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Company Vans As Motor Cars

The Court of Appeal have now ruled on the tax status of certain vehicles provided to employees of Coca Cola. The court has upheld the HMRC view that vans with windows and a second row of seats behind the driver are not goods vehicles but motor cars for benefit in kind purposes. Consequently, the income […]

Read more September 7th, 2020

Which Expenses Are Taxable For Employees Working From Home

Find out what equipment, services or supplies are taxable if your employees are working from home due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Who is not affected? Furloughed workers who are eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Type of equipment, service or supply Mobile phones and SIM cards (no restriction on private use) If you provide a […]

Read more June 16th, 2020

What Affects The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme?

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme currently allows you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months’ worth of profits, and capped at £7,500 in total. If you are self-employed or member of a partnership find out how your circumstances can affect […]

Read more June 15th, 2020

How To Treat Employee Expenses And Benefits Provided During Coronavirus

Find out about taxable expenses and benefits when they are paid to employees because of coronavirus and how to report them to HMRC. This guidance is about Income Tax treatment only. National Insurance contributions treatment may vary depending on the individual benefit or expense. See: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-treat-certain-expenses-and-benefits-provided-to-employees-during-coronavirus-covid-19 Please talk to us if you need clarification in […]

Read more June 11th, 2020

Tax-Free Childcare And 30 Hours Free Childcare During Coronavirus

To help make sure critical workers can continue to access the childcare they need to enable them to work, even if their circumstances have changed during the Pandemic, the Government have made some temporary changes. Find out about temporary changes that may affect you if you are applying for, or already getting, Tax-Free Childcare or […]

Read more June 10th, 2020

Opening A Government Gateway Account For SEISS

HMRC have issued some more details relating to the claims for the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS). The latest guidance was issued on 1 May. Full details on the SEISS can be found on our article here. As with many HMRC “guidance notes” issued recently, these tend to be quite basic, and, unfortunately, leave many […]

Read more May 6th, 2020

HMRC Update Their Guidance On The SEISS Scheme

The following text is extracted from HMRC website regarding the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS): Who can claim? You can claim if you are a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and: you carry on a trade which has been adversely affected by coronavirus you traded in the tax year 2018 to 2019 […]

Read more May 6th, 2020

Covid-19: Personal Affairs Guide

This is a guide for families and individuals on how to financially survive or manage through the Pandemic. It is a tough time for many of us and the idea of this guide is to help people who may have reduced employment income and increased uncertainty about their future. The aim of this guide is […]

Read more May 4th, 2020

Impact On The High-Income Child Benefit Charge

With many employees and the self-employed being furloughed, being made redundant or making lower profits their income for 2020/21 may well fall below the £50,000 limit at which child benefit starts being taxed. The charge is 1% for every £100 that adjusted net income exceeds £50,000 multiplied by the child benefit claimed in respect of […]

Read more April 24th, 2020

Universal Credit / Benefits Calculator

Many people will need to consider Government Benefits because of the Pandemic. For some, this will be the first time and you may require guidance on what you can claim and how much. If you are at all unsure we have included links to guidance from independent Benefits Calculators. Benefits Calculators If you want to […]

Read more April 3rd, 2020

Christmas Gifts Of Up To £50 To Employees

Remember that certain gifts to staff at Christmas are tax free if structured correctly. Ever since April 2016 employers are allowed to provide their directors and employees with certain “trivial” benefits in kind tax free. The rules were brought in as a simplification measure so that certain benefits in kind do not now need to […]

Read more December 11th, 2019

2019 Budget Delayed

It was announced on 14 October that Sajid Javed’s first budget would be on 6 November but with a general election in December when will it be now? The current political uncertainty makes it difficult to give clear tax advice as a number of key proposals in the draft Finance Bill scheduled to take effect […]

Read more November 11th, 2019

Time For An Electric Company Car?

The Government has announced that there will be a zero P11d benefit for the drivers of electric cars from 2020/21. This is instead of the 2% scale charge that was originally included in the Finance Act 2017 to apply for 2020/21. The legislation for the change will be included in Finance Bill 2020 and it […]

Read more October 3rd, 2019

Tax Definitions Of Vans & Cars

When is a van not a van? HMRC are being urged to provide clarity and consistency on the tax treatment of commercial vehicles such as VW Kombi Vans marketed as goods vehicles. The need for clarity follows the ruling in an important tax tribunal case involving “vans” provided to employees of Coca Cola. The court […]

Read more September 16th, 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