by many UK businesses and their representatives as the country emerges from the pandemic, and having listened to stakeholder feedback, the government will introduce Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Income Tax Self Assessment (ITSA) a year later than planned, in the tax year beginning in April 2024.

Businesses get more time to prepare for digital tax changes – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

MTD for Income Tax will now be mandated for businesses and landlords with a business income over £10,000 per annum in the tax year beginning in April 2024.

General partnerships will not be required to join MTD for ITSA until the tax year beginning in April 2025, while the date other types of partnerships will be required to join will be confirmed in the future.

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Are HMO’s within the scope of ATED?

ATED is an annual tax payable mainly by companies that own UK residential property valued at more than £500,000.

You’ll need to complete an ATED return if your property:

  • is a dwelling
  • is in the UK
  • was valued at more than:
    • £2 million (for returns from 2013 to 2014 onwards)
    • £1 million (for returns from 2015 to 2016 onwards)
    • £500,000 (for returns from 2016 to 2017 onwards)
  • is owned completely or partly by a:
    • company
    • partnership where any of the partners is a company
    • ­collective investment scheme – for example a unit trust or an open ended investment vehicle

Returns must be submitted on or after 1 April in any chargeable period.

Some properties are not classed as dwellings. These include:

  • hotels
  • guest houses
  • boarding school accommodation
  • hospitals
  • student halls of residence
  • military accommodation
  • care homes
  • prisons

It is possible that dwellings contained within the same building can be treated as a single dwelling, and the aggregate value applied.  The details can be found in Section 117 FA 2013.

However, for a standard HMO property, where each of the dwellings is separately accessible, and none can be accessed privately via any of the other dwellings in the property, then none of the property values may need to be aggregated for the £500k threshold.

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HMO’s denied Capital Allowances

HMRC have recently confirmed their view that common areas in Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) are parts of a “dwelling house” and ineligible for capital allowance claims.

Claims relating to Houses in Multiple Occupancy:

We are aware that some taxpayers have submitted claims for plant and machinery allowances in respect of shared parts of houses in multiple occupation (such as hallways, stairs, landings, attics and basements within the houses). They contend that these shared areas are not part of the dwelling-house and that allowances are therefore available. We disagree with this position. If you come across such a claim, please notify the Capital Allowances single point of contact for your area.

CA11520 – Capital Allowances Manual – HMRC internal manual – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The capital allowance legislation specifically denies tax relief for plant and machinery installed in a dwelling house. However, plant and machinery installed in the common areas such as hallways, stairs and lift shafts, in blocks of flats would qualify as the flats themselves are the dwellings, not the building as a whole.

Expenditure incurred on the provision of plant or machinery ‘for use in’ a dwelling-house is not qualifying expenditure for an ordinary property business, an overseas property business or the special leasing of plant or machinery.

CA23060 – Capital Allowances Manual – HMRC internal manual – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

This would seem inconsistent with the HMRC view on HMOs and there may be a test case on the interpretation, particularly as there is no definition of “dwelling house” in the tax legislation. There is also a lack of clarity concerning the status of University Halls of residence where there is often substantial expenditure on plant and machinery in common areas.

Furnished Holiday Lets although a holiday home is a ‘dwelling house’, providing the conditions are met to meet the Furnished Holiday Let (“FHL”) legislation, capital allowances can be claimed CA20025 – Capital Allowances Manual – HMRC internal manual – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).  FHL are deemed as ‘trading’ for tax purposes. The restriction for claiming capital allowances on dwellings (CAA2001 35) is therefore NOT applicable to FHL’s.

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HMRC Post-transaction valuation checks (CG34) and why you need one

Post transactions checks are used in relation to capital gains, they can be used by individuals or companies.

Its a free service offered by HMRC.

HMRC state

If we agree your valuations we’ll not question your use of those valuations in your return, unless there are any important facts affecting the valuations that you’ve not told us about.

But HMRC say it could take at least 3 months to check the valuation.

