Income Tax Rates and Personal Allowances

Are you paying too much income tax

When your income exceeds £100,000 for income tax purposes your entitlement to a tax free personal allowance (£11,850 for 2018-19) is reduced by £1 for every £2 that your income exceeds this threshold. Which means, when your income reaches £123,700, you no longer qualify for a personal allowance. The effect Read more…

Pimlico Plumbers Supreme Court Gig Economy

What now for the gig economy

The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Gary Smith, a self-employed contractor with Pimlico Plumbers, who considered he was due worker’s rights and has now had his assertion rubber stamped by the highest court in the land.   With self employment becoming more and more popular in the UK we Read more…

How deep are your pockets

Next month, those of us who are still self-employed will be digging deep to pay our second payment on account for the tax year 2017-18. The deadline to avoid late payment interest and penalties is 31 July 2018. For most of us, these payments on account (January and July 2018) Read more…

Construction sector VAT shakeup

Government are considering an extension of the VAT reverse charge to include the construction sector. The reverse charge process places the responsibility for paying VAT on the customer instead of the supplier. In their explanatory notes on this topic HMRC said: What is being done and why 7.1 This instrument, Read more…

Ring in the changes, or else

There are a number of obligations that business owners should be aware, that involve them informing HMRC of changes to their business circumstances. In some cases, failure to comply may result in fines. We have paraphrased some of occasions when you will need to advise HMRC: You must tell HMRC Read more…

Tax Diary June/July 2018

1 June 2018 – Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 August 2017. 19 June 2018 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 June 2018. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 June 2018) 19 June 2018 – Filing Read more…

What to do if you cannot pay your tax

HMRC will consider extended options for settling your outstanding tax bill. The key is to contact HMRC, explain why you can’t pay on time, and discuss how you can settle any outstanding liabilities. If you can’t pay before the deadline, call the Business Payment Support Service. Anyone can use this Read more…

Employees holiday entitlement

The following definitions should help to clarify employee and employer rights and responsibilities regarding entitlement to holiday pay. Almost all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday per year (known as statutory leave entitlement or annual leave). An employer can include bank holidays as part of statutory annual Read more…

Crackdown on abuse of UK businesses

Reforms are being considered that will ensure that Scottish Limited Partnerships continue to be used as a legitimate vehicle for investment in the UK. Measures to crack down on the abuse of a specialised financial arrangement to launder foreign money through the UK was unveiled at the end of April Read more…

Thousands receive back pay

In a recent press release, HMRC urged underpaid workers to complain as figures show that the number of workers getting the money they're owed by employers has doubled after interventions by HMRC. According to latest figures, in 2017-18, HMRC investigators identified £15.6 million in pay owed to more than a Read more…

Premium rate fraudsters

There seems to be an endless growth in illegal sites who aim to make money by claiming to be associated with HMRC. The Government announced recently that it had scuppered one of these schemes. According to HMRC: Scammers create websites that look similar to HMRC’s official site and then direct Read more…