Submitting Your Self-Assessment Fast This Christmas

Christmas is a popular time for submitting Self-Assessments to HMRC ahead of the 31 January deadline.

Last year, 16,000 people submitted their tax return online between 24 and 26 December. This included more than 2,500 submissions on Christmas Day and almost 7,700 the day after on Boxing Day.

More than 17,000 people also submitted their Self-Assessments on the New Year’s Day bank holiday.

Cloud Accountant is Making Tax Digital Ready
Editor | 20 September 2018
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Cloud Accountant is ready to help contractors, freelancers and other small business owners make the most of HMRC’s new Making Tax Digital (MTD) requirements.

Having been awarded Xero’s Making Tax Digital Ready accreditation, our specialist digital accountancy practice can help small business owners put the required software and processes in place before the first MTD deadline in April 2019.

From next April, companies that exceed the £85,000 VAT revenue threshold will no longer be able submit VAT returns manually. Instead, companies will need to use HMRC-compliant software to track and submit the returns automatically.

Small business tax probes too intensive

The taxman has come under fire after it was revealed that more than half of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) think that HMRC’s tax investigations are too intensive.

Commissioned by the exchequer, the research showed that 52% of small businesses find HMRC tax investigations too intensive and 56% said they don’t think HMRC tries to minimise disruptions caused by the cost, time and effort of inquiries.

This tax season, more than 10,000 taxpayers submitted their online returns on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, ahead of the January 31 deadline. Figures released by HMRC show that 2,590 people filed their online self-assessment returns on Christmas Day and a whopping 7,655 submitted on Boxing Day. With a further 6,033 returns submitted on Christmas Eve, the total number of tax returns submitted over the festive period beats last year’s figure of 14,000 filed over the three days. HMRC released these figures as

This tax season, more than 10,000 taxpayers submitted their online returns on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, ahead of the January 31 deadline.
Figures released by HMRC show that 2,590 people filed their online self-assessment returns on Christmas Day and a whopping 7,655 submitted on Boxing Day.

6 tips for avoiding an HMRC investigation

HMRC investigations are scary affairs. Sure, some might say, if you have nothing to hide then you shouldn’t be worried. But there is always the chance that you made an innocent, but costly mistake in the last six years of filing your taxes.
And besides, tax investigations can be time-consuming and expensive, especially if you employ an accountant to straighten out all of your affairs.

Will Making Tax Digital Apply to My Business?
Editor | 30 October 2018
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Making Tax Digital is the latest HMRC campaign to modernise tax collection and make life easier for business owners.

The first raft of changes, which affects VAT payers, will come into force on 1 April 2019. But a survey from the British Chambers of Commerce reveals that 24% of firms have never even heard of the measure.

Making Tax Digital for VAT will apply to all VAT-registered businesses that have a taxable income over the VAT threshold of £85,000.

FreeAgent, Making Tax Digital, HMRC, VAT,
Editor | 31 July 2018
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Freelancer and micro business accountancy software provider FreeAgent has been backed by HMRC to support the new Making Tax Digital (MTD) initiative for VAT.

FreeAgent is one of just a few accounting software companies to be included on the list of HMRC’s approved suppliers for VAT.

More than 130 software suppliers have told HMRC that they are interested in providing MTD software for VAT. After prototype testing of the software, only 22 suppliers have so far been approved by the taxman.

Alien encounters and other bad excuses for late tax returns

With less than a week to go before the self-assessment deadline, HMRC has revealed some of the worst excuses taxpayers have offered after failing to complete their returns on time.
Topping the list was the unlikely claim that “I couldn’t file my return on time as my wife has been seeing aliens and won’t let me enter the house”.

HMRC outlines points-based late payment penalties

At the start of December, HMRC announced plans to introduce a driving penalty ‘points’ system to punish late-paying taxpayers.
The points-based system would be introduced as part of the shift towards ‘Making Tax Digital (MTD),’ which will see many taxpayers submitting tax returns more regularly.
Now the tax authority has outlined their plans in more detail, suggesting that tax customers will receive a point every time they fail to submit on time.

Should eBay sellers and Airbnb hosts pay tax?

Many Brits like to make some extra income by selling items on eBay or renting out a room on Airbnb, but many are unsure whether they have to pay tax on these earnings.
Now, cloud accountancy software company FreeAgent has warned these online sellers and room sharers that they could face a £100 fine if they don’t submit a tax return and risk further penalties for any outstanding tax.
HMRC is getting more sophisticated at tracking these kinds of online transactions and, as always, ignorance is not an excuse that washes with the taxman.

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