Contract termination fees can be a bitter pill to swallow when you just want out of an expensive agreement. What’s worse is that some suppliers will charge VAT on top of the cancellation fee while others will not.
For VAT periods starting on and after 1 April 2022 all VAT records must be recorded digitally and returns must be submitted under the Making Tax Digital (MTD) regime. If you are not already submitting your VAT returns using MTD-enabled software (or asking us to do so) you need to take action.
Currently if you pay your VAT bill late you may receive a penalty of up to 15% of the late paid amount, even for a one-day delay. The Government agrees that this is harsh, so it is reforming the late-payment penalties for VAT periods starting on or after 1 April 2022.
HMRC will block recovery of VAT on invoices that do not clearly state what goods or services were supplied. We have heard that HMRC officers are using this power to query the validity of invoices, particularly in the construction sector and from employment agencies.
The hospitality and tourism sector has been enjoying a reduced rate of VAT (5%) since 15 July 2020. This rate applies to most supplies made by hotels, tourist attractions, members’ clubs and most events venues. It also applies to the food and drink served in those premises and hot takeaway food and non-alcoholic drinks.