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How does the EMI scheme work? | Enterprise Management Incentives scheme

The use of enterprise management incentives scheme (EMIs) can help small growing companies to attract and retain employees. The enterprise management incentives scheme allows employees to buy shares free of income tax and NICs based on the difference between the amount paid for shares when an option is used and the actual value (provided the shares are purchased for at least the market value they had when the option was granted).
 

Furnished holiday lets: what's changing?

In the 2024 Spring Budget, the Chancellor announced the abolition of the tax-advantageous regime for furnished holiday lets from April 2025. There is a limited window of opportunity for property owners to review their property letting activity to take advantage of the key tax benefits available for qualifying rentals. 

Capital Gains Tax on UK Residential Property | Report and pay capital gains tax on uk property

A higher rate of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) applies to gains on the disposal of residential property if the gain falls into the higher rate band. In the Spring Budget, the Chancellor announced a reduction in the higher rate of capital gains tax that exists for residential property from the current rate of 28% to 24% from 6 April 2024. These rates apply to higher rate taxpayers as well as to trustees and personal representatives. The lower rate that applies to basic rate taxpayers will remain unchanged at 18

What does the 2 National Insurance cuts mean for me? | National Insurance cuts for employees and Self-Employed

Our last National insurance blog listed the expected national insurance contribution rates for 2024; however, from what has recently been changed in the Chancellor’s Spring Budget for 2024 As had been widely expected, the Chancellor announced further changes to National Insurance contributions (NIC) rates for employees and the self-employed.
 

Spring Budget 2024 Recap

Following widespread speculation of tax cuts, with Child Benefit and National Insurance being key topics, the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Jeremy Hunt) delivered his Spring Budget today, focusing on tax cuts for workers and parents.

Do I have to pay tax on selling personal items? | paying tax on selling goods online?

HMRC has published new guidance for taxpayers who regularly sell goods or services through an online marketplace. The guidance clarifies that this activity could be treated as a ‘trade’ for UK tax purposes. If this is the case, taxpayers may need to pay the income tax they earn from buying and selling goods as a trade or business using online marketplaces such as eBay. 

What is the deadline for payroll year end submissions? | Year end payroll reporting

It is not that long until the current 2023-24 tax year comes to an end on 5th April 2024 with any final payroll submissions to HMRC due by 19th of April 2024, with a number of year-end payroll chores that must be completed. This includes sending a final PAYE submission for the tax year. The last Full Payment Submission (FPS) needs to be submitted no later than the last payday for your employees of the 2023-24 tax year.
 

What is the deadline for payroll year end submissions? | Year end payroll reporting

It is not that long until the current 2023-24 tax year comes to an end on 5th April 2024 with any final payroll submissions to HMRC due by 19th of April 2024, with a number of year-end payroll chores that must be completed. This includes sending a final PAYE submission for the tax year. The last Full Payment Submission (FPS) needs to be submitted no later than the last payday for your employees of the 2023-24 tax year.
 

Cash Basis for Sole Traders | Should I use cash basis for my tax return?

The cash basis scheme helps sole traders and other unincorporated businesses benefit from a simpler way of managing their financial affairs. The scheme is not open to limited companies and limited liability partnerships. The cash basis scheme allows qualifying businesses to use the cash basis when recording income and expenditure. However, this cash basis scheme is not appropriate for all small businesses.

Taxable Gains on Gifts | What is the Gift Relief on the Transfer of Property?

Gift Hold-Over Relief is a tax relief that effectively defers Capital Gains Tax (CGT). The relief can be claimed when assets are given away (including certain shares) or sold for less than they are worth to help benefit the buyer. Gift Hold-Over Relief means that any gain on the asset is 'held-over' until the recipient of the gift sells or disposes of them. This is done by reducing the acquisition cost by the amount of the held over gain for the acquirer.

Taxable Gains on Gifts | What is the Gift Relief on the Transfer of Property?

Gift Hold-Over Relief is a tax relief that effectively defers Capital Gains Tax (CGT). The relief can be claimed when assets are given away (including certain shares) or sold for less than they are worth to help benefit the buyer. Gift Hold-Over Relief means that any gain on the asset is 'held-over' until the recipient of the gift sells or disposes of them. This is done by reducing the acquisition cost by the amount of the held over gain for the acquirer.

