Covid 19 – Support for Businesses

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. This includes a package of measures to support businesses including: a Coronavirus Job Retention Schemedeferring VAT and Income Tax paymentsa Statutory Sick Pay relief package for SMEsa 12-month … Continue reading Covid 19 – Support for Businesses

When is providing food and drink to customers deductible?

Business entertainment Income tax, corporation tax and VAT legislation each contain a similar rule which blocks a tax deduction for “business entertainment” costs. This includes hospitality of any sort. A common example is where a business provides food and drink for an individual, say a customer. However, not all such supplies are business entertainment. Tip. The exception … Continue reading When is providing food and drink to customers deductible?

How to avoid late HMRC payment penalties and interest

If you’re expecting a sizeable self-assessment tax bill for 31 January 2020. How and when can you reduce this, and if you can’t how can you manage the payment in the most cost-efficient way? HMRC’s pound of flesh If you’re late paying either of your January or July instalments of tax, HMRC will charge interest … Continue reading How to avoid late HMRC payment penalties and interest