SCHEDULE OF SERVICES – (601) PERSONAL TAX – INDIVIDUALS RECURRING COMPLIANCE WORK
We will prepare your self assessment tax returns together with any supplementary pages required from the information and explanations that you provide to us. After obtaining your approval, we will submit your returns to HMRC.
We will calculate your income tax, high-income child benefit charge (if applicable), national insurance contributions (NIC) and any capital gains tax liabilities, and tell you how much you should pay and when. Where instructed by you we will advise on the interest and penalty implications if tax or NIC is paid late. We will also check HMRC’s calculation of your tax and NIC liabilities and initiate repayment claims if tax or NIC has been overpaid.
Other than tax credits and universal credit (see below), we will advise you as to possible tax return-related claims and elections arising from information supplied by you. Where instructed by you, we will make such claims and elections in the form and manner required by HMRC.
We will review PAYE notices of coding provided to us by you and advise accordingly. Note HMRC no longer sends copies of notices and coding to agents.
Ad hoc queries by way of telephone and email enquiries are not routine compliance and may result in additional fees. As indicated below, where appropriate we will aim to discuss and agree additional fees, but it may not always be possible to agree these in advance and we reserve the right to charge you an additional fee for these queries.
Ad hoc and advisory work
Where you have instructed us to do so we will also provide such other taxation ad hoc and advisory services as may be agreed between us from time to time. These services will be subject to the terms of this engagement letter and standard terms and conditions of business unless we decide to issue a separate engagement letter. An additional fee may be charged for these services. Examples of such work include:
1. advising on ad hoc transactions (for example, the sale of assets) and queries (including telephone conversations), preparing and submitting information in the relevant format to HMRC and calculating any related tax liabilities
2. dealing with any enquiry opened into your tax return or tax affairs by HMRC
3. preparing any amended returns that may be required and corresponding with HMRC as necessary
4. advising on tax credits and universal credit.
Where specialist advice is required, we may need to seek this from or refer you to appropriate specialists. We will only do this when instructed by you.
Tax credits and universal credit
The values required to complete your tax credits and universal credits claim are in most cases found within your self assessment tax return. We will point these out to you if required but this does not constitute advice.
If we agree to advise you on tax credits and universal credit we will issue a separate letter or schedule to cover this area. Tax credits and universal credit are, in effect, a social security benefit. Your entitlement or otherwise will depend not only on your own circumstances but also those of your household and we would require all relevant information to advise in this regard. Changes in the law or practice or in public policy.
Changes in the law or practice or in public policy
We will not accept responsibility if you act on advice previously given by us on an earlier occasion without first confirming with us that the advice is still valid in light of any change in the law or practice or in public policy or your circumstances.
We will accept no liability for losses arising from changes in the law (or the interpretation thereof) or practiced or in public policy that are first published after the date on which the advice is given.
You are legally responsible for:
1. ensuring that your self-assessment tax returns are correct and complete
2. filing any returns by the due date
3. paying tax on time.
Failure to do this may lead to penalties and/or interest.
Taxpayers who approve their returns cannot delegate this legal responsibility to others. You agree to check that returns we have prepared for you are complete before you approve them.
To enable us to carry out our work you agree:
1. that all returns are to be made on the basis of full disclosure of all sources of income, charges, allowances and capital transactions
2. to provide all information necessary for dealing with your affairs: we will rely on the information and documents being true, correct and complete and will not audit the information or those documents
3. to authorise us to approach such third parties as may be appropriate for information that we consider necessary to deal with your affairs
4. to provide us with information in sufficient time for your tax return to be completed and submitted by the due date following the end of the tax year. If (as is preferable) you wish us to submit your tax return by 31 October then we must have received all relevant information by 31 July. Alternately, if you wish us to submit your tax return by 31 January then we must have received all relevant information by 31 October. Where feasible we may agree to complete your return within a shorter period but may charge an additional fee of insert amount for doing so.
5. to have paid our full fee in respect of the work to complete your tax return prior to us making submission to HMRC. Where the work has been completed but our fee is not paid in full we reserve the right to withhold submission.
You will keep us informed of material changes in your circumstances that could affect your tax liability. If you are unsure whether the change is material or not, please let us know so that we can assess its significance.
Where you wish us to deal with HMRC communications, you will forward to us all communications received from HMRC such as HMRC statements of account, copies of notices of assessment, tax codes and letters. These must be provided in time to enable us to deal with them as may be necessary within the statutory time limits. It is essential that you let us have copies of any correspondence received because HMRC is not obliged to send us copies of all communications issued to you.
Our services as detailed above are subject to the limitations on our liability set out in the engagement letter and our standard terms and conditions of business. These are important provisions, which you should read and consider carefully.
You and your spouse/partner
We shall advise you and your spouse/partner on the basis that you are a family unit. You both agree that in all matters relating to your or your spouse’s/partner’s tax and financial affairs, we may deal directly with either of you and we may discuss with either of you the tax liabilities and/or financial affairs of the other. If you wish to make any change to these arrangements at any time, please let us know.
You undertake that all instructions, information or explanations either of you gives us will be on behalf of both of you.