Construction Sector Breakfast Update

Posted On March 20, 2019 By mhauk

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Date(s) - 20/03/2019
8:00 am - 10:00 am

MHA MacIntyre Hudson (Maidstone Office)


At our member firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s breakfast update, they will be looking at some of the hot topics affecting the construction sector and helping you make sure your business is fully informed.

Are you Ready for the New Reverse Charge VAT rules?

2019 is the year of VAT change for UK businesses. Making Tax Digital for VAT brings new rules for how businesses prepare and submit their VAT returns from April and now HMRC have announced another major change in VAT accounting which wholly impacts the construction and property development sectors.

We will give you the detail about the new reverse charge. We will tell you who is affected, what construction services are covered by the reverse charge and the VAT rates applicable which could be 20%, 5% or zero.

R&D Tax Credits – Can you Claim?

Many construction companies are missing out on cash that they are entitled to as they do not think they “do research and development”. Often you may be required to be creative and innovative when faced with certain problems, to arrive at a solution that is both effective and cost efficient for you and your client.  This work could form the basis of an R&D claim and a tax repayment. We will explain how construction companies can unlock this valuable relief.

IR35 – Off-Payroll Working in the Private Sector

IR35 affects all contractors who do not meet HMRC’s definition of ‘self employment’. Changes which took effect in the public sector in April 2017 are now, as many expected, being extended to the private sector. We will give you an insight into what this means and what to expect.


Sue Rathmell, Head of VAT Kent

Sue is an Indirect Tax specialist with more than 25 years’ experience of VAT, Insurance Premium Tax, excise and customs duties. She joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in April 2017 and heads up the indirect tax services in the Kent region.

Sue’s clients include construction and property development businesses so she is involved every day in advising on complex VAT issues in the construction sector affecting both residential and commercial developments. She also advises clients in connected sectors including surveyors, architects, electricians and landlords. Her aim is to help clients through the maze of VAT legislation and case law by providing proactive and pragmatic advice.

Sue spent five years as in-house Indirect Tax Manager at Saga plc. Before that Sue worked for a Big 4 firm in London and in Central Europe and initially she worked for HMRC. Sue is a Chartered Tax Advisor.

Glen Thomas, Head of Tax Kent

Glen is an experienced tax professional and has been providing his clients with a broad range of advisory services for 20 years. He has advised on clients of all sizes from owner managed businesses to international groups.

His expertise centres on corporation tax and all matters that affect entrepreneurial owner managed businesses. He also advises on issues concerning tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

He is of the view that most companies are missing the opportunity to claim the enhanced tax reliefs available for Research and Development activities without even knowing it.

Jonathan Harvey, Employment Tax Specialist

Jon has been a tax adviser for many years and has a wide range of experience with a particular focus on employment taxes, including reward, employment status and global mobility.

Recently, Jon has been advising on the implications of IR35 from the point of view of the end client to the individual carrying out the work and advises both from the worker’s perspective as well as the engager’s. He also regularly advises individuals on all matters relating to personal taxation.


  • 08.00 – Registration & breakfast
  • 08.30 to 10.00 – Seminar

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