One week to go

Next week sees the end of the 2016-17 tax year. On the 6 April 2017, any action you take to minimise your tax liabilities for 2016-17 will be largely ineffective. So what, if anything, can you still action this week? Capital gains tax (CGT) The amount of tax free gains Read more…

New childcare funding choices

The government have launched a new website aimed at parents who may be able to claim for support with childcare costs. The web address is https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/. How Tax-Free Childcare works Working parents will be able to apply, through the childcare service, to open an online childcare account. For every £8 Read more…

Follow companies for free

If you want to keep an eye on documents filed with Companies House for a particular company, you can register for a new service that will do just that at Companies House. The new service is called “Follow” and it allows you to receive email alerts. Follow lets you receive Read more…

Reduction in the dividend allowance

Unless there are further political objections, one of the few remaining revenue raising changes in the recent spring budget was the reduction in the £5,000 dividend allowance from April 2018. From this date the allowance will drop to £2,000. This measure will increase the tax charge for investors with significant, Read more…

Making Tax Digital – a step closer

Another matter that received some clarification last week was the government’s move to implement MTD for the self-employed from April 2018. When the scope of MTD was first published it was proposed that the self-employed (including unincorporated property businesses) would need to commence the quarterly upload of summarised accounts data, Read more…

Self-employed NIC increase

Although there was little of substance to Philip Hammond’s budget last week, one particular issue caused some political controversy. It was the proposal to increase the National Insurance contributions for the self-employed from 9% to 11% over a two-year period starting April 2018.   From this date, April 2018, the Read more…

Employment boost for older workers

A new strategy is calling on employers to boost the number of older workers and ensure they are not writing people off once they reach a certain age, helping to build a country that works for everyone. It’s estimated that by mid-2030s people aged 50 and over will comprise more Read more…

Budget Statement 8 March 2017

Personal Tax and miscellaneous matters Personal Tax allowance The personal allowances for 2017-18 is £11,500 (2016-17: £11,000). Transferrable allowances The maximum amount of free personal allowance that can be transferred between spouses is increased to £1,150 in 2017-18. Couples can only make a claim if one partner has spare personal Read more…

The budget crystal ball

Today Philip Hammond will present his first budget to parliament; forecasting any changes he may be considering to the UK tax system is perhaps unwise. If he remains committed to austerity, anticipating any potential fall-out from the Brexit process and maintaining (or more likely slowing down) the repayment of national Read more…

Marriage Allowance

Although the financial impact of this allowance is relatively low, it is surprising that there has not been more uptake of the Marriage Allowance since its inception 6 April 2015. In fact, taxpayers that qualify can still backdate a claim for 2015-16 as well as make a claim for the Read more…

Tax Diary March/April 2017

1 March 2017 – Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 May 2016. 2 March 2017 – Self Assessment tax for 2015/16 paid after this date will incur a 5% surcharge. 19 March 2017 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 March 2017. Read more…

Making Tax Digital

We have now seen the response of HMRC to representations made by accountants and other interested parties to their Making Tax Digital (MTD) agenda. A reminder that MTD will result in the gradual digitisation of small business (including landlords) reporting to HMRC. The present proposals will oblige smaller businesses to Read more…