Changes in IR35 rules from 2021 will mean employees, but through their own Personal Service Company (PSC), pay the same Income Tax and National Insurance contributions as other employees. From April 2021, businesses will have the responsibility of deciding whether the employment taxes and National Insurance contributions should be deducted.
HMRC have introduced a restriction for the amount of R&D tax credit received by SMEs in a year. Effective from 1 April 2021, the cap is set at £20,000 plus three times the company’s total PAYE and NIC liability for SMEs claiming R&D tax credits.
HMRC have began issuing "nudge letters" to UK residents with a financial connection to Italy and potential tax liabilities on overseas income or gains, prompting them to make a disclosure under the Worldwide Disclosure Facility (WDF).
Businesses that took advantage of the COVID-19 VAT payment deferral scheme, allowing them to defer VAT payments due between March 2020 and June 2020 until 31 March 2021, can now apply for an optional extension.
HMRC have published detailed rules for sales of consignments of goods valued at or below £135. For some time HMRC have been concerned that overseas vendors were not charging and accounting for UK VAT and these rules seek to remedy this.