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27 February 2018

A recent First-Tier Tribunal case examined whether a father's payment of wages to his son was an allowable expense. We learn that the appellant in this case made a number of payments to his son whilst he was studying at university. HMRC questioned the validity of the appellants tax return and argued that any amounts paid by the appellant to his son must have been incurred wholly and...

27 February 2018

Advisory fuel rates are intended to reflect actual average fuel costs and are updated quarterly. The rates can be used by employers who reimburse employees for business travel in their company cars or where employees are required to repay the cost of fuel used for private travel.

HMRC accepts there is no taxable profit and no Class 1A National Insurance on reimbursed travel expenses...

27 February 2018

Now that the infamous 31 January deadline has passed it is time to start thinking about the current tax year and maximise any available tax reliefs by 5 April 2018. The ISA limit currently allows for taxpayers to invest up to £20,000 per year.

Whilst the amount invested in an ISA does not benefit from tax relief the income and gains are free from most taxes including Income Tax and...

27 February 2018

The annual exemption for Capital Gains Tax (CGT) in the current tax year is £11,300. This exemption allows taxpayers who dispose of chargeable assets such as property, stocks and shares of up to this amount, to make a tax-free gains during 2017-18.

A husband and wife both benefit from their own exempt amount. Same-sex couples who acquire a legal status as civil partners are treated in...

27 February 2018

Employees who need to buy substantial equipment to use as part of their employment may be able to claim tax relief. In most cases you can claim tax relief on the full cost of this type of equipment as it would be eligible for a type of capital allowance called an annual investment allowance. Any tax relief would be reduced if the employer provides a contribution towards buying the item.

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21 February 2018

The new requirement to correct (RTC) legislation was introduced by the Finance (No.2) Act 2017. The legislation created a new statutory obligation for taxpayers with undeclared UK tax liabilities that involve offshore matters to disclose any relevant information to HMRC by 30 September 2018.

The RTC applies to any person with undeclared UK income tax, capital gains tax and/or...

21 February 2018

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) provides advice to the Chancellor on simplifying the UK tax system. In a letter dated 19 January 2018 the Chancellor Philip Hammond wrote to the OTS to request a review of inheritance tax (IHT) regime and asking to hear any proposals for simplification.

The Chancellor was particularly interested in focusing on the technical and administrative...

21 February 2018

A capital gains tax (CGT) charge on the sale of UK residential property by non-UK residents was introduced in April 2015. Only the amount of the overall gain relating to the period after 5 April 2015 is chargeable to tax.

In certain circumstances private residence relief may apply where a property is the owner’s only or main residence. For example, you don’t usually pay any tax for any...

21 February 2018

HMRC expects that taxpayers take ‘reasonable care’ over their tax affairs and do everything reasonably within their power to ensure that tax returns and other relevant documents are accurate.

There is no legal definition of reasonable care from a taxation standpoint and HMRC will take your individual circumstances into account when considering whether you’ve taken reasonable care. HMRC...

21 February 2018

Capital allowances is the term used to describe the tax relief businesses can claim on certain capital expenditure and thereby reduce the amount of taxable profits. Most ‘capital’ items, such as equipment, vehicles, machinery etc last for a reasonably long time and the tax rules do not allow you to automatically deduct the full cost of such items. There are different rules that apply to...

21 February 2018

If a company has stopped trading and has no other income then HMRC should be informed for corporation tax purposes. HMRC can also send a notification if they think a company is dormant. This notice will state that a company or association is dormant and is not required to pay corporation tax or file company tax returns.

A company is usually dormant for corporation tax if it:

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19 February 2018

From 6 April 2018, all payments in lieu of notice (PILONs) equivalent to the amount of basic pay will be taxable as earnings, i.e. subject to tax and NICs, regardless of whether there is a PILON clause in the employee’s employment contract. As such, employees will pay Income Tax and Class 1 NICs on the amount of basic pay they would have received if they had worked their notice in full, even...

19 February 2018

In its “Good Work” response to the 2017 Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, the government stated that, as part of its commitment to raising awareness of employment rights, it was to instigate a campaign to encourage more working parents to take shared parental leave (SPL) in their baby’s first year. That campaign, called “Share the joy”, has now been launched. Its intention is to...

19 February 2018

1 March 2018 - Due date for corporation tax due for the year ended 31 May 2017.

2 March 2018 – Self assessment tax for 2016/17 paid after this date will incur a 5% surcharge.

19 March 2018 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 March 2018. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 March 2018)

19 March 2018 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly...

14 February 2018

A special employment history request can be submitted by taxpayers for those needing to make a claim for compensation. The form is usually used for claims relating to industrial injuries, road traffic accidents, medical negligence and hardship.

HMRC will only accept requests that are made using the Employment history team: claimant’s evidence of employers form. The form is...

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