Replacement of domestic items relief | Tax Relief For Replacement Of Domestic Items

The difference between the replacement of domestic items relief and wear and tear relief.
The replacement of domestic items relief was introduced as a replacement to the previous legislation known as wear and tear relief. The critical difference between the old Wear and tear relief and the new replacement of domestic items relief is that the older system was only available for furnished lettings. The new legislation is not as restrictive as the prior relief, with the further relief available for all properties.
 

Replacement of domestic items relief | Tax Relief For Replacement Of Domestic Items

The difference between the replacement of domestic items relief and wear and tear relief.
The replacement of domestic items relief was introduced as a replacement to the previous legislation known as wear and tear relief. The critical difference between the old Wear and tear relief and the new replacement of domestic items relief is that the older system was only available for furnished lettings. The new legislation is not as restrictive as the prior relief, with the further relief available for all properties.
 

Community Investment Tax Relief Scheme | What is the HMRC community investment tax relief?

What is the Community Investment Tax Relief Scheme?
The Community Investment Tax Relief (CITR) scheme encourages investment in accredited intermediary organisations, called Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs). The tax relief under the system is available to both individuals and companies.

CDFIs may take a range of forms, including:
• Community loan funds, which make capital available to community regeneration initiatives and businesses;
• Micro-finance funds, which make small loans, usually at near-market rates of interest, to the smallest businesses, e.g., sole traders and
• Social banks - profit-seeking financial service providers or subsidiaries dedicated to social or environmental objectives.
 

Community Investment Tax Relief Scheme | What is the HMRC community investment tax relief?

What is the Community Investment Tax Relief Scheme?
The Community Investment Tax Relief (CITR) scheme encourages investment in accredited intermediary organisations, called Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs). The tax relief under the system is available to both individuals and companies.

CDFIs may take a range of forms, including:
• Community loan funds, which make capital available to community regeneration initiatives and businesses;
• Micro-finance funds, which make small loans, usually at near-market rates of interest, to the smallest businesses, e.g., sole traders and
• Social banks - profit-seeking financial service providers or subsidiaries dedicated to social or environmental objectives.
 

Paying tax by Certificate of Tax Deposit | What is the HMRC CTD scheme?

What is the Tax deposit Scheme?
The Certificate of Tax Deposit scheme allowed users to deposit money with HMRC and use it later to pay tax liabilities. The date that the certificate was purchased was known as the effective payment date. The scheme closed for new purchases on 23 November 2017.

However, at the time, HMRC had committed to honour existing the remaining certificate of tax deposits until 23 November 2023. As this date approaches, it is important that certificate tax of deposit holders take appropriate action. 

Paying tax by Certificate of Tax Deposit | What is the HMRC CTD scheme?

What is the Tax deposit Scheme?
The Certificate of Tax Deposit scheme allowed users to deposit money with HMRC and use it later to pay tax liabilities. The date that the certificate was purchased was known as the effective payment date. The scheme closed for new purchases on 23 November 2017.

However, at the time, HMRC had committed to honour existing the remaining certificate of tax deposits until 23 November 2023. As this date approaches, it is important that certificate tax of deposit holders take appropriate action. 

What Tax do You Need to Pay if You Move Abroad? | P85 Form Leaving the UK getting your tax right

The P85 form should be completed by individuals to advise HMRC they are planning to move abroad or they have already moved abroad and they intend to work for at least a full tax year. Individuals who complete a self-assessment tax return can tell HMRC of their plans to leave the UK through their return. The “resident” section (form SA109) should be completed and sent by post (this cannot be done online). If you don’t usually complete a self-assessment tax return you should include parts 2 and 3 of your P45 form.
 

What Tax do You Need to Pay if You Move Abroad? | P85 Form Leaving the UK getting your tax right

The P85 form should be completed by individuals to advise HMRC they are planning to move abroad or they have already moved abroad and they intend to work for at least a full tax year. Individuals who complete a self-assessment tax return can tell HMRC of their plans to leave the UK through their return. The “resident” section (form SA109) should be completed and sent by post (this cannot be done online). If you don’t usually complete a self-assessment tax return you should include parts 2 and 3 of your P45 form.
 

How to Claim Tax Relief on Private Pension Contributions | Tax relief on pension contributions

You can usually claim tax relief for your private pension contributions. There is an annual allowance for tax relief on pensions of £60,000 for the current 2023-24 tax year. The annual allowance was £40,000 in 2022-23.