You can only request a Post Transaction Valuation Check:

  • after disposals relevant to Capital Gains Tax
  • before the date you must file your Self Assessment tax return

Here is a link to the form

CG34 Post-transaction valuation checks for capital gains (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Why are they needed?

There are situation where transactions are not ‘arms length’ in other words they are between connected parties.

For example if you have a development company and sell property to related company.

You can use the CG34 for

  • Shares
  • Goodwill
  • Land
  • Other Assets

The CG34 is not mandatory, you don’t have to get a post valuation check, but if you do, you will gain protection against HMRC questioning your valuation (assuming they agree with you CG34 submission).

You will need to submit supporting documents for example a independent valuation report to justify the value.

For Land valuations you will also need

  • Copy leases
  • Tenancy Agreements
  • Plans of undeveloped land

Where do you send the form?

Taxpayers dealt with by HMRC’s High Net Worth Units, or Public Department 1 should send the completed CG34 to those offices.

Those dealt with by Specialist Trust Offices should send their forms to:

Specialist PT Trusts and Estates Trusts
SO842
Ferrers House
Castle Meadow
Nottingham
NG2 1BB

Other individuals, partnerships and personal representatives should send the completed form direct to:

PAYE and Self Assessment
HM Revenue and Customs
BX9 1AS

Companies should send to the office dealing with the company corporation tax affairs or if they do not have one, to:

Corporation Tax Services
HM Revenue and Customs
BX9 1AX

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Car Business Mileage Rates have gone up – what are they now?

These changes only affect the fuel only rates, the business mileage rates are unchanged

Tax: rates per business mile

First 10,000 milesAbove 10,000 miles
Cars and vans45p (40p before 2011 to 2012)25p
Motorcycles24p24p
Bikes20p20p

Its the Approved Mileage Rates that keep changing

From 1 September 2021

You can use the previous rates for up to 1 month from the date the new rates apply.

Engine sizePetrol – rate per mileLPG – rate per mile
1400cc or less12 pence7 pence
1401cc to 2000cc14 pence8 pence
Over 2000cc20 pence12 pence
Engine sizeDiesel – rate per mile
1600cc or less10 pence
1601cc to 2000cc12 pence
Over 2000cc15 pence

From 1 June 2021 to 31 August 2021

Engine sizePetrol – rate per mileLPG – rate per mile
1400cc or less11 pence8 pence
1401cc to 2000cc13 pence9 pence
Over 2000cc19 pence14 pence
Engine sizeDiesel – rate per mile
1600cc or less9 pence
1601cc to 2000cc11 pence
Over 2000cc13 pence

1 March 2021 to 31 May 2021

Engine sizePetrol – rate per mileLPG – rate per mile
1400cc or less10 pence7 pence
1401cc to 2000cc12 pence8 pence
Over 2000cc18 pence12 pence
Engine sizeDiesel – rate per mile
1600cc or less9 pence
1601cc to 2000cc11 pence
Over 2000cc12 pence

1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021

Engine sizePetrol – rate per mileLPG – rate per mile
1400cc or less10 pence7 pence
1401cc to 2000cc11 pence8 pence
Over 2000cc17 pence12 pence
Engine sizeDiesel – rate per mile
1600cc or less8 pence
1601cc to 2000cc10 pence
Over 2000cc12 pence

For hybrid cars you must use the petrol or diesel rate which may differ significantly from the actual fuel costs. The advisory electricity rate for fully electric cars is 4 pence per mile.

Employees should carefully consider whether it is advantageous having private fuel provided for their company car.  Remember that the P11d benefit for having private fuel provided for a company car in 2021/22 is £24,600 multiplied by the CO2 emissions percentage for that vehicle.

For example, a director driving a Mercedes Benz E200 saloon company car (CO2 emissions 169g per km) would be assessed on 37% = £9,102 for 2020/21. If they are a higher rate taxpayer that would mean £3,641 tax. That is an awful lot of private fuel!

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