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01-12-2022

Use HMRC’s tax app to save time

A free HMRC tax app is available and offers some useful functionality. In fact, in the 12 months up to October 2022, HMRC received almost 3 million calls from people asking for information that is now readily available on the app. This included: 354,499 calls from people who forgot/lost their National Insurance number; 444,301 calls from people who wanted their employment history and tax ... read more

01-12-2022

Low-cost broadband and phone tariffs

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has published a new press release to confirm that they have been working together with internet service providers to deliver low-cost broadband and phone packages called social tariffs. These new social tariffs offer discounted broadband and mobile deals for people on Universal Credit and other benefits. The new tariffs are being ... read more

01-12-2022

Filing abridged company accounts

Companies that are dormant or qualify as a small company or ‘micro-entity’ can choose to send a simpler set of accounts known as abridged accounts to Companies House and do not need to be audited. These abridged accounts contain a simpler balance sheet and mean that less information about the company will be available in the public domain. A company is usually classed as dormant by Companies ... read more

01-12-2022

Who is a Scottish taxpayer?

The Scottish rate of income (SRIT) is payable on the non-savings and non-dividend income of those defined as Scottish taxpayers. This means that Scottish taxpayers who also have savings and dividend income need to consider the UK rates as well as the Scottish rates when calculating their income tax bill. Scottish taxpayer status applies for a whole tax year. It is not possible to be a Scottish ... read more

01-12-2022

Self-assessment payments on account

Self-assessment taxpayers are usually required to pay their income tax liabilities in three instalments each year. The first two payments are due on: 31 January during the tax year e.g. for 2022-23 the first payment on account is due on 31 January 2023. 31 July following the tax year e.g. for 2022-23 the second payment on account is due on 31 July 2023. These payments on account are based on ... read more

01-12-2022

Autumn Finance Bill published

The government published the Autumn Finance Bill 2022 on 22 November 2022. The Bill is officially known as Finance Bill 2022-23. The Bill contains the legislation for many of the tax measures announced in the recent Autumn Statement. The Autumn Finance Bill will be followed by the main Spring Finance Bill 2023 which will be published after the spring Budget and will cover any remaining tax ... read more

24-11-2022

CGT tax-free allowance reducing

In the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced that the annual exempt amount applicable to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is to be more than halved next year. This rate had previously been fixed at £12,300 from April 2021 to April 2026 for individuals, personal representatives, and certain trusts for disabled people. The exempt amount will now be reduced to £6,000 from April 2023 before being ... read more

24-11-2022

Personal tax allowances frozen to April 2028

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced as part of the Autumn Statement measures that the Income Tax thresholds will be maintained at their current levels for a further two years until April 2028. This will see the personal tax allowance frozen at £12,570 through to April 2028. The existing thresholds for the basic rate and higher rates of tax have also been frozen. In addition, the Income Tax ... read more

24-11-2022

Corporation Tax increases from April 2023

The Corporation Tax main rate will increase to 25% from 1 April 2023 for companies with profits over £250,000. A Small Profits Rate (SPR) of 19% will also be introduced from the same date for companies with profits of up to £50,000 ensuring these companies pay Corporation Tax at the same rate as currently. Where a company has profits between £50,000 and £250,000 a marginal rate of Corporation Tax ... read more

24-11-2022

CGT – share exchange

One of the more ‘niche’ measures introduced as part of the Autumn Statement measures related to Capital Gains Tax: Share for Share Exchange. This is intended to stop UK tax being avoided by non-UK domiciled individuals on chargeable gains made on the disposal of a UK business, or income received in respect of shares or securities held in a UK business, by exchanging securities in a UK company ... read more

24-11-2022

MTD for ITSA

The introduction of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Income Tax Self-Assessment (ITSA) is set to commence from April 2024. This means that clients who have not yet prepared for the change have less than 18 months to choose and begin using approved software. MTD for ITSA will fundamentally change the way businesses, the self-employed and landlords, interact with HMRC. The regime will require ... read more

24-11-2022

Reminder of working from home allowances

Employees who work from home may be able to claim tax relief for bills they pay that are related to their work. Employers may reimburse employees for the additional household expenses incurred through regularly working at home. The relief covers expenses such as business telephone calls or heating and lighting costs. Expenses that cover private and business use (such as broadband) cannot be ... read more

21-11-2022

Fiscal drag

You may have encountered this phrase, fiscal drag, in recent weeks, particularly if following the Autumn Statement announcements last week. A large part of Chancellor Hunt’s announcements confirmed that rates and allowances for Income Tax are to be frozen at current levels until April 2028. Your immediate response to this news may have been one of ‘underwhelm’. No changes so no worse-off. But ... read more

21-11-2022

Tax Diary December 2022/January 2023

1 December 2022 - Due date for Corporation Tax payable for the year ended 28 February 2022. 19 December 2022 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 December 2022. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 December 2022). 19 December 2022 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 December 2022. 19 December 2022 - CIS tax deducted for the month ... read more

17-11-2022

Autumn Statement Summary

The new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, has delivered his Autumn Statement to the House of Commons against a backdrop of a worsening cost of living crisis and with confirmation from the Office for Budget Responsibility OBR that the UK has now entered into a recession. The OBR has stated that the economy is still forecast to grow by 4.2% this year. GDP is then predicted to fall by 1.4% ... read more

17-11-2022

Basis of assessment changing

Forthcoming 'basis of assessment' reforms will change the way trading income is allocated to tax years for the self-employed. The changes will affect sole traders and partnerships that use an accounting date between 6 April and 30 March. There is no change to the rule for companies. The reforms will change the basis period from a ‘current year basis’ to a ‘tax year basis’. Under the current rules ... read more

17-11-2022

More on HMRC payment plans

Businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service. An online payment plan for Self-Assessment tax bills can be used to set up instalment arrangements for paying tax liabilities up to £30,000. Taxpayers that qualify for a Time to Pay arrangement using the ... read more

17-11-2022

Declare COVID support payments received

HMRC is reminding Self-Assessment taxpayers that they must declare COVID-19 grant and support payments in their tax return for the 2021-22 tax year. Most COVID support scheme grants are treated as taxable income in the same way as other taxable receipts and need to be reported to HMRC. This means that if you received a taxable support payment during the 2021-22 this needs to be reported on your ... read more

17-11-2022

VAT – partly exempt businesses

A business that incurs expenditure on taxable and exempt business activities is partially exempt for VAT purposes. This means that the business is required to make an apportionment between the activities using a 'partial exemption method' in order to calculate how much input tax is recoverable. Businesses that make both taxable and exempt supplies must keep a separate record of exempt supplies ... read more

17-11-2022

Private pension contributions tax relief

Under current rules, you can claim tax relief for your private pension contributions within certain limitations. The current annual allowance for tax relief on pension contributions is £40,000. You can also carry forward any unused amount of your annual allowance from the last three tax years if you have made pension savings in those years. Additionally, there is a lifetime limit for tax relief ... read more

17-11-2022

Gifts paid out of disposable income

It is possible for wealthier taxpayers to make tax exempt gifts and payments that are funded as normal expenditure out of income. This is a very flexible exemption from IHT as there are no specific requirements, for example by making fixed regular gifts to the same person. With proper planning this can be a very useful tool including enabling grandparents to help pay school fees for their ... read more

10-11-2022

Tax on dividends

The dividend tax allowance was first introduced in 2016 and replaced the old dividend tax credit with an annual £5,000 dividend allowance. Tax was payable on dividends received over this amount. The tax-free dividend allowance was reduced to £2,000 with effect from 6 April 2018 and has remain fixed at that level ever since. This means that the tax rates for dividends received in 2022-23 (in ... read more

10-11-2022

What your tax code means

The letters in your tax code signify your entitlement (or not) to the annual tax-free personal allowance. The tax codes are updated annually and help employer’s work out how much tax to deduct from an employee’s pay packet. The basic personal allowance for the current tax year, which started on 6 April 2022, is £12,570. The corresponding tax code for an employee entitled to the standard tax-free ... read more

10-11-2022

Check a UK VAT number

The ability to check a UK VAT number is available at: www.gov.uk/check-uk-vat-number. This service allows users to check: if a UK VAT registration number is valid; and the name and address of the business the number is registered to. The service also allows UK taxpayers to obtain a certificate to prove that they checked that a VAT registration number was valid at a given time and date. The ... read more

10-11-2022

HMRC launch offshore property owners campaign

It has been reported by the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) that HMRC is to launch a new campaign to tackle non-compliance linked to offshore corporates owning UK property. HMRC has conducted a review of non-resident corporate owners of UK property using data from the Land Registry and other sources. This review has helped HMRC identify offshore property owners that may not have fully met ... read more

10-11-2022

Claiming Corporation Tax losses

Corporation Tax relief may be available where a company or organisation makes a trading loss. The loss may be used to claim relief from Corporation Tax by offsetting the loss against other gains or profits of the business in the same accounting period. It is also possible to carry a trading loss back in order to claim relief from Corporation Tax by offsetting the loss against profits in previous ... read more

10-11-2022

HMRC interest rate changes

Following the recent increase in the Bank of England base rate from 2.25% to 3% HMRC has confirmed there will be changes to the rates of interest they charge. The BoE’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted 7-2 in favour of raising interest rates by 75 basis points to 3% in a move to try and reign in upward pressures on inflation. Inflationary pressures in the United Kingdom has continued to ... read more

03-11-2022

Tax Diary November/December 2022

1 November 2022 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 January 2022. 19 November 2022 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 November 2022. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 November 2022.) 19 November 2022 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 November 2022. 19 November 2022 - CIS tax deducted for the month ended ... read more

03-11-2022

2-months to Self-Assessment filing deadline 2021-22

There are now less than 2-months to file your 2021-22 Self-Assessment tax return electronically. Last year over 12.5 million taxpayers were required to complete a Self-Assessment tax return but over 2.3 million taxpayers missed the 31 January filing deadline. The deadline for submitting your 2021-22 Self-Assessment tax returns online is 31 January 2023. The deadline for paper returns ended on 31 ... read more

03-11-2022

Gifts to spouse or charity

In most cases, there is no capital gains tax (CGT) to be paid on the transfer of assets to a spouse or civil partner. There is, however, still a disposal that has taken place for CGT purposes effectively at no gain or loss on the date of the transfer. When the asset ultimately comes to be sold, the gain or loss will be calculated from when the original spouse or civil partner first owned the ... read more

03-11-2022

IHT claiming business relief

There are a number of reliefs available that can reduce liability to Inheritance Tax (IHT) if you inherit the estate of someone who had died. One of these reliefs is known as IHT Business Relief and is a valuable tax relief for taxpayers with business interests, offering either 50% or 100% relief from IHT on the value of the business assets if certain conditions are met. 100% Business Relief ... read more

03-11-2022

Paying stamp duty on share transfers

Stamp Duty is paid on shares bought on a stock transfer form. A stock transfer form is the standard form used for transfers of shares from one person to another. If you use a stock transfer to buy stocks and shares for £1,000 or less, you do not normally have to pay any Stamp Duty. The 300-year-old process used to manually stamp documents to show the duty has been paid, came to an end on 19 July ... read more

03-11-2022

Directors and National Minimum Wage

Company directors or any other person who has been appointed to a position by a company or organisation but doesn’t have a contract or receive regular payment as office holders are neither employees nor workers. Company directors who also have an employment or worker's contract can be both an office holder and an employee at the same time. If this is the case, the director would need to be paid ... read more

03-11-2022

What qualifies for First Year Allowances

Businesses can claim a 100% first-year allowance (FYA) on the purchase of certain qualifying Plant and Machinery (P&M). The cash-flow benefit of accelerated tax relief is designed to encourage businesses to invest in capital items which help reduce their carbon footprint by being energy and water efficient. The list of qualifying items includes expenditure on new unused electric vehicles and ... read more

27-10-2022

SA taxpayers target for fraudsters

Fraudsters are continuing to target taxpayers with scam emails in advance of the deadline for submission of Self-Assessment returns for the 2021-22 tax year. In fact, in the 12 months to August 2022, HMRC received more than 180,000 reports of suspicious contact from the public, of which almost 81,000 related to bogus tax rebate referrals. A number of these scams purport to tell taxpayers they ... read more

27-10-2022

Flexible subsidies for businesses from 2023

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced that the new UK subsidy regime will come fully into force from 4 January 2023 when the Subsidy Control Act 2022 takes effect. The new subsidy regime enables public authorities to deliver subsidies that are tailored to local needs and to drive economic growth. These new rules represent a major shift away from the old EU ... read more

27-10-2022

Half-term help with childcare costs

HMRC is reminding parents that they may be eligible for Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) to help pay for October half-term holiday clubs and wraparound care during the school terms. The TFC scheme can help parents of children aged up to 11 years old (17 for those with certain disabilities). The TFC scheme helps support working families with their childcare costs. There are many registered childcare ... read more

