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This factsheet explains the situations where the VAT bad debt relief applies.
It is quite possible within the VAT system for a business to be in the position of having to pay over VAT to HMRC while not having received payment from their customer.
Bad debt relief allows businesses, that have made supplies on which they have accounted for and paid VAT but for which they have not received payment, to claim a refund of the VAT by reference to the outstanding amount.
In order to make a claim a business must satisfy the following conditions:
A claim is made by entering the appropriate amount in Box 4 of the VAT return for the period in which entitlement to the claim arises (or any permissible later period).
Businesses making bad debt relief claims must keep records for four years from the date of the claim to show:
Where a customer has not paid a supplier within six months of the date of the supply or, if later, the date payment is due, VAT previously claimed as input tax, must be repaid. This puts a burden on all VAT registered traders to monitor their transactions to anticipate whether they need to reverse any input tax recovered on goods received from suppliers.
09 Jan 2022
On 21 December 2021, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, unveiled a £1 billion COVID-19 fund, including cash grants of up to £6,000 per premises for each eligible firm.
HMRC has reminded self assessment taxpayers to declare any COVID-19 grant payments on their 2020/21 tax return.
In common with many businesses, and based on government recommendations, we have now taken the decision to work from home and our office will be closed for the foreseeable future. We will, however, do our utmost to maintain business as usual.
During this difficult period please contact us via our usual email addresses or, if your enquiry is urgent, please call Alan Carter on 07868 037611 (mobile) or David Lyons on 07711 037564 (mobile). The main office telephone and answer-machine will not be answered at this time.
Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation and understanding as we all try to chart the stormy waters ahead.
Please take care and stay safe.Leonard Jones & Co