Goodbye 2017-18 and hello to 2018-19

February 14th, 2019

The deadline for filing 2017-18 self-assessment tax returns without paying a penalty for late submission has passed (31 January 2019). But a new and pressing deadline now presents itself: 5 April 2019. As we have outlined in previous posts, most tax planning needs to be considered and actioned before the end of the tax year […]


What was all the fuss about?

February 12th, 2019

Last year, the 23 May 2018 to be precise, the UK adapted the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). The deadline created a rush of publicity and activity as businesses across the UK pored over their data processing systems, making changes to accommodate the new rules. After the deadline, its as if the curtain came down […]


Happy days

February 7th, 2019

In what amounts to a single-issue mini-budget the Treasury posted a welcome announcement for the manufacturers and consumers of alcoholic products last week. They said: The Chancellor announces that alcohol duties are frozen From today, (1 February 2019) taxes on beer, cider and spirits are frozen for another year, keeping costs down for industry and […]


How to cope with recession

February 5th, 2019

Recession literally means “the act of going back, of receding…” Economic pundits have hijacked the word to mean “a period of temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity are reduced…”. It is usually heralded by a fall in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). According to many commentators on the state of the UK economy […]


Tax Diary February/March 2019

February 4th, 2019

1 February 2019 – Due date for Corporation Tax payable for the year ended 30 April 2018. 19 February 2019 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 February 2019. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 February 2019) 19 February 2019 – Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly […]


What can you give away before the end of the tax year?

February 4th, 2019

You can give away £3,000 worth of gifts each tax year (6 April to 5 April) without them being added to the value of your estate. This is known as your ‘annual exemption’. You can carry any unused annual exemption forward to the next year – but only for one year. Each tax year, you […]


What is the government doing to prepare us for Brexit?

February 4th, 2019

According to a recent announcement on the GOV.UK website, preparations include: Recruitment of 700 new staff to work on EU Exit policy using additional funding allocated by HM Treasury for Brexit preparedness. Passing of new legislation to lay the groundwork for our future outside the EU with 57 out of 63 required statutory instruments required […]


Are you ready for the VAT filing changes?

February 4th, 2019

A reminder that from 1 April 2019, VAT registered traders with turnover in excess of the current VAT registration limit, £85,000, will need to file returns after 1 April 2019 linked to HMRC’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) systems. Accounts software providers have been working at some pace to change their software, so they “speak” to […]


What are your tax planning options for 2018-19?

February 4th, 2019

Options for adopting 99% of tax planning opportunities for 2018-19 ends on 5 April 2019, just a couple of months away. This applies equally to individuals and all businesses with an accounting year end close to, but prior to 5 April 2019. More importantly, this planning option applies to all taxes: Income Tax, Capital Gains […]


Government fiddles over Brexit

January 29th, 2019

Leaving aside the fact that there were no violins available, it’s interesting to seek a comparison between the supposed musical antics of Nero in AD64 as Rome burned and our government, preoccupied with important political matters as British industry slips ever closer to the cliff edge of a no-deal Brexit. There are just under 60 […]