11
Apr

Sugar tax takes the sweetness out of soft drinks

The new Soft Drinks Industry Levy came into effect with the start of the new tax year on 6 April 2018. The Levy commonly known as the ‘sugar tax’, has been put into effect to help combat the excess use of sugar especially by children.

Since the introduction of the sugar tax, many soft drink manufacturers have already reformulated their recipes to reduce the amount of sugar in soft drinks. Over 50% of manufacturers have already reduced the equivalent of 45 million kg of sugar per year from drinks.

However, soft drinks manufacturers who don’t reformulate will pay the levy, which is expected to raise

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Court rules on online filing penalties

The Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) is a set of special rules for tax and national insurance (NI) for those working in the construction industry. Businesses in the construction industry are known as ‘contractors’ and ‘subcontractors’. The scheme applies mainly to contractors and subcontractors involved in construction.

A recent First-Tier Tribunal decision examined a case, where a limited company in the floor and wall covering business had failed to make monthly returns on time for the period April 2016 – December 2016. There are penalties for late submission of CIS contractor monthly returns. The penalties increase the longer the returns are outstanding. HMRC issued the company with penalty assessments of

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11
Apr

Treatment of termination payments

With effect from 6 April 2018, employers will need to pay income tax and Class 1 national insurance contributions (NICs) on certain parts of termination payments made to employees whether or not these payments are contractual. The element that is liable to taxation is the amount of the termination payment that represents a payment in lieu of notice, commonly referred to as ‘PILON’. The measure will mean that all PILONs rather than just contractual PILONs will be treated as taxable earnings.

In addition, all employees will pay income tax and Class 1 NICs on the amount of basic pay that they would have received if they had worked their notice in full, even if they are not paid a contractual PILON. This means that the tax and NICs consequences will be the same for everyone and will not be dependent on how an employment contract is drafted or whether payments are structured in some other form, such as damages.

The changes apply to payments, or benefits received on, or after, 6 April 2018 in circumstances where the employment also ended on, or after, 6 April 2018. Foreign service relief on termination payments has also been removed for all UK residents, apart from seafarers from 6 April 2018.

Planning note

The introduction of employer NICs on termination payments above

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