Cash accounting rules updated

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Just before Christmas, HMRC released amended draft Finance Bill 2013 clauses setting out further details for the simplified income and expense regime, and transitional rules to restrict manipulations by businesses moving in and out of the scheme.

The amendments address some of the queries and anomalies raised by tax advisers and AccountingWEB members, but the technical clarifications are unlikely to quell complaints that the cash basis is adding a new layer of complication rather than simplifying the tax system.

Detailed conditions and explanations are set out in an HMRC technical note, Simpler Income Tax for the Simplest Small Businesses. Some of the key points covered include:

  • Accounting dates: annual reporting periods to end between 31 March and 30...

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14th Jan 2013 11:51

Oh Dear

And that is a precise of the simplified rules!

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By Briar
14th Jan 2013 15:34

Hurrah! I'm still in business!

Reading the precis (sic), I conclude that there is a future for accountants after all. Taxpayers adopting the cash basis will still need us to interpret the complicated rules. The only problem is that we will have to learn a new way of accounting as well.

One concludes that the civil servants/HMRC have done their job in true "Yes, Prime Minister" fashion ... made a simple concept almost totally incomprehensible in practice.


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14th Jan 2013 15:54

Sounds simple!

Sounds simple? Should be just as easy to get wrong as before at least.

I am looking forward to doing the "what you could have saved yourself if you had an accountant"

This calculation (in or out) is going to be different for every taxpayer!

It really is time to vote Monster Raving Looney Party.


If I have read it right?

I especially like the cars and vans one ? picture a bad year (recession, unlikely I know) Van/car 100% business use leasing costs £4200 fuel £480 insurance £500 repairs £700 total cost £5,880.......4000 miles @ 45p £1,800........... extra tax bill £1,183 just when you needed it.

and will perhaps create some extra work for HMRC when the monthly cash flow figures don't agree to the annual accounts.

This is going to be hilarious.

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By taxinfo
to Piltdown Man
27th Mar 2013 11:02

It;'s all madness

The Black Knight wrote:
Not the word I would have used but I get your meaning.
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By taxinfo
27th Mar 2013 10:59

am I going mad? Quite probably.....

deductions will not be allowed for buying or improving assets that are likely to hold their value, namely:




Since when has a car any of us have ever owned for business use "held" its value or ever likely to?

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27th Mar 2013 11:27

Basically you can pick any basis you like.

Which is no different from taxpayers who do their own returns do now.

The rules to prevent abuse seem very complicated and the mention of no bad debt relief when using the cash basis makes me wonder whether the person writing the rules has any knowledge of accounts whatsoever.

at least the taxpayer should be always be able to claim a reasonable excuse for being confused and getting their tax return wrong. So that's one in the eye for HMRC and their penalties.

Should be able to drive a truck through that one and this should provide a new lucrative source of income arguing with HMRC at tribunal.

Of course the real reason behind this is an increase in taxation for the gullible.

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