There is a three year carry forward rule that allows you to carry forward any unused amount of your annual allowance from the last three tax years if you have made pension savings in those years. There also used to also be a lifetime limit for tax relief on pension contributions but this was removed with effect from 6 April 2023.

How to Claim Tax Relief on Private Pension Contributions | Tax relief on pension contributions

You can usually claim tax relief for your private pension contributions. There is an annual allowance for tax relief on pensions of £60,000 for the current 2023-24 tax year. The annual allowance was £40,000 in 2022-23.

There is a three year carry forward rule that allows you to carry forward any unused amount of your annual allowance from the last three tax years if you have made pension savings in those years. There also used to also be a lifetime limit for tax relief on pension contributions but this was removed with effect from 6 April 2023.

How to Claim Tax Relief on Employment Expenses | Claiming Tax Relief for employee expenses

If you are an employee who needs to use their own money to pay for things used as part of your employment, you may be able to claim tax relief. In most cases, you can claim tax relief on the full cost as long as you only use these things for your work. Tax relief is reduced if your employer provides a financial contribution towards employment expenses, and no relief is available if you receive all the money back or you are incurring the cost to purchase alternative equipment to that provided by your employer (e.g. you are provided with a basic laptop but you want a better model).
 

How to Claim Tax Relief on Employment Expenses | Claiming Tax Relief for employee expenses

If you are an employee who needs to use their own money to pay for things used as part of your employment, you may be able to claim tax relief. In most cases, you can claim tax relief on the full cost as long as you only use these things for your work. Tax relief is reduced if your employer provides a financial contribution towards employment expenses, and no relief is available if you receive all the money back or you are incurring the cost to purchase alternative equipment to that provided by your employer (e.g. you are provided with a basic laptop but you want a better model).
 

When are you Not Required to Pay Capital Gains Tax on Assets? | Capital Gains Tax Allowances

In most cases, no Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is to be paid on the transfer of assets to a spouse or civil partner. There is, however, a disposal that has taken place for CGT purposes, effectively, at no gain or loss on the date of the transfer. When the asset ultimately comes to be sold, the gain or loss will be calculated from when the original spouse or civil partner first owned the asset.
 

When are you Not Required to Pay Capital Gains Tax on Assets? | Capital Gains Tax Allowances

In most cases, no Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is to be paid on the transfer of assets to a spouse or civil partner. There is, however, a disposal that has taken place for CGT purposes, effectively, at no gain or loss on the date of the transfer. When the asset ultimately comes to be sold, the gain or loss will be calculated from when the original spouse or civil partner first owned the asset.
 

Filling Gaps in National Insurance Contributions extended to 2025

We previously notified you that the deadline was approaching for individuals aged 45 to 72 to fill in gaps in their National Insurance Contribution (NIC) history. For those under 45, it will generally not make sense to pay for additional years as you should have sufficient remaining working life to achieve the maximum number of NIC years (although other factors could affect this such as if you have moved overseas). The initial deadline was April 5th 2023, which due to the current overload of government helplines, was subsequently extended to 31st July 2023 and has now been further extended to 5th April 2025 as advisers have been unable to provide the necessary advice.

Pension Changes from 6 April 2023

The new pension tax reforms that were announced in the recent Spring Budget took effect from 6 April 2023. The old £40,000 cap on annual pension contributions has been increased by 50% to £60,000, with effect from 6 April 2023. Tax relief for contributions to pension schemes is given at a taxpayer’s marginal rate of Income Tax and is subject to the increased underlying limits. Taxpayers will continue to be able to carry forward unused annual allowances the last three tax years if they have made pension savings in those years.

Understanding Private Residence Relief and Letting Relief

In general, there is no Capital Gains Tax (CGT) due on the disposal of a property which has been used as the owner’s main residence throught the period of ownership. This relief from CGT is commonly known as 'private residence relief'. However, where all or part of the home has been rented out the entitlement to relief may be affected. Homeowners that let all or part of their house may not benefit from the full private residence relief, but may benefit from letting relief.

What is the deadline for submitting my p11D & P11D (b) Forms for 2022/23

The deadline for submitting the 2022-23 forms P11D, P11D(b) and P9D is 6 July 2023. The forms can be submitted using commercial software or via HMRC’s PAYE online service. Employees must also be provided with a copy of the information relating to them on these forms by the same date. P11D forms are used to provide information to HMRC on all Benefits in Kind (BiKs), including those under the Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OpRAs) unless the employer is including such benefits through their payroll.

