Newswire July 2020

  • Mercia Group
  • 31 July 2020 00:00

As announced during the Chancellor’s Summer Statement on 8 July, from 15 July 2020 until 12 January 2021 certain supplies of hospitality, accommodation and admission to attractions will be subject to VAT at 5%. Read our blog to find out more. We have also been looking at the next phase in MTD, announced earlier his month.

On the A&A side, the news with the most practical immediate effect this month is the automatic extension of a number of Companies House filing deadlines.  There has also been some interesting activity from the FRC this month on audit standards and quality as well as firm structure and proposed revisions to UK GAAP. ACCA have also released their report on regulation, as audit firms continue to be closely monitored.  

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Automatic extension of Companies House deadlines

At the end of June, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act came into force, and this brought about a temporary set of relaxations of certain requirements for Companies House filings. For any company or LLP with accounts that were due to be filed between 27 June 2020 and 5 April 2021, there is an automatic extension (for private companies, this takes the deadline from 9 months to 12 months) and the information on the Companies House website will be updated to reflect these deadlines. Other deadlines are relaxed too, for example changes to the PSC register now have to be notified within 42 days rather than the previous 28.

Proposed revisions to UK GAAP

The FRC has issued:

The proposed amendments in FRED 76 are restricted to temporary rent concessions occurring as a direct consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, when any reduction in lease payments affects only payments originally due on or before 30 June 2021.  It is proposed that amounts should be recognised over the period the concession is intended to compensate.

The proposals in FRED 75 are expected to apply to interim periods beginning on or after 1 January 2021, and the proposals in FRED 76 are expected to apply to accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2020.  In both cases early application will be permitted.

Other A&A news

Other A&A publications that you might find of interest include:

Methodology & compliance products update

Earlier this month we issued an update to our Academies Specialist Assignment Manual to reflect changes applicable for the 2020 academies reporting season.

We have also improved the way we deliver a number of our methodology and compliance products.  Subscribers to affected products will have received an email explaining the new platform, with updates for other products due through the remainder of 2020.

Action to help home buyers in Scotland

Further to the changes to SDLT announced in the Summer Statement, the Scottish Government has announce that the threshold at which LBTT begins to be paid will rise from £145,000 to £250,000 from 15 July 2020 and remain in place until 31 March 2021. To read more, please click here.

And Wales too

On 14 July 2020, the Welsh Government announced changes to the residential rates and bands of Land Transaction Tax. This change will take effect on 27 July 2020 until 31 March 2021. To read more, please click here.



Government sets out draft agenda for a 21st century tax system

The next steps in the plan to create a modernised digital tax system has been unveiled by the government. In effect, this is an extension to the VAT element of the MTD project. To read more, please click here

Revenue and Customs Brief 10 (2020): temporary reduced rate of VAT for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions

This Brief explains the changes in the VAT treatment of certain supplies of hospitality, hotel and holiday accommodation and admission to certain attractions announced by the Government on 8 July 2020. To read more, please click here.



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