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Jun 21, 2017

There have been changes to the tax rules for certain Benefits in Kind which are provided as part of salary sacrifice schemes. These changes, which started coming into effect in April of this year, are beginning to have an impact on certain tax-free...

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Jun 21, 2017

There is usually no Capital Gains Tax (CGT) to be paid on the gift of assets between married couples and civil partners. However, there is still a disposal that has taken place for CGT purposes, effectively, at no gain or loss on the date of the tr...

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Jun 21, 2017

The introduction of Making Tax Digital (MTD) will fundamentally change the way companies, the self-employed and landlords interact with HMRC. The new regime will require businesses and individuals to register, file, pay and update their information...

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Jun 21, 2017

Employees who use their own car at work for business purposes can, under certain circumstances, be paid a tax-free allowance by their employers. This includes the use of their own van, motorcycle or bike. It is important to note that this tax-free ...

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Jun 21, 2017

The VAT Cash Accounting Scheme (CAS) can offer important benefits to certain small businesses. Under the standard VAT accounting scheme, VAT is payable on sales whether or not the customer has paid and can lead to claims for Bad Debt Relief. With t...

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Jun 21, 2017

For some time now, employers have been able to reduce their Class 1 NI contributions that relate to their employment of staff. The relevant relief, the employment allowance, is worth up to £3,000 per year and is available to most businesses and ch...

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Jun 21, 2017

The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is warning the public of what appears to be a number of widespread scams targeting members of the public using emails, texts and telephone calls. These communications are supposedly sent from the DVL...

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Jun 14, 2017

The trivial benefits in kind (BiK) regime came into effect in April 2016. This statutory exemption applies to small non-cash benefits like a bottle of wine or a bouquet of flowers given occasionally to employees or any other benefit in kind classed...

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Jun 14, 2017

The recent election result has certainly thrown the cat amongst the pigeons. There are already indications that the Queen’s speech and the start of Brexit negotiations may be delayed, this mainly due to extended negotiations to agree support for ...

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Jun 14, 2017

Employers are reminded that the deadline for submitting the 2016-17 forms P11D, P11D(b) and P9D is 6 July 2017. P11D forms are used to provide information to HMRC on certain benefits and expenses that employees and directors receive during the tax ...

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Jun 14, 2017

The VAT Flat Rate Scheme (FRS) was introduced to ease the process of calculating and submitting VAT returns for smaller businesses - the FRS is only available to businesses that expect their annual taxable turnover in the next 12 months to be no mo...

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Jun 14, 2017

The impact of Inheritance Tax has been reduced recently for families that own their own home. HMRC has introduced a new relief, the Inheritance Tax main residence nil-rate band (RNRB), which came into effect on 6 April 2017. The RNRB is a transfera...

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Jun 07, 2017

For high earning taxpayers the personal allowance is gradually reduced by £1 for every £2 of income over £100,000 irrespective of age. This creates an effective marginal rate of tax of around 60% for tax payers with annual income between £100,0...

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Jun 07, 2017

The EU Fourth Money Laundering Directive which makes sweeping changes to combatting money laundering and terrorist financing across the EU will be implemented into UK law on 26 June 2017. As a result, Companies House has made changes to the curren...

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Jun 07, 2017

The new land transaction tax (LTT) which will replace the UK stamp duty land tax (SDLT) in Wales will be launched on 1 April 2018. The LTT legislation received Royal Assent on 24 May and is the first Act of this Assembly term. The LTT marks the fi...

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Jun 07, 2017

Company Tax returns have to be filed using the iXBRL data standard using either HMRC's own software or third-party commercial software. Businesses that use third-party commercial software should refer to the HMRC list of recognised commercial softw...

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Jun 07, 2017

A new pension schemes newsletter has been published by HMRC. The latest edition of the newsletter includes details of the following topics: Pension advice allowance. HMRC has been asked by pension scheme administrators if their members can request...

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Jun 07, 2017

Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) is a tax on general insurance premiums. There are two rates a standard rate of 12% and a higher rate of 20%. The higher rate applies where insurance is sold in relation to goods and services which are subject to VAT and ...

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May 31, 2017

A complex VAT case that examined the VAT liability of restaurant meals provided to the public, and charges for concerts and other performances organised by students as part of their further education courses at Brockenhurst College has almost reach...

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May 31, 2017

Automatic enrolment into workplace pensions has been rolling out across the UK since 2012. It is expected that all employers will be part of the scheme by early 2018. Employers failing to comply with their auto-enrolment duties and missing their s...

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May 31, 2017

HMRC publishes guidance on the subject of phishing and bogus emails. The document called Genuine HM Revenue and Customs contact and recognising phishing emails includes details of emails, letters, text messages, and bogus calls used by scammers and...

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May 31, 2017

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has issued a timely reminder to anyone attending a wedding (or civil ceremony) this summer and planning to give a cash gift. The gift will be exempt from Inheritance Tax (IHT) once...

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May 31, 2017

The Gift Aid scheme is available to all UK taxpayers. The charity or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) concerned can take a taxpayer’s donation and, provided all the qualifying conditions are met, can reclaim the basic rate tax allowing for a...

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May 31, 2017

The latest advisory fuel rates became effective on 1 June 2017. Fuel rates are reviewed four times a year with changes taking effect on 1 March, 1 June, 1 September and 1 December. You can use the previous rates for up to 1 month from the date the ...

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