As a business owner, corporate tax issues will be part and parcel of your routine and one of the main tasks that your accountant will have. If you are a director of a limited company, the tax issues responsibility falls on you. You have to make sure that the business’s tax issues are in order and that the tax liability is accurate. This also includes ensuring that HMRC is paid on time.
What is Corporation Tax?
Corporation tax is based on limited companies and their taxable income or the profits they make. As the owner of one you need to calculate this yourself and you need to pay the amount to the Inland Revenue without an assessment beforehand. The payment date is 9 months and 1 day after the due date of the business and this is usually the very last day of the accounting period itself.
The good news is that this tax rate will be cut from 20% to 17% come 2020 according to the government. The accounting period cannot be more than 12 months for this tax and it is usually the same financial year that your business’s annual accounts fall under. The duration also has an effect on your deadlines and filing your tax returns.
You can check your accounting period by logging onto the online service for HMRC and by checking the dates there. Once your business is registered for Corporation Tax, the HMRC will send you a letter for your exact accounting period.
What is Value Added Tax?
Value Added Tax or VAT is tax that is based on the consumption of certain services and goods that are accumulated through each stage of distribution and production. In other words, most services and products that come from a business will be accountable for this tax. The standard VAT rate is 20% but this can change according to the business you have. You should register for VAT if:
- The total value of taxable supplies or services within 12 months is more than the registration threshold (which amounts to about £85,000).
- If the forecast value of said supplies in the next 30 days or so may be more than the threshold.
The amount includes not only the profits you gain but also the amount that is being spent on the business and going through it. The returns have to be submitted online and the good news is that any and all liabilities can be settled electronically.
AK Book-keeping can help you with all of that and more. We are based in Peterborough and have been in the book-keeping business for decades.
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