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08 January 2020

A new press release by HMRC has highlighted the fact that 3,003 taxpayers took the time to file their tax return online on Christmas Day with a further 9,254 taxpayers completing their tax returns on Boxing Day. More than 11 million taxpayers are expected to complete a...

02 January 2020

The government has accepted the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission in full and has announced that it will increase the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates from 1 April 2020 as follows:

  • the NLW rate for workers aged 25 and over will increase from £8.21 to £8.72 per hour – this represents a pay rise of 6.2% and is the biggest increase ever to the...
02 January 2020

1 January 2020 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 March 2019.

19 January 2020 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 January 2020. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 January 2020)

19 January 2020 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 January 2020. 

19 January 2020 - CIS tax deducted for the...

28 December 2019

The definition of a connected person for tax purposes includes certain relatives, trustees, partners and companies.

A person is connected with an individual if that person is

  • the individual’s spouse or civil partner
  • a relative of the individual
  • the spouse or civil partner of a relative of the individual
  • a relative of the individual’s spouse or...
28 December 2019

HMRC’s guidance lists the following useful examples about a change of accounting date:

If your accounting date in 2016 to 2017 is more than 12 months after the end of the basis period for 2015 to 2016, your basis period is the period between the end of the basis period for 2015 to 2016 and the new accounting date.

For example, your basis period for 2015 to 2016 ended on 31 May...

28 December 2019

The inaccuracy penalty system is intended to make penalties simpler to understand and more consistent across many taxes. HMRC has the power to significantly reduce the amount of penalties due. The largest reductions are for unprompted disclosures (as against prompted disclosures). The penalties also vary depending on the taxpayers’ behaviour. HMRC has 4 levels of behaviour ranging from taking...

28 December 2019

Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is a tax on the profit made on the disposal of an asset that has increased in value. Whilst most taxpayers are aware of their annual tax-free allowance (currently £12,000) and the exemption for the, qualifying, sale of the family home - there are other items that are exempt from CGT.

These include:

  • your car
  • personal possessions worth up to £6...
28 December 2019

You can claim tax relief for your private pension contributions. The current annual allowance for tax relief on pensions is £40,000. Remember, that there is now just 3 months left in the current tax year in which to maximise the amount of tax relief you can claim by topping up your pension pot.

There is a three-year carry forward rule that allows you to carry forward previous years...

28 December 2019

The Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) allows business owners to claim the total amount of qualifying expenditure on plant and machinery, up to certain limits. This deduction reduces profits subject to tax.

The AIA can be claimed by an individual, partnership or company carrying on a trade, profession or vocation, a UK non-residential property business or a furnished holiday let business...

28 December 2019

The 31 January is not just the final date for submission of your Self-Assessment tax return but also an important date for paying tax. It is the final payment deadline for any remaining tax due for the 2018-19 tax year and any payment on account due for 2019-20.

If you miss the filing deadline then you will be charged a £100 fixed penalty if your return is up to 3 months late,...

19 December 2019

With the Conservative Party having won a majority in the General Election 2019, this has the following implications for employment law reform:

Manifesto commitments

The Conservative Party’s manifesto promised various measures, including:

  • Creating a new single enforcement body and “cracking down” on any employer abusing employment law
  • Ensuring...
18 December 2019

The majority of gifts made during a person's life, including gifting away a home, are not subject to tax at the time of the gift. These lifetime transfers are known as 'potentially exempt transfers' or 'PETs'. These gifts or transfers achieve their potential of becoming exempt from Inheritance Tax if the taxpayer survives for more than seven years after making the gift. There is a tapered...

18 December 2019

Income Tax is generally payable on taxable income received by individuals including earnings from employment, earnings from self-employment, pensions income, interest on most savings, dividend income, rental income and trust income. The tax rules for foreign income can be very complex.

However, as a general rule if you are resident in the UK you need to pay UK Income Tax on your foreign...

18 December 2019

When a VAT registered business issues an invoice to their customer, they must seek to ensure that they charge the correct rate of VAT. Whilst most businesses in the UK charge VAT at the standard rate of 20%, there are a number of different VAT rates and exemptions to be aware of. These include the reduced VAT rate of 5% and the positive zero rate (0%).

There are two other categories...

18 December 2019

Here is a reminder of your duty and tax free allowances if travelling abroad this Christmas.

Travelling to an EU country

Where tobacco or alcohol is brought in from another EU country, no duties or tax will be payable as long as you can demonstrate that the goods are for your own use and that you paid the relevant taxes and duties on the purchase.

However, HMRC...

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