A new relief for first-time buyers was announced at the 2017 Autumn Budget, aimed at helping people onto the property ladder. The way the relief works creates a cliff edge if the price exceeds £500,000 - how might you avoid this trap? Relief The 2017 Autumn Budget announced a new stamp duty land tax (SDLT) … Continue reading Avoiding the cliff edge
HMRC have made changes in the way that you pay your taxes. As from 15/12/17 you can now no longer pay at the Post Office and as from 13/1/18 you can now no longer pay by personal credit card. So how do we pay our taxes? HMRC are encouraging all customers to pay using the … Continue reading Changes in the ways of paying your tax
The Capital Gains Tax (Annual Exempt Amount) Order 2018 sets the annual exempt amount for individuals in 2018/19. What does it mean? When is CGT charged? CGT is charged on any chargeable gains made during the year that are in excess of the annual exempt amount, after losses and reliefs have been applied. However, non-UK … Continue reading 2018/19 capital gains tax annual exemption set at £11,700
All existing trusts that incurred a tax liability during 2016/17 are required to register using the Trust Registration Service (TRS) even if a 41G form has been submitted. What's involved? What counts as a tax liability? A liability to income tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax, stamp duty land tax, stamp duty reserve tax or … Continue reading Trustees must register their trust with HMRC by 5 March 2018
The average UK small business spends £5,000 and three working weeks every year on tax compliance, according to the latest report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Taxing Times highlights the many hurdles small businesses face when trying to pay taxes. Almost half (46%) say determining the tax rates at which they’re required to … Continue reading Small firms urge tax reform as they lose £5,000 and 15 working days a year to compliance
As a property investor or small business, the main changes outlined in the November 2017 are. Prior to the new budget, stamp duty had to be paid on all properties used for residential purposes that cost more than £125,000. The rate started at 2% of the price of the property, but gradually rose along with … Continue reading What the November 2017 Budget means to you.
HMRC has today announced significant changes to the roll-out of its Making Tax Digital (MTD) scheme, which was due to go live from April 2018. MTD is the biggest change to the tax environment that we have ever seen and is by far one of the greatest challenges facing businesses in the near future. Much to … Continue reading Making Tax Digital and how it affects you.
Some tenants treat your property with great care, but some don't, and as the landlord you may be entitled to receive dilapidation payments from the tenant. Given the recent changes to the way that property income and expenditure are treated in your tax return it is extremely important to establish whether this payment is treated as … Continue reading Dilapidation Receipts – Income or Capital?
This is the start of on ongoing series of posts that will address the most tax efficient ways of extracting value from your business. A salary is the reward for your effort as a director and as such does not have to be linked to profitability. As such, unlike dividends, it can be paid to … Continue reading Salary for directors, the do’s and don’ts.
Changes, that came in on 1st April 2017, to the VAT Flat Rate Scheme (FRS) and have supposedly been introduced to tackle "misuses" of the scheme by some small businesses. The changes mean that now businesses that operate the FRS will now need to determine whether they are a "limited cost trader" (LCT). Those that spend … Continue reading VAT changes that will effect small businesses.