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Mandatory vaccinations for those working in care homes
24/06/2021 - More...
The government has published its response to its consultation on making COVID-19 vaccination a condition of deployment

Tax Diary July/August 2021
24/06/2021 - More...
1 July 2021 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 30 September 2020. 6 July 2021 - Complete and submit

Childcare top-up to cover summer activities
24/06/2021 - More...
As the school holidays fast approach, many parents face having to organise extra school holiday childcare over the

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Mandatory vaccinations for those working in care homes
24/06/2021 - More...
The government has published its response to its consultation on making COVID-19 vaccination a condition of deployment for workers in care homes in England and has confirmed that it will now bring forward regulations to implement a mandatory vaccination requirement to protect all care home residents who are clinically vulnerable to

Tax Diary July/August 2021
24/06/2021 - More...
1 July 2021 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 30 September 2020. 6 July 2021 - Complete and submit forms P11D return of benefits and expenses and P11D(b) return of Class 1A NICs. 19 July 2021 - Pay Class 1A NICs (by the 22 July 2021 if paid electronically). 19 July 2021 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended

Childcare top-up to cover summer activities
24/06/2021 - More...
As the school holidays fast approach, many parents face having to organise extra school holiday childcare over the summer months. HMRC is reminding working families that the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme can help if you have children aged up to 11 years old (17 for those with certain disabilities). The TFC scheme helps support working

Boost to UK tourism
24/06/2021 - More...
In a boost to UK tourism, the government has launched a new Tourism Recovery Plan to help the sector bounce back from the pandemic. The plan is to recover domestic tourism to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2022 and international visitor numbers and spend by the end of 2023. If achieved, this would be at least a year faster than

Replacement of domestic items relief
24/06/2021 - More...
The replacement of domestic items relief has been in place since April 2016. The relief allows landlords to claim tax relief when they replace movable furniture, furnishings, appliances and kitchenware in a rental property. The allowance is available for the cost of domestic items such as free- standing wardrobes, curtains, carpets,

VAT – what is partial exemption?
24/06/2021 - More...
A business that incurs expenditure on taxable and exempt business activities is partially exempt for VAT purposes. This can happen where a business makes or intends to make both taxable and exempt supplies and incurs input tax that relates to both kinds of supply. Under this scenario, the business must make an apportionment between the

What is net income for pension relief purposes?
24/06/2021 - More...
The lifetime allowance is the maximum amount of pension and/or lump sum that benefits from tax relief. The lifetime allowance is currently set at £1,073,100. The annual allowance for tax relief on pensions is currently £40,000 and there is a three year carry forward rule that allows taxpayers to carry forward unused annual allowance from

Exempt beneficial employee loans
24/06/2021 - More...
An employee can obtain a benefit when provided with an employment-related cheap or interest-free loan. The benefit is the difference between the interest the employee pays, if any, and the commercial rate the employee would have to pay on a loan obtained elsewhere. These types of loans are referred to as beneficial loans. There are

Are you taking advantage of trivial benefits?
17/06/2021 - More...
The trivial benefits in kind (BiK) exemption applies to small non-cash benefits like a bottle of wine or a bouquet of flowers given occasionally to employees. By taking advantage of the exemption employers can simplify the treatment of BiKs whilst at the same time offering a tax efficient way to give small gifts to employees. Although

How are dividends taxed?
17/06/2021 - More...
The dividend tax allowance was first introduced back in 2016 and replaced the old dividend tax credit with an annual £5,000 dividend allowance with tax payable on dividends received over this amount. The tax-free dividend allowance was reduced to £2,000 with effect from 6 April 2018 and has remained fixed at that level. The tax rate for

Are you a landlord that owes tax to HMRC?
17/06/2021 - More...
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. Participation in the campaign is open

Building a new home and VAT
17/06/2021 - More...
The VAT DIY Housebuilders scheme is a special scheme that enables someone building their own home to benefit from 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 place DIY housebuilders in a similar VAT position to a

Self-employed NIC charges
17/06/2021 - More...
There are two types of National Insurance contributions (NICs) payable by the self-employed. These are known as Class 2 NICs and Class 4 NICs. Class 2 NICs are paid by all self-employed taxpayers unless they earn under the Small Profits Threshold (SPT), currently £6,515, which remove the necessity to pay NICs. Class 2 NICs are currently

Agent Dedicated Line relaunched
17/06/2021 - More...
HMRC has confirmed that the Agent Dedicated Line (ADL) that offers priority access to HMRC staff has been relaunched on a trial basis from 14 June 2021. HMRC has also made it clear that the ADL is not expected to be used to handle certain types of calls where digital services are available or where the pertinent information could have

Tax when you sell a business property
10/06/2021 - More...
There are various methods at your disposal to reduce or delay the amount of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) when you sell a property that has been used for business purposes. For example, Business Asset Rollover Relief allows for deferral of CGT on gains made when taxpayers sell or dispose of certain assets (including property) and uses all or

Private residence relief
10/06/2021 - More...
There is usually no Capital Gains Tax (CGT) to be paid when you sell your main family residence (referred to by HMRC as private residence relief) that has been used as your only or main residence. However, there are important points to consider that can affect your entitlement to full CGT relief. These include the following: Business

Changing a company accounting date
10/06/2021 - More...
There are special rules which limit the ability to change your company’s year end date. A company’s year end date is also known as its ‘accounting reference date’ and is historically set by reference to the date the company was incorporated. Under certain circumstances it is possible to make a change to the year end and for some

Bed and breakfast – the same day rule
10/06/2021 - More...
Historically, the term bed and breakfasting (sale and repurchase) of shares referred to transactions where shares were sold and then bought back the next morning. This used to have Capital Gains Tax (CGT) benefits by crystallising a gain or a loss but is no longer tax effective over such a short period. The change to the rule occurred in

Apportionment and duality
10/06/2021 - More...
When deciding whether an expense is allowed or disallowed it is important to consider that the expenditure must be incurred wholly and exclusively for the purposes of your trade or employment. Under the legislation any expenditure not incurred wholly and exclusively for the purposes of the trade, profession or vocation should be

Who can use the VAT retail schemes?
10/06/2021 - More...
VAT retail schemes are a special set of schemes used by retail businesses to account for VAT. The schemes are used by businesses that sell a significant amount of low value and/or small quantity items to the public with different VAT liabilities. The use of the schemes can save businesses a significant amount of time in calculating the

Temporary trade credit insurance scheme to end
03/06/2021 - More...
Trade credit insurance is a contract bought by suppliers to make sure they get paid even if their customers default and cannot pay the bills. This gives businesses the confidence to trade with one another. Early in the pandemic, the government introduced a temporary Trade Credit Reinsurance scheme, which was agreed following extensive

The 7-year rule
03/06/2021 - More...
Most gifts made during a person’s lifetime are not subject to Inheritance Tax at the time of the gift. These lifetime transfers are known as 'potentially exempt transfers' or 'PETs'. These gifts or transfers achieve their potential of becoming exempt if the taxpayer survives for more than 7-years after making the gift. If the taxpayer

Tax when you sell an asset
03/06/2021 - More...
There are special rules that must be followed when you sell an asset on which capital allowances have been claimed. Capital allowances is the term used to describe the tax relief businesses can claim on certain capital expenditure and thereby reduce the amount of taxable profits. The sales value is usually the sales price. If you gave

What is distance selling for VAT purposes?
03/06/2021 - More...
Distance selling is the term used to describe supplies of delivered goods from one EU Member State to a customer in another member state who is not registered for VAT. The recipients of most distance sales will be private individuals, but they can also include small, unregistered businesses, businesses making only exempt supplies,

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