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12-12-2018
VAT on property service charges

VAT on property service charges

A new Revenue and Customs Brief (6-2018) entitled VAT exemption for all domestic service charges has recently been published by HMRC. The brief explains changes to the Extra Statutory Concession (ESC) 3.18 VAT: exemption for all domestic service charges may be applied. The ESC was introduced in February 1994 to enable the same VAT treatment on mandatory service charges to a ... read more

12-12-2018
Are you ready for VAT filing changes April 2019?

Are you ready for VAT filing changes April 2019?

The introduction of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT is fast approaching. From April 2019, some 1 million businesses with a turnover above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) will have to keep their records digitally (for VAT purposes only), and provide their VAT return information to HMRC through MTD compatible software. The deadlines for sending VAT returns and making ... read more

12-12-2018
Is your income approaching £100,000?

Is your income approaching £100,000?

For high earning taxpayers, the personal allowance is gradually reduced by £1 for every £2 of adjusted net income that exceeds £100,000 irrespective of age. Adjusted net income is total taxable income before any personal allowances, less certain tax reliefs such as trading losses and certain charitable donations and pension contributions. This means that for the current tax ... read more

12-12-2018
Qualifying for VAT special schemes

Qualifying for VAT special schemes

There are three main special VAT schemes available to small businesses. These are the flat rate scheme, the annual accounting scheme, and the cash accounting scheme. The turnover levels for joining and leaving these schemes vary. The flat rate scheme is open to businesses that expect their annual taxable turnover in the next 12 months to be no more than £150,000, excluding ... read more

12-12-2018
When is lettings relief available?

When is lettings relief available?

In general, there is no Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on a property which has been used as the main family residence. This relief from CGT is commonly known as 'private residence relief'. However, where all or part of the home has been rented out, the entitlement to relief may be affected. Home owners that let all or part of their house may not benefit from the full private residence ... read more

12-12-2018
How the £1,000 trading allowance works

How the £1,000 trading allowance works

There is a £1,000 tax allowances for miscellaneous trading income that has been available to taxpayers since April 2017. This is known as the trading allowance. The income raised from these kinds of ventures is usually supplemental to a taxpayer’s main income, but this is not always the case. The exemption from tax applies to taxpayers who have trading income of up to £1,000 ... read more

11-12-2018
Citizens’ rights in the event of a no deal Brexit

Citizens’ rights in the event of a no deal Brexit

The government has published a policy paper on what might happen to EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU, in the event of a “no deal” Brexit. The government has confirmed that those EU citizens and their family members who are resident in the UK by 29 March 2019 will have their rights protected, i.e. they will be able to stay and will continue to be able to work, ... read more

05-12-2018
Could you claim expenses and an early tax refund?

Could you claim expenses and an early tax refund?

HMRC is reminding employees that they may be able to claim a tax rebate if they have incurred certain expenses related to their employment. HMRC’s press release on the matter specifically identifies workers including nurses, hairdressers, construction workers and those in retail and food that have to dip into their own pockets to pay for work-related expenses like car mileage, ... read more

05-12-2018
X-factor VAT bonus

X-factor VAT bonus

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond has announced that the government will waive the VAT equivalent on the sales of this year’s X-Factor Christmas Charity single. All proceeds from the sale of the single are going to two children’s charities; Together for Short Lives and Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice. Both charities provide support for children with life-limiting ... read more

05-12-2018
Employing someone to work in your home

Employing someone to work in your home

When you employ someone to work in your home, it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the employee's rights and deduct the correct amount of tax from their salary. This can include employees such as a nanny, housekeeper, gardener or carer. The rules are different if the person is self-employed or paid through an agency. If you employ anyone they must: have an ... read more

05-12-2018
UK VAT claims by non-EU businesses

UK VAT claims by non-EU businesses

The VAT paid in other EU countries is often recoverable by VAT-registered businesses in the UK, who bought goods or services for business use. The amount of VAT that is refundable depends on the other countries' rules for claiming input tax. It is important to note that VAT incurred in foreign countries can never by reclaimed on a domestic UK VAT return. There are special ... read more

05-12-2018
HMRC writes to taxpayers in Wales

HMRC writes to taxpayers in Wales

HRMC has written to two million taxpayers in Wales concerning the introduction of the Welsh rates of Income Tax (WRIT) from 6 April 2019. The WRIT will be payable on the non-savings and non-dividend income of those defined as Welsh taxpayers and WRIT taxpayers will receive a new tax code, starting with C for Cymru. A proportion of the revenue from the Welsh rates of Income Tax ... read more

05-12-2018
Taxation of termination payments

Taxation of termination payments

In the 2016 Budget, the government announced that termination payments over £30,000 would be subject to employer National Insurance Contributions (NICs) from April 2018. In the 2017 Budget, the government further announced that this change would be delayed for a year with the changes set to come into force from April 2019. A further delay in the implementation of the new rules ... read more

05-12-2018
Who can or cannot claim the Employment Allowance

Who can or cannot claim the Employment Allowance

The Employment Allowance of £3,000 per year is available to most businesses and charities to be offset against their employers Class 1 NIC bill. The allowance can be claimed as part of the normal payroll process. An employer can claim less than the maximum if this will cover their total Class 1 NIC bill. Eligible employers that have not yet done so can still claim for the ... read more

05-12-2018
When you can utilise overlap relief

When you can utilise overlap relief

The assessment of self-employed or partnerships profits is usually relatively straight-forward if the accounting date, to which accounts are prepared annually, falls between 31 March and 5 April. However, overlap profits can arise where a business year end date is not coterminous with the end of the tax year. Overlap profits can happen in the first 3 years of the business or ... read more

03-12-2018
Statutory employee benefit pay to rise from April 2019

Statutory employee benefit pay to rise from April 2019

In a written ministerial statement, the government has announced the proposed new rates for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP), Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP), Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) and Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for tax year 2019/20. The proposed revised rates are as follows: The standard weekly rates of SMP, SAP, SPP and ShPP will ... read more

29-11-2018
Tax Diary December 2018/January 2019

Tax Diary December 2018/January 2019

1 December 2018 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 29 February 2018. 19 December 2018 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 December 2018. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 December 2018) 19 December 2018 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 December 2018. 19 December 2018 - CIS tax deducted ... read more

28-11-2018
When to report and pay Capital Gains Tax

When to report and pay Capital Gains Tax

The annual Capital Gains Tax (CGT) exemption for individuals is £11,700 for 2018-19. A husband and wife each benefit from a separate exemption. Same-sex couples who acquire a legal status as civil partners are treated in the same way as married couples for CGT purposes. CGT is normally charged at a simple flat rate of 20% and this applies to most chargeable gains made by ... read more

28-11-2018
Inheritance Tax if you live abroad

Inheritance Tax if you live abroad

The Inheritance Tax rules can be difficult to fathom when an expat or another person with connections to the UK living outside the country dies. The liability to Inheritance Tax in the UK depends primarily on the domicile of the deceased. If the deceased is deemed to be domiciled in the UK for tax purposes, they will generally be subject to Inheritance Tax in the UK regardless ... read more

28-11-2018
Claim tax relief for job related expenses

Claim tax relief for job related expenses

Employees who use their own money to buy things they need for their job can sometimes claim tax relief for the associated costs. It is usually only possible to claim tax relief for the cost of items used solely for their work. There is no tax relief available if your employer pays you back in full for an item you have bought for work. In addition, you cannot claim tax relief ... read more