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Are you taking advantage of trivial benefits?

17/06/2021

The trivial benefits in kind (BiK) exemption applies to small non-cash benefits like a bottle of wine or a bouquet of flowers given occasionally to employees. By taking advantage of the exemption employers can simplify the treatment of BiKs whilst at the same time offering a tax efficient way to give small gifts to employees. Although...

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How are dividends taxed?

17/06/2021

The dividend tax allowance was first introduced back in 2016 and replaced the old dividend tax credit with an annual £5,000 dividend allowance with tax payable on dividends received over this amount. The tax-free dividend allowance was reduced to £2,000 with effect from 6 April 2018 and has remained fixed at that level. The tax rate for...

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Are you a landlord that owes tax to HMRC?

17/06/2021

The Let Property Campaign provides landlords who have undeclared income from residential property lettings in the UK or abroad with an opportunity to regularise their affairs by disclosing any outstanding liabilities whether due to misunderstanding the tax rules or because of deliberate tax evasion. Participation in the campaign is open...

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Building a new home and VAT

17/06/2021

The VAT DIY Housebuilders scheme is a special scheme that enables someone building their own home to benefit from special VAT rules that allow the qualifying construction costs of new homes and certain conversion works to be zero-rated. The scheme has been designed to effectively place DIY housebuilders in a similar VAT position to a...

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Self-employed NIC charges

17/06/2021

There are two types of National Insurance contributions (NICs) payable by the self-employed. These are known as Class 2 NICs and Class 4 NICs. Class 2 NICs are paid by all self-employed taxpayers unless they earn under the Small Profits Threshold (SPT), currently £6,515, which remove the necessity to pay NICs. Class 2 NICs are currently...

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Agent Dedicated Line relaunched

17/06/2021

HMRC has confirmed that the Agent Dedicated Line (ADL) that offers priority access to HMRC staff has been relaunched on a trial basis from 14 June 2021. HMRC has also made it clear that the ADL is not expected to be used to handle certain types of calls where digital services are available or where the pertinent information could have...

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Tax when you sell a business property

10/06/2021

There are various methods at your disposal to reduce or delay the amount of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) when you sell a property that has been used for business purposes. For example, Business Asset Rollover Relief allows for deferral of CGT on gains made when taxpayers sell or dispose of certain assets (including property) and uses all or...

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Private residence relief

10/06/2021

There is usually no Capital Gains Tax (CGT) to be paid when you sell your main family residence (referred to by HMRC as private residence relief) that has been used as your only or main residence. However, there are important points to consider that can affect your entitlement to full CGT relief. These include the following: Business...

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Changing a company accounting date

10/06/2021

There are special rules which limit the ability to change your company’s year end date. A company’s year end date is also known as its ‘accounting reference date’ and is historically set by reference to the date the company was incorporated. Under certain circumstances it is possible to make a change to the year end and for some...

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Bed and breakfast – the same day rule

10/06/2021

Historically, the term bed and breakfasting (sale and repurchase) of shares referred to transactions where shares were sold and then bought back the next morning. This used to have Capital Gains Tax (CGT) benefits by crystallising a gain or a loss but is no longer tax effective over such a short period. The change to the rule occurred in...

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Apportionment and duality

10/06/2021

When deciding whether an expense is allowed or disallowed it is important to consider that the expenditure must be incurred wholly and exclusively for the purposes of your trade or employment. Under the legislation any expenditure not incurred wholly and exclusively for the purposes of the trade, profession or vocation should be...

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Who can use the VAT retail schemes?

10/06/2021

VAT retail schemes are a special set of schemes used by retail businesses to account for VAT. The schemes are used by businesses that sell a significant amount of low value and/or small quantity items to the public with different VAT liabilities. The use of the schemes can save businesses a significant amount of time in calculating the...

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