Latest Topical Tax Planning Ideas

25th May 2022 A Grim Reap?

We work hard to improve our lot and most of us hope that our loved ones will reap some benefit from our endeavours. But assuming that we don’t manage to spend all the fruits of our labours, the taxman is lurking. And he will take a sizeable chunk if we don’t plan sensibly.   The…

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.…

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. …

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…

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).…

20th October 2021 Minimising Your IHT Exposure

As Benjamin Franklin once said; the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Although it’s a sombre subject, it is important to put in place the right planning so that when we are hit by one, we can avoid the other. We want to ensure we are able to leave as much of…

8th October 2021 Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) – Maximising tax relief

The chance to take advantage of the generous temporary uplift in the AIA annual limit of £1,000,000 is coming to an end when it is due to revert to £200,000 from 1 January 2022.   It is a perfect time to plan to capitalise on claiming 100% tax relief on qualifying purchases without getting caught…

15th July 2021 31st July: Can your tax payment be reduced?

Many taxpayers who are required to file a self-assessment tax return to HM Revenue & Customs should now be preparing for their next tax payment which is due by 31 July. The amount payable is the second payment-on-account for the 2020/21 tax year and is automatically calculated as half of the total tax liability for…

14th July 2021 Accounts Basis Period Reform – Consultation

Under current rules, businesses draw up annual accounts to the same date each year. The profit/loss for the tax year is usually the profit/loss for the year to the accounting date – called the basis period.  Tax is paid on profits earned in the basis period ending in the tax year in question.   However,…

18th March 2021 Holding residential lettings in a company

There has been an ongoing debate since the government started to reduce tax relief available on mortgage interest that having property in a company could be more beneficial.   In order to transfer the property from personal ownership there could be a CGT charge depending on the difference in value from when you bought it…