Possible bonus when you register for VAT

Businesses are required to register for VAT purposes when their annual taxable turnover exceeds £85,000 (this limit applies from 1 April 2017). You will not have to account for VAT on your taxable sales up to the date you are required to register, but interestingly, you may be able to Read more…

Damage limitation

The phrase “in-limbo” comes to mind when describing the present outlook for businesses in the UK. What will be the outcome of the June election? What will be the outcome of the withdrawal from the EU? We will all likely be affected. If not directly involved in trade with Europe, Read more…

The new Criminal Finances Bill

New legislation to increase the powers of law enforcement received Royal Assent 27 April 2017. The Criminal Finances Act 2017 will give law enforcement agencies and partners, further capabilities and powers to recover the proceeds of crime, tackle money laundering, tax evasion and corruption, and combat the financing of terrorism. Read more…

Finance Bill reduced

In order to ensure that the Finance Bill 2017, introduced March 2017, is passed before the impending general election, huge chunks of the original, published bill have been removed. In the national press this has been referred to as a “wash-up”. Significant legislation has been side-lined in the process. For Read more…

Tax Diary May/June 2017

1 May 2017 – Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 July 2016. 19 May 2017 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 May 2017. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 May 2017) 19 May 2017 – Filing Read more…

What are approved mileage payments

Mileage Allowance Payments (MAPs) are the rates used by employers to reimburse employees when they use their own transport for business purposes. The current rates are well-known. They are: Cars and vans – 45p per mile for the first 10,000 miles and 25p thereafter. Motorcycles – 24p per mile Bikes Read more…

Beneficial loans to employees

In many cases, making loans to your employees or their relatives can create an obligation to report a beneficial loan to HMRC. The deemed benefit would be a taxable benefit in kind for the relevant employee, and would increase the employer’s Class 1A NIC bill at the end of the Read more…

Expenses and benefits for employees

Until 2015-16, it was possible to apply for a dispensation to exclude certain expenses and benefits provided to employees from the year end returns to HMRC: primarily the submission of forms P11D. These dispensations ceased to be effective from 6 April 2016. From this date many of the expenses covered Read more…