Looks like it's going to be a busy January! keep-calm-and-let-us-file-your-tax-return-257x300

Records show that as at 1st January 2019 47.9% of all the anticipated 2017/18 Income Tax Returns remain to be filed in the final month of the filing period.

That amounts to 4,541,784 Tax Returns and history has shown that approx. 50% of those Returns are going to be filed by Accountants. This has been the case since the inception of Self-Assessment, which means we are going to be incredibly busy throughout January!

It has been confirmed the first ‘wave’ of 20,000 letters to affected businesses will hit doormats this week, followed by a further 180,000 to be issued next week.

If you are unaware, Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT is compulsory for all VAT registered businesses for VAT periods beginning on and after 1 April 2019. The requirement to keep digital records starts from this date but the first VAT return for a normal quarterly period, must be submitted by 7 August 2019.

HMRC will be running a social media campaign about Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT including Twitter posts and YouTube videos.

Please see the link below for more information regarding Making Tax Digital from HMRC:


If you would like further information we are here to help! Give us a call on 01242 370298 or email us on office@wfrancisandco.co.uk



HMRC has published the advisory fuel rates to operate from 1 June 2013.

Advisory fuel rates are HMRC-approved rates which apply where employers reimburse for business travel in their company cars, and where employees reimburse the cost of fuel for private travel in a company car. Using the advisory rates will mean that there is no fuel benefit charge. HMRC will also accept the figures in the table for VAT purposes, though employers will need to retain receipts.

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The new rates apply to all journeys on or after 1 June 2013 until further notice. For one month from the date of change, employers may use either the previous or new current rates, as they choose.

For Many Years, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has put extra resources into pursuing more tax. As a result, clients face an increased risk of an enquiry into their tax affairs. In addition, HMRC now has wider powers to visit premises and inspect financial records. It is expected that HMRC will use these powers frequently, that enquiries will become more complex and that the costs of responding will increase. So it is important as it has ever been for clients to obtain protection against those costs.

We have considerable expertise in defending clients under enquiry by HMRC. If you are selected for a tax enquiry, we will aim to settle it quickly and minimise the final tax liabilities. Even so, answering all of HMRC’s questions takes time and the enquiry could drag on for months. It can cost thousands of pounds to defend you, whatever the end result.

To provide peace of mind, we offer a Tax Enquiry Fee Protection Service. The service is backed by an insurable policy under which we can claim the costs of defending clients in tax enquiries. Clients who subscribe to the service will also be able to obtain helpful advice about the complex areas of Health & Safety and Employment Law.

The links below answer questions you may have about tax enquiries, sets out details of our insurance cover and other benefits, and gives information about our insurance provider.

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