When do NIC contributions stop

You are required to make National Insurance Contributions on your earnings, whether employed or self-employed, until you reach the State Retirement Age. The only exception is if you qualify for exemption from contributions if your salary or business profits are below a certain minimum amount. For 2017-18 these lower limits Read more…

Need help joining the digital age

Computers are not everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, there are very few of us who can declare with some confidence that we are computer literate. Unfortunately, there does seem to be a drive to increase their effective use in business and the offices of HMRC. Gone are the days Read more…

National Insurance exemption

Employers, or more specifically, the persons in charge of processing their payroll, are hopefully checking the box to claim the National Insurance Employment Allowance (EA)? The EA reduces the employers’ (secondary) Class 1 NIC bill. If your employers’ NIC charge is normally more than £3,000, then this is as good Read more…

Making the most of opportunity

There are a number of ways that director shareholders of private companies can withdraw funds from their businesses. We have listed below a number of options, the list is not exhaustive, but the points do provide insight into the opportunities that current tax law allows incorporated businesses. Director shareholders can Read more…

Oh what a night

It is fair to conclude that Mrs May’s ambitions suffered a set-back Thursday last week. She is now attempting to manage a minority government, and Brexit apart, there are other outstanding legislative matters that demand her attention. One is the remainder of the Finance Bill 2017, that was placed in Read more…

Tax Diary June/July 2017

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

Claim back pre-registration VAT

It is possible to reclaim VAT you have paid on any business purchases before you have subsequently registered for VAT. In fact, once you have registered your business for VAT the first thing you should consider is the possibility of reclaiming input tax on purchases of goods and services prior Read more…

When does a hobby become a trade

An example may illustrate the answer to this question. Harry updates his iPad and decides to sell his old one – he does not use the iPad for his employment or any business, it’s used purely for recreational purposes. He sets up an account on eBay and manages to sell Read more…

Tax due next month

Are you self-employed? If you are, you may need to make your second payment on account for 2016-17, due date for payment is 31 July 2017. This second payment on account will have been based on 50% of your combined Self Assessment tax and Class 4 NIC liability for 2015-16. Read more…