10 September 2020: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are hosting a webinar “What's the point of purpose tests?” to raise funds for the Bridge the Gap campaign on 8 October.
Coronavirus: Tax compliance and communicating with HMRC
ICAEW insights, technical guidance and news updates on tax measures affecting UK tax compliance and changes to contacting HMRC during the COVID-19 pandemic.
3 September: The diversion of resources to deliver the government’s coronavirus support schemes had a significant impact on HMRC’s service performance in Q2, with call waiting times reaching close to 12 minutes.
13 August: The coronavirus pandemic has forced all organisations to adapt to a completely new way of working. What are its long-term implications for accountants?
19 June: ICAEW’s Tax Faculty is calling on members to share their views on raising standards in the tax advice market, tackling abuse of tax relief and improving HMRC’s charter.
15 June: The deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus comes to an end on 30 June and businesses need to take action to reinstate their direct debit mandates, reminds ICAEW’s Tax Faculty.
8 June: Call waiting times on HMRC support lines were up 25% in the first quarter of the year as data reveals that customer service performance had fallen before lockdown.
18 May: In line with its updated guidance on appealing penalties, HMRC has amended its commentary on DAC6 to clarify how 'reasonable excuse’ will apply in relation to the coronavirus pandemic.
11 May: Taxpayers may have an additional three months to appeal HMRC decisions or penalties where the usual 30-day deadline cannot be met due to the coronavirus pandemic.
11 May: HMRC has updated its guidance on when taxpayers have a reasonable excuse for late filing of returns or late payment of tax to include being affected by coronavirus.
Updated 11 May 2020: ICAEW’s Tax Faculty summarises what we know so far about communicating and transacting with HMRC during the COVID-19 crisis.
20 April: ICAEW’s Tax Faculty highlights current issues and reminders for agents, including: non-resident landlords, quarterly instalment payments, tax credit renewals, child benefit claims, ATED and the construction industry scheme.
14 April 2020: HMRC has announced that it will temporarily accept email communications from taxpayers in certain circumstances.
6 April: Appellants to the First-tier Tax Tribunal have been asked to submit appeals online due to the ongoing coronavirus measures.
31 March: Digital scammers are using coronavirus support measures to target individuals with bogus emails and texts claiming to be from HMRC.
30 March: Businesses participating in Making Tax Digital for VAT have until 1 April 2021 to meet the requirement to have ‘digital links’ within their recordkeeping in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
25 March: ICAEW's Tax Faculty advises that, due to fewer advisers, HMRC has reduced opening hours on helplines.
Updated 25 March: First tier tribunal tax proceedings have been put 'on hold' in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
23 March 2020: to help businesses weather the impact of coronavirus, ICAEW Tax Faculty has put together a Q&A on the basic rules of managing disputes with HMRC when navigating the ramifications of COVID-19.
19 March 2020: we anticipate and hope that HMRC will apply a more relaxed approach in the way it interacts with ordinarily complaint businesses who are facing difficulties as a result of COVID-19. However, an understanding of the basic rules around managing disputes with HMRC will be helpful when navigating the ramifications of COVID-19. The Tax Faculty share questions that may be useful to consider.