CGT giveaway?

June 27th, 2019

The awkwardly named “Gift Hold-Over Relief” (GHOR) allows you to give away business assets – including certain shares – or sell them for less than they are worth, and not pay (or pay reduced) capital gains tax (CGT). The person receiving the gift will potentially pay CGT when and if they sell the asset at […]

Have you heard of the Prompt Payment Code?

June 25th, 2019

The Prompt Payment Code (Code) is not a fanciful device to access cash from bank machines or a way to secure automatic “prompt” payment from your customers. The Code was actually set up by the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) on behalf of government in order to promote a culture of prompt payment. Signatories […]

What exactly is insolvency?

June 20th, 2019

The dictionary definition of insolvency is less than illuminating, it is: The state of being insolvent… Listed synonyms provide more detail: bankruptcy · liquidation · failure · collapse · ruin · financial ruin · ruination · pennilessness · penury · impecuniousness · beggary · administration · receivership · folding · pauperdom What these explanations do […]

Complaining to HMRC

June 18th, 2019

Although many of the tax office processes are automated, dealt with by computerised systems, the rest is managed by human beings each subject to the same range of foibles as the rest of us. And we all know how reliable computerised systems have proven to be. If you are certain, or have misgivings, about the […]

The real tax cost of benefits in kind

June 13th, 2019

There is a sting in the tail for companies that provide their directors or employees with taxable benefits as part of their remuneration package. Obviously, the directors or employees that receive the benefits will pay additional income tax if the benefits provided are chargeable to tax: for example, the use of a company car. The […]

E-bike cycle to work scheme announced

June 11th, 2019

Readers who have been tempted to cycle to work but are challenged by fitness issues or really can’t afford the bike they would like, might be interested in the recent announcement that has extended the existing Cycle to work scheme to include the use of so-called e-bikes. These are bikes with electric motors that assist […]

Did you know income rates can be as high as 60 percent?

June 6th, 2019

Most of us know that income tax is charged at three main rates: 20%, 40% and 45%. Unfortunately, there are certain levels of income that trigger a loss of benefits or allowances as well as a charge to income tax. Because of this, the percentage rate of tax charged can be higher than the underlying […]

Tax Diary June/July 2019

June 5th, 2019

1 June 2019 – Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 August 2018. 19 June 2019 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 June 2019. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 June 2019) 19 June 2019 – Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly […]

Employing students in the summer break

June 5th, 2019

If you employ students to manage your staff needs over the summer break period, you will need to add them to your payroll and apply PAYE and NIC rules. Students should be advised that they will pay tax and NIC if: they earn more than £1,042 a month on average, and pay NIC if they […]

Tax free perk before annual leave

June 5th, 2019

It is possible to make small tax-free payments to employees, including directors, and this might be an appropriate time to make a small tax-free bonus in advance of the annual holidays. Employers and employees don’t have to pay tax on such a benefit if all of the following apply: it cost you £50 or less […]