What are the rules for Corporation tax with Large and Very Large companies.

A large company with taxable profits between £1.5m and £20m is required to pay Corporation Tax in 4 equal instalments. These instalments are payable in months 7, 10, 13 and 16 following the start of the relevant accounting period. The actual payments are due 6 months and 13 days after the start of the accounting period, then 9 months and 13 days, then 12 months and 13 days and finally 15 months and 13 days after the start of the accounting period.

What is Business Asset Rollover Relief?

Business Asset Rollover Relief is a valuable relief that allows for the deferral of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on gains made when taxpayers sell or dispose of certain assets and use all or part of the proceeds to buy new business assets. The relief means that the tax on the gain of the old asset is postponed. The amount of the gain is effectively rolled over into the cost of the new asset, and any CGT liability is deferred until the new asset is sold.

Are dentists employees or sole traders?

Up until now anyone who was subject to a British Dental Association (BDA) or Dental Practitioners Association (DPA) contract, and where those terms were followed, would be considered by HMRC to be self-employed for tax purposes. This meant that the individual would be responsible for reporting their total income less allowable expenditure and paying any resulting tax to HMRC each year via the self-assessment system.

Spring Budget 2023 Recap - Pension changes

One of the key measures of the Spring Budget was the announcement that the £40,000 cap on annual pension contributions will be increased by 50% to £60,000 from 6 April 2023. Tax relief for contributions to pension schemes is given at a taxpayer’s marginal rate of Income Tax and is subject to the increased underlying limits. Taxpayers will continue to access carry-forward, unused annual allowances for the last three tax years if they have made pension savings in those years.

How do I make a claim on an unclaimed estate?

There are special intestacy rules that govern how assets are divided if you die without making a will. If this happens your assets are passed on to family members in accordance with a set legal formula. This can result in a distribution of assets that would not be in keeping with your final wishes and can be especially problematic for cohabitees (a couple who live together but are not married and have not entered into a civil partnership).

A Recap On The Spring Budget 2023 Announcements.

Jeremy Hunt delivered his first Spring Budget today, referring to it as a ‘Budget for Growth.’
The first part of the speech as usual dealt with the economic background and forecasts on which the budget has been based. According to the Chancellor the most recent forecast is that although the economy will not grow this year, it is likely that a technical recession will be avoided. It is expected that the rate of inflation will fall to 2.9% by the end of the year, and the Bank of England will continue to focus their interest rate policy on targeting a long-time inflation rate of 2%.

5 reasons to digitise your accounts in 2023

HMRC have recently announced the delay of the introduction of the Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self-Assessment (MTD for ITSA) scheme until 2026. This delay will give those in scope more time to prepare and will reduce the risk of HMRC systems and support services becoming overwhelmed when the deadline hits.

How do I pay a voluntary National Insurance contribution?

 National Insurance (NI) contributions are made in a variety of ways:
  • Class 1 contributions are paid by employers and their employees
  • Class 2 contributions are fixed weekly amounts paid by self-employed people.
  • Class 3 contributions are voluntary NICs paid by people wanting to fill gaps in their contribution record.
  • Class 4 contributions are paid by self-employed people on their profits.

What is HMRC's Guidance on serious fraud?

HMRC’s Code of Practice 9 (COP9) leaflet outlines the procedures for any investigations into serious fraud by HMRC. COP9 covers both direct and indirect taxes and includes confirmation from HMRC that taxpayers will be treated fairly and courteously. Investigations of this type by HMRC are designed to ascertain the full facts of a case and to collect any tax liabilities, penalties and interest deemed owing in cases of fraudulent conduct.

Autumn Statement 2022: Key Highlights

Key Highlights from the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement 2022:
 
Personal taxes
 
Income tax
 
It was confirmed that the current personal allowance (£12,570) and the thresholds for the upper limit of the basic rate tax band (£50,270) and the amount at which the personal allowance starts to taper away (£100,000) will all remain unchanged until 5 April 2028.

Tax Diary November/December 2022

1 November 2022 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 January 2022.

19 November 2022 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 November 2022. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 November 2022.)

Tax Diary November/December 2022

1 November 2022 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 January 2022.

19 November 2022 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 November 2022. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 November 2022.)

Tax Diary October/November 2022

1 October 2022 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 December 2021.

19 October 2022 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 October 2022. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 October 2022.)

Tax Diary October/November 2022

1 October 2022 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 December 2021.

19 October 2022 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 October 2022. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 October 2022.)

