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Increase in National Living Wage?
13/11/2019 - More...
An independent review into the evidence on minimum wage rates has been published by the government. The review concludes that increases in the National Living Wage (NLW) have little effect on employment whilst significantly increasing the earnings of low paid workers. This was found to be the case even in countries who had the most

Employing staff for the first time
13/11/2019 - More...
There is a multitude of rules and regulations that you must be aware of when you start employing staff for the first time. A full examination of the rules is beyond the scope of this article. However, we wanted to list the following points from HMRC’s guidance which sets out some important issues to be aware of when becoming an

Basic business structures
13/11/2019 - More...
It is important to be aware of the main basic business structures available if you are considering starting a new business. There are three commonly used forms of business structure. A sole trader – this is the simplest way of starting and running a business. However, you are personally responsible for your business’s

HMRC’s tax app
13/11/2019 - More...
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

Tax when partnership assets are distributed in kind
13/11/2019 - More...
Partnerships are treated as transparent for Capital Gains Tax (CGT). This means that each partner is responsible for their share of any capital gains arising on the disposal of their interests in the assets of the partnership. Each partner is treated as owning a fractional interest in each of the assets of the partnership. It is

Furnished holiday let qualifying tests
13/11/2019 - More...
The furnished holiday let (FHL) rules allow holiday lettings of properties that meet certain conditions to be treated as a trade for certain tax purposes. In order to qualify as a furnished holiday letting, the following criteria need to be met: The property must be let on a commercial basis with a view to the realisation of profits.

Waivers of remuneration
13/11/2019 - More...
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

Last chance to claim enhanced capital allowances
13/11/2019 - More...
There is a special scheme known as the enhanced capital allowances (ECA) scheme for energy-saving technologies. The ECA scheme enables a business to claim accelerated tax relief 100% first year allowances (FYA) on qualifying energy efficient and environmentally beneficial technologies. The accelerated tax relief is designed to encourage

Finance Bill 2019-20 shelved
06/11/2019 - More...
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

What is a negligible value claim?
06/11/2019 - More...
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

Employing someone to work in your home
06/11/2019 - More...
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

Interest on children’s savings
06/11/2019 - More...
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

Transfer of business as a going concern
06/11/2019 - More...
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

What is a joint venture?
06/11/2019 - More...
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

The meaning of 'goodwill' for CGT purposes
06/11/2019 - More...
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

Tax Diary November/December 2019
31/10/2019 - More...
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

Coding out debts deadline
29/10/2019 - More...
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

Just under 100 days to go
29/10/2019 - More...
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

What you must do when charging VAT
29/10/2019 - More...
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%,

Costs you can claim against your self-employed business
29/10/2019 - More...
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

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Increase in National Living Wage?
13/11/2019 - More...
An independent review into the evidence on minimum wage rates has been published by the government. The review concludes

Employing staff for the first time
13/11/2019 - More...
There is a multitude of rules and regulations that you must be aware of when you start employing staff for the first

Basic business structures
13/11/2019 - More...
It is important to be aware of the main basic business structures available if you are considering starting a new

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