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Grants for SMEs needing advice on imports and exports

24 February 2021: Small and medium-sized UK businesses needing support on customs duties and VAT will be able to apply to the SME Brexit Fund for a grant of up £2,000 to pay for professional advice or training, confirms HMRC.

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news week ending 24 February, which includes: the opening of the online portal for the governments new payment scheme for deferred VAT, publication of the 2021/22 CWG2, OTS urges taxpayers to share their thoughts on the use of third-party data and HMRC publishes archive of pre-Brexit VAT notices.

HMRC accepting electronic signatures on some forms

23 February 2021: HMRC now accepts digital signatures on agent authorisation forms, claims for the marriage allowance and employment expenses. ICAEW’s Tax Faculty highlights the change and other points covered in HMRC’s latest agent update.

It’s time to take a look at the tax year end

23 February: Writing in the Financial Times, the Tax Faculty’s Anita Monteith explored why the UK’s policymakers need to consider moving the start of the tax year and bring it in line with other countries.

VAT reverse charge for construction just days away

23 February 2021: With the VAT domestic reverse charge for construction services coming into force in less than a week, ICAEW’s Tax Faculty is urging affected firms to make sure they are prepared.

Getting to grips with AML: tax advice

23 February 2021: Instalment five of ‘Anti-money Laundering: The Basics’ focuses on tax advice – how an accountant can stay alert to the multiple ways tax services can be vulnerable to money laundering.

Tax administration proposals to come after Budget

19 February: HM Treasury has confirmed that consultations on changes to the tax system will be published on 23 March, rather than on Budget day as is traditional. An interim report into the government’s review of business rates will also be released.

The Tax Faculty is recruiting

The Tax Faculty is recruiting for a full-time VAT and Duties manager to lead on our work in the areas of both VAT and an expanding portfolio covering Customs Duties and international trade.

IR35 and employment status: no silver bullet

17 February: With less than two months until new IR35 legislation comes in effect in the private sector, employment law expert Mark Hammerton explains end-user options for the off-payroll working rules implementation.

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