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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

High Income Child Benefit Charge And State Pension

Last month we looked at tax planning to minimise or eliminate the high income child benefit to keep both husband and wife (or civil partners) looking after a child below the £50,000 threshold. Where the income of one of the individuals exceeds £60,000 such that the whole of the child benefit is taxed they may […]

Read more June 10th, 2019

Gifts Of Up To £50 To Employees

From April 2016 new rules were introduced to allow employers to provide their directors and employees with certain “trivial” benefits in kind tax-free. The new rules were brought in as a simplification measure so that certain benefits in kind do not now need to be reported to HMRC as well as being tax-free for the […]

Read more December 7th, 2018