Cheques to clear in one day

May 8th, 2018

Legislation has been introduced to reduce the present maximum six-day clearance process, to just one day. Banks presently send the payer’s cheque to the clearing banks to facilitate clearance. Under new rules, that will apply from October 2018, this will be reduced to one-day by sending a digital image of the cheque for clearance. To […]


Protect your home address at Companies House

May 3rd, 2018

For those of us who are reluctant to see our home address on publicly available websites such as that provided by Companies House, they will be pleased by a recent change to data suppression laws. This should help you remove your home address from publicly available company documents in certain cases. Companies House have announced: […]


HMRC plea to tackle online VAT fraud

May 1st, 2018

According to government sources HMRC are asking online market places to sign an “agreement” to keep their users the right side of the law. In a recent announcement HMRC said: “… the agreement will help online market place platforms meet their responsibility to ensure their sellers understand the tax rules, and prevent fraud taking place […]


Do not forget to claim these if they apply

April 26th, 2018

When you complete your tax return for 2017-18, make sure you consider the following expenses. Sometimes they are overlooked. Approved subscriptions you are required to pay to professional organisations. You must have membership to do your job or it’s helpful for your work. You can’t claim tax back on fees or subscriptions you’ve paid to […]


It is benefits time once again

April 24th, 2018

This is the time of year that employers and employees deal with the reporting of Benefits in kind. Taxing times… The provision and use of company cars features in many of these returns, both the use of the car, and if provided, the cost of any fuel provided by the employer for private mileage. What […]


Do not forget to report Benefits in Kind

April 23rd, 2018

HMRC posted the following reminder on their website the first day of the new tax year: Employers need to report all Benefits in Kind (BiKs), including those under the Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OpRAs), to HMRC on form P11D from today (6 April 2018), unless they are registered to voluntarily payroll benefits. They further explained, for […]


Borderline benefits

April 19th, 2018

Now that Scotland and Wales have their very own stamp duty taxes buying a house in the border areas between Wales and England, and Scotland and England, raise some interesting planning options. Consider Llanymynech, a village that straddles the border between Powys (Wales) and Shropshire (England). The amount of stamp duty payable on an identically […]


Broadband fibre gets rates boost

April 18th, 2018

The Telecommunications Infrastructure Act 2018 paves the way for full-fibre broadband and future 5G communications by enabling 100% business rates relief for operators who install new fibre on their networks. In other words, the Act incentivises operators to invest in the broadband network. Apparently, the secondary legislation has been laid, firing the starting gun on […]


Common-sense prevails

April 12th, 2018

Imagine that you have no interest in computers or computing. That Facebook and Twitter sound like racehorses running in the 2.30 at Haydock Park. Further, imagine that the thought of having to deal with computers pushed you into a severe anxiety state. Ms Naylor, the Company Secretary of a flooring company, fitted this profile. For […]


Tax Diary April/May 2018

April 9th, 2018

1 April 2018 – Due date for corporation tax due for the year ended 30 June 2017. 19 April 2018 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 April 2018. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 April 2018) 19 April 2018 – Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly […]