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  • MTD for VAT to launch April 2019

    The introduction of MTD (Making Tax Digital) for VAT will affect businesses with a turnover above the current VAT threshold of £85,000. These businesses will be required to keep digital records and provide regular digital updates to HMRC for VAT purposes using MTD for VAT. There will be some additional preparation time for a small number […]

  • When to report and pay capital gains tax

    The current annual Capital Gains Tax (CGT) exemption for individuals is £11,700 for 2018-19. A husband and wife each benefit from a separate exemption. Same-sex couples who acquire a legal status as civil partners are treated in the same way as married couples for CGT purposes. CGT is normally charged at a simple flat rate […]

  • VAT Relief on building a new home

    The VAT DIY Housebuilders scheme is a special scheme, enabling homeowners building a home to benefit from the special VAT rules that allow the qualifying construction costs of new homes and certain conversion works to be zero-rated. The scheme has been designed to effectively put homeowners in a similar position to a property developer. A […]

  • Late Filing PAYE Penalties

    There are late filing penalties in place for employers that don’t report payroll information on time. The size of the late filing penalties depends on the number of employees within the PAYE scheme. Number of employees Monthly filing penalty per PAYE scheme 1 to 9 £100 10 to 49 £200 50 to 249 £300 250 […]

  • HMRC Security Deposit Regime to be Extended

    The security deposit legislation is to be extended to both Corporation Tax and Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) deductions from April 2019. The security deposit regime allows HMRC to require security from high-risk businesses where there is a serious risk that taxes owed will not be paid. At present HMRC’s security deposit powers only apply to VAT, PAYE […]

  • Claiming Marriage Allowance

    The marriage allowance allows couples to share part of their personal tax-free allowance in certain circumstances. The marriage allowance is available to married couples and those in a civil partnership where one partner has an unused personal allowance and their spouse/partner only pays Income Tax at the basic rate. HMRC has published a press release […]

  • National Minimum Wage & Living Wage

    An HMRC investigation has discovered that for 2017/18 £15.6 million back pay is owed to over 200,000 UK workers, this was an increase from £10.9 million to 98,000 workers for 2016/17. Employers who don’t pay their staff the legal requirements are subjected to penalties. If an employer realises that they have underpaid their worker they […]

  • Are You Due A Tax Refund?

    HMRC has a guidance that lets you know if you are due and tax refund and how to claim that refund. According to HMRC you may be able to claim a refund if you: are employed and had too much tax taken from your pay; have stopped work; sent a tax return and paid too […]

  • Claiming Tax Relief on Pensions

    The annual allowance for tax relief on pensions is £40,000 for the current tax year. There is also a three year carry forward rule that allows taxpayers to carry forward unused annual allowance from the last three tax years if they have made pension savings in those years. Qualifying taxpayers can get tax relief on […]

  • MTD (Making Tax Digital) Update

    WHAT’S GOING ON? Two years ago, it was proposed that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) was to move to a fully digital based tax system. By the end of the 2020/21 tax year the way that businesses, including landlords, currently interact and liaise with HMRC will change beyond all recognition. This initiative is known […]

  • Making Tax Digital (MTD)

    The government has announced a revised timetable for the introduction of Making Tax Digital for Business (MTDfB). MTDfB introduces extreme changes to how taxpayers record and report income to HMRC. Unincorporated businesses, including landlords, were expected to be the first to see significant changes in the recording and submission of business transactions but the government […]