HMRC have recently confirmed their stance on ‘lost space’ in relation to the creation of bathrooms using an existing room in a disabled persons home – this was previously known as ‘restitution relief’.
HMRC have announced this week that Making Tax Digital will be delayed for some bodies, importantly including the NHS, until 1 October 2019. It was anticipated, given the complexities of the NHS and the requirement for monthly returns that they might introduce a delay for the requirement. This of course does allow everyone a little more time to ensure they have the appropriate means to submit their returns with the appropriate software, but it’s something we advise our Clients to prepare for as early as possible to avoid any potential problems.
Last week HMRC announced their plans for VAT if the UK ends up leaving the EU in March 2019 without a deal. They have emphasised that the government is confident a deal will be reached, but they are introducing contingency plans as a precautionary measure.
A new VAT Accounting procedure is to be implemented in October 2019 whereby the Main Contractor will become responsible for a sub-contractors VAT. In the same way in which the Construction Industry Scheme has addressed the missing tax aspect of labourers and small traders in the construction industry (by placing the burden of tax collection on Main Contractors & Developers); the purpose of the Reverse Charge for Construction Services is to reduce the occurrences of ‘disappearing trader fraud’.
VAT accounted for nearly a quarter of all UK tax revenues in 2015/2016; so it’s virtually guaranteed it will remain in place after Brexit (VAT in one form or another being in place for many non-EU countries: Switzerland, Norway, Israel & now even the United Arab Emirates).