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HMRC extends Business Records Checks 03/10/11

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced an extension of its Business Records Checks programme.

Business Records Checks were piloted earlier this year in eight key areas, and involve checks on the adequacy of small and medium-sized enterprises’ business records.

The pilots found that around 44 per cent of businesses visited had issues with their record-keeping, while around 12 per cent of those visited had seriously inadequate records.

HMRC will be now be extending this activity from mid-September to cover a number of key areas across the UK. They plan to complete up to 12,000 Business Records Checks by the end of the current financial year, with 20,000 provisionally planned for 2012/13. HMRC is increasing the number of visits, so it can refine the process, before final decisions on a national roll-out are taken in the New Year.

Initially, HMRC will only levy a record-keeping penalty in the most extreme cases of poor record-keeping. In the longer-term, HMRC intends to issue penalties of up to £3,000 for serious inadequacies in record-keeping

Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS says:

“Good records give a business a clear idea of their trading position and profitability, allowing them to make business decisions and adjustments to ensure survival and success.”

If you need any help and advice on Financial Planning and Reporting, don’t hesitate, contact Lavinia Newman, Stuart Coleman or Tonmoy Kumar to discuss how ABDS can help.

ABDS Chartered Certified Accountants of Southampton.
Tel: 023 8083 6900  E-mail: abds@netaccountants.net

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