19 October 2022 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 October 2022. 
 

Can I claim loan/mortgage interest as a tax reduction?

Although finance costs, predominantly loan interest, are now disallowed as an expense that can be utilised to reduce taxable rental income, these charges do qualify for a tax credit limited to 20% basic rate Income Tax. For example, if your loan/mortgage interest amounts to £10,000 this cannot be used to reduce your rental income. It will simply reduce your Income Tax bill by £2,000 (£10,000 x 20%).
 

Gift Aid – What to do if your income has dropped

Gift Aid is a government scheme available to charities and community amateur sports clubs that allows them to claim extra money from HMRC off the back of a donation by a UK taxpayer. The claimant will be able to get an extra 25p from each £1 donated as long as the donor has paid the basic rate of tax and the donation is made from their own funds. For those that pay above the basic tax rate, an individual can claim the difference between the rate you pay and the basic rate on your donations.

Are you aware of the tax implications of extracting your property portfolio from company to private ownership?E OWNERSHIP?

Many investment properties are acquired through a limited company for a variety of reasons.
 
Complications arise when this structure is no longer appropriate, for example, there may be a desire to gift to a child, and extracting a property from a company back into private beneficial ownership can be a costly affair. Tax costs arise both for the company disposing of the property and for the purchasing connected party.

ARE YOU AWARE OF THE TAX IMPLICATIONS OF EXTRACTING YOUR PROPERTY PORTFOLIO FROM COMPANY TO PRIVATE OWNERSHIP?

Many investment properties are acquired through a limited company for a variety of reasons.
 
Complications arise when this structure is no longer appropriate, for example, there may be a desire to gift to a child, and extracting a property from a company back into private beneficial ownership can be a costly affair. Tax costs arise both for the company disposing of the property and for the purchasing connected party.

Important Year-End Processes for Cloud Software Users

Unlike traditional desktop accounting systems, cloud software packages (including QuickBooks Online, Xero and Sage Cloud) do not have a separate and structured year-end process.

There are however, a couple of important steps that we recommend you take once your year-end has passed and all transactions relating to that year have been posted.
 

The Spring Statement: As it Happened

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has delivered his Spring Statement to the House of Commons against a backdrop of a growing cost of living crisis. The Chancellor also stressed that, apart from the untold human suffering, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is creating further uncertainty in the domestic and global economy, particularly in relation to energy markets and the food supply-chain.

The Spring Statement: As it Happened

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has delivered his Spring Statement to the House of Commons against a backdrop of a growing cost of living crisis. The Chancellor also stressed that, apart from the untold human suffering, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is creating further uncertainty in the domestic and global economy, particularly in relation to energy markets and the food supply-chain.

Budget Breakfast with John Glen MP

John Glen MP, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister, will be providing a complete overview of the major fiscal, taxation and investment measures contained in the 2022 budget and how they affect businesses in the Salisbury and South Wiltshire area.  

The importance of internal scrutiny for academies

Following on from the publication of the Academy Trust Handbook 2021 (formerly the Academies Financial Handbook) which became more of a general governance on all areas and not just purely focusing on the finances of the trusts, there are some key points within the handbook which all Academy Trusts should be aware of and complying to. 

The importance of internal scrutiny for academies

Following on from the publication of the Academy Trust Handbook 2021 (formerly the Academies Financial Handbook) which became more of a general governance on all areas and not just purely focusing on the finances of the trusts, there are some key points within the handbook which all Academy Trusts should be aware of and complying to.

Extension to recovery loan scheme

The Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) is currently open to businesses of any size to support them to access loans and different kinds of finance so they can rebuild after the pandemic and pandemic transition period, this replaced the former schemes of CBILS and BBLS.

Self Assessment tax deadline 2022

The deadline to file your 2020/21 self-assessment tax return is soon. Taxpayers that choose to file via a paper return had a deadline of 31 October 2021. If you file electronically, the filing deadline is 31 January 2022 however HMRC is waiving late filing and late payment penalties for one month giving self-assessment taxpayers extra time (if required) to complete their 2020 to 2021 tax return and pay an tax due.

Tax benefits on electric cars - company cars

As most drivers of a company car will be aware, if you have any private use of the vehicle this will result in a significant Income Tax charge. This charge is the way that HMRC levy tax on the deemed value of the benefit of having the use of a company car, and the more expensive the car is and the higher the CO2 footprint of the car, the higher the Income Tax charge will be.

