Delays to R&D tax credit claims

Businesses have been experiencing "significant delays" to their research and development (R&D) tax credit claims in recent months. R&D relief is available to companies that work on innovative projects in science and technology, with the aim of making an...

HMRC publishes new IR35 guidance

New guidance has been published on the HMRC website, covering changes to the off-payroll working rules known as IR35 which will come into effect next year. From 6 April 2020, medium and large-sized businesses will be responsible for deciding the employment status of...

HMRC steps up Brexit preparations

HMRC has started automatically issuing businesses with identification numbers for its customs system, to allow them to trade with the EU after Brexit. Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) numbers enable businesses to be identified by customs...

120,000 businesses miss MTD for VAT deadline

More than 120,000 VAT-registered businesses in the UK missed the August deadline to file returns through Making Tax Digital (MTD). HMRC confirmed that around 116,000 businesses with quarterly obligations and 5,000 firms that file monthly returns did not sign up in...

Small employers risk losing the employment allowance

Plans to remove the employment allowance for large employers from April 2020 could have a domino effect on smaller firms. The employment allowance currently provides employers with a reduction of up to £3,000 to their national insurance contributions (NICs) bill. From...