Premium rate fraudsters

June 5th, 2018

There seems to be an endless growth in illegal sites who aim to make money by claiming to be associated with HMRC. The Government announced recently that it had scuppered one of these schemes. According to HMRC: Scammers create websites that look similar to HMRC’s official site and then direct the public to call numbers […]


Tax free home rentals

May 31st, 2018

Since April 2016, the amount of tax-free income you can earn from letting a room in your home has increased to £7,500 per annum, or £3,750 if two persons own a property jointly. You can use the scheme if: you let a furnished room to a lodger your letting activity amounts to a trade, for […]


Problems paying your tax on time

May 29th, 2018

You would be hard pushed to find a tax payer who was happy to pay tax. Whatever the economic benefits of taxation, we would all prefer that someone other than ourselves paid the bill. Companies are obliged to disclose their corporation tax liabilities in the year in which they are charged. Profits are stated net […]


Green vans to get tax boost

May 23rd, 2018

The government is looking at ways to incentivised users of vans to go green. According to the statistics, less than one in every two hundred vans (0.4%) bought in 2016/17 was an ultra-low emission model. To tackle this issue, the government is seeking views on reforms to vehicle excise duty, currently charged at a flat […]


IR35 to get a facelift in the private sector

May 22nd, 2018

HMRC is launching a new consultation to make sure that people who effectively work as employees pay the right amount of tax. As announced at the Autumn Budget, the consultation will look at how to increase compliance with the existing ‘off-payroll’ working rules. These rules mean that contractors such as IT and management consultants who […]


Are you due a tax refund

May 17th, 2018

There is something uniquely satisfying about a tax refund. Of course, you must first overpay tax before it can be refunded, but there is a universal joy in receiving a cheque or direct payment to your bank account from HMRC. Occasionally, HMRC will volunteer the information, they may even send you a formal assessment and […]


Stop the Loan Sharks

May 14th, 2018

We have all heard of individuals who have been affected by the nefarious antics of loan sharks, lenders that breach the normal fiscal rules by taking advantage of needy persons who do not qualify for support from mainstream banking sources. The government has announced additional funding to crack down on this activity. Their announcement, published […]


When child benefit becomes a liability

May 9th, 2018

A typical two parent, two child family can claim £34.40 per week in Child Benefit (CB). In a tax year this would amount to £1,789. Often, this becomes part of the family housekeeping and is spent. Consider Mary and John and their two children. John collects the CB, it is paid into his current account […]


Tax Diary May/June 2018

May 9th, 2018

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


Why tax credit payments can change

May 9th, 2018

If you are claiming tax credits make sure that you keep an eye on changes that may affect the amount you receive. Your payments can go up if: your income goes down by more than £2,500 your benefits stop or go down you start getting personal independence payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or other […]