What to expect in 2022

With our experience of the past two years of anxiety and disruption  adaptability is a key ability due to the ever-changing environment we find ourselves in. We have created blogs which contain suggestions on what you are able to do should more restrictions come into place in the New Year. You can find them on our Coronavirus Hub.

Christmas gifts for staff

Last minute shopping and planning is a Christmas tradition for many, so now would be a perfect time to remind bosses that there is a tax-free allowance for the provision of an annual party or other event for the benefit of staff and their partners.

MAKING TAX DIGITAL FOR VAT REGISTERED BUSINESSES COMPULSORY FROM APRIL 2022

Since Making Tax Digital came into force in April 2019, VAT-registered businesses in the UK above the £85,000 registration threshold are required to submit their VAT returns using ‘functional compatible software’ and store their VAT accounting records digitally. This is part of the government’s plans to make the tax system more resilient and effective, to boost business productivity and to support taxpayers.
 

BUDGET 2021: AS IT HAPPENED

This was a budget speech that for tax purposes at least is probably more notable for what was not included in it rather than what it did contain. It was widely expected that the Chancellor would say something about at least one of three topics on which there has a lot of recent speculation. Instead there was no mention of reform to capital gains tax, inheritance tax or the taxation of pension funds, not even an intention to launch consultations on possible future changes.

Self-assessment tax deadline

The deadline to file your 2020/21 self-assessment tax return is approaching. Taxpayers that choose to file via a paper return have a deadline of 31 October 2021. If you file electronically, the filing deadline is 31 January 2022.

COVID 19: Furlough is over - what happens next?

With the furlough scheme having come to end on 30th September 2021, and 6% of businesses' workforces reported to have still been on full or partial furlough leave (suggesting that approximately 1.4 - 1.8 million people were still furloughed), our latest factsheet takes a look at the options now available for businesses still struggling due to the pandemic.

September Furlough Deadline

Furlough claims made in September 2021 must be submitted to HMRC by Thursday 14 October 2021. This is the last opportunity to claim from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) which ended on 30 September 2021.

A return to Duty-free shopping post Brexit!

Following the cessation of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020, the appeal of alcohol stocking holidays has dropped. There is no longer the option to fill up trailers and car boots with countless bottles of wine and champagne and openly transport them through customs with a wide grin.

How Will The New Tax Increases Affect You?

Yesterday the government announced a new tax: The Health and Social Care Levy. From April 2022, National Insurance contributions are set to rise through the introduction of a 1.25% Health and Social Care Tax Levy on earned income. Dividends rates are also set to increase by the same amount.

Light at the end of the tunnel for OMBs?

Our latest Owner Managed Business (OMB) survey looked at the impact of the pandemic on businesses across the UK. Although business confidence remains low, we are starting to see positive signs of improvement and recovery amongst Owner Managed Businesses, with many optimistic about a better performance in 2021, and a growing number looking to increase their headcount in the coming months.

Tax relief rules on business and staff entertainment

Expenditure on business entertainment is not allowable as a deduction against profits. Nor may a deduction be made for any expenditure which is incidental to business entertainment. Spending on rewarding staff for good work or to raise morale is classed as employee entertainment which will be eligible for tax relief and you will be able to reclaim VAT on. 

Taking goods abroad to sell?

You must declare goods that you take with you to sell outside the UK (e.g. if they are in your baggage or in a private vehicle). There is a different process if you take goods abroad temporarily (e.g. samples for a trade fair) or use a courier or freight forwarder.
 

SEISS fifth grant update

The government’s online service for the final self-employment income support scheme grant (SEISS) will be available some time around late July. If you are eligible to make a claim for the May 2021 to September 2021 period, HMRC will contact you from mid-July to inform you of the date you can make a claim from. 

CCH OneClick MFA Improvement

Therefore, from Friday 30 April when users next log in to CCH OneClick and are asked to enter an MFA code they will see a ‘Remember Me’ option. Selecting this option will enable them to log in without being asked for an MFA code again.  

Gift Aid – Be cautious if your income has dropped

The tax that is claimed back by the charity is funded by the tax paid by the donor. This is only applicable where the donor has paid more tax in the year than is claimed back by charities and community amateur sports clubs on donations. Problems can arise if the donor’s income falls, such that they are not classed as a taxpayer or pay less tax than is claimed back on the donation.

