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Don’t overclaim for equipment purchases

16/01/2019

You can use the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) to claim a very generous 100% first year tax relief for qualifying expenditure on plant and machinery. The allowance is available for most assets purchased by a business but does not apply to cars. The AIA was set at £200,000 per calendar year for all qualifying expenditure on or after 1...

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Reducing payments on account

16/01/2019

Taxpayers are usually required to pay their Income Tax liabilities in three instalments each year. The first two payments are due on: 31 January during the tax year e.g. for 2018-19 the first payment on account is due on 31 January 2019. 31 July following the tax year e.g. for 2018-19 the second payment on account is due on 31 July...

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Could you claim the Marriage Allowance?

16/01/2019

If you or your partner are a low earner or not working, then you may be eligible for the marriage allowance. The marriage allowance allows lower earning couples to share part of their personal tax-free allowance. The marriage allowance (MA) is available to married couples and those in a civil partnership where a spouse or civil partner...

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Carry back charitable contributions

16/01/2019

Donations to charity over the course of a tax year can add up and taxpayers must ensure they keep a proper record of all donations to backup tax return entries. Donations that are made through the Gift Aid scheme allow for the recipient charity to claim 25p worth of tax relief on every pound donated. Higher rate and additional rate...

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Remaining age related tax allowances

16/01/2019

Most age related tax allowances have been phased out. However, the Married Couple's Allowance (MCA) is available to elderly married couples or those in a civil partnership where at least one member of the couple were born before 6 April 1935. The allowance provides for tax relief by deducting 10% of the allowance from the amount of tax...

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Tax if clients leave the UK to live abroad

16/01/2019

The P85 form should be completed by individuals or their agents to advise HMRC that have left the UK to live or are going to work abroad for at least one full tax year. The completion of the P85 form will ensure that an individual leaving the UK can claim any tax refund they are entitled to and will also help HMRC decide how an...

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Automatic enrolment for the self-employed?

09/01/2019

The government has confirmed that they are to examine a number of different approaches to help encourage the self-employed to save for their retirement. The success of automatic enrolment for pension savings for the employed has helped highlight that pension savings for the self-employed are lagging behind those achieved for the employed....

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New 'global' pound coin

09/01/2019

HM Treasury has confirmed that the £1 coin will be going global. This announcement means that the UK’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies will be able to design and mint their own versions of the 12-sided £1 coin replacing the older coins. The coins are expected to feature images celebrating the heritage of these territories,...

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Check if your Holiday let property is qualifying

09/01/2019

The Furnished Holiday Let (FHL) rules, allow holiday lettings of properties that meet certain conditions to be treated as a trade for some specific tax purposes. In order to qualify as a furnished holiday letting, the following criteria need to be met: The property must be let on a commercial basis with a view to the realisation of...

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Register a company and register for tax

09/01/2019

A new one-stop service to register a company and register for tax at the same time has been used by more than 200,000 businesses since it was introduced. The introduction of the Streamlined Company Registration Service was announced as part of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 to help reduce administrative burdens and...

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Changes to a building after the VAT option to tax

09/01/2019

There are special VAT rules that allow businesses to standard rate the supply of most non-residential and commercial land and buildings (known as the option to tax). This means that subsequent supplies by the person making the option to tax will be subject to VAT at the standard rate. The ability to convert the treatment of VAT exempt...

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Cash basis option for landlords

09/01/2019

The cash basis scheme helps sole traders and other unincorporated businesses benefit from a simpler way of managing their financial affairs. The scheme was extended to landlords from April 2017. The scheme is not open to limited companies and limited liability partnerships. The entry threshold for the cash basis scheme is £150,000 and you...

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Genuine messages from HMRC

09/01/2019

HMRC has issued an updated version of their online guidance on Genuine HMRC contact and recognising phishing emails and texts. The guidance provides a current list of genuine messages from HMRC. This includes: email messages, text messages and telephone contacts from HMRC. The latest updates on the list include information on a research...

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Did you file your tax return Christmas Day?

02/01/2019

A new press release by HMRC has highlighted that 2,616 taxpayers took the time to file their tax return online on Christmas Day with a further 8,465 taxpayers completing their tax returns on Boxing Day. More than 11 million taxpayers are expected to complete a 2017-18 self assessment tax return this year. Taxpayers are reminded that the...

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Don’t forget to pay your tax at the end of the month

02/01/2019

The 31 January 2019 is not just the final date for submission of your self assessment tax return but also an important date for payment of tax due. This is the final payment deadline for any remaining tax due for the 2017-18 tax year. In addition, the 31 January 2019 is also the payment date for any Capital Gains Tax due in relation to...

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Paying young people and children

02/01/2019

When a new employee is added to the payroll it is the employers' responsibility to ensure they meet the employees’ rights and deduct the correct amount of tax from their salary. This includes any employees who are family members. It is possible to employ young people if they are 13 or over but there are special rules about how long they...

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Finance Bill delay

02/01/2019

The government published Finance (No.3) Bill 2017-19 on Wednesday, 7 November 2018. The Bill is so named as it is the third Finance Bill in the current special two-year session of Parliament. The Bill, colloquially known as Finance Bill 2018-19 will become Finance Act 2019 after Royal Assent is received which is expected in March 2019...

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Merchandise in Baggage

02/01/2019

There are special customs requirements for commercial goods or samples which are imported or exported by passengers in their accompanied baggage (hand carried). This is known as Merchandise In Baggage or MIB. MIB goods include the following: goods acquired for company use goods for sale spare parts trade samples whether or not...

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