HMRC figures released for the pre-pandemic period of 2019/20 show a £2bn increase in the estimated tax gap, largely attributable to an increase in the VAT gap. ICAEW’s Tax Faculty analyses the key data.
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.
Ahead of its full annual report, HMRC has published performance statistics for 2020/21. ICAEW acknowledges what HMRC has achieved in its response to the pandemic while noting that concerns over performance persist which suggests that there are fundamental problems.
As HMRC confirms delays in processing self assessment returns with incorrectly reported SEISS grants, the Tax Faculty has published guidance for all ICAEW members on the tax issues arising from the UK’s coronavirus support schemes.
The government has published the National Insurance Contributions Bill, which legislates reliefs for employers of veterans and those operating in Freeports, as well as for the self-employed isolating due to COVID-19. The Bill will also enable upcoming changes to the DOTAS scheme to apply to national insurance avoidance.
How can tax systems help solve the climate emergency? Is it possible to tax digitalised businesses? And what tax challenges and solutions do ageing populations pose?
Employees working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic can continue to claim tax relief on costs not reimbursed by their employer, but a new claim will need to be made for the 2021/22 tax year, HMRC has confirmed.
24 February 2021: This month’s top technical stories on ICAEW Insights include updates on self assessment penalties, IR35 changes and a major change to the government’s Kickstart Scheme.
10 February 2021. HMRC’s quarterly performance statistics for October to December 2020 show that it continues to struggle to provide an adequate level of customer service. Alongside the data HMRC has published a commentary as it did in the last quarter.
10 February 2021: Respected tax authority Rebecca Benneyworth has written two new TAXguides offering valuable insights into the key issues facing agents at the start of 2021 and exploring what business structure has the lowest tax burden.
Highlights from the broader tax news week ending 3 February, which includes: a restrained Scottish Budget in light of the coronavirus pandemic and HMRC publishes a Brexit edition of its Agent Update with guidance on postponed VAT accounting.
3 February 2021: A record-high number of taxpayers missed the self assessment tax return deadline and ICAEW has urged late filers to act well ahead of the new 28 February cut-off.
29 January 2021: This month’s top technical stories on ICAEW Insights include HMRC’s decision to waive late filing penalties for one month, help with common COVID-19 accounting and auditing issues, and a raft of Brexit news and guidance.
25 January 2021: ICAEW welcomes HMRC’s decision to automatically wave penalties for self assessment tax returns filed late due to the coronavirus pandemic. The move will see no penalties issued for returns filed online up to 28 February 2021.
19 January 2021: HMRC has rejected calls to reconsider automatically waiving late-filing penalties for self assessment tax returns due on 31 January, but confirmed that deadlines missed due to COVID-19 should not result in having to pay a penalty provided an appeal is made.
14 January 2021: ICAEW has called on HMRC to reconsider automatically waiving late-filing penalties for self assessment tax returns due on 31 January, in light of the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clients, tax agents and HMRC resources.
7 January 2021: As HMRC is resisting calls for an easement on self assessment late filing penalties, ICAEW’s Tax Faculty outlines the options available to taxpayers and agents who will have difficulty filing or paying.
5 January: In December, HMRC declined calls from professional bodies to relax the self assessment filing deadline but promised to keep the situation under review. Where HMRC issues penalty notices to those who file late, more time will be allowed to appeal and pandemic-related delay on the part of an agent may be accepted as a reasonable excuse.
Highlights from the broader tax news week ending 22 December, which includes: guidance from HMRC on disguised remuneration schemes that avoid tax by selling business revenues to trusts, changes to land transaction tax and Royal Assent of the Taxation (Post-transition Period) Bill 2020.
2 December 2020: HMRC has discretion to waive penalties for late filing of corporation tax returns where there is a reasonable excuse. Correspondence with HMRC suggests that this includes delays caused by the late filing of company accounts and other reasons associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
23 November 2020: Lucy Sauvage, a Director in BDO’s Tax Risk team talks to ICAEW’s Tax Faculty and answers key questions about the effect of the pandemic on risks relating to the corporate criminal offence (CCO) and what organisations need to be thinking about.