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Coronavirus advice
26/02/2020 - More...
Acas has published new guidance for employers and employees on the coronavirus. The guidance covers: what to do if employees do not want to go to work sick pay what to do if employers need to close the workplace other steps for employers to take.

Last chance for pensions relief?
25/02/2020 - More...
There has been much press speculation that the Government is considering cutting higher rate tax relief for pension contributions in the March Budget. However, many Tory MPs are said to be up in arms at such a move and have been trying to quash such a reduction. There are also concerns that such a complex change to pensions relief could

10% reduction in Inheritance Tax rate
25/02/2020 - More...
If your total assets exceed £325,000 then the excess will usually be subject to Inheritance Tax (IHT) at 40% when you die. A reduced rate of IHT of 36% applies where 10% or more of a deceased’s net estate is left to qualifying charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs). The net value of an estate is the total value

VAT-free shopping
25/02/2020 - More...
There is a special VAT refund scheme called the VAT Retail Export Scheme or Tax-Free Shopping that allows individuals not resident in the EU to obtain a VAT refund on goods bought in the UK and taken out of the EU. The scheme does not apply to services, for example hotel bills. The scheme can be used to reclaim VAT on purchases from

New £20 note launched
25/02/2020 - More...
The new £20 note entered into circulation on 20 February 2020 and features the image of the artist JMW Turner. It will take a few weeks for the notes to become commonplace across the country. The new £20 note includes a number of new security features including two windows and a two-colour foil, making it very difficult to

P9 Notice of Coding form
25/02/2020 - More...
The P9 Notice of Coding form is used to notify employers of the tax codes to use for employees. HMRC has begun to send email notifications to employers advising that the coding for the tax year starting 6 April 2020 can be viewed online. The emails are being sent up until 10 March 2020. HMRC has also advised that the paper P9 coding

Property rental income and bad debt
25/02/2020 - More...
In most cases, property rental income must be brought into account in the year in which the income was earned, even if the invoice has not yet been paid. However, a deduction is allowed in respect of bad & doubtful debts. These are debts which are either clearly irrecoverable (a bad debt) or a doubtful debt to the extent it is

VAT – the concept of business
25/02/2020 - More...
The VAT system is policed by HMRC and there are penalties for breaches of the legislation. There are four conditions that must be satisfied in order for an activity to be within the scope of UK VAT. These conditions are that the activity: Is a supply of goods or services That the supply takes place in the UK Is made by a taxable

Meaning of goodwill for CGT purposes
25/02/2020 - More...
Goodwill is a subject we hear about often but interestingly is rarely mentioned in legislation. In fact, the term 'goodwill' is not defined for the purposes of the Capital Gains legislation in TCGA 1992. Most definitions of goodwill are derived from case law. At its simplest you could describe goodwill as the 'extra'

New advisory fuel rates published
25/02/2020 - More...
Advisory fuel rates are intended to reflect actual average fuel costs and are updated quarterly. The rates can be used by employers who reimburse employees for business travel in their company cars or where employees are required to repay the cost of fuel used for private travel. HMRC accepts there is no taxable profit and no Class 1A

Tax Diary March/April 2020
25/02/2020 - More...
1 March 2020 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 May 2019. 2 March 2020 – Self assessment tax for 2019/19 paid after this date will incur a 5% surcharge. 19 March 2020 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 March 2020. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 March 2020) 19 March 2020 -

Employer toolkit for EU Settlement Scheme published
19/02/2020 - More...
Following Brexit, the government has published an updated toolkit for employers on how to support their employees who are EU citizens (including EEA and Swiss citizens) to apply to stay in the UK. The content includes print and digital fact sheets, leaflets and posters covering the key areas of the EU Settlement Scheme, i.e. eligibility,

Change to the off-payroll working rules
19/02/2020 - More...
As part of a review into changes to the operation of the off-payroll working rules (IR35), HMRC has announced that the changes will only apply to payments made for services provided on or after 6 April 2020. Previously, the rules would have applied to any payments made on or after 6 April 2020, regardless of when the services were carried