XERO LAUNCHES MULTIFACTOR AUTHENTICATION

During the course of this year, all Xero users will have to set up multifactor authentication to meet the changes. Xero users are able to choose between two different authentication combinations, for example your email address and password, with something that has an authenticator app, like a tablet of smartphone. 

Tax Day 2021

23 March 2021 marked the UK’s first Tax Day, as the government published consultation documents, calls for evidence, and other documents relating to the future shape of the UK tax regime.

WHAT IS IR35 AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

From 6 April 2021, important changes to the IR35 rules will begin to apply to medium and large private
sector organisations. IR35 are the rules concerning “off-payroll workers” – i.e. individuals who work for a company via their own ‘personal service company’.

CJRS Claims deadline

With the nationwide lockdown coming to an end and tiers being re-introduced there are a lot of changes happening which may distract you from upcoming business support deadlines such as the CJRS Claims Deadline.

When will you be able to claim your state pension?

There have been a number of things driving the increases in the pension age over the last few years, and women have been particularly affected by this as their state pension age has increased from 60 to 66 in that time.  For men the increase has been less extreme, with the age increasing by only one year from 65 to 66.

Airbnb Landlords Income and HMRC

You may have seen recent headlines about the tax affairs of Airbnb in the UK and that HMRC have charged them with an additional £1.8 million of tax following an investigation. If you are a UK citizen, or a general fan of tax payments you may think that sounds good as the company didn’t seem to be paying enough tax. But how will this change affect Airbnb hosts? 

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) commonly known as the furlough scheme will be extended until the 30 April 2021. The most recent update (further extending the life of the scheme) was announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak on 17 December 2020. 

Changes to the job support scheme

On Friday 9 October, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced an extension to the Job Support Scheme (JSS). The expanded scheme will include additional support for employees of businesses that are forced to close because of local or national lockdown measures. 

Keep an eye on the numbers!

Recent economic forecasts for 2020 published by H M Treasury will do little to inspire business confidence. In their comparison of independent forecasts published last month, the unemployment rate is estimated to rise to 8% and in the same period, GDP falls by 9%.

MAKING TAX DIGITAL EXTENDED

HMRC’s flagship Making Tax Digital online quarterly reporting is being significantly extended with legislation proposed in the Finance Bill 2020-21 bringing all VAT registered businesses into the system from April 2022 and extending it to include income tax self assessment from April 2023. 

Improving your credit score

Any organisation or individual requiring credit should be aware of how they will be assessed for credit risk.  One of the tools used by any potential lender or supplier will be the borrower’s credit score also known as a rating.  A borrower may not know what their score is from one day to another but should be aware of how it is assessed and viewed.

Improving your credit score

Any organisation or individual requiring credit should be aware of how they will be assessed for credit risk.  One of the tools used by any potential lender or supplier will be the borrower’s credit score also known as a rating.  A borrower may not know what their score is from one day to another but should be aware of how it is assessed and viewed.

SUMMER STATEMENT: A PLAN FOR JOBS

Yesterday, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak delivered a speech to Parliament that he called a plan for jobs.  Describing the Covid-19 pandemic as the biggest threat to this country in decades he announced a number of measures intended to support jobs and boost the economy.

SUMMER STATEMENT: A PLAN FOR JOBS

Yesterday, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak delivered a speech to Parliament that he called a plan for jobs.  Describing the Covid-19 pandemic as the biggest threat to this country in decades he announced a number of measures intended to support jobs and boost the economy.

Academies: Accounts Direction 2019/20

The ESFA have released their annual guidance on accounts preparation for academies and Multi-Academy Trusts in the Accounts Direction 2019 to 2020.   There have been some minor changes and clarifications in this year’s publication which apply to Academy accounts for accounting periods ending 31 August 2020.
 

COVID-19: EXTENSION TO PROTECTIVE MEASURES FOR COMMERCIAL TENANTS

On Friday 19th June 2020, the government announced a planned extension to the Coronavirus Act measures to protect commercial tenants and a new code of practice for landlords and tenants. The expiry of the current restrictions (set out below) is to be extended from 30th June 2020 to 30th September 2020, giving business tenants further breathing space to negotiate with their landlord.

Moore (South) Group Coronavirus Working Policy

Going forward we need to have a documented approach to our working practices. The framework is to be applied group-wide but elements will be on an office by office basis with some things possibly for individuals. Our policy is intended to adhere to the Government guidance and to facilitate team members being able to work comfortably and effectively in their own home but also where necessary to be able to work safely and confidently in environments other than their own home.

