Budget predictions 11 March 2020

February 17th, 2020

Following the resignation of Sajid Javid last week, there has been much speculation on how this will affect the direction of the budget to be presented to parliament next month. Rishi Sunak, who replaces Sajid, is stepping into the Chancellor’s role with little experience but does seem to have “rising star” status as far as […]

Breathing space for those in debt

February 13th, 2020

In a recent news story published to the Government website it was announced that a new breathing space period will freeze interest, fees and enforcement for people in problem debt, with further protections for those in mental health crisis treatment. The article is reproduced below: Millions of people with problem debt, including those facing mental […]

Tax-free gifts

February 11th, 2020

There are certain gifts you can make that will not create a capital gains tax (CGT) charge, but care should be taken as there are exceptions. This article outlines some of the more common issues that need to be considered. Gifts to your spouse or civil partner Ordinarily, you will not pay CGT if you […]

Do you have a furnished holiday lets business?

February 6th, 2020

Most property owners who let property under the Furnished Holiday Let (FHL) tax rules, submit their income and expenditure details on their tax return each year. This article considers occupancy, and the need to review occupancy of FHL properties each year. If your FHL business accounts year is the end of the tax year, 31 […]

Tax Diary February/March 2020

February 4th, 2020

1 February 2020 – Due date for Corporation Tax payable for the year ended 30 April 2019. 19 February 2020 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 February 2020. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 February 2020) 19 February 2020 – Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly […]

Current Advisory Fuel Rates

February 4th, 2020

To assist with your calculations, see previous article, we have reproduced below the current, HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates. They are: These rates apply from 1 December 2019. Engine size Petrol – amount per mile LPG – amount per mile 1400cc or less 12 pence 8 pence 1401cc to 2000cc 14 pence 9 pence Over 2000cc […]

Pay-back to save tax

February 4th, 2020

At first sight, company car drivers whose private fuel costs are met by their employers may seem to be onto a good thing, but there is a nasty tax hit… Enter, the Car Fuel Benefit charge. Let’s say the following circumstances apply: list price of your car when new was £30,000 your employer pays for […]

Don’t fall for this scam

February 4th, 2020

The Insolvency Service has issued a warning that fraudsters have been contacting investors in insolvent schemes claiming to be from the Official Receiver’s office or to have been appointed by the Official Receiver to help recover funds for a fee. These approaches are always fraudulent. Official Receivers or any agent legitimately instructed to act on […]

Loans to directors and staff

February 4th, 2020

If a company makes loans to its employees (including directors) there may be tax consequences. The same may also apply to loans extended to their family members. For example, the employer will have an obligation to report a beneficial loan to HMRC (and pay Class 1A NIC) and the deemed benefit would be a taxable […]

We are out, but no immediate change

February 4th, 2020

The 31 January has past and we are out of the EU. But what difference does this make and what is the transition period? The word “transition” is defined as: A change from one to another or the process by which this happens… Essentially, until 31 December 2020 – when the transition period ends – […]