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Sarah Dudley (9)
28 January 2020

TaxCalc News January

Upcoming Legislation: Leaving the EU

The UK is leaving the European Union on 31 January 2020. Following the General Election on 12 December 2019, the UK Government is implementing the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement meaning the UK can leave the European Union on 31 January 2020.

Our ‘No Deal’ provisions, including changes to Companies House forms and EC Sales list filing will not be implemented on 31 January 2020; however, they may at a later stage, once government has finalised details. In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the Government's negotiations with the EU and consider potential impacts at the end of the implementation period.


Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (amendment) Regulations 2019

The money laundering and terrorist financing (amendment) regulations 2019 came into force on 10 January 2020, updating existing regulations.

See our recent blog that provides a summary of the changes and how TaxCalc can help you with meeting your obligations.


TaxCalc Top Tip:  Data Entered Summary­­­­­

Not sure where or if a piece of data has been entered within a client tax return? Use the Data Entered summary (Summaries>Data Entered) for a quick scroll through of all the entries:


Tax: Loan Charge Review

Following the independent review of the loan charge introduced in the Finance Act 2017, HMRC has released revised guidance for taxpayers who need to report their liability on their 2018/19 tax returns.

HMRC is allowing affected taxpayers more time to file 2018/19 tax returns and pay loan charge liabilities. Providing the tax return is submitted by 30th September 2020 and the tax is paid or a ‘time to pay’ arrangement has been agreed, there will be no late filing or late payment penalties charged. No interest will be charged if the payment is made by 30th September 2020.

The government will introduce legislation to implement the changes to the loan charge. Draft legislation and more detailed guidance will be published in early 2020, alongside a timetable for implementing the changes. If taxpayers have already paid for settlements which will now not fall within scope of the loan charge (loans taken before 9 December 2010), HMRC will issue refunds, but these will not be processed until the changes have become law, expected in summer 2020.

HMRC Online Forum

HMRC has upgraded its Agent Forum Service to include a new ‘Knowledge Base’ feature. This provides an enhanced search facility, access to time critical announcements and GOV.UK content across all tax categories.

There will also be support for 2018/19 filing, directed at small businesses and agents that will:

  • allow agents registered to the service to post widespread issues and technical queries related to 2018-19 SA filing
  • provide notices and announcements related to SA 2018-19 filing
  • link to relevant guidance content on GOV.UK

The Agent Forum service is currently available to registered members of Professional Bodies (PBs). If you’re not registered, or belong to a PB and wish to join, you can do so here.

This information and other useful information for agents is part of the Agent Update service provided by HMRC. If you haven’t already registered, you can do so here.

Keep an Open Mind: Mental Wellbeing

Accountancy can be a demanding profession particularly at this time of year. If you’re not as lucky as we are here at TaxCalc, having our own Wellbeing Coach, it’s important that you take some time out to keep you and your staff’s mental health in order. This is currently a big world health concern and there’s a lot of information out there to read. We’ve trawled through and found some quick, interesting and hopefully useful reads including tips to help you keep stress at bay, as well as be mindful of your long-term wellbeing.


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