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OTS recommends simplifications for small companies

Newsletter Issue - April 2016

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has unveiled a package of recommendations aimed at making the tax system simpler and easier to use for small companies. The report, entitled Small company taxation review contains a mix of long range structural change ideas and simpler short term administrative improvements.

The recommended administrative changes include:

  • aligning filing and payment dates, e.g. VAT and PAYE, and annual returns and corporation tax;
  • HMRC providing extra support at weekends and evenings when more small company owners deal with their tax affairs;
  • stopping companies providing the same information to various government departments who instead should share the information; and
  • looking at the feasibility of having advance clearances for VAT.

The report sets out three main areas for further work:

  • testing whether taxing the profits from the smallest companies on the shareholders rather than the company ('look-through') could be simpler for some companies as well as addressing distortions in the system;
  • developing an outline for an new 'sole enterprise protected asset' (SEPA) vehicle which will give some limited liability protection without the need to formally incorporate; and
  • simplifying the corporation tax computation, eliminating many sundry tax allowances and potentially calculating corporation tax on a cash basis for the smallest companies.

 


Christopher Kember FMAAT is licensed and regulated by AAT under licence number 7213. AAT is recognised by HM Treasury to supervise compliance with the Money Laundering Regulations and Sinden Thackeray Partnership is supervised by AAT in this respect.