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1.25% Increase In NICs And Tax On Dividends

Content accurate at the date of publishing. The Prime Minister announced on 7th September that the government will introduce a new 1.25% Levy to provide an extra £12 bn a year to support the NHS and social care. From April 2022 it is proposed that there will be a 1.25% rise in National Insurance Contributions […]

Read more October 13th, 2021

MTD For Income Tax Postponed To 2024/25

Having listened to stakeholder feedback from businesses and the accounting profession, the government have announced that they will introduce Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Income Tax Self-Assessment (ITSA) a year later than planned, in the tax year beginning in April 2024. This will give the self-employed and buy to let landlords an extra year to […]

Read more October 13th, 2021

Advisory Fuel Rates For Company Cars September 2021

As the result of recent increases in petrol and diesel prices, HMRC have increased the advisory fuel rates that apply for the reimbursement of employees’ private fuel for their company cars. The same rates apply when the employer reimburses employees for fuel used for business journeys in their company car. The new rates apply from […]

Read more October 13th, 2021

Capital Allowances On Plant In Residential Property

The capital allowance legislation specifically denies tax relief for plant and machinery installed in a dwelling house. However, plant and machinery installed in the common areas of blocks of flats such as hallways, stairs and lift shafts would qualify as the flats themselves are the dwellings not the building as a whole. HMRC have recently […]

Read more October 12th, 2021

Notify Option To Tax Land And Buildings Within 30 Days

If you are notifying HMRC of a decision to opt to tax land and buildings, you are normally required to notify HMRC within 30 days. The 30 day deadline was temporarily extended to 90 days to help businesses and agents during the pandemic, but that temporary extension has now ended for decisions made from 1 […]

Read more September 20th, 2021

Big Tax Bills For Self-Employed In 2022/23

In August we mentioned that draft legislation has been published to change the basis periods for the assessment of self-employed profits to coincide with the tax year. The proposed new rules provide that from 2023/24 onwards profits or losses will be apportioned to tax years where the period of account does not coincide with the […]

Read more September 10th, 2021

National Insurance Rise

The Government has announced that the rates of national insurance are to be increased by 1.25% with effect from 1 April 2022. The same national insurance rise will also be applied to dividend income. The purpose of the increase is to fund NHS and social care reform. The increase will affect those people over the […]

Read more September 9th, 2021

MTD Coming Soon For Income Tax

VAT registered businesses making taxable supplies above the £85,000 registration threshold have been grappling with Making Tax Digital (MTD) since April 2019. The next roll-out will be the introduction of MTD for income tax which was originally scheduled to start in April 2023. However, delays to MTD means it will be starting on 6 April […]

Read more August 13th, 2021

Company Loss Relief Can Be Claimed Early

Where a company makes a trading loss of no more than £200,000 in an accounting period it is now possible to claim relief for that loss even though the corporation tax return CT600 has not been submitted. This will enable the company to carry back the loss to earlier years and obtain a repayment of […]

Read more August 2nd, 2021

Pension Contribution Is Tax Efficient For Both Employee And Employer

Pension contributions to approved pension funds on behalf of employees and directors continue to be a tax-free benefit provided the annual input limit is not breached. The contributions are also deductible for the employer provided incurred wholly and exclusively for the purposes of the trade and paid before the end of the accounting period of […]

Read more July 13th, 2021

Tax Free Childcare Account Subsidises Summer Camps

If you have children under 12 who attend a nursery, after school club, playscheme, childminder or you are considering sending them to a summer camp you should think about setting up a tax-free childcare account. The government adds 25% to the amounts that you save in the account up to £2,000 for each child so […]

Read more July 12th, 2021

Fifth Self-Employed Income Support Grant To Be Paid In July

The fifth (and final) Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant will be available for the self-employed to claim towards the end of July. The eligibility criteria remain broadly the same as the fourth grant. Self-employed profits in 2019/20 must not exceed £50,000 and must be more than 50% of your total income. If that test […]

Read more July 12th, 2021

Taxation of Self Employed Income Support Scheme

HMRC have now confirmed the basis on which the Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be taxed on individuals. It will be taxed in the tax year in which it was received, rather than being treated as additional income in the accounts year in which it was received. There will be a separate section […]

Read more June 15th, 2021

Car Benefit Reduced Where Unavailable

P11d forms reporting benefits in kind provided to employees and directors need to be submitted to HMRC by 6 July. Where a company car is “unavailable” for private use for 30 or more consecutive days the benefit is proportionately reduced. During the various lockdown periods, many employees and directors have not been using their company […]

Read more June 15th, 2021

Check That Your Shares Qualify For CGT Business Asset Disposal Relief

A recent case before the tax tribunal has confirmed that all of a company’s shares are ordinary shares except those that carry a fixed rate of return. This is crucial as CGT business asset disposal (BAD) relief requires a shareholder to be entitled to at least 5% of a company’s ordinary share capital in addition […]

Read more June 15th, 2021