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5 Reasons To Submit Next Year's #Tax Return In April 2015

You may ask why do you put yourself through this every year?

You know the deadline in advance, and you have a whole 10 months to get your income tax return done, so what is stopping you?


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#HMRC Business Records Checks - 8 Things You Need To Know

Business Records Checks are coming to the South East after Christmas. Happy New Year!

Business Records Checks need not cause SMEs many problems, but there are some pertinent points to know:

  1. Initial contact is a letter from HMRC warning of a forthcoming phone call.
  2. Your accountant or tax agent will NOT receive a copy of this letter, so you must tell him/her.
  3. HMRC may prefer to talk to you, but they should agree to talk to your agent instead.
  4. If the phone call doesn't allay HMRC's concerns they are likely to make a visit to the business premises, which is often your home.
  5. HMRC need to know your records are REQUISITE to submit a correct and complete tax return. This might mean your small spread sheet and a plastic wallet of receipts in date order is perfectly appropriate.
  6. You don't need to know double entry book keeping or have a software package to keep adequate records.
  7. HMRC can't insist on you running a business bank account, however, businesses often find they get to a point that this makes their life clearer and simpler.
  8.  Even after a visit, HMRC shouldn't charge a penalty if you make the changes you agreed to.

In summary, keep your accountant or agent informed, and if you present a clear picture of how you keep your records to make sure all income and appropriate costs are recorded, Business Records Checks shouldn't be something to cause you undue concern.


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#Tax Myth 4 - Submitting my tax return early, means I pay my tax earlier

Now we've just finished the usual flurry of last minute income tax returns, it's a good time to remind ourselves why we should submit our income tax and corporation tax returns early.

When I suggest this to people, about a quarter of them query it as a bad idea because it means the tax is due earlier.

This isn't true for any tax payments. Tax due dates are fixed according to accounts and tax year ends.


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