Latest Blogs in Topical tax planning ideas
Lisa Smith
22nd June 2020 COVID-19 – Potential to advance the opportunity to reclaim corporation tax

To reflect the exceptional trading position many companies find themselves in during the Covid-10 pandemic, HMRC has updated its internal guidance regarding companies making claims for repayments of corporation tax based on anticipated losses, and claiming a repayment of corporation tax paid under the quarterly instalments regime.  Companies wishing to make such a claim will…

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…

Matilda Mawson
14th February 2020 5th April: Pre Year End Tax Planning

As we approach the end of another personal tax year (5 April 2020), there are a number of tax planning opportunities for individuals to consider to ensure best use is made of currently available allowances, exemptions and favourable tax rates:   Tax year end planning Brief Guide_Feb 2020   With the 2020 Budget also just…

Jaimie King
12th February 2020 Successful tax refund for grain silo treatment

A successful legal case claiming that grain silos should be treated as plant and machinery for corporation tax purposes – rather than land and buildings – has resulted in a successful tax refund claim by Whitings.   The claim was submitted following precedent set in the legal case, and resulted in a substantial tax refund…

Paul Jefferson
15th July 2019 Company car tax changes – Government will remove BIK company car tax on Electric Vehicles from 2020/21

The government has provided positive news for Company car drivers announcing that a pure electric vehicle (EV) will no longer pay benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax in 2020/21 following a review which looks set to boost sales of emissions-free cars. HM Treasury’s response to its review of the fallout from the roll-out of the Worldwide Harmonised Light…

Ian Piper
28th May 2019 Tax Havens: Countries still on the tax ‘Naughty Step’

It will probably be apparent to the casual observer, let alone the business owner or high net worth individual, that the tax climate has changed markedly over the last 10 years. As part of the raft of measures to tackle austerity within western developed nations, with the aim of collecting higher tax revenues, governments have…

Ian Piper
26th September 2018 TechCos: Preserve ER with new tax election

Those companies that continually go through funding rounds, such as your typical techco start-up, should be aware that HMRC are introducing a new tax election wef 6-Apr-19: Proposed legislation contained within the Finance Bill 2018 This election will allow shareholders who hold at least 5% of the company on 6 April 2019, and who are…

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…

Jeannette Hume
13th January 2016 Corporate Tax Minimisation

Super Tax Reliefs: Claim both patent box and R&D relief? The answer to this question is yes and the combination of the two reliefs can be very valuable! We have a number of clients who are undertaking ongoing research and have already registered a patent on their earlier research. They are able to receive the…