Changes proposed for the Finance bill 2020 – Are you prepared?
Potential tax changes proposed for the finance bill 2020 and their impact on you or your business
The UK governmnet is working on the finance bill for 2020, that might be applicable from April 2020. However, the commencement date of the new policies might change to September 2019.
The Finance bill introduced several reforms. However, We have listed the most important ones below so that you can prepare accordingly.
1. IR-35 reforms for private sector
Reforms have been introduced in the rules of IR35 for the private sector. The reforms correspond to the changes that were introduced for public sector contracts in April 2019.
2. Changes to residence & letting relief
Following changes will come into effect from 6th April 2020, according to the draft law
- Deemed occupation’s final period has been reduced to 9 months that was previously 18 months
- Moreover, the owner can not enjoy letting relief during the period of non-occupation.
- In addition, deemed occupation to become restricted to 24 months at the start of ownership.
- Furthermore, whilst transferring property ownership to spouse, exemption history not to be transferred
- Clarification of late claims made for nomination of the main residence
USually individuals planning to buy to let the property enjoy the letting reliefs. Property owners can claim a total of £ 40,000 per property through letting relief.
As a result of the finance bill, many people may not have the privilege of claiming to let relief. Moreover, those who have been accruing their relief for some time will not be able to enjoy the perks anymore. It is because the policy suggests that dispositions will not be available on the gains attributable to the disposal made before and after April 2020.
Many owners who have to leave their residence due to unexpected or unforeseen circumstances, for instance, admission to hospital due to an illness, will be affected by the reduction in the final period of deemed occupation. For the individuals moving into residential care the final period of deemed occupation still stands at 36 months.
In case you want to discard a property, speak to a skilled tax accountant to know the potential impact.
3. Changes in anti-avoidance legislation (insolvent companies)
According to the anti-avoidance legislation of the finance bill, there have been changes introduced in the general anti-abuse rule (GAAR). These changes will allow the extension needed to collect evidence to make a GAAR adjustment by HMRC.
The changes made in the anti-avoidance legislation and the penalties determined will come into effect for tax periods that will end on or after the finance bill 2019/2020 has successfully passed.
Some amendments aimed at demoralizing companies for their lack of commitment to pay tax debts. Meanwhile, one of the major amendments in the anti-avoidance rule revolves around companies tangled in the insolvency procedure. Previously, many insolvent companies avoided or evaded their payment of taxes.
According to the finance bill, the owners have to clear the tax debts, that company incurred. Moreover, they have to ensure it regardless of the insolvent status of the company. These changes are subject to the following conditions:
- Methods of tax evasion and tax avoidance considered and used by the company
- The owner of the company is responsible for his/her act and had possible personal motives behind this act.
- There is a high probability of late payment of tax liabilities.
- Tax evasion or tax avoidance because of late payment of a liability.
4. Increase in digital sales tax
According to the amendment suggested for digital sales tax, search engines, social media platforms and online market forums that benefit from users in the UK, will be charged an additional tax of 2% on the revenues that they earn after 1st April 2020. However, this tax is applicable if the entities generate more than 25 million in the UK of the 500 million generated by the group.
It is advisable to speak to an Accountant to start preparing for this change if the new rule affects you.
HM Treasury may assess the operations of digital sales tax (DST) by 31st December 2025.
5. Scope of claiming CGT and income tax relief broadens
If we shed light on the existing rules of “Loans to traders” and “share loss relief”, we witness that the capital gains tax relief (CGT ) and income tax relief could be claimed for the investments made into the businesses or companies that are only located in the UK.
The judgement on 24th January 2019, ruled that the UK rule that limits the scope of claiming the relief only on investments in UK companies opposed the EU rules that allowed free movement of capital.
The proposals in the Finance Bill 2019/20 will make the relief applicable to investments done anywhere in the world.
6. Exemption of medical courier vehicles
Medical courier charities that use blood bikes and other vehicles to carry medical supplies in an emergency will no longer have to pay vehicle excise duty (VED) or road tax. Previously, only vintage cars and emergency vehicles such as police and ambulances had this advantage.
7. Increase in stamp duty land tax SDLT
Recently, Professional bodies demanded that stamp relief claims on the demerger of unlisted companies. Moreover, they demanded arrangements made for reduction of capital should be made viable.
After consideration, the additional charge of 1% for stamp duty land tax SDLT imposed on non-residents on the purchase of property in the UK has finally been abolished.
8. Compensation exemption from two additional types of taxes
Compensation payments are provided to people by the government who have been wronged by them in some way. These compensation payments will now be exempted from:
- Kindertransport compensation for Inheritance tax (IHT)
- Windrush compensation for income tax, capital gains tax (CGT) and inheritance tax (IHT)
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