Tax free home rentals

Since April 2016, the amount of tax-free income you can earn from letting a room in your home has increased to £7,500 per annum, or £3,750 if two persons own a property jointly. You can use the scheme if: you let a furnished room to a lodger your letting activity Read more…

Green vans to get tax boost

The government is looking at ways to incentivised users of vans to go green. According to the statistics, less than one in every two hundred vans (0.4%) bought in 2016/17 was an ultra-low emission model. To tackle this issue, the government is seeking views on reforms to vehicle excise duty, Read more…

Stop the Loan Sharks

We have all heard of individuals who have been affected by the nefarious antics of loan sharks, lenders that breach the normal fiscal rules by taking advantage of needy persons who do not qualify for support from mainstream banking sources. The government has announced additional funding to crack down on Read more…

Payments in lieu of notice

Up to 5 April 2018, certain payments in lieu of notice were not taxable, primarily, those not contractually required to be made. This is no longer the case. Employers will now need to pay Income Tax and Class 1 National Insurance contributions (NICs) on an element of all termination payments Read more…

Location is everything

Now that Wales and Scotland have devolved powers for taxation purposes, residents that live and work in the border areas with England have more planning options. Wales have their own stamp duty regime from April 2018, the Land Transaction Tax (LTT), and Scotland, from April 2015, the Land & Building Read more…

Cheques to clear in one day

Legislation has been introduced to reduce the present maximum six-day clearance process, to just one day. Banks presently send the payer’s cheque to the clearing banks to facilitate clearance. Under new rules, that will apply from October 2018, this will be reduced to one-day by sending a digital image of Read more…