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Advisory Fuel Rates for Company Cars June 2019

These are the suggested reimbursement rates for employees’ private mileage using their company car from 1 June 2019. Where there has been a change the previous rate is shown in brackets. Note that for hybrid cars you must use the petrol or diesel rate. You can continue to use the previous rates for up to […]

Read more July 15th, 2019

Using a PAYE Settlement Agreement To Pay Some Of Your Employee’s Tax

PAYE settlement agreements (PSAs) are arrangements under which an employer can settle the income tax and National Insurance liabilities on benefits in kind and expenses payments provided to employees and officeholders. Setting up a PSA avoids passing on an unexpected, and potentially demotivating, tax charge to employees. Where a PSA has been agreed with HMRC, […]

Read more July 12th, 2019

New VAT Rules For The Construction Sector

Under new rules due to come in on 1 October 2019 builders, subcontractors and other trades associated with the construction industry will have to start using a new method of accounting for VAT. With these new rules, supplies of standard or reduced-rated building services between VAT-registered businesses in the supply chain will not be invoiced […]

Read more July 10th, 2019

Make School Holidays Easier With Tax-Free Childcare

Did you know there is a government scheme available that can help contribute towards childcare costs which may mean fewer of your employees will need time off at the same time this summer. Tax-Free Childcare is a scheme available to working parents with children from 0-11 years and many parents are not taking advantage of […]

Read more July 9th, 2019

Staff Summer Party Can Be A Tax-Free Benefit

Your organisation may have an annual Christmas party for staff, but the tax rules also allow staff parties at other times of the year which are a tax-free benefit as long as certain conditions are satisfied. The exemption applies to an annual party (e.g. a Christmas party), or similar annual function (e.g. a summer barbecue), […]

Read more July 9th, 2019

Stamp Duty Land Tax – Recent Rulings

In a recent ruling, HMRC has lost a case at the tax tribunal where the higher stamp duty rate was not payable. So what happened? A couple purchased an uninhabitable property so completed the Stamp Duty return on the basis that they would only pay a stamp duty bill of £1,500. However, when HMRC received […]

Read more July 4th, 2019

The 5% VAT Rules

Firstly, to start with a common misconception, the 5% VAT rule does not mean that you can reclaim 15% VAT. Let’s start at the beginning and explain where the 5% VAT rate comes into play. The 5% or reduced VAT rate can be utilised in two situations: The conversion of premises to a different residential […]

Read more July 4th, 2019