What can you do with tax losses

Tax losses can arise due to a difficult trading period. They can also be created if you invest in qualifying equipment and you are able to set this cost against your trading profits – if the cost of the assets exceeds your profits you will have a tax loss. There Read more…

New Data Protection Bill

The Government has published the long-awaited Data Protection Bill that will incorporate most of the provisions set out in the EU General Data Protection Regulation. This will apply from 25 May 2018, and many businesses will need to update their data security arrangements to comply with the new regulations. The Read more…

When is a replacement an improvement

We are often asked by landlord clients to clarify the difference between a replacement item of furniture, furnishing, household appliances or kitchen ware, and a purchase that may be considered an improvement. The difference is critical, as from April 2016, the 10% wear and tear allowance was scrapped and the Read more…

Tax free dividend squeeze confirmed

The government reintroduced the remainder of the March budget last week, it’s the part that was held-over to accommodate the May 2017 general election. It confirms two items that will be of interest to smaller business owners. Firstly, that businesses with turnover below the current VAT registration threshold (£85,000 for Read more…

30 hours free childcare for working parents

The Department for Education released the following press release last week regarding the new childcare support offer that commences from 1 September 2017. They said: Parents of three and four-year olds who have registered for a place will join the 15,000 families benefitting in the 12 areas of the country Read more…

Tax Diary September/October 2017

1 September 2017 – Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 30 November 2016. 19 September 2017 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 September 2017. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 September 2017) 19 September 2017 – Filing Read more…

Claiming back professional subscriptions

If your employment requires that you obtain and maintain membership of a professional organisation, you can make a claim to set the cost against your taxable earnings for income tax purposes. As you would expect there are a few hoops you will need to jump through to claim this relief. Read more…

VAT bad debt relief

If you use standard VAT accounting – pay VAT on sales when invoiced and claim back VAT on purchases when invoiced – you may have availed yourself of the six months claim for bad debt relief on unpaid invoices. This would have allowed you to claw back VAT paid to Read more…

Beware self employed contributions trap

To qualify for the full, new State Pension you will need to have 35 years of contributions. At present, the self-employed pay Class 2 (a fixed weekly amount of £2.85) and Class 4 contributions (9% of profits between £8,164 and £45,000, and 2% of profits over £45,000), but only the Read more…