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Simplified VAT rules &#39will save firms up to £1k a year&#39

Government proposals to make it simpler for small businesses to deal with

VAT could save IFAs up to £1,000 a year, according to Treasury

minister Paul Boateng.

The proposals are for businesses with a taxable turnover of up to

£100,000 a year to have their bookkeeping requirements simplified by

Customs & Excise&#39s flat rate scheme.

As part of the scheme, IFA firms are urged to reply to the proposals in

the Government&#39s consultation document by September 7.

Small businesses are currently required to keep detailed records of every

sale and purchase and complete a VAT return usually every three months.

This has been criticised by small businesses as too heavy a compliance

burden. Under the flat rate proposals, businesses will simply calculate

their net VAT liability as a percentage of their total turnover and will no

longer have to keep records of every sale or purchase.

Boateng says: “We need small businesses to look at these proposals to

ensure they are as practical and simple as possible.”

Sofa spokeswoman Jo Smith says: “For the small IFA practice dealing with

all sorts of new regulation and legislation, any move that simplifies

backroom compliance must be good.”


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