HMRC have launched a ‘one-to-many’ letter campaign aimed at energy suppliers, regarding the reduced VAT rate for supplies of fuel and power. HMRC are asking that suppliers review their systems and processes for accounting for VAT, to ensure they are accounting for VAT in line with HMRC’s published guidance.
HMRC have issued a reminder to businesses selling goods from Great Britain into Northern Ireland that the UK Internal Market Scheme (UKIMS) will replace the UK Trader Scheme (UKTS) from 30 September 2023. The UK Internal Market Scheme will continue to enable registered traders to move goods in line with existing ‘not at risk’ arrangements.
With effect from 1 July 2023, Jersey has introduced Goods and Services Tax (GST) on sales of e-commerce goods made to consumers in Jersey by non-resident businesses. There is a registration threshold of £300,000. When purchasing goods from overseas retailers who become registered for GST, consumers will pay 5% GST to the supplier (vendor) at the point of sale.
The Upper Tribunal (UT) has released its judgment in the Hotel La Tour Limited case. The case concerned the recovery of VAT on advisers’ costs relating to the sale of shares in a subsidiary company.
The UT rejected HMRC’s appeal against the previous decision of the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) which had found that the VAT on the advisers’ costs could be recovered as there was a link to future taxable supplies.
The Electronic Trade Documents Act 2023 received Royal Assent on 20 July 2023, and will come into force on 20 September 2023. The Act applies to trade documents such as bills of exchange, bills of lading, and ships’ delivery orders, and amends the law so that electronic trade documents are granted the same legal status as physical trade documents, which was not previously the case.
VAT-registered businesses that owe less than £20,000 of VAT can now set up a time-to-pay plan online. Certain businesses are not eligible to set up a VAT payment plan online. This includes businesses that use the VAT cash accounting or annual accounting schemes, and businesses that make VAT payments on account.
HMRC have published RCB 6 (2023) which provides an update on the VAT treatment of digital publications following the Supreme Court judgment in the News Corp UK & Ireland Ltd case. HMRC is writing to organisations that submitted claims for overpaid VAT based on the earlier Upper Tribunal decision to establish whether they intended to proceed with their appeals given the Supreme Court decision.
The trend for businesses to provide services digitally or online has accelerated significantly in recent years, particularly following the COVID pandemic. The Value Added Tax (VAT) and Goods and Sales Tax (GST) compliance obligations of businesses providing digital or electronically supplied services (ESS) are increasing. Tax authorities increasingly require overseas businesses to register for and charge local VAT/GST on their B2C supplies of ESS.
A change in the VAT treatment of medical services carried out by non-registered staff who are directly supervised by pharmacists was announced in the Spring Budget 2023. From 1 May 2023 these services will be VAT exempt in line with other registered health professionals providing medical services to the public.
HMRC have recently updated guidance in Notice 703 to clarify what is considered to be satisfactory evidence to zero rate exports. Businesses that export goods should review the guidance to ensure their record keeping meets these standards.