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.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, presented the Spring Budget to the House of Commons on 15 March 2023. This article looks at the main points of interest from a VAT and Customs perspective. The full set of Spring Budget 2023 documents are available here.
The UK Government has reached an agreement in principle with the EU, aimed at addressing post-Brexit problems with the Northern Ireland Protocol. The Windsor Framework, replaces the old Northern Ireland Protocol. It delivers free-flowing trade in goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland through a new green lane.
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 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 Government has announced a new VAT penalty regime which introduces changes to the penalty processes for both late VAT return submissions and late payments, to apply from 1 April 2022. Our blog article covers the changes coming into force under the new system.
From July 2021, the VAT rules on EU cross-border business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce activities will change. Here you can access the European Commission’s published guidance on the new rules.
The UK government’s VAT deferral new payment scheme for settling VAT payments deferred between 20 March and 30 June 2020 due to COVID-19 is now open for businesses to voluntarily opt-in.