Latest Blogs in Tax Planning
Richard Alecock
8th April 2022 Basis period reform

From the 2024/25 tax year, HMRC are looking to tax profits of unincorporated businesses on a tax year basis, rather than on the accounting year (or period) basis, effectively removing the current basis period rules.   Therefore, any unincorporated businesses without a 31 March or 5 April year end will be affected by these changes.…

Nick Edgley
23rd March 2022 Shielding you during an HMRC Investigation – Our Tax Enquiry and Investigation Service

HMRC police the tax system by investigating the accuracy of tax returns, VAT returns, payroll, etc via targeted, or random, tax enquiries. With a budget deficit of over £355 billion we fully expect HMRC to raise more enquiries this year to increase tax revenues. You will want to be in a position to ensure that…

Daniel Walker
1st March 2022 Inheritance tax and the increase in property prices

While you may be pleased that the value of your home is increasing, it may also mean that you need to consider the effect that the increased value may have on Inheritance Tax.   The number of people being caught by Inheritance Tax has increased by over 35% within the last year, mainly due to…

James Selby
3rd February 2022 NHS Doctors – 2019/20 Scheme Pays Election & Compensation Policy Application

The extended 31 March 2022 deadline for NHS Doctors to submit their scheme pays elections and compensation policy applications for the 2019/20 tax year is fast approaching.   For those NHS Doctors that suffered an annual allowance pension tax charge in the 2019/20 tax year had the option to either pay the charge directly to…

Barbara Nicholas
1st February 2022 Pre 5-Apr-22 personal tax planning

With the next personal tax year end just around the corner, make sure you use all the allowances and reliefs available to you: Income Tax Consider bringing forward income (salary or dividends) to before 5 April 2022, to avoid the 1¼% increases in NIC and dividend income tax rates. Use annual relief for pension contributions. …

Vanessa Pearson
12th January 2022 Furnished Holiday Lets: Rates loophole to close

From April 2023, the government will be tightening up the rules in England where currently some landlords do not pay either business rates or council tax on their furnished holiday lets.  In most cases, however, landlords will want to be assessed for business rates in the hope of qualifying for small business rates relief (SBRR),…

Ian Piper
11th January 2022 Should your company have a ParentCo?

If you operate a trade through a limited company, and your ‘numbers’ are big enough, then there are some scenarios where it is often best advice to insert a parent company above this trading company, to create a simple group structure: As a risk management measure, to enable valuable assets (eg business premises, investment property,…

Vanessa Pearson
11th December 2021 Tax exemption of Christmas parties/gifts

Businesses may be hoping they can hold their annual Christmas parties this month. Providing the event is annual, open to all employees and the total cost, including VAT, is less than £150 per person (including non employee guest attendees), this will be a non-taxable benefit in kind (ie free of PAYE tax and National Insurance…

Luke Bacon
11th December 2021 31-Jan-22 tax: Can it be reduced?

For those clients that prepare self-assessment personal tax returns, 31 January is always tax payment day. This tax will primarily be based on your personal income for the tax year ended 5 April 2021, potentially made up of 2 components: The balancing payment for 2020/21 (total 2020/21 tax less 31-Jan-21 and 31-Jul-21 payments on account).…

Jeannette Hume
27th October 2021 Construction firm wins R&D tax relief case

A tax tribunal has made a landmark ruling against HMRC, by declaring that the construction taxpayer (Quinn) was validly entitled to claim SME research and development (R&D) tax relief totalling approximately £1m, even though this work was specifically undertaken to order for a customer, which would normally mean the ‘subsidised’ rule would prohibit eligibility under…