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Self-Assessment Tax Payment Deferral

HMRC have now clarified the position regarding those entitled to defer the self-assessment tax payment falling due on 31 July 2020. The original indication was that this would only apply to those whose self-assessment liability was generated by self-employment income. HMRC have now expanded this to cover all self-assessment liabilities. Whether it has been caused […]

Read more April 1st, 2020

Don’t Lose your Personal Allowance!

For every £2 that your adjusted net income exceeds £100,000 the £12,500 personal allowance is reduced by £1. Pension contributions and Gift Aid can help to reduce adjusted net income and save tax at an effective rate of 60%. The restriction applies between £100,000 and £125,000 adjusted net income. Another way that you could avoid […]

Read more March 12th, 2020

Consider Other Tax Efficient Investments

If you are looking for investment opportunities, have you considered the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)? These investments in certain qualifying companies allow you to set off of 30% of the amount invested against your income tax bill as well as the ability to defer Capital Gains Tax (CGT) until the shares are sold. An even […]

Read more March 12th, 2020

Tax Investigations Continue To Rise

During 2019 HMRC opened 300,762 investigations into self-assessment tax returns and collected an additional £1.2bn in extra tax as a result during the 2018/19 tax year. HMRC continues to come down hard on taxpayers that make mistakes on their tax returns. Taxpayers should always file complete and accurate tax returns as errors can lead to […]

Read more February 26th, 2020

The World Of Property And Where Are We?

So where are we in terms of the impact to the world of property? Here’s what we can expect to happen this year from a Tax and Legislation perspective:

Read more January 14th, 2020

Tax Return Deadline Approaching: 31 January 2020

Are you a Landlord that has received rental income from between 6 April 2018 and 5 April 2019? Have you filed your tax return yet? The deadline is 31 January 2020 and the payment of any taxes due need to be paid by then as well. Get it sorted sooner rather than later! If you […]

Read more January 13th, 2020

2019 Election Tax Proposals

More money for the NHS? The various political parties have all made bold promises in the run-up to the General Election about increased spending if elected, particularly extra money for the NHS. Although many of the spending pledges will be funded out of increased borrowing, the parties have assumed that they can persuade voters that […]

Read more December 10th, 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

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

Doctors Lobbying For Pension Tax Changes

Hospital doctors and GPs are lobbying the government to amend the pension tax rules as the current system of restricting tax relief on pension contributions means many doctors paying almost all of the extra salary back in tax if they take on additional responsibilities or work additional shifts. This is an issue that doesn’t just […]

Read more June 10th, 2019

Request That The Pension Charge Is Paid By Your Fund By 31 July

The Pension Annual Allowance tax charge depends on the individual’s marginal rate of tax. Where their income exceeds £150,000 it would be at 45%. Thus if the pension input for 2018/19 Was £40,000 and the limit is tapered to £10,000, the excess of £30,000 would incur a £13,500 tax bill on top of their normal […]

Read more June 10th, 2019

Disguised Remuneration Loan Charge Starts April 2019

This new charge will apply to certain loans to directors and employees that are still outstanding at 5 April 2019 and new arrangements put in place after that date. The charge will affect arrangements involving loans made via Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs) and similar disguised remuneration schemes adjudged by HMRC and the courts to be […]

Read more April 9th, 2019

Scottish Income Tax Rates For 2019/20

The Scottish Parliament has the power to set income tax rates on non-savings and non-dividend income for Scottish taxpayers. It has been confirmed that the 5 band structure and tax rates (19%, 20%, 21%, 41% and 46%) will remain the same for 2019/20. The thresholds for lower tax rates will rise in line with inflation […]

Read more April 8th, 2019

No Tax Changes Announced in Spring Statement

Despite the continuing uncertainty surrounding Brexit the Chancellor delivered his Spring Statement on 13 March. The purpose of this statement is to update the House of Commons and the country on the state of the economy; it is not intended to include any major tax announcements, and none were made by the Chancellor. As already […]

Read more April 8th, 2019

Interest Rate Relief Restriction or S24

At Shapcotts, we are starting to hear stories of these changes now starting to impact landlords, especially with larger portfolios. Therefore let us show you a couple of examples so it is clear how this may affect you if you have property income that you are receiving in your own name. The example below shows […]

Read more April 3rd, 2019