• HMRC Crackdown on estate agents

    HMRC have recently launched a new crackdown on money laundering regulation non-compliance by estate agents. This has recently resulted in over 50 visits by HMRC staff to estate agents all over England that were suspected of trading without being registered as required under money laundering regulations. This crackdown includes targeting those who have been trading without […]

  • Registering as self employed

    HMRC’s guidance says that you are probably self-employed if you: run your business for yourself and take responsibility for its success or failure; have several customers at the same time; can decide how, where and when you do your work; can hire other people at your own expense to help you or to do the […]

  • Maternity Pay Explained

    How much maternity leave can you take? If you work as an employee and become pregnant you are eligible to take up to 52 weeks of statutory maternity leave. This is made up of 26 weeks of ordinary maternity leave plus an extra 26 weeks of additional maternity leave. If you give the correct notice […]

  • Let Property Disclosure Campaign

    The Let Property Campaign provides landlords who have undeclared income from residential property lettings in the UK or abroad with an opportunity to regularise their affairs by disclosing any outstanding liabilities, whether due to misunderstanding the tax rules or because of deliberate tax evasion. The campaign was launched in September 2013 and does not currently […]

  • Business record keeping for the self-employed

    If you are self-employed as a sole trader or as a partner in a business partnership, then you must keep suitable business records as well as separate personal records of your income. For tax purposes, the business records must be held for at least 5 years after the 31 January submission deadline for the relevant […]

  • Making Tax Digital for VAT

    The deadline for businesses with a turnover above the VAT threshold to keep digital records for VAT purposes using Making Tax Digital (MTD), is here. For VAT returns periods starting on or after 1 April 2019, businesses with a turnover above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) will have to: keep their records digitally (for VAT purposes […]

  • Income Excluded from UK Property Business

    Most of our readers will be aware of the £1,000 property income allowance that came into effect on 6 April 2017. This allowance applies to income from property (including foreign property). If your annual gross property income is £1,000 or less, the amount is exempt from tax and doesn’t need to be reported on your […]

  • Benefits of submitting your tax return early

    The 2018-19 tax year ended on 5 April 2019 and the new 2019-20 tax year started on 6 April 2019. Many taxpayers will be tempted to delay dealing with their 2018-19 tax returns until later on this year or near the deadline in January 2020. The 31 January 2020 is not just the final date for submission of […]

  • Help to save scheme

    The Help to Save scheme for people on low incomes was officially launched in September 2018 and since then over 80,000 people have signed up. The scheme allows those in work entitled to Working Tax Credit and in receipt of Working Tax Credits or Child Tax Credits to save up to £50 a month for […]

  • Landlords under the red light for underpaid and undeclared tax

    There was a 51% rise in the number of landlords found to have underpaid or undeclared tax on letting income in 2018. A Freedom of Information request from Telegraph Money revealed the steep rise in residential landlords being pursued by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). HMRC’s Let Property campaign saw 8,704 property landlords investigated last […]