27-10-2022

New VAT Registration process for agents

A new VAT registration process known as the VAT Registration Service or VRS was made available to agents from 1 August 2022. The VRS had been in testing mode for the previous 18 months and was used by over 37,000 businesses to successfully register for VAT. One of the key changes with using the VRS is that every new VAT registered business is automatically signed up to Making Tax Digital (MTD) as ... read more

27-10-2022

Private Residence Relief garden and grounds

In general, there is no Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on a property which has been used as a main family residence. This relief from CGT is commonly known as private residence relief. However, there are grey areas which might result in CGT being due on the sale of a private residence. One of these areas to consider is when disposing of garden or grounds belonging to the property. The entitlement to ... read more

27-10-2022

IHT gifts with reservation of title

The majority of gifts made during a person's life are not subject to tax at the time of the gift. These lifetime transfers are known as 'potentially exempt transfers' or 'PETs'. These gifts or transfers achieve their potential of becoming exempt from Inheritance Tax if the taxpayer survives for more than seven years after making the gift. There is a tapered relief available if the donor dies ... read more

20-10-2022

Donations through Gift Aid

The Gift Aid scheme is available to all UK taxpayers. The charity or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) concerned can take a taxpayer’s donation and, provided all the qualifying conditions are met, can reclaim the basic rate tax allowing for an extra 25p of tax relief on every pound donated to charity. Higher rate and additional rate taxpayers are eligible to claim tax relief on the difference ... read more

20-10-2022

Second cost of living payment

Back in May 2022, the then Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a package of support measures targeted mainly to the most vulnerable members of society. One of the main measures was the Cost of Living support package to help over 8 million households in receipt of mean tested benefits. These households were set to receive a payment of £650 before the end of the year with the DWP making the payment ... read more

20-10-2022

Deadlines 2021-22 Self-Assessment tax return

The 2021-22 tax return deadline for taxpayers who continue to submit paper Self-Assessment returns is 31 October 2022. Late submission of a Self-Assessment return will become liable to a £100 late filing penalty. The penalty usually applies even if there is no liability or if any tax due is paid in full by 31 January 2023. We would recommend that anyone still submitting paper tax returns consider ... read more

20-10-2022

VAT Flat Rate scheme

Using the VAT Flat Rate scheme, businesses pay VAT as a fixed percentage of their VAT inclusive turnover. The actual percentage used depends on the type of business. The scheme has been designed to simplify the way a business accounts for VAT and in so doing reduce the administration costs of complying with the VAT legislation. Using the Flat Rate scheme, you pay VAT as a fixed percentage of your ... read more

20-10-2022

Utilising CGT losses prior to death of taxpayer

Usually, if you sell an asset for less than you paid for it you would make a capital loss. As a general rule if the asset would have been liable to CGT had a gain taken place then the loss should be an allowable deduction. If an individual realises an allowable loss in the part of the tax year before his or her death, those losses must be set first against any chargeable gains accruing in that ... read more

20-10-2022

Unlawful estate agency businesses

The Money Laundering Regulations (MLR) are designed to protect the UK financial system and put in place certain controls to prevent businesses being used for money laundering by criminals and terrorists. HMRC has named 68 estate agents that have been fined a total of £519,645 for not complying with rules designed to stop criminals laundering money from illegal activity. Tax evasion is a criminal ... read more

18-10-2022

Chancellor statements - 17 October 2022

The new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, was only appointed on Friday 14 October 2022. However, following another turbulent weekend, the Chancellor made not one but two important statements on 17 October 2022 about the future of the economy. The first, an emergency televised statement to the nation and the second, a statement to MPs in the House of Commons. HM Treasury had prefaced these ... read more

17-10-2022

Prime Minister’s statement - 14 October 2022

The Prime Minister, Liz Truss delivered a hastily arranged press conference on Friday 14 October. At the press conference, the Prime Minister confirmed that she had sacked the Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng after less than six weeks in office. This was done in order to try and deal with the market and political turmoil that had increased significantly following the Growth Plan, commonly referred to as ... read more

13-10-2022

NI Trader Support Service extended

The Trader Support Service was designed to help businesses moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol after the Brexit transition period came to an end. Under the Northern Ireland Protocol, all Northern Ireland businesses continue to have access to the whole UK market. The service was due to end this year but has been extended until the end of December 2023. The digital platform helps ... read more

