Cars and taxing issues

We have listed below a number of issues that you will need to consider if directors or employees use a car for business purposes. Essentially, if the car is owned by the business any private use of the vehicle will trigger a tax charge for the driver (car user) and Read more…

Paying tax if you are self-employed

If you are a sole trader or an individual member of a partnership you will likely be subject to income tax, and possibly National Insurance, on your earnings. Unfortunately, tax being taxing, earnings for tax purposes may not be the same as the monthly drawings you take from your business. Read more…

Disposing of a UK residential property?

UK readers who are anticipating the sale of a residential property on which a capital gains tax (CGT) charge may apply would be advised to consider the changes to the reporting and payment of this CGT charge from 6 April 2020. The general rule will be that for relevant disposals Read more…

An update for hauliers

If you are involved in the transport of goods to and from the EU HMRC have posted useful guidance on what you will need to do to accommodate a no-deal Brexit on 31st of this month. The guidance can be downloaded as a PDF from https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/836920/transporting-goods-between-the-uk-and-eu-in-a-no-deal-brexit-guidance-for-hauliers.pdf Transitional arrangements are in Read more…

About face by HMRC

Last month we reported the changes that CIS, VAT registered contractors and sub-contractors were about to face with the introduction of the “reverse charge” process from 1 October 2019. Shortly after our newsletter was published, HMRC conceded that it was aware that the industry was struggling to adapt to the Read more…

Property tax changes from April 2020

Although the Brexit process continues to throw a spanner into the normal workings of government, there are a few certainties from a tax point of view that will be effective from April 2020. A few property related changes are noted in this article:   Presently, the last 18 months of Read more…

Enjoy a tax-free Christmas bash

Follow the outline below to ensure that the cost of your annual staff party will not create tax issues for you or your staff. The event must be open to all employees at a specific location. An annual Christmas party, or other annual event offered to staff, generally is not Read more…

The loan charge controversy continues

The following press release was published by HMRC last month. Extracts are reproduced below: Sir Amyas Morse, the former Comptroller and Auditor General and Chief Executive of the National Audit Office (NAO), will lead an independent review of the Loan Charge… The review will consider whether the policy is an Read more…

Tax Diary October/November 2019

1 October 2019 – Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 December 2018. 19 October 2019 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 October 2019. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 October 2019.) 19 October 2019 – Filing Read more…

Do you need to file a tax return?

The following guidelines are reproduced from the government’s website: You must send a tax return if, in the last tax year (6 April to 5 April), you were: self-employed as a ‘sole trader’ and earned more than £1,000 a partner in a business partnership You will not usually need to Read more…

All is not lost

If your business makes a trading loss its ability to survive the loss will depend on a number of issues. They include: Did your business have sufficient reserves to absorb the loss? If not, are the business owners able to introduce new capital to cover the losses? Or, Are the Read more…

How much tax do you pay on your dividends?

If you own a small limited company your shares entitle you to draw a return on your shareholding – in common parlance these returns are called dividends. A company can only pay dividends if it has current or accumulated tax-paid reserves. For most smaller companies this will be described as Read more…

Unclaimed estates

There is nothing more intriguing that the notion we may be due untold riches from undisclosed sources. For example, do you have any premium bonds, and did you notify the registrar the last time you moved to a new house? And did you know that the estates of deceased persons Read more…

Do you have a December year end?

December is probably the second most popular trading year end for businesses; the most popular being the 31 March. Your end of year planning should include a review of your results – prior to your year end – so that there is an opportunity to make any advantageous changes. From Read more…

Tax-free annual party

If you are starting to look forward to the forthcoming end-of-year and Christmas celebrations, and we could all do with a bit of festive cheer, you may find the following article useful: it sets out the rules and regulations that qualify such events for a tax-free status: no benefits in Read more…