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Curtailment of letting relief

2020-03-10T12:12:24+00:00March 10th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Property|Tags: , , , |

Landlords have been hit with a number of tax hikes in recent years, and this trend shows no signs of abating. From 6 April 2020, lettings relief – a valuable capital gains tax relief which is available where a property which has at some point been the owner’s only or main residence is let out – is seriously curtailed. Now Under the current rules letting relief applies to shelter part of the gain arising on the sale of a property which has been let out as residential accommodation and which at some time was the owner’s only or main [...]

VAT and Brexit

2020-02-11T22:21:09+00:00February 16th, 2020|Categories: Blog, VAT|Tags: , , |

HMRC have not yet issued any guidance as to how imports and exports to the EU and out with the EU should be recorded for VAT return purposes after 31 January 2020, what happens with the reverse charge, and what should be recorded in boxes 8 & 9 of the VAT return. The last guidance given was in the case of a no deal Brexit and we are monitoring any new advice as it is issued. HMRC have said: - There will be NO requirement to complete an EC sales list for sales after 1 January 2021. - Intrastat returns [...]

Increased National Minimum Wage rates from April 2020

2020-02-11T22:17:18+00:00February 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog, PAYE|Tags: , , , |

Some three million workers are set to benefit from increases to the National Living Wage (NLW) and minimum wage rates for younger workers from 1 April 2020. The compulsory NLW is the national rate set for people aged 25 and over. The NLW is enforced by HMRC alongside the national minimum wage (NMW), which they have enforced since its introduction in 1999. Generally all those who are covered by the NMW, and are 25 years old and over, will be covered by the NLW. These include: - employees; - most workers and agency workers; - casual labourers; - agricultural [...]

CGT on Cryptoassets

2020-02-11T22:13:54+00:00February 11th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Taxation|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Cryptoassets are a relatively new type of asset that have become more prevalent in recent years. New technology has led to cryptoassets being created in a wide range of forms and for various different uses. Cryptoassets (or 'cryptocurrency' as they are also known) are cryptographically secured digital representations of value or contractual rights that can be: - transferred - stored - traded electronically While all cryptoassets use some form of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) not all applications of DLT involve cryptoassets. HMRC do not consider cryptoassets to be currency or money. They have identified three types of cryptoassets: - [...]

HMRC advisory fuel rates from 1 December 2019

2020-01-03T11:58:05+00:00January 5th, 2020|Categories: Blog, HMRC, Taxation|Tags: , , |

HMRC have published company car advisory fuel rates for use from 1 December 2019. The rates apply when employers reimburse employees for the cost of fuel for business travel in their company cars or require employees to repay the cost of fuel used for private travel. HMRC review rates quarterly on 1 March, 1 June, 1 September and 1 December. The rates applying from 1 December 2019 are as follows: Petrol and LPG Engine size 1400cc or less: petrol 12p per mile, LPG 8p per mile 1401cc to 2000cc: petrol 14p per mile; LPG 9p per mile Over 2000cc: petrol [...]

What does the General election mean for tax?

2020-01-03T11:50:32+00:00January 3rd, 2020|Categories: Blog, Taxation|Tags: , , |

Following the General election on 12 December, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that Sajid Javid remains as Chancellor of the Exchequer and no other changes at HM Treasury have been announced. The Prime Minister has however, confirmed that a more significant cabinet reshuffle will take place after the UK leaves the EU on 31 January 2020. The Conservative manifesto set out a fairly limited number of tax pledges, with commitment to a triple lock on income tax, national insurance contributions (NICs) and VAT, which means there should be no tax hikes forthcoming in these areas. Moreover, the government has said it will [...]

Salary or bonus?

2019-11-01T21:15:38+00:00November 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog, PAYE|Tags: , , , |

As 31 December approaches, many companies will be getting ready to tie up tax matters for their financial year-end and giving consideration to salaries, bonuses and dividends. Given current tax rates, paying a dividend rather than a salary will often be a more cost-effective way of withdrawing profits from a company. However, if the company is loss-making and has no retained profits, it will not be possible to declare a dividend, and an alternative will need to be considered. This often involves an increased salary or a one-off bonus payment. From a tax perspective, the position will be the same [...]

Losses in the first years of trade

2019-11-01T21:10:34+00:00November 6th, 2019|Categories: Business|Tags: , , |

If a new business makes losses in its first few years of trading, there may be scope to carry back those losses and set them off against other income received in the years prior to commencement of the trade. This is commonly referred to as 'early trade losses relief' and it applies to losses sustained in the tax year in which a trade is first carried on, or in any of the next three years. The provisions may be particularly useful to new businesses as they may be used to generate a cash boost in the form of a [...]

Recognising genuine HMRC contact

2019-11-01T21:08:16+00:00November 3rd, 2019|Categories: HMRC|Tags: , |

Broadly, phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising oneself as a trustworthy source in an electronic communication. This is generally carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging, and it often directs users to enter personal information at a fake website which matches the look and feel of the legitimate site. Most people are aware of the increase in volume and sophistication of phishing campaigns in recent years, but worryingly, there has also been a notable rise in reported incidents of phone calls and/or electronic communications from [...]

Private residence relief and the final period exemption

2019-10-28T23:04:14+00:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Blog, Property, Taxation|Tags: , , , |

Private residence relief (also called main residence relief) is well known. It prevents a liability from capital gains tax arising on any gain on the disposal of a property which has been the taxpayer’s only or main residence throughout the period of ownership. Where a property has not been the only or main residence throughout, the amount of private residence relief is reduced. It is available both for the period during which the property was the taxpayer’s only or main residence and, currently, the final 18 months of ownership (the ‘final period exemption’). Where the property has been let, [...]

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