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WHAT IS GDPR?

2018-07-05T22:12:47+00:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: GDPR|Tags: , , , |

With the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now in place, the UK will see tougher fines and stricter regulations, across all industries. GDPR regulation for small businesses is a hot topic, but are you complying with the changes? Read our GDPR key points for small businesses and get clear on your responsibilities. The GDPR deadline was 25 May 2018 Before we get into the detail of GDPR and what it means for your small business, it’s worth making a note of the key things you’ll need to keep an eye on and action. Bear in mind that the [...]

VAT ON DISBURSEMENTS

2018-07-05T22:07:03+00:00March 30th, 2018|Categories: VAT|Tags: , , |

VAT ON DISBURSEMENTS I am a marketing consultant and I have a question about VAT on disbursements. I am incurring some travel expenses which my client has agreed to pay so I will be recharging these expenses to them, I am VAT registered but there is no VAT on my travel costs – do I need to charge VAT to the client when I recharge them? If you are VAT registered and make a purchase on your customers’ behalf you may be able to invoice your customer without charging VAT. This treatment is called ‘disbursements’ for VAT. This can be advantageous [...]

AUTUMN BUDGET 2017

2018-07-05T22:23:02+00:00November 25th, 2017|Categories: Budget Reports|Tags: , , , , , , , |

AUTUMN BUDGET 2017 Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his first Autumn Budget under the new system he announced this time last year. The aim of the new system is for the Finance Bill, which is normally published after the annual Budget, to reach Royal Assent stage in the spring of each year, before the start of the following tax year. This change in the annual timetable is designed to help Parliament to scrutinise tax changes before the tax year where most take effect. The Finance Bill should be published on 1 December 2017. By the end of March 2018, [...]

Personal Tax Account

2018-07-05T22:29:37+00:00August 18th, 2017|Categories: Articles & Guides, HMRC, Taxation|Tags: , , , |

Personal Tax Account (PTA) What is a Personal Tax Account? How do I get one? What can I do with it? HMRC launched this account in December 2015 It is intended to make it easier for individuals to review and manage their tax affairs online, together with other interactions with HMRC such as tax credits or child benefit. See below for a list of features and services available through the account By December 2016, 7 million people had accessed their account. Setting up a PTA Before you can set up your account you will need to verify your identity with HMRC [...]

June Questions and Answers

2017-06-22T14:24:36+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Questions & Answers|Tags: , , , |

Q. Before I became registered for VAT, I bought a capital item from a friend, which cost £1,000. As it was a private purchase, I did not pay any VAT. I have now joined the flat rate scheme (FRS) for VAT and have just sold the same item for £500. Should I have charged VAT on the sale and included the gross total in my calculation for flat-rate VAT? A. HMRCs VAT Notice 733 at paragraph 15.9 confirms that where input tax is reclaimed on capital expenditure goods then, when the goods are eventually sold out of the business, you [...]

CGT annual exemption: use it or lose it!

2017-06-17T14:21:51+00:00June 17th, 2017|Categories: Taxation|Tags: , |

Capital gains tax (CGT) is normally paid when an item is either sold or given away. It is usually paid on profits made by selling various types of assets including properties (but generally not a main residence), stocks and shares, paintings, and other works of art, but it may also be payable in certain circumstances when a gift is made. The most common method for minimising a liability to capital gains tax is to ensure that the annual exemption is fully utilised wherever possible. Whilst this is relatively straight-forward where only capital gains are in question, the computation can be [...]

Managing your Mileage Claims with Tripcatcher

2018-06-28T01:30:35+00:00June 16th, 2017|Categories: Cloud Accounting|Tags: , , , |

Managing your Mileage Claims with Tripcatcher Tripcatcher is the mileage app that helps you keep an accurate record of your business miles. You can log your business miles, create expense reports and update your online accounts. Tripcatcher can save you time and money. Advantages of Using Tripcatcher instead of manual spreadsheets: Tripcatcher is the only UK based mileage expense app that claims back the VAT on your fuel. Tripcatcher is built specifically for the UK and complies with HMRC requirements. It supports the 10,000 mile threshold and deals if you do more miles than that per annum. It [...]

Reform of Landlords’ Taxation

2017-06-13T14:18:08+00:00June 13th, 2017|Categories: Taxation|Tags: , , , |

The government's plans to allow landlords to use the cash basis for tax purposes were confirmed in the 2017 Spring Budget, but although the proposed legislation was included in Finance Bill 2017, it did not appear in the much reduced Finance Act 2017, which received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017. It is likely that the proposals have been temporarily shelved, pending the outcome of the General Election, and are expected to reappear in a second Finance Bill later this year. If the provisions are subsequently enacted, they are expected to apply retrospectively from 6 April 2017, i.e. for the [...]

IHT: Main Residence Nil-Rate Band

2017-06-08T14:07:17+00:00June 8th, 2017|Categories: Taxation|Tags: , |

From April 2017, each individual spouse or civil partner will be offered a residence nil rate band (RNRB), which is designed to help pass on a home to 'direct descendants', including children or grandchildren, tax-free after their death. The rules governing the inheritance tax (IHT) nil rate band are complex and it is always recommended that prior professional advice is considered. Phasing in of RNRB The RNRB is being phased in over a four-year period as follows: - £100,000 in 2017-2018 - £125,000 in 2018-2019 - £150,000 in 2019-2020 - £175,000 in 2020-2021 Broadly, the new RNRB will be added [...]

VAT Flat Rate Scheme: changes take effect

2017-05-15T16:00:14+00:00May 15th, 2017|Categories: VAT|Tags: , , , |

The VAT flat rate scheme (FRS) is used by many small businesses to help simplify their VAT reporting obligations. Businesses could often gain a cash advantage from using the scheme, but this advantage has been significantly curtailed from 1 April 2017, particularly in relation to service-related businesses. Whilst the FRS continues to operate, many businesses will no longer find it economical to use. Broadly, the FRS is a simplified VAT accounting scheme for small businesses, which allows users to calculate VAT using a flat rate percentage by reference to their particular trade sector. When using the FRS, the business ignores [...]

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