Civil servants have been instructed by their political masters to keep stum – remain silent throughout the current national election process. But that doesn’t mean they are entirely inactive.
HMRC have recently, 3 May, uploaded a bunch of self-assessment help sheets for 2017-18. These are worth using as source material if you have a particular query regarding information to be entered on an SA return.
A list of the current forms and help sheets for the self-employed and partnerships can be viewed at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/self-assessment-helpsheets-self-employment-and-partnerships#helpsheets.
It would be really helpful if the Treasury mandarins were able to confirm which parts of the washed-up Finance Bill were going to be reintroduced after the election – assuming that Teresa May will prevail, but there is no sign that this information will be published this side of June 8th.
In the meantime, we are like fish in aspic – preserved, potentially useful, but denied productive activity.
Never-the-less, the demands of tax planning are unremitting, and we must proceed on the best information available.
At Informanagement, we continue to trawl the Gov.uk and other Treasury sources, for details of announcements, publications and other updates. These are incorporated into our newsfeed and used to update our training tutorials.
Time enough to consider the multitude of “washed-up” clauses in the original Finance Bill once the election fervour is resolved.
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