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Less is more – MTD regulations relaxed
20/05/2019 - More...
Starting from April 2019, most VAT-registered businesses that have a taxable turnover over £85,000 are required to keep their VAT records digitally and use Making Tax Digital (MTD) compatible software to submit their VAT return information to HMRC. There are exceptions for certain businesses that have until the first VAT Return

Claim for money owed to you
20/05/2019 - More...
If you are owed money by an individual or business, there is a procedure you can use called making a court claim. This was more commonly referred to as taking someone to a 'small claims court'. Before making a claim, you should try to contact the person or organisation to try and resolve the issue by discussion or by using a

Reasonable excuses for late payment or filing
20/05/2019 - More...
There are a number of options open to taxpayers who disagree with a tax decision issued by HMRC. As a first step, it may be possible to make an appeal against a tax decision. There is normally a 30-day deadline for making a claim, so time is of the essence. HMRC will then carry out a review, usually by using HMRC officers that were not

VAT Margin Scheme on sales of vehicles
20/05/2019 - More...
A Margin Scheme is an optional method of accounting which allows certain businesses to calculate VAT based on the 'value' they add to the goods they sell, rather than on the full selling price. Without the use of the Margin Scheme, businesses would have to account for VAT on the full selling price of goods within the Margin

Pre-trading expenses for a rental business
20/05/2019 - More...
There are special rules for the pre-trading expenses of a rental business. If the expenses were in relation to a letting, then a deduction may be allowed where the following conditions are met: The expenditure is incurred within a period of seven years before the date the rental business is started, and The expenditure is not

Companies eligible for Group Relief
20/05/2019 - More...
Corporation Tax relief may be available when a company or organisation makes a trading loss. Companies that are eligible for Group Relief can transfer losses and certain other deficits to companies within the same group by means of Group or Consortium Relief. The use of Group Relief allows losses arising in the accounting period to be

Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme
20/05/2019 - More...
The SEIS provides for extensive Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax (CGT) breaks for investors and this greatly encourages much needed seed capital in new businesses. The SEIS is most valuable for taxpayers who can fully benefit from the tax reliefs on offer. For investors the main benefits of the scheme are as follows: Income Tax relief

The Pensions Regulator targets law-breaking employers
19/05/2019 - More...
Employers who flout their automatic enrolment pension duties are being targeted with short-notice inspections by The Pensions Regulator (TPR). TPR is using data to pinpoint specific employers across the UK who are suspected of breaking the law, including those who fail to put staff into a pension scheme or who make no, or incorrect,

Want to pay-off your student loan in full?
14/05/2019 - More...
Student Loans are part of the government’s financial support package for students in higher education in the UK. They are available to help students meet their expenses while they are studying, and it is HMRC’s responsibility to collect repayments where the borrower is working in the UK. The Student Loans Company (SLC) is

Tax on a private pension you inherit
14/05/2019 - More...
Private pensions can be an efficient way to pass on wealth, but it is important to consider what, if any, tax will be payable on a private pension you inherit. The person who died will usually have nominated you by telling their pension provider that you should inherit any monies left in their pension pot. If the nominated person

CGT and chattels
14/05/2019 - More...
A charge to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) usually arises after an asset is sold. However, there are special rules concerning the sale of certain personal assets that are worth considering. That is because these assets or possessions with a predictable useful life of 50 years or less are normally exempt from CGT. A chattel is a legal term that

Entrepreneurs’ relief minimum period increased from April 2019
14/05/2019 - More...
Entrepreneurs' relief applies to the sale of a business, shares in a trading company or an individual’s interest in a trading partnership. Where this relief is available Capital Gains Tax (CGT) of 10% is payable in place of the standard rate. CGT on the disposal of chargeable assets is usually chargeable at 20%. There are a

The scope of CGT incorporation relief
14/05/2019 - More...
Where a taxpayer owns a business as a sole trader or in partnership, a Capital Gain will be deemed to arise if the business is converted into a company by reference to the market value of the business assets including goodwill. This could give rise to a chargeable gain based broadly on the difference between the market value of the assets

