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Some Cars Only Qualify For 6% Tax Relief Now

The latest Finance Act has reduced the tax writing down allowance for motor cars that emit more than 110 grams of CO2 to just 6% on a reducing balance basis from April 2019. In the case of company cars, the vehicle is included in the “special rate” pool which means that even when the car […]

Read more June 10th, 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

Making Tax Digital And VAT Registration

There will be a large number of businesses which have a turnover currently under the Making Tax Digital (MTD) registration limit but which will be getting nearer to that figure over time. Mostly these businesses will not yet be registered for VAT, but some may have registered voluntarily as their particular circumstances have a benefit […]

Read more May 13th, 2019

Possible Changes To CGT Private Residence Relief

The government is currently consulting on important changes to Private Residence Relief (PRR), that are likely to be introduced from 6 April 2020. The two possible changes announced in the Autumn 2018 Budget are: Firstly to limit to just 9 months the period prior to disposal that counts as a period of deemed occupation The […]

Read more May 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

Extracting Profit From The Family Business

The start of the new tax year means that shareholder/ directors may want to review the salary and dividend mix for 2019/20. The £3,000 employment allowance continues to be available to set against the employers national insurance contribution (NIC) liability. This means that where the company has not used this allowance it may be set […]

Read more May 7th, 2019

Making Tax Digital (MTD) Is Finally Here. Are You Ready?

Now that the government is embracing the digital age, it seems businesses are having to adapt their long-standing approach to various aspects of their administration. In the recent past, we have had Real Time Information (RTI) for payroll. Last year we had GDPR. This year it is the turn of Making Tax Digital (MTD). After […]

Read more April 23rd, 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

Personal Service Company Changes From April 2020

In the Autumn Budget the Chancellor announced that the “off payroll” workers rules that currently apply in the public sector would be rolled out to the private sector in 2020. The government have now issued a consultation paper that sets out proposed tax and national insurance changes that will impact on those supplying their services […]

Read more April 9th, 2019

Advisory Fuel Rates for Company Cars March 2019

In line with recent reductions in fuel prices, HMRC have reduced their suggested reimbursement rates for employees’ private mileage using their company car from 1 March 2019. Where there has been a change the previous rate is shown in brackets. Note that for hybrid cars you must use the petrol or diesel rate. You can […]

Read more April 8th, 2019