13-10-2022

Final warning to use MTD for VAT

The Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT regime started in April 2019 when businesses with a turnover above the VAT threshold of £85,000 became mandated to keep their records digitally and provide their VAT return information to HMRC using MTD compatible software. In April 2022, MTD for VAT was extended to all VAT registered businesses with turnover below the VAT threshold of £85,000. Many businesses ... read more

13-10-2022

Claiming Child Trust Fund cash

If you turned 18 on or after 1 September 2020 there may be cash waiting for you in a dormant Child Trust Fund (CTF). If your children recently turned 18 you should also check if they have claimed the money to which they are entitled. The actual amount of money depends on many factors but averages some £2,100. Children born after 31 August 2002 and before 3 January 2011 were entitled to a CTF ... read more

13-10-2022

Residential Property Developer Tax

The Residential Property Developer Tax (RPDT) is a new tax on large residential property developers that came into effect on 1 April 2022. The new tax was first announced in February 2021 as part of a package of measures to contribute towards the Government’s cost of dealing with defective cladding in the UK’s high-rise housing stock discovered following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in June ... read more

13-10-2022

Jeopardy amendments

A jeopardy amendment can be made to a taxpayer’s Self-Assessment return as part of an S9A general enquiry. A jeopardy amendment should only be made where an HMRC officer believes there is an imminent risk of a loss of tax to the Crown unless the assessment is amended at once. i.e., the tax due is in jeopardy. For example, the officer may become aware that the taxpayer has plans to leave the ... read more

13-10-2022

What Self-Assessment items can be stoodover by HMRC?

A stand over can be used to postpone certain Self-Assessment payments due to HMRC. There are two types of stand over payments, a formal stand over and an informal stand over. A formal stand over is used to stand over any Self-Assessment charge against which a postponement application may legally be made. Formal stand overs may be made against SA charges arising from a: Revenue ... read more

06-10-2022

Income Tax in Scotland

The Scottish rate of income tax (SRIT) is payable on the non-savings and non-dividend income of those defined as Scottish taxpayers. The definition of a Scottish taxpayer is generally focused on the question of whether the taxpayer has a 'close connection' with Scotland or elsewhere in the UK. The liability to SRIT is not based on nationalist identity, location of work or the source of a person’s ... read more

06-10-2022

Small Business rate relief

Business rates are charged on most non-domestic premises, including most commercial properties such as shops, offices, pubs, warehouses and factories. Some properties are eligible for discounts from the local council on their business rates. This is called business rates relief. There are a number of reliefs available including small business rate relief, rural rate relief and charitable rate ... read more

06-10-2022

How the VAT Reverse Charge works

The VAT domestic reverse charge accounting mechanism was put in place to help prevent criminal attacks on the UK VAT system by means of sophisticated fraud. UK businesses receiving certain specified goods and services are liable to account for UK VAT, by way of the domestic reverse charge procedure. Under the domestic reverse charge rules, it is the responsibility of the customer, rather than the ... read more

06-10-2022

Statutory interest

Taxpayers that are owed VAT repayments by HMRC are entitled to claim statutory interest under certain circumstances. Where this is the case, a claim should be made in writing to HMRC. VATA s78 (11) requires all claims for statutory interest to be made within four years of the end of the applicable period to which it relates. For example, if a repayment claim is authorised for payment on 31 March ... read more

06-10-2022

Employing someone step by step

There are a multitude of rules and regulations that you must be aware of when you employ staff. HMRC’s guidance (entitled Employ someone: step by step) sets out some important issues to be aware of when taking on a new employee. This includes the following: Check your business is ready to employ staff - check whether you need to hire someone on a full time or part time basis. Recruit ... read more

05-10-2022

Government U-turn on 45p tax rate

The Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng has announced plans to scrap the proposed removal of the 45p tax rate from April 2023. The proposed removal of the 45p Rate was first announced as part of the Growth Plan measures on 23 September 2022. However, the change sparked a backlash that has sent shockwaves through the financial markets and even saw many members of the Conservative party actively campaigning ... read more

29-09-2022

Changing a will after death

In certain circumstances, a will can be changed after death. This can be done by using what is known as a Deed of Variation. Any changes to the will must be done within two years from the date of death. However, beneficiaries who would be left worse off by the change must give their agreement before any changes can be made. This is most often done to reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax or ... read more

29-09-2022

Minimum wage for different types of work

Employers must ensure they are paying staff at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or National Living Wage (NLW). The NMW and the NLW are the minimum legal amounts that employers must pay their workers. HMRC’s guidance states that there are different ways of checking that workers get the minimum wage depending on whether they are: paid by the hour (known as ‘time work’); paid an annual ... read more

