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VAT returns deadline

From 9 January 2013 HMRC will be embarking on a new campaign to chase businesses with outstanding VAT returns. Failure to submit a VAT return is an offence and penalties may be issued, in addition to the VAT you already owe.

VAT registration threshold no longer due to those not established in the UK

A decision in the European Court of Justice has confirmed that only businesses established in a Member State can benefit from its domestic VAT registration threshold.

Changes to VAT online services

HMRC have announced various changes to their online services including the introduction of the VAT online registration service which was promised earlier this year.

Simpler Health and Safety guidance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched an online 'Health and Safety Toolbox' aimed at smaller, low-risk businesses. It is hoped that the Toolbox, which can be accessed from the right hand side of the HSE’s home page, will make it quicker and easier for small businesses to find the information that applies to their industry. This should enable them to manage health and safety issues themselves, without the need to use health and safety consultants.

VAT: Amended certificates of registration

HM Revenue & Customs is updating their VAT systems. If you are currently VAT registered then HMRC may need to make a small change to the way they record your address. This is to ensure the data HMRC holds is consistent and is not a cause for concern, but you may receive an amended certificate of registration (VAT 4).

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