Latest Blogs in Private Client Tax
Andrew Winearls
28th January 2017 State Pension Entitlement

Voluntary Payment of Class 2 NIC by Self-Employed: Protect your state pension ? Self-employed individuals and Partners in trading Partnerships now pay class 2 national insurance contributions annually on 31st January following the end of the tax year through their Self-Assessment Return. Prior to 5th April 2015 those on low incomes had to pay Class…

Ian Piper
24th January 2017 Tax Loopholes for Middle England

Securing Entitlement to a State Pension ‘Credit’ without actually paying any NIC. Entrepreneurs that trade through a limited company can set how and how much they are remunerated. It is possible to avoid paying any NIC, yet still obtain a ‘credit’ for that particular tax year for future state pension purposes, by paying a salary…

Roger Taylor
16th December 2016 Latest HMRC Campaign

Untaxed Interest Letter from HMRC: Are you one of the ‘lucky’ ones? HMRC have recently sent out 10,000 letters to individual taxpayers whose Self Assessment Tax returns indicate that they have been in receipt of untaxed interest in the 2014/15 tax year. The letter invites the taxpayer to reconsider the entries on their return, to…

Nick Edgley
24th October 2016 UK Government Online Services

HMRC Personal Tax Account: Now able to obtain state pension forecast. HMRC’s Personal tax account has been in operation for 10 months now, and over 3.5 million users have registered to date. The account will be at the heart of the forthcoming ‘Making Tax Digital’ changes, and is currently in Public Beta testing. Whilst further…

Barbara Nicholas
30th September 2016 Charitable Donations

Gift Aid: Claim your own tax relief… When we make gift aid donations to registered charities, the charity is able to reclaim 20% of what we give from HMRC, provided we have paid sufficient tax to frank the gift made.

Daryl Smith
22nd August 2016 Fraud Warning

Beware: Fake HMRC telephone call scam. We have recently been contacted by a couple of our clients saying they have received phone calls claiming to be from H M Revenue & Customs.  One such phone call started with an automated message stating that “This is Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs. We have been trying to reach…

Barbara Nicholas
1st August 2016 Chargeable Event Gains

Taxing Gains on Life Insurance Policies: HMRC start consultation. These investments take many forms but they’re perhaps most commonly known as single premium investment bonds. The way in which the proceeds of full or partial encashment is taxed can produce some bizarre results. HMRC are consulting on ways by which the unfortunate experience of one…

Richard Alecock
11th July 2016 Making Tax Digital

Landlords: Get ready for submitting 4 tax returns a year? H M Revenue & Customs will be implementing ‘ Making Tax Digital’ over the coming few years. Their aim is for ‘most’ landlords to be reporting their income each quarter via their digital tax account rather than after the end of the tax year on a tax return.

Jodie Pheby
21st April 2016 Income Tax Computation

2016/17 Personal Allowance: Utilise against dividend income? The start of the 2016/17 tax year saw the introduction of the personal savings allowance, which tax exempts up to £1,000 of savings income for basic rate tax payers and £500 for higher rate taxpayers (additional rate taxpayers do not receive an allowance).  In addition, a new £5,000…

Nick Edgley
14th April 2016 SDLT Planning

Transferring Second Property into Joint Names: Beware SDLT trap! We commonly advise married clients who are considering a transfer of rental property from one spouse into joint names. Where the owner spouse is a higher rate taxpayer, there is often a potential to make use of the other spouse’s basic rate tax band. The potential income…