C F W Accountants LLP

VAT and VAT Compliance

There is a clear distinction between tax avoidance and tax evasion.  Tax evasion is illegal but every taxpayer is entitled to arrange their affairs to the absolute legal minimum amount of tax (tax avoidance).  

Whilst completion of tax returns and statutory tax obligations is important, all accountants should be capable of completing them and advising you of your tax position and liabilities.

CFW try to do more than just this and are interested in maximising your tax planning opportunities.

Within the legal framework there are numerous ways of saving tax and making sure you do not pay more than is absolutely necessary. At CFW we have extensive experience in this area of work and always work as hard as we can in the interests of our clients.

Who Do We Help?

At CFW we incorporate tax planning into everything we do. This helps every one of our clients.  A lot of tax planning is performed alongside other activities such as completion of tax returns, VAT returns or property transaction. For those individuals with more complex transactions or large incomes / assets we offer a more formal approach.

What Can We Do?

We can help with tax planning in relation to:

  • Personal taxes
  • Business taxes
  • Tax efficient employee remuneration strategies
  • VAT planning
  • Inheritance Tax strategies
  • Capital Gains
  • Profit- extraction strategies
  • Exit strategies
  • Employment status
  • IR35 advice

Combined with our many years’ extensive experience in this arena, CFW has invested significantly in reference materials and specialist software. With access to Tax Legislation, Tax Cases, to the internal manuals of HMRC and to detailed commentary on all taxes, direct and indirect, we can research any tax topic and provide many ways of helping you legally save tax.

Why Do We Do It?

New clients are often surprised at how much can be done to help with their tax position. We are always willing to go that extra mile to offer advice on the areas where tax can be saved. It is important that work is done well in advance, so we urge you to contact us as soon as possible.

All our Tax Planning makes legitimate use of the Tax Legislation and Case Law, so that you are not at risk from a full HMRC Enquiry.

Your self-assessment tax return is an annual requirement to let HMRC know who much money you have earned and how much tax you will pay.  

Who Do We Help?

At CFW we can prepare a self-assessment tax return for anyone who needs one.  You are likely to need to submit one if in the tax year you were:

  • A sole trader earning at least £1,000
  • A partner in a partnership
  • Renting out a property
  • Receiving income from savings, investment and dividends
  • Receiving foreign income
  • Receiving child benefit and one person in the household earned over £60,000

What Can We Do?

At CFW we undertake the following relating to your self-assessment tax return:

  • Register you to receive a self-assessment tax return
  • Computation of tax liabilities
  • Completion of your self-assessment tax return
  • Filing of your self-assessment tax return
  • Advice on your tax liabilities
  • Identifying suitable tax planning opportunities
  • Acting on your behalf with HMRC tax enquiries
  • Correspondence with HMRC
  • Inheritance tax planning
  • Tax investigation fee protection insurance
  • Trusts
  • Informing HMRC when you no longer require a self-assessment tax return

Why Do We Do It?

The self-assessment regime is full of penalties and HMRC enquiry powers are extensive. It's important that:

  • Returns are correctly completed
  • Returns are filed on time
  • All backup records are retained for the appropriate period

Tax related to property can be a bit of a maze. When purchasing a property for investment or to develop, it is important to know which property taxes apply to you and how to remain compliant.

Who Do We Help?

Property tax can apply to both individuals and businesses, whether purchasing as an investment, a development or for resale.  At CFW we can advise on all these situations.

What Can We Do?

If you are purchasing a property, we can advise you on issues such as:

  • Tax reduction strategies for rental income
  • What is a repair and tax deductible and what is capital and not
  • When to use a Limited Company to save tax
  • Trading income versus Capital Gain considerations and advice
  • Capital Gains rollover and holdover considerations
  • Stamp duty planning
  • Tax efficient mortgage structures
  • VAT considerations of property deals
  • CIS considerations on property development
  • Making the most of the Principal Private Residence election
  • Tax issues on the sale of part of your residence
  • Second homes
  • Inheritance Tax angles

Why Do We Do It?

Property can touch on many areas of tax including rental income, trade income, capital gains tax, VAT, CIS and stamp duty. Property transactions can also involve significant sums and can cost significantly more if not done correctly. At CFW we look at all areas of tax together to ensure the property transaction is done tax efficiently and will minimise any future tax burdens.

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Compliance with VAT is complex. There are lots of schemes and lots of standard rules, each with their own set of exceptions that at times feel designed to trip up businesses who are simply trying to remain compliant.  Any VAT investigations by HMRC can be intense so it’s crucially important that VAT returns are completed correctly and on time.

Who Do We Help?

Whether you do the bookkeeping yourself or we do it for you, we can assist any business that is VAT registered or needs to register for VAT.

What Can We Do?

We can assist with the basics of VAT returns such as:

  • Applying for VAT registration or deregistration
  • Completing and submitting your VAT returns from:
    • Your bookkeeping
    • Bookkeeping prepared by us from your records
  • Ensuring VAT returns are filed on time.

We can also assist with preparing VAT returns using various scheme and rules such as:

  • Cash accounting scheme
  • Flat rate scheme
  • Annual accounting
  • Partial exemption
  • Domestic reverse charge for the construction industry
  • Tour-operators scheme
  • Second-hand scheme
  • Group VAT
  • Capital-goods scheme
  • Opting to tax land and building

We can also provide VAT advice in a wide array of areas including:

  • Importing
  • Exporting
  • Tax points
  • Property transactions
  • Self-billing

Should HMRC enquire into your VAT returns was can also liaise with them on your behalf and provide a tax investigation fee protection insurance to cover the costs of doing so.

Why Do We Do It?

VAT is a complex area of tax that is easy to fall foul of, even when acting with the best intentions.  At CFW we have the knowledge and expertise to ensure you remain VAT compliant.  And should this not keep HMRC at bay, we have experience dealing with them and can do so on your behalf.

Self assessment

Our tax services make sure that your tax liability is calculated taking into account all allowed exemptions and deductions. We simplify the process by using accountancy software to accurately complete tax returns and calculate any tax liability that may occur, along with any payments that need to be made.

Corporation tax

Corporation tax reliefs and rates change annually, so we ensure that we can provide all the right guidance and advice when looking at exemptions, allowances and deductions that may be available.

We will thoroughly review and prepare corporation tax returns in great detail in order to ensure you are complaint and that you don’t incur any penalties.

Capital gains tax

You may be looking at investments, a second property or another asset and our team can make sure you maximise your exemptions while simplifying the difficult area of capital gains tax.

Personal tax planning

We can help with the complex issue of personal tax, we know it can be difficult to understand, which is why we help every step of the way. We take away the time and stress by creating a tax planning strategy that suits your tax affairs, helping ensure you pay the least amount of tax. Our team will advise when payments are due along with what forms need to be filed and returned to keep you compliant.

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