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High Income Child Benefit Charges Not Valid

A recent tax tribunal has ruled against HMRC who were seeking to raise tax assessments for the High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC) for earlier years that had not been reported to HMRC. HICBC is a special tax charge that applies where one member of a couple in receipt of child benefit receives income in […]

Read more August 10th, 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

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

Gifts Out Of Surplus Income

Inheritance tax only applies to gifts of capital. There is currently a very generous exemption from inheritance tax for regular gifts out of income. In order to qualify for the exemption it is important to set up regular transfers. You must also be able to prove that after the regular gifts you are left with […]

Read more January 9th, 2020

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

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

Tax Planning To Minimise The High Income Child Benefit Charge

The substantial increase in the higher rate threshold to £50,000 is good news for many taxpayers. However, that same figure is the point at which child benefit starts being clawed back, and there has been no increase in that threshold since the High Income Child Benefit Charge was introduced in 2013/14. The charge applies if […]

Read more May 8th, 2019

New Government Childcare Schemes

Working parents can start applying for two new Government childcare schemes launching this year. Tax-Free Childcare which begins immediately and 30 hours free childcare which starts in September. This means that working parents of children, aged under 4 on 31 August 2017, can now apply through the new digital childcare service for Tax-Free Childcare and […]

Read more August 9th, 2017

Salary Sacrifice Rules To Be Tightened Up

Many employers now provide flexible remuneration packages. These allow employees to give up some of their contractual salary in exchange for benefits in kind. This can have the effect of saving tax and National Insurance contributions for both the employee and employer, particularly where the benefit provided is exempt from tax. These tax and NIC […]

Read more November 29th, 2016