29-09-2022

Tax relief for job expenses

Employees who are working from home may be able to claim tax relief for bills they pay that are related to their work. Employers may reimburse employees for the additional household expenses incurred through regularly working at home. The relief covers expenses such as business telephone calls or heating and lighting costs for the room you are working in. Expenses that are for private and ... read more

29-09-2022

Joining the MTD ITSA pilot

Many businesses and agents are already keeping digital records and providing updates to HMRC as part of a live pilot to test and develop the Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Income Tax Self-Assessment (ITSA). Under the pilot, qualifying landlords and sole traders (or their agents) can use software to keep digital records and send Income Tax updates instead of filing a Self-Assessment tax return. The ... read more

29-09-2022

Capital Allowance Pools

A Writing Down Allowance (WDA) is available for plant and machinery expenditure that exceeds the Annual investment allowance (AIA) and / or does not qualify for a First-Year Allowance as well as for residual balances of expenditure that has been carried forward from the previous accounting period. The WDA is based on the cost of the items in the year they are acquired. There are two rates of WDA ... read more

29-09-2022

Private residence relief

In general, there is no CGT payable on a property disposal which has been used as the main family residence. An investment property which has never been used as a private residence will not qualify. This relief from CGT is commonly known as private residence relief. Taxpayers are usually entitled to full relief from CGT where all the following conditions are met: The family home has been the ... read more

29-09-2022

IR35 reforms

One of the measures the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng referred to in the delivery of the Growth Plan 2022 (commonly referred to as the mini-Budget) concerned moves to simplify IR35 rules. This measure was one of the pre-election promises of the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss. In the end it seems that the Chancellor went further than expected and announced moves to simplify the IR35 ... read more

23-09-2022

The Growth Plan 2022

The new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng, delivered a fiscal statement referred to as The Growth Plan 2022 on 23 September 2022. The statement to a packed House of Commons centred on the government’s plans for generating growth. Colloquially referred to as a mini-budget, it would perhaps be more fitting to refer to the statement as a maxi-budget. In his first major statement since ... read more

22-09-2022

Energy Bill Relief Scheme launched

The Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg has announced the launch of the new Energy Bill Relief Scheme to help cut energy bills in the non-domestic sector. The new scheme will cover all non-domestic energy customers, including UK businesses, the voluntary sector, for example charities and the public sector such as schools and hospitals. This new support measure will apply to fixed contracts agreed ... read more

22-09-2022

New Chancellor’s approach to economic priorities

The new Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, recently met in London with various market and city leaders to set out the Prime Minister’s new, pro-growth economic approach. The new approach focuses on providing immediate support for families and businesses to cope with soaring inflation and rising fuel costs whilst at the same time supporting the economy to grow in a fiscally sustainable way. At the ... read more

22-09-2022

Land Registry Property Alerts

HM Land Registry's property alert service is a free service to help protect property owners from fraud. The counter-fraud security measure was introduced by the Land Registry to monitor registered properties where there is a concern that it might be subject to a fraudulent sale or mortgage. The alert service can be used to monitor up to ten properties. It is a particularly useful fraud warning ... read more

22-09-2022

The Customs Declaration Service

Businesses importing goods must submit import declarations from 1 October 2022 using the Customs Declaration Service (CDS). The CDS is a customs IT platform designed to modernise the process for completing customs declarations for businesses that import or export goods from and to the UK. A phased launch of the service started in August 2018. The CDS is used for making import and export ... read more

22-09-2022

Companies House new WebFiling account

Companies House has introduced a new WebFiling account. The new account represents a first step in creating a single sign-in across all Companies House services and a continued push to becoming a fully digital organisation. The new WebFiling account also includes new benefits and options for users that include the following: multi-factor authentication; the ability to link your company to ... read more

22-09-2022

Creditor bankruptcy and liquidation cost changes

The Insolvency Service is a government agency that provides services to those affected by financial distress or failure. The Insolvency Service operates as an executive agency of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The Insolvency Service has announced changes to the deposits paid to initiate creditor bankruptcies and compulsory liquidations. The petition deposit, ... read more

22-09-2022

Transfer of business as a going concern

The transfer of a business as a going concern (TOGC) rules concern the VAT liability on the sale of a business. Normally the sale of the assets of a VAT registered or VAT registerable business will be subject to VAT at the appropriate rate. Where the sale of a business includes assets and meets certain conditions the sale will be categorised as a TOGC. A TOGC is defined as 'neither a supply of ... read more

