2019 has already started off with the farce that is Brexit showing no sign of resolution. Only the Brits could get themselves into this sort of pickle, largely through a mixture of disinformation, stubbornness , nostalgia and pride.
Clearly, until the mess has been sorted the country lies in limbo, waiting to see what happens. There is absolutely no doubt that in the meanwhile businesses large and small are waiting to understand the outcome and as a result, business inertia has certainly grown. Oh dear.
On the agricultural front there is also little optimism, with the apparent rise of veganism and exorbitant fodder prices to feed what animals are still being reared. One wonders what the purpose of the mandible is if we are simply to suck on eggs and vegetables in the future.
However, to end on a positive note, it has always been the case that major issues will always breed major opportunities. So, may I suggest that we consider lorry parking and vegetable dicers as possible diversification projects?
Happy new year and we haven’t even mentioned MTD (!)
We are pleased to advise that we have two new members of staff:
- Aaron Taylor – a 1st class Accountancy Graduate from Northampton and
- Helen Crane – a qualified farm bookeeper to help specifically with the MTD legislation.
A warm welcome to both.
Please find the 2018 budget in full. Main features:
- Annual investment allowance to 1 million.
- Changes to Entrepreneurs relief.
- Digital services tax to be introduced.
- Personal Allowances to rise to 12,500
- Higher rate taxes to start at 50,000
As per usual, if you have any specific queries do please telephone.Budget_2018_red_web
The April 1st 2019 deadline is fast approaching. After that date the first stage is for all VAT registered businesses to submit their returns using MTD compliant software. This is not the same as just using online submission as more information is required to be sent. The software houses are updating their offerings so as to comply.
Therafter, it is currently mooted that the next stage will follow a year later in April 2020, when the policy is extended to income tax compliance. We shall see. Much is still unclear, though if you require guidance as to how to comply with the 2019 needs do please contact us; existing client or not.
Please find details of the Bill below:
Please remember that this is a Bill and has yet to go through Parliament. Given the uncertainty around Brexit and how that plays out, it is far from certain in my mind that this will reach the Statute Book. We shall see……….
Please don’t forget. The MTD seminar is to be held next Wednesday at Northampton Saints RFC, starting at 7.30pm. Please contact the office to reserve your place.
As usual we will be at Blakesley Show, hoping that the weather does not get too hot!
We are holding at seminar at Northamton Saints RFC on September 26th, starting at 7.30pm. If you would like an invitation and you are not already a client do please contact us. This is an important subject and warrants your attention.
The government appear to be persevering with their attempt to further computerise tax collection and administration. Despite initially postponing it’s implementation, April 2019 has now been targeted for the next attempt; at first for VAT registered businesses.
This approach has a number of issues, not least the ability of some tax payers to comply with the required changes. Software houses are frenetically trying to adopt their packages and hoping they are able to comply with needs that have not as yet been fully explained.
Apologies for continued scepticism, but what is the point of reporting data that means very little on a quarterly basis? An arable farmer for instance will produce loss:loss:loss and a profit (hopefully) when the harvest takes place. If the object is to speed up the receipt of cash why not merely allow for quarterly Self assessment payments? In days gone by Advanced Corporation Tax was accounted for quarterly so this is nothing new.
As a firm we will be addressing the issue and advising the clients accordingly. Initially the major changes will be based around the bookkeeping requirements.
Much of the accountants compliance work is carried out in the summer months, usually triggered by the end of the fiscal year on 5th April. This year has been no different, with most of the March and April year ends now completed and ‘put to bed’.
However, what is different this year is that the shadow of Brexit and its implications loom large over most clients affairs. To date it appears that the UK government have still to establish their negotiating position (if indeed they actually have one) and even if they manage to do so, they then need to convince the EU of its validity, whilst still holding the Tory Party together. I would suggest this is a very, very difficult trick to pull off and it still appears to me doubtful that it can actually be achieved. It seems odd to me that one party is trusted with / blamed for the negotiations when presumably the 52% of Brexiteers were of all political persuasions.
In the meanwhile business is left to soldier on. Farmers don’t know if they are to lose their SFP after 2022 and since June 2016 the Pound has been on a rollercoaster ride. Quite how any meaningful budgeting can be carried out, save the zero base approach is difficult to imagine.
Not unreasonably, banks are also getting more jittery as they too dislike uncertainty and again, it appears to me that they are taking a more strident approach to overdraft levels and the like.
In short it is a mess. The summer may have come and gone reasonably pleasantly, but I do fear the next 12 months will not be as pleasant economically. It would be a farce for the British economy to implode as a result of an inconceived referendum aimed squarely at a section of the Tory Party.
Only in Britain……….