Making Tax Digital for VAT (MTDfV) will be extended to all VAT registered businesses with effect from 1 April 2022. HMRC recently issued a reminder for VAT registered businesses to take steps to prepare for MTDfV before it becomes mandatory.
The Government has announced a delay to the introduction of the new penalty regime for VAT. The new system had been due to come into effect from 1 April 2022, however, this has been delayed by nine months until 1 January 2023.
The VAT refund process for EU businesses incurring UK VAT changed from 1 January 2021. The electronic EU refund process can no longer be used. Instead form VAT65A must now be completed and submitted to HMRC.
HMRC have changed the way they issue the certificate of status (CoS) to UK businesses. The CoS, which often needs to be included with foreign VAT refund claims as proof of UK trading status, is now issued by email by default.
HMRC are making available the option for NETPs to request VAT repayments by bank transfer instead of receiving a payable order.
The tax gap for the 2019/20 tax year is 5.3%, which represents £35 billion, according to statistics recently published by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The total tax gap for Value Added Tax (VAT) is £12.3 billion.
An independent report commissioned by HMRC has been published on the impact of MTD for VAT on businesses.
The VAT rate that applies to certain supplies of hospitality, hotel and holiday accommodation, and admission to certain attractions changes on 1 October 2021. The current 5% rate for these supplies will be replaced by the introduction of a new reduced rate of VAT of 12.5% which will remain in effect until 31 March 2022.
The government is introducing new rules from 1 April 2022 which require large businesses to notify HMRC when they take an uncertain tax position. The taxes within scope of the requirement to notify are Corporation Tax, Income Tax (when returned in a Partnership or PAYE return), and VAT.
HMRC has published Revenue and Customs Brief 11 (2021): VAT liability of Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing services, explaining the rules for the VAT treatment of COVID-19 testing services.