Latest Blogs in Topical tax planning ideas
Amanda Newman
10th August 2015 Husband and Wife Tax Planning

Start-ups: Make use of your spouse’s tax allowances. There are a lot of costs surrounding setting up your own business, so saving tax is a big concern for most clients. This can be done in a number of ways, through ensuring you are claiming all your business expenses. However there is also the consideration of…

Amanda Newman
24th January 2015 Delay Payment of VAT to HMRC

Requests for Payment If you supply goods, the taxpoint for accounting for VAT on these sales is the sooner of: The raising of a tax invoice, or Receipt of payment. To delay this taxpoint, it will usually, therefore, be beneficial, prior to dispatching goods, to raise a “Request for Payment”,  “Application” or “Proforma Invoice” instead…

Nick Edgley
4th July 2013 IHT Planning

Use Lifetime Trusts to Save Inheritance Tax. With the government confirming in the last Budget that the current inheritance tax nil rate band of £325,000 will be frozen until 2018, more and more people will find the taxman taking a sizeable slice of their estate on death. Making gifts during your lifetime is one solution…

Ian Piper
6th April 2013 Owner Managed Business Tax Strategies

The Start of the New Tax Year is the time for OMB’s to revise their Tax Strategy. As another new tax year begins, business owner managers should review and revise their combined business and personal tax strategy: OMB Strategies 2013-14 Depending upon how much profit the business generates, whether or not your spouse is involved in…

Ian Piper
24th January 2012 Top 10 Tax Elections to Minimise Tax

Examples of the most helpful and generous tax elections and claims include: s222(5a) TCGA 1992 (Nomination of main residence) This capital gains tax election, often referred to as ‘flipping’, enables taxpayers, who own and reside in more than one home, to inform HMRC which of these homes is their principal private residence. For those who…

Ian Piper
27th May 2020 Tax Free Benefits in Kind

Certain payments made by businesses on behalf of employees are tax free and can be used in flexible remuneration situations: Employer pension scheme contributions (up to £40,000 per employee per annum, plus potential ‘catch-up’ from previous 3 years. This assumes your personal income is not above £200,000, you are not already drawing benefits from a…