October Newsletter

October Newsletter

Builders’ VAT rules delated for a year:

The government have decided to delay the start of the proposed VAT reverse charge for supplies by sub-contractors in the construction sector.

The reason for the u-turn is the lack of awareness of the change that was originally due to start on 1 October 2019. Many sub-contractors, and some main contractors, were not prepared for the changes on top of getting to grips with Making Tax Digital for VAT and consequently the government have decided to delay the start of the new rules for 12 months.

It has also come to light that some of those sub-contractors using the VAT flat rate scheme would be worse off which will require a review of whether that scheme is still worthwhile for them.

 

Time for an electric company car?:

The government has announced that there will be a zero P11d benefit for the drivers of electric cars from 2020/21. This is instead of the 2% scale charge that was originally included in Finance Act 2017 to apply for 2020/21. The legislation for the change will be included in Finance Bill 2020 and it is proposed that the benefit will be 1% of list price in 2021/2 and then 2% in 2022/3.

The zero taxable benefit will also apply to hybrid cars emitting no more than 50 grams of CO2 per kilometre with a range using its electric motor of at least 130 miles, but only for cars first registered on or after 6 April 2020. For those registered before 6 April 2020 the scale charge will be 2%.

Rather confusingly there will be two different sets of scale charges from 2020/21, one set relating to those registered before 6 April 2020 and a new lower set of rates for those registered on or after 6 April 2020.

However businesses are advised to wait until 6 April 2020 as the P11d scale charge for electric cars is currently 16% of original list price for 2019/20.

 

Don’t forget there may be tax to pay on your dividends in January:

The rules for taxing dividends changed radically from 6 April 2016 with the removal of the 10% notional tax credit and the introduction of new rates of tax on dividends. For many taxpayers that means more tax to pay on dividends on 31 January each year.

If you are a higher rate taxpayer and received £22,000 of dividends in 2018/19 only £2,000 of those dividends are tax free now leaving £20,000 of those dividends to be taxed at 32.5% meaning £6,500 due on 31 January 2020, and possibly payments on account of your 2020/21 liability.

If you can let us have all of your tax documents as soon as possible we can let you know how much tax you need to pay next January so that you can set aside sufficient funds. We may also be able to suggest some tax planning ideas to reduce your tax liabilities.

 

Advisory fuel rate for company cars:

These are the suggested reimbursement rates for employees' private mileage using their company car from 1 September 2019. Where there has been a change the previous rate is shown in brackets.

Engine Size

Petrol

Diesel

LPG

1400cc or less

12p

 

8p

1600cc or less

 

10p

 

1401cc to 2000cc

14p (15p)

 

10p

(9p)

1601 to 2000cc

 

11p (12p)

 

Over 2000cc

21p

(22p)

14p

14p

 

Effective Employee Benefits Don’t Have to Cost Much:

Work life balance and flexible working benefits may be more valued than some of the more expensive employee benefits offered by some businesses.

Google is well known for providing everything from free food to onsite gyms, while Netflix has joined the bandwagon of firms offering unlimited holidays. What these employers demonstrate is that in the war for talent, large businesses are prepared to invest heavily in order to attract and retain the best people. Competitive pay and good benefits still factor into an employee’s decision to join and stay at a firm. However, the market is starting to focus on offering some other key benefits. To truly enjoy their jobs, employees must feel that their employers want to provide them with what they need to be successful in both their professional and personal lives. A recent study by Mercer identified three factors that employees are looking for in a company.

Flexibility

The nine-to-five workday is outdated. Regardless of industry type, flexibility is incredibly important to employees who are trying to get their work-life balance right. Firms that offer employees flexibility in the form of remote working, flexible schedules and the technology to work from anywhere are attracting the best people. Flexible working has also been linked to reduced levels of workplace stress, better employee well-being and increased productivity. The best firms have created a culture of trust. They trust their employees to self-manage and get the job done.

Health and Well-Being

Workplace wellness initiatives show employees that their employers truly care about their health and well-being. To be successful, employee wellness programs need to be customised and include a wide variety of wellness initiatives such as fitness activities, onsite health screenings, providing standing desks and regular ‘lunch and learn’ sessions. To truly make a commitment to employee health and wellbeing, employers need to lead by example and create a culture of wellness across the whole firm.