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Finance Bill 2019-20 shelved
The Government’s draft finance bill has been shelved as we countdown to the general election on 12 December 2019. The consultation on the draft legislation has closed, but the prorogation controversy and Brexit issues meant there was no time for the Government to respond to any of the issues raised. The Bill contained the legislation for some of the tax measures that Read more..
What is a negligible value claim?
A negligible value claim is a claim made by a taxpayer when an asset they own has become of negligible value, i.e. it is worthless or worth next to nothing. The taxpayer effectively treats the asset as having been disposed of and then immediately reacquired at the negligible value. The asset must still be owned by the person making the claim and must have become of negligible Read more..
Employing someone to work in your home
When you employ someone to work in your home, it is your responsibility to 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 employment Read more..
Interest on children’s savings
All children in the UK have their own personal annual tax allowance. However, anti-avoidance laws prevent this allowance being utilised by parents of children aged under 18 with some minimal exceptions. If older children are employed by a parent they can receive income paid as wages subject to the usual rules. There are special rules if a parent gifts significant amounts of Read more..
Transfer of business as a going concern
The transfer of a business as a going concern (TOGC) rules cover the VAT implications when a business is sold. Normally the sale of the assets of a VAT registered or VAT registerable business will be subject to VAT at the appropriate rate. Where the sale of a business includes chargeable assets, and meets certain conditions, the sale will be categorised as a TOGC. A TOGC is Read more..
What is a joint venture?
A joint venture is a commercial enterprise undertaken by two or more parties who otherwise retain their separate identities. The parties to the joint venture usually bring together different resources and areas of expertise to help fulfil a specific project or business activity. HMRC’s manuals make the point that on close examination many of these associations prove to Read more..
The meaning of 'goodwill' for CGT purposes
The meaning of goodwill for CGT purposes is complex. The term 'goodwill' is rarely mentioned in legislation and there is no definition of 'goodwill' for the purposes of Capital Gains legislation. In fact, most definitions of goodwill are derived from case law. At its simplest you could describe goodwill as the 'extra' value of a business over and above Read more..
Tax Diary November/December 2019
1 November 2019 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 January 2019. 19 November 2019 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for the month ended 5 November 2019. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 November 2019.) 19 November 2019 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 November 2019. 19 November 2019 - CIS tax Read more..
Coding out debts deadline
You can have tax underpayments collected via an adjustment to your PAYE tax code, provided you are in employment or in receipt of a UK-based pension. The coding adjustment applies to certain debts such as Self-Assessment liabilities, tax credit overpayments and outstanding Class 2 NIC contributions. Instead of paying off debts in a lump sum, money is collected in equal monthly Read more..
Just under 100 days to go
HMRC has published a news release to remind you that there is now less than 100 days to file your 2018-19 tax return. Last year over 11.5 million taxpayers were required to complete a Self-Assessment tax return but over 700,000 taxpayers missed the deadline. The deadline for submitting your 2018-19 Self-Assessment tax returns online is 31 January 2020. You should also be aware Read more..
What you must do when charging VAT
When you issue a VAT invoice to your customer, you must ensure that you charge the correct rate of VAT. Whilst most businesses in the UK charge VAT at the standard rate of 20% there are a number of different VAT rates and exemptions that you will need to be aware of. In the UK, there are three separate VAT rates, the standard rate of 20%, the reduced rate of 5% and the zero Read more..
Costs you can claim against your self-employed business
If you are self-employed it is important to be aware if an expense is allowable for tax deduction purposes or not. Any allowable costs can be used to reduce your taxable profit. As a general rule you can claim for items that you would normally use for less than 2 years as allowable expenses, for example, stationery and other office sundries as well as rent, rates, power and Read more..
Using the cash basis for property businesses
The cash basis scheme helps sole traders and other unincorporated businesses benefit from a simpler way of managing their financial affairs. The scheme was extended to landlords from April 2017. The scheme is not open to limited companies and limited liability partnerships. The entry threshold for the cash basis scheme is £150,000 and you can stay in the scheme until your Read more..
Pecuniary liability treated as income
A pecuniary liability can occur when a monetary obligation is fulfilled by an employer, when by law, the liability was that of an employee. One example of this is the case of an employer paying a debt that an employee owes to a third party. The employer’s payment in this case is of direct monetary value to the employee because he or she no longer has to pay that amount of Read more..
Sale of income for a capital sum
A capital sum received by an individual in respect of the sale or relinquishment of income - derived from his or her personal activities - can sometimes be treated as earned income and chargeable to Income Tax. If this is the case, the amount charged to Income Tax is not also charged to Capital Gains Tax. The following conditions must all be present before the sale of income Read more..
November Budget cancelled
Sajid Javid has cancelled the Budget that was due to be presented to Parliament 6th November. As the UK will not be leaving the EU at the end of this month and as Boris Johnson is proposing a general election on 12th December, both of these events have rendered a budget inappropriate at this time. As and when a new date is agreed we will publish details on this news feed. Read more..
31 October paper Self-Assessment filing deadline
The 2018-19 tax return deadline for submitting your paper Self-Assessment returns is 31 October 2019. Late submission of a Self-Assessment return will trigger a £100 late filing penalty. The penalty usually applies even if there is no liability or if any tax due is paid in full by 31 January 2020. If you are still submitting paper tax returns, we would recommend that you Read more..
Win while you save
HM Treasury has announced the trial launch of a new PrizeSaver account with participating credit unions. The new account was launched as part of the International Credit Union Day. Eligible savers who open the new account can win up to £5,000 a month by saving as little as £1 a month. The Treasury has teamed up with 15 credit unions across the UK to launch the new Read more..
What is a reasonable excuse?
There are a number of options if you find yourself in disagreement with a tax decision issued by HMRC. As a first step, it is usually possible to make an appeal against a tax decision. There is normally a 30-day deadline for making a claim, so time is of the essence. HMRC will then carry out a review, usually by using HMRC officers that were not involved in the original Read more..
Tax implications for construction industry
If you run a construction business and secure the services of sub-contractors, or if you are a building sub-contractor, you will need to comply with a special set of tax rules collectively known as the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS). The CIS rules determine the tax and National Insurance treatment for those working in the construction industry. Under the scheme, Read more..