The following Owner-Managed Businesses guidance note Produced by Tolley provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:
The simplified cash basis provides a simpler way for smaller businesses to calculate their taxable profits, which is based on receipts less payments subject to any adjustments required for tax rules. This guidance note details the calculation of profit, for details on the eligibility of a business to use the simplified cash basis, see the Eligibility for the simplified cash basis guidance note and for a summary of the consequences of joining or leaving the simplified cash basis, see the Simplified cash basis ― joining and leaving guidance note.
Under the cash basis, there is a simple two-step calculation:
cash receipts actually received, less
cash expenses actually paid
ITTOIA 2005, s 31E
In addition to this, the removal of the requirement for generally accepted accounting practice (GAAP) treatment provides a simplification of the accounting treatment. Consequently, it is not possible to receive deductions for accruals or provisions. This removes the requirement for a business to compute certain figures such as:
capital expenses, and
ITTOIA 2005, ss 25, 28–33
In addition, under the simplified cash basis, there is no statutory relief for bad debts or employee remuneration accruals.
The alteration to the treatment of capital expenses and receipts remove areas of complication; however, some of the well-understood principles derived from case law are retained such as expenditure being wholly and exclusively for the purpose of the trade.
For a summary of which provisions of ITTOIA 2005 are disapplied under the simplified cash basis and which provisions have been introduced, see Summary ― simplified cash basis for smaller businesses.
The simplified cash basis states that expenditure must be incurred ‘wholly and exclusively’ for the purposes of the trade. This means that expenditure with personal use or other non-business use is disallowed. See below, however, regarding the deduction for loan interest. For a full review of what wholly and exclusively means, see the Wholly and exclusively guidance note.
Where expenses are incurred partly
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