As a result of the recent decision of the Upper Tribunal in the case of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, there is an opportunity for any NHS bodies that were accounting for VAT by using the 50% input tax block, to reclaim this ‘blocked’ input tax.
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’.