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30 April 2019

The cash basis scheme helps many sole traders and other unincorporated businesses to manage their financial affairs. The scheme is not open to limited companies and limited liability partnerships. Using the scheme, allows qualifying businesses to use the cash basis when recording income and expenditure.

You must have a turnover of £150,000 or less to join the scheme and you can continue...

30 April 2019

The VAT Flat Rate Scheme (FRS) has been designed to simplify the way a business accounts for VAT and in so doing, reduce the administration costs of complying with the VAT legislation. The scheme is open to businesses that expect their annual taxable turnover in the next 12 months to be no more than £150,000.

In April 2017, HMRC introduced a limited cost test that can increase the VAT...

30 April 2019

The current Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, will step down from his role on 31 January 2020. Mr Carney had been due to step down earlier but agreed to stay in his role to help support a smooth exit from the European Union. Although this has not yet happened, the Chancellor has confirmed that Mr Carney will step down in January 2020 as planned, and the search for a new Governor of...

30 April 2019

Families and individuals that receive tax credits should ensure that they renew their tax credit claims by 31 July 2019. Claimants who do not renew on-time may have their payments stopped.

HMRC has commenced sending tax credits renewal packs to tax credit claimants and is encouraging recipients to renew their tax credits claim online. All packs should be with recipients by the end of...

30 April 2019

The Gift Aid scheme is available to all UK taxpayers. The charity or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) concerned can take a taxpayer’s donation and provided all the qualifying conditions are met, can reclaim the basic rate tax allowing for an extra 25p of tax relief on every pound donated to charity.

Higher rate and additional rate taxpayers are eligible to claim tax relief on the...

29 April 2019

A new report from the Low Pay Commission (LPC) has found that the number of workers paid less than the statutory minimum wage in the UK increased in 2018. In April 2018, 439,000 workers were paid less than the hourly minimum wage rate they were entitled to. Of these, 369,000 were workers aged 25 and over paid less than the National Living Wage (NLW). This is an increase of around 30,000 on the...

26 April 2019

1 May 2019 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 30 July 2018.


19 May 2019 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 May 2019. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 May 2019)


19 May 2019 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 May 2019. 


19 May 2019 - CIS tax deducted for the month...

24 April 2019

It is over 10 years since Debt Relief Orders (DROs) were first introduced in April 2009. We have fleshed out the details of who can claim and some of the restrictions that apply.


What is a DRO?


A DRO is a special way of dealing with debts available to those with minimal assets and low income. If an application for a DRO is accepted, you will make...

23 April 2019

Non-resident companies with a trading business in the UK are liable to pay UK Corporation Tax on their profits made through a permanent establishment/branch or agency.

If the non-resident company is deemed liable to pay Corporation Tax, then its chargeable profits are:

  • any trading income arising directly or indirectly through or from the permanent establishment/branch or...
23 April 2019

Where a property business makes a loss, the loss can usually be carried forward and set against future rental business profits.

HMRC’s guidance is clear that any losses made in one rental business, cannot be carried across to any other rental business the customer carries on at the same time in a different legal capacity.

There is no special claim required to carry forward the...

23 April 2019

HMRC’s VAT Notice 700/1: should I be registered for VAT? has recently been updated. The update reflects the fact that the taxable turnover threshold, that determines whether businesses should be registered for VAT has been frozen at £85,000 from 1 April 2019. In addition, the taxable turnover threshold that determines whether businesses can apply for deregistration remains at £83,000...

23 April 2019

The transfer of a business as a going concern (TOGC) rules concern the VAT liability on the sale of a business. Normally the sale of the assets of a VAT registered or VAT registerable business will be subject to VAT at the appropriate rate.

However, where the sale of a business includes assets and meets certain conditions, the sale will be categorised as a TOGC. A TOGC is defined as '...

23 April 2019

Are you self-employed?

HMRC’s guidance says that you are probably self-employed if you:

  • run your business for yourself and take responsibility for its success or failure;
  • have several customers at the same time;
  • can decide how, where and when you do your work;
  • can hire other people at your own expense to help you or to do the work...
23 April 2019

The VAT paid in other EU countries is often recoverable by VAT-registered businesses in the UK, who bought goods or services for business use. The exact rules of what VAT is refundable depends on the other countries' rules for claiming input tax. It is important to note that VAT incurred in foreign countries can never be reclaimed on a domestic UK VAT return.

Claims must be made...

23 April 2019

How much maternity leave can you take?

If you work as an employee and become pregnant you are eligible to take up to 52 weeks of statutory maternity leave. This is made up of 26 weeks of ordinary maternity leave plus an extra 26 weeks of additional maternity leave. If you give the correct notice period to your employer this means you are entitled to take a full year's...

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