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April 2020 Questions and Answers

2020-04-01T19:43:10+01:00April 20th, 2020|Categories: Questions & Answers|Tags: , , , , |

Q. My business imports goods from the EU. What is the current position reading postponed accounting for VAT? A. There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 during which the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period. In broad terms, new rules will take effect on 1 January 2021. HMRC have confirmed that from 1 January 2021, postponed accounting for VAT will apply to all imports of goods, including from the EU. This will allow businesses to [...]

February 2020 Questions and Answers

2020-02-11T22:24:29+00:00February 17th, 2020|Categories: Questions & Answers|Tags: , , , |

Q. What items can be excluded from ‘taxable turnover’ for VAT registration purposes? A. When the 'taxable turnover' of a business reaches the VAT registration threshold, currently £85,000 per annum, it must register for VAT. Income that is not counted as 'taxable turnover' is excluded from the £85,000 turnover figure. There are several items that can be ignored when calculating 'taxable turnover' for VAT registration purposes. Any income that is 'exempt' from VAT is ignored. This commonly includes insurance, postage stamps or services; and health services provided by doctors or dentists. - Some goods and services are outside the VAT [...]

November Questions and Answers

2019-11-01T21:18:11+00:00November 11th, 2019|Categories: Questions & Answers|Tags: , , , , |

Q. I have recently started running my own business providing training services. HMRC have advised me that VAT is not charged on the type of services I am providing. Does this mean that my services are zero-rated for VAT or actually exempt? Do I need to register for VAT? A. Although both zero-rated and exempt supplies result in no VAT being applied to the supply, the consequence is very different between them and it is important to get it right. Zero-rating is a rate of VAT, albeit at zero per cent. The goods and/or services to which it applies are [...]

September 2019 Questions and Answers

2019-09-16T17:36:46+01:00September 18th, 2019|Categories: Questions & Answers|Tags: , , , , , |

Q. I am a qualified chiropractor and I have been running my own business for many years. I would now like to specialise in a particular area and have enrolled on a university course to obtain the relevant qualification. The cost is around £18,000 per annum and the course is three years in duration, during which time I intend to continue working part-time. Is the cost of the course deductible for tax purposes? A. Expenditure incurred by the owner of a business on training courses for themselves is revenue expenditure if the course merely updates existing expertise or knowledge. Expenditure [...]

December Questions and Answers

2019-09-01T23:08:02+01:00December 15th, 2018|Categories: Questions & Answers|Tags: |

Q. I am aware that there is to be a temporary increase in the limit for claiming Annual Investment Allowances. Are all assets eligible for the allowance? A. Unfortunately not all expenditure on plant and machinery will qualify for annual investment allowances (AIA). The most common examples of assets that are not eligible are cars and assets that have been used for some other purpose before being brought into the business, for example a personally owned computer. These assets should still qualify for capital allowances, but allowances will be given gradually over several years, rather than the full cost being [...]

March Questions & Answers

2019-09-01T12:02:28+01:00March 29th, 2017|Categories: Questions & Answers|Tags: , , , , |

Q. Will I have to pay stamp duty land tax on a property I am about to inherit? A. Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) is generally payable on land transactions. There is a land transaction when land passes to a beneficiary under a will, or by virtue of the law on intestacy. However, the legislation governing SDLT (Finance Act 2003, Schedule 3, para. 3A) provides that the acquisition of property by a person: in or towards satisfaction of his entitlement under or in relation to the will of a deceased person, on the intestacy of a deceased person is [...]

February questions and answers

2019-09-01T12:00:08+01:00February 28th, 2017|Categories: Questions & Answers|Tags: , , , |

Q. Due to unforeseen circumstances I have recently had to sell my house and down-size to a smaller property. I sold the house for £20,000 less than I paid for it. Can I offset this loss against income from my business and reduce my income tax liability for this year? A. Unfortunately the tax law does not permit you to do this. I am assuming that you are not trading in properties and the house was either your main residence or an investment asset. Losses on the sale of a principal private residence are generally not allowable losses for [...]

January questions and answers

2019-09-01T11:57:58+01:00January 29th, 2017|Categories: Questions & Answers|Tags: , , , |

Q. I am thinking of renting out a small outbuilding that I own to a friend so that he can store his work equipment in it when he's not using it. The rent is likely to be less than £1,000 a year. Will I have to declare this income to HMRC on a self-assessment return? My tax affairs are quite straight-forward - I am employed and currently I don't need to send in a tax return. A. Two new annual tax allowances of £1,000 each are being introduced from April 2017. One allowance is for trading income and the [...]