21-09-2022

Tax Diary October/November 2022

1 October 2022 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 December 2021. 19 October 2022 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 October 2022. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 October 2022.) 19 October 2022 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 October 2022. 19 October 2022 - CIS tax deducted for the month ended 5 ... read more

15-09-2022

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral

It has been confirmed that the date of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral will be Monday, 19 September 2022 following 10-days of national mourning. King Charles III approved an order that the day of the Queen’s funeral will be a national bank holiday across the UK. A press release from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) stated that this will allow ... read more

15-09-2022

Sponsoring a charity

There are special rules in place when a limited company gives to charity. This can include Corporation Tax relief for qualifying donations made to registered charities or community amateur sports clubs (CASC) as including capital allowances for giving away equipment that has been used by a donor company. However, the rules are different if the company is given something in return for donating, ... read more

15-09-2022

Goods sent from abroad

There are special rules to help ensure that goods sent from abroad are taxed appropriately and do not disadvantage UK businesses supplying goods in the UK. For example, by having to compete with VAT free imports. This includes goods that are new or used and bought online, bought abroad and shipped to the UK and goods received as gifts. This means that in order to receive goods you may have to pay ... read more

15-09-2022

The pension savings annual allowance

The pension savings annual allowance for tax relief on pensions has been fixed at £40,000 since 6 April 2014. The annual allowance is further reduced for high earners. Since 6 April 2020, the tapered annual allowance increased from £150,000 to £240,000. This means that anyone with income below £240,000 is not affected by the tapered annual allowance rules. Those earning over £240,000 will begin ... read more

15-09-2022

HMRC’s shared workspace

HMRC’s Shared Workspace is a service that allows businesses and tax agents to share sensitive data, for example, accounts or employee information, with HMRC. According to HMRC, the service allows members to ‘share’ information in a ‘space’ where they can work together in real time. More than one person can view or edit material at the same time, with all amended versions being automatically ... read more

15-09-2022

Taxable and tax-free State Benefits

Whilst there are a large number of state benefits available, it is not clear which of these benefits are taxable and which are tax-free. HMRC’s guidance provides the following list of the most common state benefits that are taxable i.e., Income Tax is potentially payable, subject to the usual allowances and reliefs: Bereavement Allowance (previously Widow’s pension) Carer’s ... read more

08-09-2022

PAYE Settlement Agreements

A PAYE Settlement Agreement (PSA) allows employers to make one annual payment to cover all the tax and National Insurance due on small or irregular taxable expenses or benefits for employees. The expenses or benefits included in a PSA must be defined as one of the following; minor - e.g., a small birthday present; irregular - e.g., one-off relocation expenses over £8,000 (these are tax-free ... read more

08-09-2022

Back to school – help with childcare costs

As children have returned to school, HMRC is reminding parents that they may be eligible for Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) to help pay for breakfast and after school clubs. The TFC scheme can help parents of children aged up to 11 years old (17 for those with certain disabilities). The TFC scheme supports working families with their childcare costs. There are many registered childcare providers ... read more

08-09-2022

Interest rates on student loans from September 2022

Student loans are part of the government’s financial support package for students in higher education in the UK. They are available to help students meet their expenses while they are studying. It is HMRC’s responsibility to collect repayments where the borrower is working in the UK. The Student Loans Company (SLC) is responsible for collecting the loans of borrowers outside the UK tax ... read more

08-09-2022

UK residence and tax

UK Income Tax is generally payable on taxable income received by individuals including earnings from employment, earnings from self-employment, pensions income, interest on most savings, dividend income, rental income and trust income. The tax rules for foreign income can be overly complex. However, as a general rule if you are resident in the UK you will need to pay UK Income Tax on your foreign ... read more

08-09-2022

VAT Capital Goods Scheme

The VAT Capital Goods Scheme (CGS) is a means of adjusting the initial VAT recovery in respect of certain assets over either 5 or 10 years. The scheme seeks to agree a fair and reasonable attribution of VAT to taxable supplies and non-taxable supplies relating to the use of an asset over its lifetime. The adjustment period for land and buildings is 10 years and for other CGS assets, 5 years. This ... read more

