Latest Blogs in Private Client Tax
Edward Hopkins
7th July 2020 Tax Codes: Do you understand yours?

Your tax code can be confusing but it is extremely important to understand. That small string of numbers and letters informs your employer or pension provider how much tax free allowance you are entitled to.   An incorrect code will have very real consequences. If too much tax is being deducted from your monthly income,…

Nick Edgley
14th July 2021 31 July: Is full amount of income tax payable?

Many taxpayers who are required to file a self-assessment tax return to HM Revenue & Customs should now be preparing for their next half-yearly tax payment which is due by 31st July. The amount payable is the second payment-on-account for the 2019/20 tax year and is automatically calculated as half of the total tax liability…

Nick Edgley
19th May 2020 Company cars and fuel during COVID-19

If you are an employee with a company car, and maybe fuel provided, it is worthwhile considering giving up the car, or fuel, during the current pandemic if you are working from home or furloughed.   A company car benefit in kind (BIK) is a set amount based on the list price and emissions regardless…

Harriet Sim
21st April 2020 COVID-19 and the Statutory Residence Test (SRT)

HMRC have now updated their residence guidance in respect of COVID-19, recognising that the pandemic may impact individuals’ ability to move freely to and from the UK, or require individuals to remain unexpectedly in the UK.   There have been two main changes: for overseas individuals coming to the UK to work in connection with…

Nick Edgley
20th April 2020 COVID-19: Capital Gains Tax (CGT) 30 day reporting changes

When UK resident individuals, trustees and personal representatives dispose of residential property it is important to be aware of the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) reporting changes now with us where the unconditional contract is signed after 6 April 2020, usually this is the date of exchange.   Generally a return in respect of such a…

Harriet Sim
17th April 2020 COVID-19: July POAs

With an increasing pressure on the government to provide financial support to UK taxpayers during the COVID-19 pandemic, amongst other proposals, the government announced the option for taxpayers to defer the payment of their second payment on account for 2019/20. Provided the required payment is made before 31 January 2021, no interest charges will be…

Lisa Smith
17th April 2020 COVID-19 – Potential for High-Earning Parents to Claim Child Benefit

Has your income dropped as a result of the COVID-19 crisis?  If it has, and you have children under the age of 16 and don’t ordinarily claim Child Benefit, you should evaluate whether you are now eligible to claim this benefit.   If you expect both you and your partner will each earn less than…

Matilda Mawson
15th April 2020 Update: Budget changes to the Annual Allowance calculations for 2020/21

Back in February, I wrote a blog detailing the effect the annual allowance tapering legislation was having on senior NHS clinicians and many others with a defined benefit pension scheme, which can be found here.   I explain that, although NHS England has stepped in to help some NHS staff affected by the charges for…

Ian Piper
14th April 2020 Home Working: What expenses can employees reclaim?

As a consequence of the Covid-19 lock down, most employees who are able to work from home, and who have not been furloughed, are now working from their private study, spare bedroom, dining room table, etc. So what home expenses can these employees reclaim, tax free, from their employer:   Supply of a mobile phone…

Amanda Newman
3rd April 2020 Marriage allowance can you cash in?

The marriage allowance allows you to transfer £1,250 of your unused personal allowance to your husband, wife or civil partner in a given tax year.   In order to qualify the one receiving the transfer must not be a higher rate tax payer and the lower earner must have income below their personal tax free…