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10 April 2019

Under the current scheme, banks and building societies transfer the money held in dormant accounts to a central reclaim fund. The reclaim fund is responsible for managing dormant account money, meeting reclaims and passing on surplus money to various charities for reinvestment in the community. The original account holder retains the rights to repayment upon providing satisfactory proof...

10 April 2019

In an agent update published earlier this year HMRC wrote that as part of EU Exit contingency planning, a change would be made to the timings for sending notification of Self Assessment penalties. The £100 penalty notices are normally issued in February but HMRC suggested that they might be delayed as late as the end of April. It has now been confirmed that HMRC began issuing penalty...

10 April 2019

The new VAT road fuel scale charges have been published. The changes amend the VAT scale charges for taxing private use of road fuel to reflect changes in fuel prices.


The new fuel scale charges must be used by companies from the start of their next prescribed accounting period beginning on or after 1 May 2019. The fuel scale rates continue to encourage the use of cars with...

10 April 2019

Interestingly, there is no statutory definition of ‘trade’. The only statutory reference to the term states that ‘trade’ includes a ‘venture in the nature of trade’. This absence of statutory clarity has left definition - is a certain activity a trade or not - to the courts, and they have set some established guidance. 


This effectively suggests that the term ‘trade’ can be...

10 April 2019

The High Income Child Benefit charge applies to taxpayers whose income exceeds £50,000 in a tax year and who are in receipt of Child Benefit. The charge claws back the financial benefit of receiving Child Benefit either by reducing or removing the benefit entirely. 


If you or your partner have exceeded the £50,000 threshold for the first time during the last tax year (2018-...

10 April 2019

Corporation Tax relief may be available where your company or organisation makes a trading loss. The loss may be used to claim relief from Corporation Tax by offsetting the loss against other gains or profits of the business in the same or previous accounting period.


The loss can also be set against future qualifying trading income. Any claim for trading losses forms part of...

10 April 2019

Although the EU have now extended the deadline to agree the withdrawal agreement - to 31 October 2019 - there is still a chance we will exit with a no-deal outcome. 


In a pamphlet recently published by the government we are provided with some important areas to consider if we leave the EU without a deal. For example, any UK business that imports or exports goods will be...

03 April 2019

If you are a higher rate or additional rate taxpayer, you are eligible to claim relief on the difference between the basic rate and your highest rate of tax. The charity you donate to can reclaim the basic rate of tax from donations made by taxpayers.


For example:


If you donated £5,000 to charity, the total value of the donation to the charity is £6,250. You can...

03 April 2019

Air Passenger Duty (APD) is a departure tax levied on most air travel. Each geographical band has two rates of Air Passenger Duty, one for standard class and the second for 'other' higher classes of travel (usually premium economy / business / first class).


The band A (short-haul) rate ranges from £13 for a standard class journey and £26 for an 'other' class of travel,...

03 April 2019

The new National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) rates came into effect on 1 April 2019. The NLW was introduced on 1 April 2016 and is the minimum hourly rate that must be paid to those aged 25 or over. The NLW increase is the biggest single increase since the rate was introduced. The new rate is £8.21 which is a 38p or almost 5% increase. This means that some 1.8...

03 April 2019

There are a number of reasons why you may need to register with HMRC to submit a tax return. This includes if you:



  • are self-employed and earning more than £1,000, 

  • are a company director,

  • have an annual income over £100,000 and / or if you have certain income from savings, investment or property.

If you need to...

03 April 2019

The annual allowance for tax relief on pensions has been fixed at the current level of £40,000 since 6 April 2014. Since April 2016, the annual allowance has been further reduced for high earners. Those with income in excess of £150,000 will usually have their allowance tapered. For every £2 their income exceeds £150,000 the annual allowance is reduced by £1, up to a maximum reduction...

03 April 2019

The 2018-19 tax year ended on 5 April 2019 and the new 2019-20 tax year started on 6 April 2019. Many taxpayers will be tempted to delay dealing with their 2018-19 tax returns until late this year or January 2020.


The 31 January 2020 is not just the final date for submission of the 2018-19 Self Assessment tax return, but also an important date for payment of tax due. This...

03 April 2019

There is a free tracing service called 'mylostaccount' to find lost bank accounts. The service brings together the three tracing schemes of the British Bankers' Association (BBA), the Building Societies Association (BSA) and National Savings and Investments (NS&I) into a single website (www.mylostaccount.org.uk) and is free of charge....

03 April 2019

As a general rule, there is no tax relief for ordinary commuting. The term 'ordinary commuting' is defined to mean travel between a permanent workplace and home, or any other place that is not a workplace. Case law has also confirmed that travel between home and a permanent workplace is ordinary commuting even where home is also a workplace.


In practical terms this means...

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