Could you claim the marriage allowance?
18/02/2020 - More...
If you are entitled to the marriage allowance and have not yet applied, you could receive a payment of up to £1,150 from HMRC. HMRC used the occasion of Valentine’s Day to remind couples to make a claim. It is estimated that whilst 1.78 million couples have already claimed the Marriage Allowance, there are still more than 2

Budget date re-confirmed
18/02/2020 - More...
After a tumultuous few days in politics, it has been confirmed by the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak that the Budget will take place as planned on Wednesday 11 March 2020. There has been fevered press speculation that the new Chancellor might delay the Budget date to give him more time to prepare. Rishi Sunak was previously

Tax if you return to the UK
18/02/2020 - More...
There are tax implications that you will need to consider if you previously left the UK to live abroad and are now returning to live and work in the UK or are considering such a move. In most cases, if you have returned to live in the UK, you will be classed as resident in the UK and you will be required to pay UK tax on your UK income

Rent a room relief 2019-20
18/02/2020 - More...
The rent-a-room scheme is a set of special rules designed to help homeowners who rent-a-room in their home. The current tax-free threshold of £7,500 per year has been in place since 6 April 2016. If you are using this scheme you should ensure that rents received from lodgers during the current tax year do no exceed £7,500. The

Student and postgraduate loans
18/02/2020 - More...
If you have a student loan, have finished your studies and entered the workforce you must begin to make loan repayments from the April after you have finished your studies or when your income begins to exceed the annual threshold. The annual threshold amounts are currently £18,935 for plan 1 and £25,725 for plan 2. The

PAYE payment dates
18/02/2020 - More...
This article is a reminder to payroll staff about the electronic PAYE payment dates. The due date for electronic PAYE payments falls on the 22nd of the month and when a payment is made electronically, a payment on the day usually suffices. However, where the due date falls on a non-banking day (weekend or bank holidays), HMRC must have

New bandings for electric vehicles
18/02/2020 - More...
From 6 April 2020, the car and car fuel benefit calculations are changing with the introduction of 11 new bands for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) including a separate zero emissions band. If a car has a CO2 emission figure of 1-50g/km employers will need to provide the car’s zero emission mileage. This is the maximum distance

IHT tenants in common or joint tenants?
18/02/2020 - More...
As a general rule, Inheritance Tax (IHT) is collected from a person's estate when they die and can also be payable during a person’s lifetime on certain trusts and gifts. There is normally no tax to be paid if the value of the estate is below the IHT nil rate threshold of £325,000. The remaining amount after deducting the

A reminder – badges of trade
18/02/2020 - More...
The 'badges of trade' tests, whilst not conclusive, are used by HMRC to help determine whether an activity is a proper economic / business activity or merely a money-making side-line to a hobby. Eventually, taxpayers may have to decide if their hobby has morphed into a trade - and therefore subject to tax. The badges of trade can

Breathing space to help those in debt
11/02/2020 - More...
HM Treasury has confirmed that the new 'breathing space' scheme to help those with problem debts will become operational next year. The scheme will provide legal protections from creditor action while those affected will receive professional debt advice in order to find an appropriate solution to their debt issues. The breathing

Scottish Income Tax rates announced 2020-21
11/02/2020 - More...
Public finance minister Kate Forbes delivered her first Budget statement to the Scottish Parliament on 6 February 2020. This followed the shock resignation of finance minister, Derek Mackay. This is the first time that Scotland has held a Budget before the rest of the UK. It was announced as part of the Scottish Budget that there would

 

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Coronavirus advice
26/02/2020 - More...
Acas has published new guidance for employers and employees on the coronavirus. The guidance covers: what to do if

Last chance for pensions relief?
25/02/2020 - More...
There has been much press speculation that the Government is considering cutting higher rate tax relief for pension

10% reduction in Inheritance Tax rate
25/02/2020 - More...
If your total assets exceed £325,000 then the excess will usually be subject to Inheritance Tax (IHT) at 40% when

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