Benefit in kind changes

From 6 April 2016 HMRC are introducing an exemption from paying tax and National Insurance contributions (NICs) on qualifying paid or reimbursed expense payments to employees. This means that where an employee is entitled to claim a fully matching tax deduction (i.e. if they incur a business expense they can Read more…

Couple banned from acting as directors

Mark and Janet Styler have been disqualified from acting as directors for six years for withdrawing funds from Window & Conservatory Options Limited after they had been told the company was insolvent and could not afford to continue the level of payments to them. The company, which began trading in Read more…

Paid too much or too little tax

 HMRC have issued a press release advising tax payers that they are sending out annual statements for the tax year to 5 April 2015. The statements are styled P800 forms and summarise income and allowances for the year and the calculation of tax due and tax paid. If you have Read more…

HMRC takes back control of IT services

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced earlier this month that it will bring some existing IT services under its direct control, while it continues to plan the transition to a new IT delivery model following the ending of the Aspire contract in 2017. These changes will ultimately enable HMRC to Read more…

HMRC to extend data gathering powers

HMRC has had considerable success in using third party data to better target compliance activity and to tackle the hidden economy. A current consultation by HMRC proposes that these data gathering powers be extended in order to combat tax evasion. We have extracted the following comments from the formal consultation Read more…

HMRC roadside fuel testing

Treasury Minister Damian Hinds visited Belfast and Newry recently as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) unveiled new roadside fuel testing equipment to tackle the trade in illicit diesel. The hi-tech equipment has been introduced to allow officers to test vehicles at the roadside for the presence of the new fuel Read more…

Tax Diary August/September 2015

 1 August 2015 – Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 October 2014.  19 August 2015 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 August 2015. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 August 2015)  19 August 2015 – Filing Read more…

Tapered pensions annual allowance

 Legislation in Summer Finance Bill 2015 introduces a tapered reduction in the annual allowance from 6 April 2016, for those with an ‘adjusted income’ of over £150,000. The ‘adjusted income’ definition adds-back any pension contributions, to prevent individuals from avoiding the restriction by exchanging salary for employer contributions. To provide Read more…

Small business changes

 Some of the key changes that will impact small businesses in particular are set out below: Taxation of dividend income from April 2016. The present 10% dividend tax credit is being abolished from April 2016. In its place an annual dividend tax allowance of £5,000 is being introduced. Dividends received Read more…

Landlords

 There were a number of measures in the Summer Budget that will impact the taxation of property income. These include: the abolition of the 10% wear and tear allowance (see details below); the restriction of tax relief to the basic rate (20%) for loan interest on funds raised to purchase Read more…

Home owners and IHT

One of the tax issues that the Conservative Party promised to legislate for, a promise they made during the recent election campaign, was the easing of the Inheritance Tax charge for home owners in the UK. The much publicised change was to take family homes of up to £1m out Read more…

Good news for mobile phone users

From June 2017, British visitors to Europe will no longer be charged additional fees for using their mobile phones. This is great news for business people who need to keep in touch with their UK base of operations when travelling in Europe. Ironically, it is the UK that has been Read more…