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If you have children under 12 who attend a nursery, after-school club, play scheme, or childminder, or are considering sending them to a summer camp, you should consider setting up a tax-free childcare account. The government adds 25% to the amounts you save in the account, contributing up to £2,000 for each child each year (a higher amount applies to disabled children). For example, if you save £8,000, this is topped up to £10,000.

The account is then used to pay approved childcare providers. It is worth noting that it doesn’t need to be the child’s parents paying into the account. Uncles, aunts, grandparents and others can also make payments. The government has noticed that many families eligible for this scheme are yet to set up their accounts.

Various factors affect eligibility, but those with annual net income above £100,000 are notably excluded.

The tax-free childcare account scheme will gradually replace childcare vouchers that many employers continue providing to employees.

Childcare vouchers are free from tax and national insurance (within specified limits) and can be used to pay for childcare until the child is 16. Childcare voucher schemes can no longer be set up, but eligible employees can continue to benefit.


HMRC are reminding sole traders and partners who have received Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grants that there are potential penalties of up to 100% of amounts overclaimed in certain circumstances.

HMRC may apply the penalty where they believe that the trader knew that they were not entitled to the grant and did not tell HMRC within a 90-day notification period. The law treats the failure as ‘deliberate and concealed’. This means HMRC may charge a penalty of up to 100% of the amount of the SEISS grant that the trader was not entitled to receive or keep.

Traders are required to notify HMRC if there is an amendment to any of their tax returns on or after 3 March 2021 which either:

  • lowers the amount of the fourth or fifth grant they are eligible for
  • causes the trader to no longer to be eligible for the fourth or fifth grant

If the tax return was amended before claiming the fourth or fifth grant, traders had to tell HMRC within 90 days of receiving the grant. If the tax return has been amended after receiving the fourth or fifth grant, traders must tell HMRC within 90 days of the amendment.


Where applicable, the fourth and fifth SEISS grants that a trader was entitled to need to be reported on the trader’s 2021/22 self-assessment tax return, with any overclaimed amounts separately disclosed. The fifth grant claim was particularly complicated as it depended on reducing business turnover.

If you have any concerns, we can check that the reported amounts are correct and minimise potential penalties.


HMRC have also issued new guidance on the penalties they impose for non-compliance with the Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT rues. In particular, a penalty of up to £400 for every VAT return of a business file without using ‘functional compatible software.

Functional compatible software means a software program, or set of software programs, products or applications that can:

  • record and store digital records
  • provide HMRC with information and VAT returns from the data held in those digital records
  • receive information from HMRC

There are additional penalties if the business does not keep their records digitally.

HMRC may charge the business a penalty of between £5 to £15 for every day on which the digital record-keeping requirement is not met.

To meet the digital record-keeping requirement, the business’ functional compatible software must contain:

  • the business name, address and VAT registration number
  • any adjustments from calculations made outside the functional compatible software for any VAT accounting schemes used
  • the VAT on goods and services supplied, meaning everything the business sold, leased, rented or hired (supplies made)
  • the VAT on goods and services received, meaning everything the business bought, leased, rented or hired (supplies received)
  • any adjustments made to a return
  • the ‘time of supply’ and ‘value of supply’ (value excluding VAT) for everything bought and sold
  • the rate of VAT charged on goods and services
  • details of any ‘reverse charge transactions’, where the business needs to record the VAT on the sale price and the purchase price of the goods and services bought
  • copies of documents that cover multiple transactions made on behalf of the business like those made by volunteers for charity fundraising, a third-party business or employees for expenses in petty cash

All transactions must be contained in the functional compatible software. There is no requirement to scan or upload supporting documents like invoices and receipts.


The Research & Development (R&D) tax credit scheme for small and medium-sized enterprise companies is particularly generous as there is currently 230% relief for qualifying expenditure. Where the company is loss-making, this results in a 14.5% repayable credit. This means that the company receives a £33,350 refund for every £100,000 spent on R&D.

This generous tax break has reportedly resulted in abuse of the system. HMRC have recently paused some repayments while they investigate an increase in irregular claims. Unfortunately, even for legitimate claims, this is going to increase processing times.

For the vast majority of claims, HMRC aims to either pay the payable tax credit or contact the claimant regarding the claim within 40 days instead of the previous 28-day response.



DateWhat’s Due
1/07Corporation tax for year to 30/9/21 (unless pay quarterly)
5/07Last date for agreeing PAYE settlement agreements for 2021/22 employee benefits
5/07Deadline for agents and tenants to submit returns of rent paid to non-resident landlords and tax deducted for 2021/22
06/07Deadline for forms P11D and P11D(b) for 2021/22 tax year. Also deadline for notifying HMRC of shares and share options awarded to employees.
19/07PAYE & NIC deductions, and CIS return and tax, for month to 5/7/22 (due 22/07 if you pay electronically)
31/0750% payment on account of 2022/23 self-assessment tax liability due.
1/08Corporation tax for year to 31/10/21 (unless pay quarterly)
19/08PAYE & NIC deductions, and CIS return and tax, for month to 5/8/22 (due 22/08 if you pay electronically)

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