Furlough Fraud Investigation – HMRC go after Furlough Fraud offenders

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HMRC has announced the potential penalties that can be imposed on employers who commit fraud under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

The Job Retention Scheme was put in place to support employers who were not able to operate as normal due to the pandemic. However, some employers have likely overclaimed and may face sanctions if this is not reported and rectified.

The Government has explained that the following actions constitute an overclaimed furlough grant:

• Any amount the employer was not entitled to ...

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Dog Breeders arrested – Tax help

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HMRC reports that several arrests have been made in relation to their taskforce’s work into Dog Breeders over the past four years. Durham kennel owner, Kevin Knox, pleaded guilty to the fraudulent evasion of tax and VAT in March 2018.

However it is not only the smugglers who HMRC are interested and the tax enquiry is far less scary and intrusive with the right adviser

If you have still failed to declare income from dog or cat breeding call me and let’s ...

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Dog Breeders caught in the tax net

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A couple of years ago HMRC Officers uncovered fraudsters selling puppies on a mass scale and for a huge profit, but because of the underground nature of the activity – many had failed to declare their sales.

HMRC has recovered almost £6 million in lost taxes from hundreds of cases since the formation of their dedicated taskforce.

Of those breeders and traders targeted, they include:

  • two unconnected puppy breeders in the west of Scotland who were handed tax bills of £425,000 and £337,000
  • a puppy ...
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Working from Home – Tax

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Working from Home

If you’ve been working from home over the past few months, you may well save on travel costs and lunches, but you’ll run up other bills, including heating and electricity. Some employers give their staff an allowance to cover those excess costs but some do not. If not employees can still claim a small reduction in their taxes for the time they were forced to work at home and not out of choice.

Rather than have to calculate exactly ...

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