Moore (South) Group Coronavirus Working Policy

Going forward we need to have a documented approach to our working practices. The framework is to be applied group-wide but elements will be on an office by office basis with some things possibly for individuals. Our policy is intended to adhere to the Government guidance and to facilitate team members being able to work comfortably and effectively in their own home but also where necessary to be able to work safely and confidently in environments other than their own home.

Claiming child benefit for newborns

General Register Offices are currently operating with reduced capacity and with government guidance to social distance and stay at home, new parents are advised not to visit them. They can however still claim Child Benefit without having to register their child’s birth first to ensure that they do not miss out.

Claiming child benefit for newborns

General Register Offices are currently operating with reduced capacity and with government guidance to social distance and stay at home, new parents are advised not to visit them. They can however still claim Child Benefit without having to register their child’s birth first to ensure that they do not miss out.

COVID-19: What are the options when furlough ends?

Although we still don’t know when lockdown restrictions will be lifted, it is worth organisations starting to plan for the end of the furlough period – particularly if you are unlikely to have a full workload to occupy your entire team.  We look at the options available to businesses when the furlough scheme finishes. 

COVID-19: Business Rates Relief

The Chancellor has announced a raft of measures designed to help businesses during the coronavirus crisis.  One of the headline measures announced in the Spring Budget was the Business Rates Holiday - 100% relief from Business Rates for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses in England for 2020/21. 

COVID-19: Travel to Work

To clarify the situation regarding travel – travel for work purposes is currently permitted, but only where you cannot work from home and provided you are not showing coronavirus symptoms and neither you nor any of your household are self-isolating. 
 

COVID-19: OPTIONS AND PROTECTION AVAILABLE TO COMPANIES IN DISTRESS

Directors will naturally be concerned as to their conduct during the current pandemic. Trying to do the right thing by the company’s employees, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders whilst ensuring ongoing compliance with their fiduciary duties will be challenging, however, changes are being made to the insolvency regime to provide directors with breathing space to explore their options, whilst protecting them from risk of personal liability.
 

COVID-19: OPTIONS AND PROTECTION AVAILABLE TO COMPANIES IN DISTRESS

Directors will naturally be concerned as to their conduct during the current pandemic. Trying to do the right thing by the company’s employees, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders whilst ensuring ongoing compliance with their fiduciary duties will be challenging, however, changes are being made to the insolvency regime to provide directors with breathing space to explore their options, whilst protecting them from risk of personal liability.
 

Coronavirus: specific measures and support for the charity sector

Understandably, charities are concerned about the current coronavirus crisis, which will impact on both the work they are able to undertake, and income to generate. Many do not have sufficient cash reserves. With the NCVO announcing that the charity sector could lose at least £4bn over the next 12 weeks, we want to ensure our charity clients are aware of the measures and support available to you during this time. We will keep this page updated and urge you to get in contact if you have further questions on the below.

Coronavirus: specific measures and support for the charity sector

Understandably, charities are concerned about the current coronavirus crisis, which will impact on both the work they are able to undertake, and income to generate. Many do not have sufficient cash reserves. With the NCVO announcing that the charity sector could lose at least £4bn over the next 12 weeks, we want to ensure our charity clients are aware of the measures and support available to you during this time. We will keep this page updated and urge you to get in contact if you have further questions on the below.

IR35 is delayed

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Chief treasury secretary Steve Barclay this evening announced that the IR35 tax reforms would be pushed back by one year, less than a week after the controversial measures were confirmed in the Budget.
 

The Budget 2020 Overview

This was a budget delivered by a new Chancellor against the backdrop of a worsening COVID-19 crisis and recent economic shocks, and as a result the speech was probably very different to the one that was being prepared only a few weeks ago.

Don't fall for this scam

The Insolvency Service has issued a warning that fraudsters have been contacting investors in insolvent schemes claiming to be from the Official Receiver's office or to have been appointed by the Official Receiver to help recover funds for a fee.

Changes to Capital Gains Tax (CGT)

Currently a capital gain that is made by an individual UK resident is reported through the self-assessment tax return regime. This means that if an individual disposes of a property during the year ended 5 April 2020, it will be notified on the individuals 2019-20 tax return, which does not need to be submitted until January 31, 2021 with the tax due on that same day.