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Who needs to register for Self-Assessment

02/12/2021

There are a number of reasons why you might need to complete a Self-Assessment return. This includes if you are self-employed, a company director, have an annual income over £100,000 and / or have income from savings, investment or property. Taxpayers that need to complete a Self-Assessment return for the first time should inform HMRC as...

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Carry-back charitable donations

02/12/2021

The Gift Aid scheme is available to all UK taxpayers. The charity or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) concerned can take your donation and, providing all the qualifying conditions are met, reclaim the basic rate tax. This increases the value of your donation by 25p for every pound donated. If you are a higher rate or additional rate...

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Can you claim the Marriage Allowance?

02/12/2021

The marriage allowance came into force in 2015 and applies to married couples and those in a civil partnership where a spouse or civil partner doesn’t pay tax or doesn’t pay tax above the basic rate threshold for Income Tax (i.e., one of the couples must currently earn less than the £12,570 personal allowance for 2020-21). The allowance...

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VAT – driving schools who supplies services?

02/12/2021

The VAT liability of the supply of driving lessons is an interesting issue that can be of relevance to other supply scenarios such as hairdressers and other workers in the beauty industry. In HMRC’s internal manuals the guidance identifies three possible scenarios that can apply to someone providing driving lessons to the public: The...

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TOGC overview

02/12/2021

The transfer of a business as a going concern (TOGC) rules cover the VAT liability on the sale of a business. Normally the sale of the assets of a VAT registered or VAT registerable business will be subject to VAT at the appropriate rate. Where the sale of a business includes assets and meets certain conditions, the sale will be...

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Income excluded from a property business

02/12/2021

HMRC publishes a list of income streams that are excluded from a UK property business. The list includes fishing concerns, hotels and guest houses, tied premises, caravan sites, lodgers and tenants in your own home, extra services to tenants and letting surplus trade accommodation. In most cases the income from these activities will be...

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New warnings from HMRC re tax fraudsters

25/11/2021

Fraudsters are continuing to target taxpayers with scam emails in advance of the 31 January 2022 deadline for submission of Self-Assessment returns. In fact, over the last year, HMRC received nearly 360,000 reports about bogus tax rebate referrals. A number of these scams purport to tell taxpayers they are due a rebate / refund of tax...

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Teesside Freeport open for business

25/11/2021

The first of the English Freeports, Teesside, opened operations on 19 November 2021, and is expected to be followed shortly by Thames and Humber. The Teesside Freeport will be at the forefront of local low carbon sector creating thousands of jobs in green energy. Businesses in Freeport tax sites are able to benefit from tax reliefs...

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What is a tax calculation?

25/11/2021

A tax calculation is created by HMRC if you have not paid the right amount of tax. HMRC’s annual reconciliation of PAYE for the tax year 2020-21 is now almost complete. HMRC use salary and pension information to calculate if you have paid the correct amount of tax. The tax calculation is usually generated automatically by HMRC’s computer...

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Structures and Buildings Allowance qualifying expenditure

25/11/2021

The Structures and Buildings Allowances (SBA) facilitates tax relief for qualifying capital expenditure on new non-residential structures and buildings. The relief applies to the qualifying costs of building and renovating commercial structures. The relief was introduced in October 2018 at an annual capital allowance rate of 2% on a...

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CGT Roll-over Relief

25/11/2021

Business Asset Roll-over Relief is a valuable relief that allows the deferral of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on gains made when taxpayers sell or dispose of certain assets and use all or part of the proceeds to buy new business assets. The relief means that the tax on the gain of the old asset is postponed. The amount of the gain is...

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IHT and domicile

25/11/2021

Domicile is a general legal concept which in basic terms is taken to mean the country where you permanently belong but actually determining domicile status can be complex. HMRC guidance states that domicile cannot be defined precisely, but the concept rests on various basic principles. Although domicile can change, there is generally a...

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Tax Diary December 2021/January 2022

21/11/2021

1 December 2021 - Due date for Corporation Tax payable for the year ended 28 February 2021. 19 December 2021 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 December 2021. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 December 2021). 19 December 2021 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 December...

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A reminder of trivial benefit rules

18/11/2021

We wanted to remind readers of the trivial benefits in kind (BiK) rules. The BiK exemption applies to small non-cash benefits like a bottle of wine, a bouquet of flowers given occasionally to employees, or any other benefit in kind classed as 'trivial' that falls within the exemption. By taking advantage of the exemption employers can...

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Business gifts

18/11/2021

The rules for deciding whether a gift given in the course of business is deductible are complex. The rules for business gifts generally follow those for business entertaining expenditure. This means that HMRC take the view that in general business gifts are not an allowable deduction from profit for tax purposes. However, there are...

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Self-Assessment countdown

18/11/2021

There are now less than two months to file your 2020-21 Self-Assessment tax return. Last year over 12.5 million taxpayers were required to complete a Self-Assessment tax return but over 1.8 million taxpayers missed the 31 January deadline. The deadline for submitting your 2020-21 Self-Assessment tax returns online is 31 January 2022. You...

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Appealing to the First-tier Tribunal (Tax)

18/11/2021

There are a number of different options open to taxpayers that disagree with a tax decision issued by HMRC. Usually, the first step is to make an appeal to HMRC against the tax decision. The case worker who made the decision will look at your case again and consider your appeal. If they do not change their decision, you can request what...

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If clients ask – trading hours for retailers

18/11/2021

There are special rules that govern the trading hours that certain retailers must follow on a Sunday. These rules are defined in the Sunday Trading Act 1994 and apply to shops in England and Wales. The Act restricts the trading hours for retailers with a sales area that exceeds 280 square meters. Small shops in England and Wales are free...

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