This month’s newsletter lists the tax changes announced in the Finance Bill 2015 that were deferred until after the election, a reminder to take a look at the pensions automatic enrolment process, how to recover pre-incorporation VAT and a recent case where directors were jailed for defrauding an appointed liquidator.
What is your business staging date?
Pensions’ automatic enrolment is not going to go away. Businesses have begun to receive notification of their staging date: the date on which pension arrangement under the scheme should be in place.
According to the Pensions Regulator’s commentary on automatic enrolment:
“The law on workplace pensions has changed. Every employer with at least one member of staff now has new duties, including putting those who meet certain criteria into a workplace pension scheme and contributing towards it. This is called automatic enrolment. It’s called this because it’s automatic for your staff – they don’t have to do anything to be enrolled into your pension scheme. But it’s not automatic for you. You need to take steps to make sure they’re enrolled.”
The stages or tasks you will need to complete by your staging date include:
This will include choosing a pension scheme or checking that your present scheme will qualify.
If you are still unsure what you should be doing, we would be happy to point you in the right direction. As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, this requirement is not going to go away.
Reclaiming VAT input tax prior to registration
Once you have registered your business for VAT the first thing you should consider is the possibility of reclaiming input tax on purchases of goods and services prior to registration.
This article summarises the issues you will need to consider for the two categories: goods and services.
There’s a time limit for backdating claims for VAT paid before registration. From your date of registration the time limit is:
You can only reclaim VAT on purchases for the business now registered for VAT. They must relate to your ‘business purpose’. This means they must relate to VAT taxable goods or services that you supply.
You should reclaim them on your first VAT return (add them to your Box 4 figure) and keep records including:
If your pre-registration purchases and other costs are significant, this facility can produce a reasonable cash flow benefit.
The missing clauses
In order to process the Finance Bill 2015 through the parliamentary procedures before the recent election, certain clauses were deferred. It is likely that the deferred clauses will be reintroduced in the summer Budget, 8 July 2015.
As announced, George Osborne will present his first Budget of the new parliament 8 July. The clauses that were deferred are:
Speculations about other matters that may be included in a post election budget are rife and may include:
Attempts to defraud a liquidator punished by courts
A court order appointing a Provisional Liquidator was made by the High Court in March 2014 against Parkwell Investments Ltd, based in Wilmslow, Cheshire. The order removed the company’s officers and appointed a Provisional Liquidator in their place to protect the company’s remaining assets.
The company’s officers then deliberately and knowingly acted in contempt of court by transferring £450,000 out of the reach of the Provisional Liquidator.
The funds are now very unlikely to be recovered, a point which presiding Judge Mr Justice Norris took into consideration when sentencing. He said the company officers’ actions “were an affront to the rule of law and order”.
Amran Munir, Ali Sami Farooq, and Saif Chaudhry were each sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, of which three months is to be served in prison before being granted unconditional release. Unusually, the prison sentence was given in civil, rather than criminal, proceedings.
The individuals initially defended their actions but at the eleventh hour admitted to breaches of the court’s order.
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