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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

Coronavirus Video Resources

We’ve compiled all the recordings for our Coronavirus webinars on this one page for ease of use. Please be aware that some things may have changed since the release of the videos. If you have any questions about any of the content, please contact us. Disclaimer: The information provided by Shapcotts Accountants in this video […]

Read more March 31st, 2020

Coronavirus Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Update

Help for the Self-Employed Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced measures to support the self-employed and partnerships. The scheme is called the Coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme (CSEISS). If you have suffered a loss in income, a taxable grant will be paid to the self-employed or partnerships, worth 80% of profits up to a cap of […]

Read more March 27th, 2020

COVID-19 Business Support Update 23 March

Key Government Resources Links You can find an updating list of official resource links here. Who is a keyworker? The current list of keyworkers includes the following: Health and Social care (doctors, nurses, social workers, care workers, etc.) Education and Childcare (teachers, social workers, childcarers, etc.) Key Public Services (staff in the justice system, religious […]

Read more March 23rd, 2020

Support Available For Businesses During COVID-19

Support for businesses who are paying sick pay to employees: The Government will pass legislation shortly to allow small and medium-sized businesses and employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19. The eligibility criteria for the scheme will be as follows: this refund will cover up to 2 weeks’ […]

Read more March 19th, 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

Budget Summary Spring 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented his first Budget on Wednesday 11 March 2020. In his speech, he stated that ‘We are at the beginning of a new era in this country. We have the freedom and resources to decide our own future’. He also said ‘It is a Budget of a Government that gets things done’. […]

Read more March 12th, 2020

Should You Buy New Equipment Before 6 April?

Your business year end, not 5 April, is relevant for capital allowances purposes. If however you are running a business and making up accounts to 31 March or 5 April, you should consider buying plant and machinery to take advantage of the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA). The AIA provides a 100% tax write off for […]

Read more March 12th, 2020

Pension Planning Before The End Of The Tax Year

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 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 the […]

Read more March 12th, 2020

Yet Another Chancellor – Big Changes In The Budget?

The last Budget was nearly 18 months ago and since then, we have had three different chancellors after the unexpected resignation of Sajid Javid. The early years of a new Parliament are usually a good time to make radical changes and many are predicting significant tax changes on March 11. Rather than increasing headline tax […]

Read more March 2nd, 2020

Will Inheritance Tax Be Simplified

An announcement to listen out for in the Spring 2020 Budget is whether the Chancellor acts on the recommendations of the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) regarding inheritance tax (IHT). As reported in a previous article, the OTS suggested simplifying IHT on lifetime gifts including reducing the period of potential exemption from 7 to 5 […]

Read more February 10th, 2020

Time To Sell Property Before 6 April 2020?

If the draft legislation issued for consultation last year is enacted in the next Finance Act there will be important changes to private residence relief for disposals after 5 April 2020. Firstly, the exemption for the final period of ownership will be reduced from 18 months to 9 months. This applies where a former main […]

Read more February 10th, 2020

Possible U-Turn On Pensions For High Earners?

There have been many stories in the press about GPs and senior hospital doctors refusing to take on extra shifts and additional responsibilities due to the additional tax they are required to pay on the extra pension contributions paid by the NHS. A number of solutions have been put forward. There are now strong rumours […]

Read more February 10th, 2020

Changes To Disguised Remuneration Loan Charge

The independent loan charge review, conducted by Sir Amyas Morse, was published on 20 December, having been delayed due to the general election. The loan charge was introduced to collect tax from individuals who had benefited from schemes devised to avoid PAYE and National Insurance. The date that the loan was made to the individual […]

Read more February 10th, 2020