HMRC Talking Points

HMRC’s regular Talking Points webinars provide information, guidance and tips to help you understand tax issues. Forthcoming ones include:

How to show self-employed business expenses on your tax return: This webinar has been designed to provide guidance on what is and what isn’t classed as an allowable business expense and will include motoring and premises costs. HMRC subject matter experts will be online during the webinar to take your questions.

Tu‌esd‌ay ‌8 January – 2p‌m to 3p‌m


Capital Allowances and Vehicles: This webinar is aimed at sole trader clients and provides an overview of the special rules for cars.

We‌dn‌esd‌ay 9 January – 1‌1a‌m to midday

We‌dn‌esd‌ay 9 January – 1‌pm to ‌2pm


Income from property for individual landlords – changes introduced by Finance Act 2, 2017: A comprehensive look at two measures introduced by Finance Act 2, 2017:

  • the cash basis for property businesses. (From the 2017-18 tax year, the cash basis will be the default basis for most property businesses that are run by individuals.)
  • the property allowance tax exemption of up to £1,000 a year for individuals with income from land or property.

Wednesday 16 Jan – 1‌1a‌m to 1‌2.15pm

Wednesday 16 Jan – 2pm to 3.15pm


Submission of SA returns affected by exclusions: This webinar will discuss 2017-18 SA return online submission issues and resulting exclusions. HMRC will explain the process for filing online and allowing paper returns submissions after the 31st October deadline.

Thursday 17 January – ‌11a‌m to midday


Making Tax Digital (MTD) for business: This webinar will cover some fundamentals in regards to getting ready for MTD VAT in more depth than previous webinars. HMRC will cover exemptions, the Agent Services Account, spreadsheets and bridging software in more detail. They will also cover how to register businesses for the Public Beta Pilot in advance of the April start date.

Tuesday 22 January ­­– 11am to midday

Tuesday 22 January – 1pm to 2pm

Tuesday 22 January – 3pm to 4pm


Income from property for individual landlords – common themes in relation to deductions and reliefs: Concentrating on 3 areas that generate regular contact with HMRC:

  • restricting finance cost relief for individual landlords
  • replacement of domestic items relief
  • overview of what needs to be considered when deciding whether the cost of ‘repairs’ is allowable as a deduction.

Wednesday 23 January – 1‌1a‌m to 1‌2.15pm

Wednesday 23 January – 2p‌m to 3.15pm


Basis Periods – looking at commencement years, changes to accounting date and overlapping periods: During the webinar HMRC will focus on basis periods, a subject that’s prominent around the self-assessment peaks. In particular they will look at the different rules that apply to commencement years, the effect on a basis period when there is a change of accounting date and overlapping periods. HMRC also look at some pointers when dealing with a change from sole trader to partnership and vice versa.

Thursday 24 January – 1‌1a‌m to midday

Wednesday 30 January – 1‌1a‌m to midday


Trade Losses: Looking at the different ways trade losses can be relieved by individuals, including examples of the different loss relief provisions, time limits applicable to each claim and further points to consider.

Thursday 24 January – 1‌pm to ‌2pm

Wednesday 30 January – 1‌pm to ‌2pm 

If you have any questions for HMRC’s subject experts send them to team.agentengagement@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk prior to the meeting, including the title of the meeting in the ‘Subject’ line of your email.

These interactive meetings will be run on the ‘GoToWebinar’ platform. The organiser will run through how to ask questions on the day.

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