10% corporation tax

The UK already has plans in place to reduce corporation tax to 17%. Many small businesses will be intrigued by widespread publicity today that discloses the possibility of a reduction in the UK corporation tax rate to 10% if the EU does take a hard line in Brexit negotiations. According Read more…

Business rates revalued

From 30 September 2016, anyone in England and Wales that pays business rates go online to check their new draft rateable value. From this they can estimate what their business rates will be from April 2017. It only takes a couple of minutes to click, find and review a rateable Read more…

Dividend tax reminder

From 6 April 2016, any dividends you receive up to £5,000 are tax-free. Dividends received in excess of this amount will be taxed as follows. If they form part of your: ·         Basic rate tax band – taxed at 7.5% ·         Higher rate tax band – taxed at 32.5% ·         Read more…

Cherie Blair leads failed High Court bid

The removal of mortgage interest relief from tax deductibles for the UK’s buy to let landlords is set to begin its remorseless impact on landlord’s cash flow from April 2017. For Steve Bolton and Chris Cooper, this tax change was step too far. They approached Cherie Blair QC, to argue Read more…

Tax Diary October/November 2016

1 October 2016 – Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 December 2015.   19 October 2016 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 October 2016. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 October 2016.)   19 October 2016 Read more…

Tax and your home

If you use your home for business purposes, rent out parts of your home whilst you are still in residence or if you rent out your home while you are resident elsewhere, you may need to consider the tax consequences. This article covers some of the tax issues that you Read more…

Claiming back pre-trading costs

Generally speaking, any business expenditure that you make up to seven years before you actually start trading, is treated for tax purposes as if it was incurred on the first day of trading. This expenditure includes rent, rates, insurance, wages and other costs that you have had to pay. You Read more…

Claiming back pre-registration VAT

The good news is you can reclaim VAT added to certain expenditure that was paid out prior to your business registration for VAT. HMRC’s instructions on this issue confirm: There is a time limit for backdating claims for VAT paid before registration. From your date of registration, the time limit Read more…

Football agent loses tax appeal

In a recent tax case, Jerome Anderson v HMRC, the First-Tier Tribunal denied a football agent relief for trading losses. The judges’ arguments centred on the issue of whether he was carrying on a trade, and if he was, was it on a commercial basis with a view to making Read more…

Incorporating a buy to let property business

Any buy to let landlord that presently claims a tax deduction for mortgage interest is likely to be adversely affected by changes in the tax rules from April 2017. In previous blogs we have pointed out that from April 2017, finance charges (including mortgage interest) will gradually be disallowed as Read more…