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14 August 2018

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is warning taxpayers of a new intellectual property (IP) scam, where taxpayers receive unsolicited invitations from companies offering services to help them protect their IP in return for a fee. These usually relate to private organisations offering official-sounding trade mark renewal services or misleading offers to enter trade marks on private official...

14 August 2018

There are special rules involving bicycles usually referred to as 'Cycle to Work' arrangements. The Cycle to Work scheme was introduced in 1999 to help promote the use of healthy ways to commute to work.

The scheme allows employers to provide (technically loan) bicycles and cyclists’ safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit. Where the scheme conditions are satisfied,...

14 August 2018

Following the recent increase in the Bank of England base rate to 0.75%, HMRC has announced changes to the rates of interest they charge. 

The new rates of interest charged on underpaid quarterly instalment payments of 1.75% (was 1.50%), took effect on 13 August 2018.

The interest rate for all other non-quarterly instalment payments applied to the main taxes and duties that HMRC...

14 August 2018

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) provides independent advice to the government on simplifying the UK tax system, with the object of reducing compliance burdens on both businesses and individual taxpayers. The OTS operates on a permanent, statutory footing and seeks to draw together expertise from across the tax and legal professions, the business community and other interested parties...

13 August 2018

Under new gender pay gap regulations that came into force in April 2017, all employers with over 250 employees are required to report their gender pay gap data. The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has now announced that 100% of UK employers identified as being in scope of the regulations (because they have over 250 employees), have published their gender pay gap data, amounting to 10,000...

07 August 2018

HMRC defines a director's loan as money taken from your company (by you or other close family members) that isn’t:

  • a salary, dividend or expense repayment and
  • money you’ve previously paid into or loaned the company

An overdrawn director's loan account is created when a director effectively 'borrows' company money. A record of these loans must be kept in a...

07 August 2018

There is no requirement for employers to pay tax and National Insurance on certain health benefits covered by tax concessions or exemptions. For example, there is no requirement to report employees’ medical or dental treatment or insurance if they are a part of a salary sacrifice arrangement. 

In addition, the following health benefits can be provided tax free:

  • A maximum of...
07 August 2018

Overpayment relief was introduced from 1 April 2010 and replaced error or mistake relief for Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and Corporation Tax. Overpayment relief allows taxpayers to recover overpaid Income Tax, CGT, Class 4 NIC, Corporation Tax, overpaid bank payroll tax or to reduce an excessive assessment.

According to the HMRC, the rules for overpayment relief are intended to...

07 August 2018

There are special VAT rules that must be followed when you sell goods on a sale or return basis. Goods sold on a sale or return basis (sometimes known as 'on approval') are goods that are effectively supplied to a customer free of charge and the supplier is only paid when the product has been sold. If the product remains unsold then it can be returned to the supplier without any charge.

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07 August 2018

The tax treatment of the sale of fixtures and fittings included in the sale or purchase of a commercial building changed from April 2014. From that date, the buyer of a building that contains fixtures can only claim plant and machinery allowances (PMA) if the expenditure on the fixtures is pooled before the sale.

The seller and buyer must also either:

  • formally agree a value...
07 August 2018

The Tax-Free Childcare Scheme (TFCS) was launched in April 2017 and opened to all remaining eligible families with children under 12 on 14 February 2018. The new scheme allows working parents to receive a government top-up on their contributions. For every 80p in the £1 contributed by parents an additional 20p or 20% will be funded by Government up to a maximum total of £10,000 per child per...

07 August 2018

HMRC continues to warn taxpayers about email phishing scams. Phishing emails are used by fraudsters to access recipients’ valuable personal details, such as usernames and passwords. Whilst these messages may appear to be genuine they are very dangerous and clicking on a link from within the email can result in personal information being compromised and the possibility of computer viruses...

07 August 2018

Most gifts made during a person's life are not subject to tax at the time of the gift. These lifetime transfers are known as 'potentially exempt transfers' or 'PETs'. The 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 relief available if the donor dies between three...

01 August 2018

There are working time limits that state the legal maximum weekly working hours that a person has to work should not exceed 48 hours a week on average. The maximum hours for under 18’s is fixed at no more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week.

The average working hours are calculated over a 17-week period and includes overtime. This means that an employee may work more than 48 hours in...

01 August 2018

There are a number of options open to taxpayers who disagree with a tax decision issued by HMRC. As a first step it is usually possible to make an appeal against a tax decision. There is normally a 30-day deadline for making an appeal so time is of the essence. HMRC will then carry out a review, usually by using HMRC officers that were not involved in the original decision. A response to an...

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