Beware fake tax rebate offers
HMRC continues to warn of the ever-present problem of fraudulent phishing emails, suspicious phone calls and texts. These unwanted emails, phone calls and texts are being sent from around the world as HMRC and other agencies continue to combat the problem.
These messages aim to obtain taxpayers personal and or financial information such
Cost of living final payment 2023-24
The Cost of Living support package has been designed to help over 8 million households in receipt of means tested benefits. The details of Cost of Living Payments due in the 2023-24 tax year were published in 2023 and have recently been updated with details of the final payment.
Eligible recipients will receive up to 3 Cost of Living
Are you self-employed?
Self-employed taxpayers should notify HMRC as soon as practicable when they begin working for themselves. HMRC must be officially notified by 5 October following the end of the tax year so that a self-assessment return can be issued on time and to avoid any unnecessary penalties.
HMRC’s guidance says that you are probably self-employed
Types of limited companies
A limited company is a company ‘limited by shares’ or ‘limited by guarantee’.
Limited by shares
This is the most common limited company structure. A limited by shares company is a separate legal entity owned by its shareholders and managed by its directors. In smaller limited companies, shareholders and directors are the same persons.
Entitlement to Business asset disposal relief
Business Asset Disposal Relief (BADR) applies to the sale of a business, shares in a trading company or an individual’s interest in a trading partnership. Where this relief is available sellers can benefit from a 10% tax charge on exit from their business if BADR is available. When the relief is available Capital Gains Tax (CGT) of 10% is
Letting part of your home
In general, there is no Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on a property which has been used as the family's main residence. This relief from CGT is commonly known as Private Residence Relief or PRR. However, where part of the home has been let out the entitlement to relief may be affected. Homeowners that let out part of their house may not benefit
Most small business owners are happy, from a financial point of view, if sales are in line with expectations. And there are obvious grounds for this conclusion, after all, if sales dry up there are no funds feeding into cashflow.
Unfortunately, top-line sales are just one aspect of a business that measure bottom-line profitability.
Importing or exporting for the first time?
If you are considering selling or buying to or from companies based outside the UK, you may well be overawed by the plethora of regulation you are required to be familiar.
As a first step, you could make use of the GOV.UK website and access HMRC’s “digital assistant”. You could use this to find out about:
getting an EORI
A reminder that NLW and NMW rates are increasing
A reminder for our readers that the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will increase with effect from 1 April 2024.
The increase will see the NLW rate increased to £11.44 per hour, an increase of over £1 over the current rate of £10.42. This means the annual earnings of a full-time worker on the NLW will
Checking Furnished Holiday Let property occupancy
The furnished holiday let (FHL) rules allow holiday lettings of properties that meet certain conditions to be treated as a trade for tax purposes.
In order to qualify as a furnished holiday letting, the following criteria need to be met:
The property must be let on a commercial basis with a view to the realisation of profits. Second
Eligibility for the VAT Flat Rate Scheme
The VAT Flat Rate scheme is open to VAT registered businesses that expect their taxable turnover in the next 12 months to be no more than £150,000, excluding VAT. The annual taxable turnover limit is the total of everything that a business sells during the year that is not VAT exempt.
Under the scheme rules, businesses pay VAT as a fixed
Tax on inherited private pensions
Private pensions can be an efficient way to pass on wealth, but it is important to consider what, if any, tax will be payable on a private pension you inherit. The person who died will usually have nominated you by telling their pension provider that you should inherit any monies left in their pension pot. If the nominated person can’t be
What is Class 1A NIC?
Class 1A NICs are paid by employers in respect of most benefits in kind provided to employees such as a company car. Class 1A NICs are also due on charge on termination awards above a £30,000 threshold that have not already been subjected to Class 1 NICs deductions. There’s no employee contribution payable for Class 1A NICs.
Autumn Finance Bill 2023 update
The government published the Autumn Finance Bill 2023 on 29 November 2023. The Bill is officially known as Finance Bill 2023-24. The Bill contains the legislation for many of the tax measures announced in the recent Autumn Statement.
The Bill has now completed its passage through the House of Commons and the 1st reading at the House of
The Valuation Office Agency tackles holiday lets
The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) is writing to some owners of self-catering holiday lets that are assessed for business rates. They are doing this because they need further information about the income and expenditure of these properties.
Last year, the VOA wrote to most self-catering holiday let owners in England and Wales to ask them
Full-time and part-time contracts
As an employer, the tax and employment responsibilities you have for your staff will depend on the type of contract you give them and their employment status.
Contract types include:
full-time and part-time contracts
freelancers, consultants, contractors
There are also
Tax Diary March/April 2024
1 March 2024 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 May 2023.
2 March 2024 - Self-Assessment tax for 2022-23 paid after this date will incur a 5% surcharge unless liabilities are cleared by 1 April 2024, or an agreement has been reached with HMRC under their time to pay facility by the same date.
19 March 2024 - PAYE
Alcohol duty freeze takes effect
As part of the Autumn Statement measures the Chancellor announced that the duty rates on beer, cider, wine and spirits would be frozen at the current rates until 1 August 2024. This change took effect from 1 February 2024 and will last for 6 months.
The alcohol duty freeze will mean that more than 38,000 pubs will benefit. Not increasing