Employee Car Ownership Scheme (ECOS)
14/05/2019 - More...
An Employee Car Ownership Scheme (ECOS) is a set of arrangements whereby employees acquire cars from a specified, often single source and within a specified financing framework. The use of an ECOS can be seen as a halfway measure between providing a company car and leaving an employee to make all their car arrangements privately. An ECOS

HMRC phishing emails warning
14/05/2019 - More...
HMRC continues to warn of the ever-present problem of fraudulent phishing emails. The emails typically look to obtain taxpayers personal and or financial information such as passwords, credit card or bank account details. The phishing emails often include a link to a bogus website encouraging the recipient to enter their personal

Using the Help to Save scheme
14/05/2019 - More...
The Help to Save scheme for people on low incomes was launched in September 2018. The scheme allows those in work entitled to Working Tax Credit and in receipt of Working Tax Credits or Child Tax Credits, to save and receive a 50% government bonus. The scheme is also open to UK residents who are claiming Universal Credit and have a

Be Data Aware campaign
09/05/2019 - More...
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has launched a new "Be Data Aware" campaign to help people understand how organisations might be using their personal data to target them online and why, and how people can control who is targeting them. This includes, understanding how organisations use people’s data to

Landlords, time to consider your options?
07/05/2019 - More...
Two changes to the way Private Residence Relief works are due to come into effect from April 2020. These changes could reduce the amount of CGT relief available on the sale of a private residence. The government has said that the measures are being introduced to better focus Private Residence Relief at owner-occupiers and the changes will

Submitting P11Ds is just the start of your obligations
07/05/2019 - More...
We would like to remind employers that the deadline for submitting the 2018-19 forms P11D, P11D(b) and P9D is 6 July 2019. P11D forms are used to provide information to HMRC on all Benefits in Kind (BiKs), including those under the Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OpRAs) unless the employer has registered to payroll benefits. This is

Last call, are you ready for revised digital filing of your VAT returns?
07/05/2019 - More...
Most VAT registered businesses with a turnover above the VAT threshold need to be ready to keep digital records for VAT purposes, and to file their VAT returns, as required by the new Making Tax Digital (MTD) rules. What does this mean? For VAT return periods starting on or after 1 April 2019, businesses with a turnover above the VAT

Chargeable benefits from cheap loans
07/05/2019 - More...
An employee can obtain a benefit when provided with an employment-related cheap or interest-free loan. The benefit is the difference between the interest the employee pays, if any, and the commercial rate the employee would have to pay on a loan obtained elsewhere. These types of loans are referred to as beneficial loans. A taxable cheap

How to treat post-cessation items if property business ceases
07/05/2019 - More...
There are special rules for the taxation of post-cessation receipts after a trade has ceased. The legislation clearly states that the person who receives or is entitled to the post-cessation receipt is the person who is subject to Income Tax or Corporation Tax on the income. This does not have to be the same person who carried on the

What is a Close Company?
07/05/2019 - More...
A Close Company is broadly defined as a company that is controlled by: five or fewer participators or any number of participators who are also directors or where more than half the assets would be distributed to five or fewer participators, or to participators who are directors, in the event of the winding up of the company. A

Child benefit payments
07/05/2019 - More...
The weekly rates of child benefit for the only or eldest child in a family is currently £20.70 and the weekly rate for all other children is £13.70. These rates have remained unchanged for some time. Taxpayers entitled to the child benefit should be aware that HMRC usually stop paying child benefit on the 31 August following a

 

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Less is more – MTD regulations relaxed
20/05/2019 - More...
Starting from April 2019, most VAT-registered businesses that have a taxable turnover over £85,000 are required to

Claim for money owed to you
20/05/2019 - More...
If you are owed money by an individual or business, there is a procedure you can use called making a court claim. This

Reasonable excuses for late payment or filing
20/05/2019 - More...
There are a number of options open to taxpayers who disagree with a tax decision issued by HMRC. As a first step, it may

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