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20 April 2017

An annual employment allowance for businesses and charities, to offset against their employer's Class 1 NICs, was introduced in April 2014. The allowance can be claimed as part of the normal payroll process through RTI using an employer’s payroll software or HMRC’s Basic PAYE Tools.

The maximum amount available is currently £3,000 per year. For example, if an employer’s Class 1 NICs...

20 April 2017

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 amount refundable depends on the other country's rules for claiming input tax. It is important to note that VAT incurred in foreign countries can never by reclaimed on a domestic UK VAT return.

Claims must be made electronically via the tax...

12 April 2017

Student loans are part of the government’s financial support package for students in higher education in the UK. They are available to help students meet their expenses while they are studying and it is HMRC’s responsibility to collect repayments where the borrower is working in the UK. The Student Loans Company (SLC) is directly responsible for collecting the loans of borrowers outside the UK...

12 April 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.

Since 6 April 2016, employers may register on a voluntary basis to report...

12 April 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 marks the first new Welsh tax in almost 800 years and has moved a step closer following the passing of the Bill by the National Assembly for Wales. The Bill is expected to receive Royal Assent (when the Bill becomes an Act) in May 2017.

The...

12 April 2017

The Working Tax Credit (WTC) assists taxpayers on low incomes by providing top-up payments including to those who do not have children. There are extra amounts available for qualifying childcare expenses and working households in which someone has a disability. The basic amount of WTC for 2017-18 remains unchanged at £1,960 a year.

In order to satisfy the rules for claiming the WTC,...

12 April 2017

HMRC’s Let Property Campaign provides landlords who have undeclared income from residential property lettings in the UK or abroad with an opportunity to regularise their affairs by disclosing any outstanding liabilities, whether due to misunderstanding the tax rules or because of deliberate tax evasion. HMRC’s guidance on making a disclosure has been updated for the 2017-18 tax year...

12 April 2017

The rent-a-room scheme is a set of special rules designed to help homeowners who rent-a-room. The limit increased to £7,500 from 6 April 2016 and remains at the same level for the current tax year 2017-18. HMRC’s rent-a-room scheme guidance has been updated for 2017-18.

The relief applies only to the letting of furnished accommodation and can be claimed when one bedroom is rented out in...

06 April 2017

A number of changes to personal taxation have come into effect with the start of the 2017-18 tax year. These changes include the following:

National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage rates

The new National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) rates came into effect on 1 April 2017. This is the first time that the NMW and NLW rates have been uprated in...

06 April 2017

A number of changes to business taxation have come into effect with the start of the 2017-18 tax year. These changes include the following:

Corporation Tax

The Corporation Tax rate from 1 April 2017 has been reduced to 19% and set at this rate for 2018 and 2019. From 1 April 2020, the Corporation Tax rate will be further reduced to 17%.This rate will be the lowest in the...

06 April 2017

The tax relief available to residential landlords has been reduced from the start of the 2017-18 tax year. The new rules mean that tax relief on mortgage costs will be gradually restricted to the basic rate of tax. Landlords of residential properties have benefited from full tax relief on finance charges, such as mortgage interest for many years. However, these changes will significantly...

06 April 2017

HMRC has introduced an additional test from 1 April 2017 that will help determine the VAT flat rate percentage used by VAT registered businesses that use the Flat Rate Scheme. It appears that HMRC considers the benefits obtained by certain businesses to be excessive.

Whilst in theory some businesses win and some lose when adopting this scheme, in practice, a business would only join...

06 April 2017

The latest statistics on the uptake of the government’s flagship Help to Buy schemes were published on 30 March 2017. The figures show that over 259,000 homes have been bought since the schemes were first launched in October 2013. The portfolio of Help to Buy schemes include: ISA, Shared Ownership, Mortgage Guarantee, Equity Loan and London Help to Buy. The average house price across the...

06 April 2017

Employers that take on a new employee need to work out which tax code and starter declaration to use in their payroll software. Incorrect tax codes can lead to the new employee paying more tax than is due.

The necessary information can be collected by asking the new employee to complete HMRC's new starter checklist and / or from the employee’s P45. This information must be held in the...

06 April 2017

Following the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, giving notice under Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union of the UK’s intention to leave the EU, the government has published a White Paper on “Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union”. This confirms that a new Great Repeal Bill will:

  • repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and return power to...

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