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£1 Million Annual Investment Allowances Extended

The Chancellor recently announced that the temporary increase in the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) for expenditure on plant and machinery has been extended to 31 December 2021. The tax relief was originally scheduled to revert to just £200,000 from 1 January 2021, but that will now be delayed by twelve months. Remember that there is […]

Read more January 14th, 2021

Pension Planning

For most taxpayers the maximum pension contribution is £40,000 each tax year, although this depends on their earnings. This limit covers both contributions by the individual and by their employer. Note that the unused allowance for a particular tax year may be carried forward for three years and can be added to the relief for […]

Read more January 14th, 2021

New Year Resolutions To Save Tax

At this time of year we think about New Year’s resolutions. It is also a good time to start planning your tax affairs before the end of the tax year on 5th April. An obvious tax planning point would be to maximise your ISA allowances for the 2020/21 tax year (currently £20,000 each). You might […]

Read more January 14th, 2021

Advisory Fuel Rates For Company Cars January 2021

These are the suggested reimbursement rates for employees’ private mileage using their company car from 1 December 2020. Where there has been a change the previous rate is shown in brackets. For wholly electric cars there is a 4p advisory rate. However, for hybrid cars use the equivalent petrol or diesel rate. Note that for […]

Read more January 13th, 2021

Time To Review Your Will?

Top of the to do list for many individuals is to make or update their will. Many think this is something to leave until later in life but it is important to get things in place once a property is acquired or when children come along. In the absence of a will, there are statutory […]

Read more January 13th, 2021

Make A Claim If You Are Working From Home

With more of us working from home there is good news from HMRC that employees can now make a claim for tax relief to cover some of their costs while they are working remotely from home. The previous rule for employees was that there had to be a home working arrangement with their employer under […]

Read more December 9th, 2020

Business Christmas Gifts

How about a virtual Christmas Party? HMRC are not the Grinch after all. They have recently announced that employers may arrange a “virtual” Christmas party this year and there will be no taxable benefit for employees provided that all staff are invited and the cost per head does not exceed the normal £150 limit. Maybe […]

Read more December 9th, 2020

CGT Business Asset Disposal Relief Lifetime Limit Just £1 Million

In the March 2021 Budget, it was announced that CGT Entrepreneurs’ relief (ER) was replaced by CGT Business Asset Disposal relief (BADR) for disposals on or after 11 March 2020. It was also announced that the 10% CGT rate would only apply to the first £1 million of qualifying gains in the taxpayer’s lifetime and […]

Read more November 11th, 2020

More Time To Pay Tax Due On 31 January 2021

Those taxpayers who may have difficulty paying the tax due under self-assessment on 31 January 2021 can agree more time to pay with HMRC provided the amount outstanding is no more than £30,000. The government have already agreed that amounts due under self-assessment on 31 July 2020 could be deferred until 31 January 2021, but […]

Read more November 11th, 2020

Advisory Fuel Rates For Company Cars September 2020

These are the suggested reimbursement rates for employees’ private mileage using their company car from 1 September 2020. Where there has been a change the previous rate is shown in brackets. You can continue to use the previous rates for up to 1 month from the date the new rates apply. For wholly electric cars […]

Read more October 15th, 2020

MTD For VAT Extended To 2022

Since 2019, the vast majority of VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold (£85,000) have been mandated to keep digital VAT records and send returns using Making Tax Digital (MTD)-compatible software. From April 2022 these requirements will apply to all VAT-registered businesses. It has also been announced that MTD for Income Tax […]

Read more September 8th, 2020

Reporting Property Gains Within 30 Days

Since 6 April 2020 where UK residential property is disposed of, the resulting capital gain needs to be reported and the capital gains tax (CGT) paid within 30 days of completion of the disposal. There have been a number of teething problems with the new online reporting system. HMRC stated that there would be no […]

Read more August 6th, 2020

Second Home Buyers And Buy-To-Let Landlords Welcome SDLT Cut

Although the temporary increase in the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) threshold to £500,000 was aimed at those buying their main residence, it also benefits those buying a second or subsequent property where there is a 3% supplementary charge. Thus, the rate of SDLT on a second home costing up to £500,000 is now 3%. […]

Read more August 6th, 2020

Self Assessment Second Payments

For those taxpayers who will be requested to make a second payments on account of the 2019/20 tax liability, the date that was to become payable was 31 July 2020. However, HMRC have announced that this instalment can be deferred until 31 January 2021 without incurring any interest charge. The deferral is automatic and does […]

Read more July 3rd, 2020

Which Expenses Are Taxable For Employees Working From Home

Find out what equipment, services or supplies are taxable if your employees are working from home due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Who is not affected? Furloughed workers who are eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Type of equipment, service or supply Mobile phones and SIM cards (no restriction on private use) If you provide a […]

Read more June 16th, 2020