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Joint and Several Liability for Unpaid VAT

Certain traders can be made liable for the unpaid VAT of another VAT-registered business when you buy or sell specified goods. HMRC have recently updated VAT notice 726 which advises traders to carry out due diligence into their supply chain.

The specified goods are any equipment made or adapted for use as a telephone and any other equipment made or adapted for use in connection with telephones or telecommunication, such as SIM cards.

2015/16 Pension Annual Allowance Lapses on 5 April 2019

To utilize the 2015/16 unused relief any additional pension savings would need to be paid to the pension fund by 5 April 2019, otherwise the relief from 2015/16 will lapse.

Paying Tax if Your Pension Savings are Too High

If your pension savings are more than your annual allowance for the tax year, and you do not have unused annual allowances from the 3 previous tax years to cover the difference, you’ll have to pay tax on the excess.

You’ll get a statement from your pension provider telling you if you go above the annual allowance. If you’re in more than one pension scheme, ask each pension provider for statements. This will help you work out how much you’ve gone above the allowance.

Check Your Pension Savings Annual Allowance

HMRC have updated their guidance on the rules for carrying forward the unused pension savings annual allowance, together with a calculator on their website. 

For most taxpayers, the maximum amount of pension savings that qualify for tax relief each tax year is £40,000. It is possible to increase this amount by utilising unused relief brought forward from the previous 3 tax years, provided the individual was a member of a pension scheme that year. 

Tapered Pension Tax Relief for Those With High Income

For most taxpayers, the maximum pension input annual allowance is currently £40,000. 

However, from 2016/17 those taxpayers with ‘adjusted income’ over £150,000 and ‘threshold income’ over £110,000 receive a tapered annual allowance. For those persons affected the allowance tapers by £1 for every £2 that their adjusted income exceeds £150,000 down to a minimum annual allowance of £10,000.

Time to Declare Offshore Income Gains and Assets Warns HMRC

HMRC is urging UK taxpayers to come forward and declare any foreign income or profits on offshore assets before 30 September to avoid higher tax penalties.

New legislation called ‘Requirement to Correct’ requires UK taxpayers to notify HMRC about any offshore tax liabilities relating to UK income tax, capital gains tax, or inheritance tax.

4 Steps to Developing Talented Staff

Regardless of the type of business that you run, you will have talented people in your team who you will want to develop and grow into future managers. So how do you go about creating the next generation of managers in your business?

Innovation - One Step at a Time

Innovation in business doesn’t necessarily mean you have to make great leaps forward. Sometimes little steps can be just as transformative. 

Innovation doesn’t necessarily have to involve massive change programmes and unsustainable levels of activity. Not every business needs a revolution. 

Make More of Social Media

Your business can use social media to deliver great customer experiences and develop deeper relationships.

Creating good content and distributing it over social media can be a very effective way to grow your business. That's why businesses like PWC, Amazon and McKinsey invest huge amounts of resources into producing great content that people want to consume.

Ask ALEXA to Contact HMRC for Help

HMRC has launched new and innovative technology to help more than 3 million customers renew their tax credits. HMRC has developed a customer-focused service through Amazon Alexa specifically for those seeking help with their tax credits renewals.

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