08-09-2022

Accommodation expenses and benefits

There are special rules for the provision of living accommodation to employees under certain circumstances. In most cases, employees will pay tax on any living accommodation provided by an employer unless they qualify for an exception. However, where an employee qualifies for an exception, there is no tax to pay on the provision of living accommodation. The definition of living accommodation ... read more

08-09-2022

Tackling the cost-of-living crisis

The new Prime Minister, Liz Truss has, as promised, sought to tackle the cost-of-living crisis in her first few days in office. She is the fourth Conservative Prime Minister to govern the UK in a little over six years. The government has seen many major changes over this time including Brexit, the corona pandemic and now a cost-of-living crisis exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and ... read more

01-09-2022

How dividends are taxed

The dividend tax allowance was first introduced in 2016 and replaced the old dividend tax credit with an annual £5,000 dividend allowance. Tax was payable on dividends received over this amount. The tax-free dividend allowance was reduced to £2,000 with effect from 6 April 2018 and remains fixed at that level ever since. The 1.25% increase in NIC contributions that came into effect on 6 April 2022 ... read more

01-09-2022

Working from home

If you receive no compensation from your employer, you can still claim tax relief for certain costs that arise when working from home. HMRC will usually allow you to claim tax relief if you use your own money for things that you must buy for your job, and you only use these items for work. You must make a claim within four years of the end of the tax year that you spent the money. Costs you may ... read more

01-09-2022

Still time to claim super-deduction

There is still time to claim the super-deduction allowance that offers 130% first-year tax relief. The deduction is available to companies until March 2023. The super-deduction is designed to help incorporated businesses finance expansion in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and to help drive growth. The super-deduction tax break was introduced on 1 April 2021 and allows businesses to deduct ... read more

01-09-2022

Farming – using the herd basis

There are special rules which can apply to farmers and market gardeners that prepare their accounts on accruals basis. This includes special rules for farmers’ averaging relief, dealing with losses and the treatment of compensation for compulsory slaughter. The special rules also refer to the use of the herd basis. The herd basis is a special method of calculating profits or losses which may be ... read more

01-09-2022

Overdrawn director's loan account

An overdrawn director's loan account is created when a director (or other close family member) 'borrows' money from their company. Many companies, particularly 'close' private companies, pay for personal expenses of directors using company funds. Where these payments do not form part of a director’s remuneration, they are usually posted to the director’s loan account (DLA). The DLA can represent ... read more

01-09-2022

Company Share Option Plans

There are a number of government approved share schemes which offer tax advantages to employees. One of these schemes is known as the Company Share Option Plans (CSOP). Under a CSOP, employees do not pay Income Tax or NICs provided the qualifying conditions are met. This applies to a qualifying option to buy up to £30,000 worth of shares at a fixed price. However, there may be a CGT liability when ... read more

25-08-2022

Help for Households campaign

The new Chancellor, Nadhim Zahawi, has visited a school holiday club in London where he committed to continuing to help families with increases in the cost of living. The visit shone a light on the government’s Help for Households Campaign after a further series of cost-of-living deals were announced. These deals will help provide extra support to families as children return to school. The back ... read more

25-08-2022

Retaining tax return records

There are no set rules for the way in which you keep your tax records, but they are usually evidenced on paper, digitally or as part of a software program. If you are keeping records used to complete a personal (non-business) self-assessment tax return, you must keep records for 22 months from the end of the tax year to which they relate. This means that you should keep all records for the tax ... read more

25-08-2022

Incorporation relief

Where a taxpayer owns a business as a sole trader or in partnership, a capital gain will be deemed to arise if the business is converted into a company by reference to the market value of the business assets, including goodwill. This could give rise to a chargeable gain based broadly on the difference between the market value of the assets and their original cost. However, in most cases the ... read more

25-08-2022

IHT Business Relief

There are a number of reliefs available that can reduce liability to Inheritance Tax (IHT) when you inherit the estate of someone who has died. One of these reliefs is known as IHT Business Relief and is a valuable tax relief for taxpayers with business interests. The relief offers a 50% or 100% deduction from IHT on the value of the business assets if certain conditions are met. 100% Business ... read more

25-08-2022

CGT Rollover Relief

Business Asset Rollover Relief, usually referred to as ‘rollover relief’, is a valuable relief that allows for deferral of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on gains made when taxpayers sell or dispose of certain assets and use all or part of the proceeds to buy new business assets. The relief means that the tax on the gain of the old asset is postponed. The amount of the gain is effectively rolled over ... read more