The government has announced that the new penalty regime for VAT, which was due to be introduced from 1 April 2022, will now be delayed until January 2023.
The delay is to provide HMRC with extra time to ensure their IT systems are ready and well tested. The new scheme will reform the penalty regime for late submission of VAT returns and late payment of VAT.
Under the new regime, HMRC will issue a single penalty point for each late submission of a VAT return and once a business has exceeded a points threshold for multiple missed returns, a flat penalty of £200 will be charged.
There will also be penalties for late payments. The first charge will be imposed at 2% of the outstanding tax if the tax due on a return remains unpaid 15 days after its due date. After 30 days the penalty increases to 4%. The second late payment penalty is a daily penalty (set at 4% per year of the tax still outstanding at that point), starting from 31 days after the due date until the business pays the tax that is due. Late payment interest will be calculated at 2.5% above the Bank of England rate and will be payable on tax outstanding after the due date.
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At Hawsons we provide a range of VAT services. Over the past 12 months, we have registered companies, sole proprietors, and partnerships for VAT with HMRC. Using our expertise, we have advised clients whether to register for VAT voluntarily or if they are required to register due to their turnover.
VAT on services is a complicated area. VAT rates may or may not apply depending on who is providing or buying them, where they are provided and the precise nature of the services provided.
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