If you reclaim VAT on your expenditure, please note that HMRC have published new company car advisory fuel rates to take effect from 1 December 2011.
These rates apply to all journeys on or after 1 December 2011 until further notice, allowing them to reflect fuel prices more quickly. For one month from the date of change, employers may use either the previous or new current rates, as they choose. Employers may therefore make or require supplementary payments if they so wish, but are under no obligation to do either.
The advisory fuel rates for journeys undertaken on or after 1 December 2011 are:
1400cc or less
1401cc – 2000cc
1600cc or less
1601cc – 2000cc
Please note that most rates have not changed. However the rate for LPG cars has reduced for those with an engine size of 1400cc or less.
Other points to be aware of about the advisory fuel rates:
Employers do not need a dispensation to use these rates.
Employees driving employer provided cars are not entitled to use these rates to claim tax relief if employers reimburse them at lower rates. Such claims should be based on the actual costs incurred.
The advisory rates are not binding where an employer can demonstrate that the cost of business travel in employer provided cars is higher than the guideline mileage rates. The higher cost would need to be agreed with HMRC under a dispensation.
If you would like more information, please contact me.
HMRC does not mess around when it comes to late filing of your company’s records.
What are late filing penalties?
Late filing penalties were introduced in 1992 to encourage directors of limited companies to file their accounts on time because they must provide this statutory information for the public record.
What changes have been introduced?
All penalties have been increased to take account of inflation between 1992 and 2007.
A faster rate of increase in penalties for companies who file more than one month late.
A doubling of the penalty for any company which files late having also filed late in the previous year.
What are the new late filing penalties?
The new table of penalties is a follows:
How late are the accounts delivered
Penalty – Private Ltd Company
Penalty – PLC
Not more than one month
More than one month but not more than three months
More than three months but not more than six months
More than six months
In addition where there was a failure to comply with filing requirements in relation to the previous financial year (and that the previous financial year had begun on or after 6th April 2008), the penalty will be double that shown in the table.
I was asked to give my point of view on a local radio programme today, regarding the latest government statistics about the increase in the amount of time the average employee spends at work. The argument was that the average worker in the UK works harder than their EU counterparts.
To me, the statistic says we are working longer, not harder. To be working harder, the statistic would be about output, results, even job satisfaction; not about how long we sit at our desks.
As a freelancer, I am always conscious about how I am valued. I have learnt that my value is assessed first and foremost by whether I get the job done. How long I will take, or how much I will charge is a secondary issue. If I do the job well, but take longer to do it than is really necessary just makes me more expensive, not better. Who do you know that would pay for unnecessary hours, or for poor quality?
And yet, that is what many employers do. They pay workers to be at their desks, measuring their contribution in time and cost, not quality. This charade is also played by employees, who are willing to put in extra time at work for free, perhaps hoping that this show of commitment secures their place in the company.
Do you value each employee by their cost, by how much time they spend at work, or by what they do for you?