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Written Answers — Treasury: Import Duties (25 Nov 2022)

Victoria Atkins: Following the UK’s exit from the EU, the Government’s priority was to keep goods moving and avoid delays at the border without compromising security. Compliance with the new customs declaration processes for EU trade has been high and businesses have adjusted well to the new requirements. HMRC is aware there has been some non-compliance. HMRC and Border Force are working with hauliers,...

Written Answers — Treasury: Vat (25 Nov 2022)

Victoria Atkins: To give businesses certainty, it was announced at Autumn Statement that the VAT registration threshold will remain at £85,000 for a further period of two years from 1 April 2024. The UK has a higher VAT registration threshold than any EU Member State and the second highest in the OECD at £85,000. This keeps the majority of businesses out of VAT altogether.

Written Answers — Treasury: Child Care Vouchers: Compensation (25 Nov 2022)

Victoria Atkins: Childcare vouchers are a contractual arrangement between the parent, employer, and voucher provider. The Government is not party to these arrangements and the availability of a refund will depend on the precise terms and conditions of the employer’s scheme. While some voucher schemes allow for refunds in certain circumstances, this is not a legal requirement. Where an employer or...

Written Answers — Treasury: Child Care Vouchers: Repayments (25 Nov 2022)

Victoria Atkins: Childcare vouchers are a contractual arrangement between the parent, employer, and voucher provider. The availability of a refund will depend on the precise terms and conditions of the employer’s scheme, and is not something the Government is party to. Parents may request a refund by contacting their employer or childcare voucher provider directly. Where an employer or provider does allow...

Written Answers — Treasury: Farms: Tenants (24 Nov 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The Government is considering the recommendations on taxation made in the Rock Review. The Government will publish a formal response to the review in due course.

Written Answers — Treasury: Pet Foods: VAT (24 Nov 2022)

Victoria Atkins: VAT has been designed as a broad-based tax on consumption, and the twenty per cent standard rate applies to the majority of goods and services. Pet food attracts the standard rate of VAT. Introducing any new VAT reliefs would come at a cost to the Exchequer and any changes should be seen in the context of over £50 billion worth of requests for relief from VAT received since the EU...

Written Answers — Treasury: Research and Development Expenditure Credit (24 Nov 2022)

Victoria Atkins: HMRC has staff deployed on R&D from across the department. This includes dedicated specialist teams focusing on compliance with the SME and RDEC schemes as well as teams working with large businesses on the RDEC scheme. These teams work with HMRC’s specialist Fraud, Risk & Intelligence colleagues as well as with customer service colleagues, lawyers and policy teams to support R&D claims and...

Written Answers — Treasury: P&O Ferries: Minimum Wage (24 Nov 2022)

Victoria Atkins: HMRC enforce the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and the National Living Wage on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. HMRC do not comment on any identifiable individuals or businesses. HMRC consider 100 per cent of complaints they receive and undertake an extensive programme to identify risk and allocate resource based on the level of risk identified, to...

Written Answers — Treasury: Exports (24 Nov 2022)

Victoria Atkins: HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is responsible for the collection and publication of data on imports and exports of goods to and from the UK. HMRC releases this information monthly, as a National Statistic called the Overseas Trade in Goods Statistics (OTS), which is available via their dedicated website (www.uktradeinfo.com). From this website, it is possible to build your own data tables based...

Written Answers — Treasury: Energy: Taxation (24 Nov 2022)

Victoria Atkins: From January 2023, a 45 per cent tax will be levied on extraordinary returns being realised from non-gas electricity generators in the UK. The measure will raise around £14.2 billion over the scorecard and help fund support for households and businesses with their energy bills as well as vital public services. While gas generators are experiencing increased revenue from the substantial...

Written Answers — Treasury: Private Education: VAT (24 Nov 2022)

Victoria Atkins: Many education and training services are exempt from VAT because there is a broad public interest in the provision of education. Vocational training provided by bodies like further education colleges, training schemes ultimately funded by the Government, examination services, and closely related supplies like school meals and field trips are all exempt from VAT under these rules, and we have...

Written Answers — Treasury: Energy: Taxation (24 Nov 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The Energy Profits Levy (EPL) was introduced in May in response to sharp increases in oil and gas prices over the past year. At the Autumn Statement 2022, the Chancellor announced that the rate of the levy would rise by ten percentage points to 35 per cent, effective from 1 January 2023. The levy has also been extended until 31 March 2028. The Electricity Generator Levy (EGL) will be...

Written Answers — Treasury: Trader Support Service (23 Nov 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The cost to HMRC of running the Trader Support Service (TSS) between August 2020 and October 2022 was £318.7m. TSS continues to be a free-to-use service for businesses.

Written Answers — Treasury: Food: VAT (23 Nov 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The Chancellor regularly engages with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on a range of issues. The temporary reduced rate of VAT was introduced on 15 July 2020 to support the cash flow and viability of around 150,000 businesses and protect over 2.4 million jobs in the hospitality and tourism sectors. On 1 October 2021, a new reduced rate of 12.5 per cent was...

Written Answers — Treasury: Public Houses: Business Rates (23 Nov 2022)

Victoria Atkins: At Autumn Statement 2022, the Government announced a package of support worth £13.6 billion over the next five years. Together with the revaluation, this package ensures bills will more accurately reflect current market values whilst protecting businesses from large bill increases. The retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will benefit from over £2 billion in support in 2023-24, with...

Written Answers — Treasury: Research: Tax Allowances (23 Nov 2022)

Victoria Atkins: At Autumn Statement 2022 the Chancellor announced that as part of the ongoing review of R&D tax reliefs, the Government is reforming the reliefs to ensure taxpayers’ money is spent as effectively as possible. The R&D expenditure credit (RDEC) is better value than the SME scheme but has a rate that is less internationally competitive. Also, there is significant error and fraud in the small...

Written Answers — Treasury: Business Rates: Tax Allowances (23 Nov 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The Government has announced a package of support worth £13.6 billion for businesses over the next five years. Together with the revaluation, this package ensures bills will more accurately reflect current market values whilst protecting businesses from large bill increases. Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector will receive a tax cut worth over £2 billion in 2023-24....

Written Answers — Treasury: Research: Tax Allowances (23 Nov 2022)

Victoria Atkins: At Autumn Statement 2022 the Chancellor announced that as part of the ongoing review of R&D tax reliefs, the Government is reforming the reliefs to ensure taxpayers’ money is spent as effectively as possible. The R&D expenditure credit (RDEC) is better value than the SME scheme but has a rate that is less internationally competitive. Also, there is significant error and fraud in the small...

Written Answers — Treasury: PAYE: Employment Agencies (23 Nov 2022)

Victoria Atkins: Under section 44 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003, most contractors supplying services via agencies must be treated as employees for income tax and National Insurance contributions (NICs) purposes by the agencies that pay them. These agencies are required to make deductions of income tax and employee NICs, where these are due, from the workers’ pay through Pay As You...

Energy (oil and gas) profits levy (22 Nov 2022)

Victoria Atkins: It is a pleasure to be at the Dispatch Box to respond to the many powerful and passionate contributions made by my right hon. and hon. Friends and the sometimes incorrect contributions made by other hon. Members, and it is a genuine privilege to wind up on behalf of the Government in support of the autumn statement. We have discussed and debated many aspects of the autumn statement. We have...


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