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22 June 2017

For some time now, employers have been able to reduce their Class 1 NI contributions that relate to their employment of staff. The relevant relief, the employment allowance, is worth up to £3,000 per year and is available to most businesses and charities to be offset against their employer's Class 1 NIC bill.

Claiming the allowance is fairly straight forward, all that is required is a...

22 June 2017

The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is warning the public of what appears to be a number of widespread scams targeting members of the public using emails, texts and telephone calls. These communications are supposedly sent from the DVLA and in some cases, include links to a lookalike DVLA online website.

The BBC’s Watchdog programme has also tweeted a link to a fake email...

15 June 2017

The trivial benefits in kind (BiK) regime came into effect in April 2016. This statutory exemption applies to small non-cash benefits like a bottle of wine or a bouquet of flowers given occasionally to employees or any other benefit in kind classed as 'trivial' that falls within the exemption.

Although the benefit is defined as ‘trivial’, employers should remember that this offers a...

15 June 2017

The recent election result has certainly thrown the cat amongst the pigeons.

Manifesto pledges that were removed from the Queen's speech include:

  • cancelling plans to remove the triple lock on pensions
  • the means testing of winter fuel payments
  • the introduction of new grammar schools, and possibly
  • a softening of the approach to Brexit negotiations...
15 June 2017

Employers are reminded that the deadline for submitting the 2016-17 forms P11D, P11D(b) and P9D is 6 July 2017. P11D forms are used to provide information to HMRC on certain benefits and expenses that employees and directors receive during the tax year: such as company cars, loans and private medical insurance.

Employers making online submissions will need to correct any problems with...

15 June 2017

The VAT Flat Rate Scheme (FRS) was introduced to ease the process of calculating and submitting VAT returns for smaller businesses - the FRS is only available to businesses that expect their annual taxable turnover in the next 12 months to be no more than £150,000 (exc VAT). VAT due for each quarter is calculated as the VAT inclusive turnover multiplied by a relevant percentage rate.

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15 June 2017

The impact of Inheritance Tax has been reduced recently for families that own their own home. HMRC has introduced a new relief, the Inheritance Tax main residence nil-rate band (RNRB), which came into effect on 6 April 2017.

The RNRB is a transferable allowance, that is available to the estates of both parties in a marriage or civil partnership, when their main residence is passed down...

08 June 2017

For high earning taxpayers the personal allowance is gradually reduced by £1 for every £2 of income over £100,000 irrespective of age. This creates an effective marginal rate of tax of around 60% for tax payers with annual income between £100,000 and £123,000 as the £11,500 tax-free personal allowance is gradually withdrawn.

Taxpayers whose income sits within this band should consider...

08 June 2017

The EU Fourth Money Laundering Directive which makes sweeping changes to combatting money laundering and terrorist financing across the EU were integrated into UK regulations on 26 June 2017.

As a result, Companies House has made changes to the current requirements about people with significant control (PSC) filings. Since the PSC rules were introduced in April 2016, the necessary...

08 June 2017

The new land transaction tax (LTT) which will replace the UK stamp duty land tax (SDLT) in Wales will be launched on 1 April 2018. The LTT legislation received Royal Assent on 24 May and is the first Act of this Assembly term.

The LTT marks the first new Welsh tax in almost 800 years. The legislation is broadly based on the existing SDLT legislation, however the final announcements on...

08 June 2017

Company Tax returns have to be filed using the iXBRL data standard using either HMRC's own software or third-party commercial software. Businesses that use third-party commercial software should refer to the HMRC list of recognised commercial software.

Online Corporation Tax filing is compulsory for company tax returns. HMRC does not make any specific recommendation or endorsement for...

08 June 2017

A new pension schemes newsletter has been published by HMRC. The latest edition of the newsletter includes details of the following topics:

  1. Pension advice allowance. HMRC has been asked by pension scheme administrators if their members can request the pension advice allowance from their scheme by email. HMRC has confirmed that the member can make this request by email, however, it’...
08 June 2017

Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) is a tax on general insurance premiums. There are two rates a standard rate of 12% and a higher rate of 20%. The higher rate applies where insurance is sold in relation to goods and services which are subject to VAT and to travel insurance. 

It was announced as part of the March 2017 Budget that the government would increase the standard rate of IPT by 2% (...

01 June 2017

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has issued a timely reminder to anyone attending a wedding (or civil ceremony) this summer and planning to give a cash gift. The gift will be exempt from Inheritance Tax (IHT) once the gift is made on or shortly before the date of the wedding or civil partnership ceremony.

The amount of tax relief varies depending on...

01 June 2017

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...

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