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13 November 2019

A waiver of remuneration happens when a director or an employee gives up their right to salary or other cash remuneration and gets nothing in return. Where the employee gets a non-cash benefit in return, this is called a salary sacrifice.

The treatment of a waiver of remuneration, when a director / employee gets nothing in return, is different to the scenario when this is treated as a...

13 November 2019

A free HMRC tax app is available to taxpayers.

The APP can be used to see:

  • your tax code and National Insurance number
  • an estimate of the tax you need to pay
  • your income and benefits
  • up to 12 future tax credits payments
  • your Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) for Self-Assessment

The APP can also be used to complete a number of...

06 November 2019

All children in the UK have their own personal annual tax allowance. However, anti-avoidance laws prevent this allowance being utilised by parents of children aged under 18 with some minimal exceptions.

If older children are employed by a parent they can receive income paid as wages subject to the usual rules.

There are special rules if a parent gifts significant amounts of money...

06 November 2019

A joint venture is a commercial enterprise undertaken by two or more parties who otherwise retain their separate identities. The parties to the joint venture usually bring together different resources and areas of expertise to help fulfil a specific project or business activity.

HMRC’s manuals make the point that on close examination many of these associations prove to be partnerships,...

06 November 2019

The Government’s draft finance bill has been shelved as we countdown to the general election on 12 December 2019. The consultation on the draft legislation has closed, but the prorogation controversy and Brexit issues meant there was no time for the Government to respond to any of the issues raised.

The Bill contained the legislation for some of the tax measures that were announced by...

06 November 2019

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

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

06 November 2019

A negligible value claim is a claim made by a taxpayer when an asset they own has become of negligible value, i.e. it is worthless or worth next to nothing. The taxpayer effectively treats the asset as having been disposed of and then immediately reacquired at the negligible value. The asset must still be owned by the person making the claim and must have become of negligible value whilst it...

06 November 2019

The meaning of goodwill for CGT purposes is complex. The term 'goodwill' is rarely mentioned in legislation and there is no definition of 'goodwill' for the purposes of Capital Gains legislation.

In fact, most definitions of goodwill are derived from case law. At its simplest you could describe goodwill as the 'extra' value of a business over and above its tangible assets.

In the...

06 November 2019

When you employ someone to work in your home, it is your responsibility to meet the employee's rights and deduct the correct amount of tax from their salary. This can include employees such as a nanny, housekeeper, gardener or carer. The rules are different if the person is self-employed or paid through an agency.

If you employ anyone they must:

  • have an employment contract...
31 October 2019

1 November 2019 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 January 2019.

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

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

19 November 2019 - CIS tax...

29 October 2019

You can have tax underpayments collected via an adjustment to your PAYE tax code, provided you are in employment or in receipt of a UK-based pension. The coding adjustment applies to certain debts such as Self-Assessment liabilities, tax credit overpayments and outstanding Class 2 NIC contributions.

Instead of paying off debts in a lump sum, money is collected in equal monthly...

29 October 2019

A capital sum received by an individual in respect of the sale or relinquishment of income - derived from his or her personal activities - can sometimes be treated as earned income and chargeable to Income Tax. If this is the case, the amount charged to Income Tax is not also charged to Capital Gains Tax.

The following conditions must all be present before the sale of income legislation...

29 October 2019

When you issue a VAT invoice to your customer, you must ensure that you charge the correct rate of VAT. Whilst most businesses in the UK charge VAT at the standard rate of 20% there are a number of different VAT rates and exemptions that you will need to be aware of. In the UK, there are three separate VAT rates, the standard rate of 20%, the reduced rate of 5% and the zero rate 0%.

In...

29 October 2019

HMRC has published a news release to remind you that there is now less than 100 days to file your 2018-19 tax return. Last year over 11.5 million taxpayers were required to complete a Self-Assessment tax return but over 700,000 taxpayers missed the deadline.

The deadline for submitting your 2018-19 Self-Assessment tax returns online is 31 January 2020. You should also be aware that...

29 October 2019

If you are self-employed it is important to be aware if an expense is allowable for tax deduction purposes or not. Any allowable costs can be used to reduce your taxable profit.

As a general rule you can claim for items that you would normally use for less than 2 years as allowable expenses, for example, stationery and other office sundries as well as rent, rates, power and insurance...

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