Do not have a fake Christmas

The Intellectual Property Office has issued a video setting out the dangers of buying counterfeit goods this Christmas. They say: Counterfeiting can be defined as the manufacture, importation, distribution and sale of products which falsely carry the trade mark of a genuine brand without permission and for gain or loss Read more…

What taxes are payable if you set up in business

The answer to this question depends, in the first instance, on the business structure you select. If you run your business as a sole trader, or in partnership with another person, you are deemed to be self-employed. Partnerships also include Limited Liability Partnerships where the partners’ personal assets are protected Read more…

Changes to the VAT Flat Rate Scheme

As we have noted in previous blog postings, Philip Hammond announced a significant change to the VAT Flat Rate Scheme (FRS) from 1 April 2017. To join this scheme, businesses need to have turnover excluding VAT of under £150,000. VAT payable to HMRC is based on a fixed percentage of Read more…

Carry back gift aid donations

For a number of years, it has been possible to make gift aid donations and carry them back to the previous tax year. This is a useful tax planning facility if earnings were higher in the previous year, and in some cases it may mitigate loss of personal allowances and Read more…

What is a power of attorney

A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf. There are two sorts of LPA. They can cover personal issues (health and welfare) or Read more…

Tax Diary December 2016/January 2017

1 December 2016 – Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 29 February 2016. 19 December 2016 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 December 2016. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 December 2016.) 19 December 2016 – Filing Read more…

Salary sacrifice under the microscope

Salary sacrifice is a term applied to benefits taken in place of salary. In many respects these benefits provide employees with higher “take home” value than if the benefits were treated the same as cash income. Mr Hammond is mindful to curb this practice as it is intended that the Read more…

Autumn budgets from 2018

Mr Hammond surprised listeners to his autumn statement speech when he said: This is my first Autumn Statement as Chancellor. After careful consideration, and detailed discussion with the Prime Minister, I have decided that it will also be my last. And then quickly followed with: Mr Speaker I am abolishing Read more…

Philip Hammonds last Autumn Statement

Philip Hammond surprised MPs when he ended his Autumn Statement by saying: This is my first Autumn Statement as Chancellor. After careful consideration, and detailed discussion with the Prime Minister, I have decided that it will also be my last. This was quickly followed by: Mr Speaker I am abolishing Read more…