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Making Tax Digital for Income Tax coming soon

Making Tax Digital for Income Tax will soon be upon us.   Over the past few years’ rents have been increasing and will continue to increase as inflation remains high. Many landlords will now be affected or will be coming close to the qualifying limits. With April 2026 fast approaching for those with qualifying income…

Marriage Allowance Deadline Looming

If you are married or in a civil partnership, you may be entitled to a tax refund of up to £1,256.   It has been reported that over 2 million qualifying couples miss out on the Marriage Allowance, despite it being really easy to apply. If the claim is made outside of the Self Assessment…

Wills, Lasting Power of Attorneys and Inheritance Tax Planning

Peace of mind for your family: Wills, Lasting Power of Attorneys and Inheritance Tax Planning.   Benjamin Franklin is famously quoted as saying that “nothing is certain except death and taxes”. It’s a sombre thought, but it is important to have the correct planning in place to ensure that your estate passes in accordance with…

Spring Budget 2024: For Individuals

Let’s look at the 2024 Spring Budget for individuals. With the next general election on the horizon, Jeremy Hunt had no choice but to deliver an impactful Budget. Here is a summary of the main changes affecting individuals:   Class 1 National Insurance A fresh cut to primary Class 1 National Insurance contributions for employees from…

23/24 Pension Contributions: Act Fast

With the tax year end approaching, we are busy assisting our clients with end of year planning. Pension contributions before 6 April 2024 are a valuable planning tool for all taxpayers, whether they are self-employed, Company directors or employees. Additionally we also have opportunity to support our clients when it comes to occupational schemes which,…

Double-cab pick-ups: End of the road?

*An update on this has since been posted. Click here to read the updated information.*     The tax treatment of double-cab pick-up trucks is set to change with effect from 1st July 2024, and will see the vehicles lose their status as ‘commercial vehicles’ when it comes to company car taxation. This could see…

Capital Gains Tax: Private Residence Relief – Burden of Proof

The recent First Tier Tribunal case of Patwary (https://caselaw.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ukftt/tc/2024/53) considered the burden of proof that a property was a only/main residence for tax relief purposes.   The availability of Private Residence Relief (PRR) available on your only/main residence is one of the most valuable Capital Gains Tax (CGT) tax relief’s available.   PRR will exempt…

HMRC ‘Nudge Letter’ Targets

The HMRC “Nudge Unit”, previously called the Behavioural Insights Team, was a team within the Cabinet Office that was tasked with improving government services and saving money by employing a blend of behavioural economics and psychology.  An example of this in practice is the so-called “nudge” letters (referred to by HMRC as ‘one-to-many’ letters) HMRC…

Spring Budget Predictions

The Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, has announced that the Spring Budget will take place on Wednesday 6 March 2024. This will be the Chancellor’s second budget and will include the government’s tax and spending plans as well as new growth and borrowing forecasts.   The Spring Budget could be followed by a general election in as…

How To Pay Your Self Assessment Tax

‘How to pay your Self Assessment Tax’ will be a question that many people are asking with the payment deadline of 31st January 2024 just around the corner.   It is important to ensure your payment is made by the 31st January to avoid any late payment interest which HMRC charge daily.     For…