Latest updates

 Housing Association Finance

The chapters on Pensions and Corporation Tax have been updated. 

Pensions includes up-to-date information on departicipation debts in multi-employer schemes, such as the Social Housing Pension Scheme (SHPS) or Local Government Pensions Scheme (LGPS).

Corporation Tax changes include whole new sections on carried-forward losses and corporate interest restriction.

 Financial Management and Corporate Governance

The following chapters have been added to the Financial Management and Corporate Governance stream: Modern Slavery Act 2015 and Governance, Standards and Ethics in Local Government

The former offers an overview of modern slavery, outlines the content of the act and describes the role of local government in tackling modern slavery. The latter provides an overview of governance, standards and ethics in local government, including the key elements of governance and misconduct in public office.

 Pensions

The following chapters in the Pensions stream have been updated: Scheme Administration, Accounting, Audit, Risk Management, Other Public Sector Schemes and CIPFA Guidance. This reflects the latest developments in governance of the LGPS and recent CIPFA guidance.

 Internal Audit

A new chapter has been published on the Northern Irish Government, with specific detail on the provision of internal and external audit services. 

 Local Authorities and Similar Bodies VAT

The chapter on General Principles has been refreshed and updated to include new guidelines on Making Tax Digital, which includes new HMRC requirements and the exception of six-month deferrals.

There have also been updates made to the Fees and Charges and Land and Property Transactions chapters, outlining the latest in the case of National Car Parks Limited v HMRC and HMRC’s stance on the tax rating of cladding respectively.

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News

 MHCLG publishes 2018/2019 English collection rates
On 26 June 2019 the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) published its latest statistics showing the collection rates for council tax and non-domestic rates in England, for 2018 to 2019.
 Labour proposes abolition of council tax
The Labour Party is proposing replacing the council tax with a new 'progressive' property tax that would be set nationally and paid by property owners rather than tenants.
 Recent Council Tax Publications
On 31 May 2019 the Welsh Government published two new documents in relation to research into the impact of universal credit on council tax reduction schemes and rent arrears in Wales.
 New Guide to Council Tax in England
MHCLG has produced a new practical guide to how the Council Tax system operates in England.
 Recent Valuation Agency Publications on Council Tax
The Valuation Agency Office has recently released new publications on challenges to council tax.
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In the Forums

 VAT

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 Fraud

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  • Fraud Bulletin for Staff

 Finance

  • 16/07/2019 08:33:17
  • Asset classification of Agricultural estate ?

 Capital and Treasury

  • 03/07/2019 11:02:10
  • Prudential Code PI's and local PI's

 Section 33 VAT Network

  • 07/06/2019 17:00:43
  • Option to Tax acknowledgement - can anyone explain a point noted in acknowledgment letter?
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