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  1. End of the Childcare Voucher Scheme

    The childcare voucher scheme was available to the new applicants until October 4th 2018. The vouchers can be used for children under age of 15 (or 16, if registered disabled). It was a great opportunity for workings parents to save money on registered childcare cost (including breakfast and afterschool clubs, childminders and day nurseries).  After…

  2. Class 2 NICs To Remain

    Self-employed earners (i.e. sole traders or partners) over the age of 16 and below state retirement age are currently liable to both Class 2 and Class 4 National Insurance contributions (NICs) unless specifically excepted by provisions contained in the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992. Former Chancellor, George Osborne, made proposals to abolish Class…

  3. October Key Tax Dates

    In case you’re wondering, here are the key tax dates coming up for October:   1 – Due date for payment of Corporation Tax for the year ended 31 December 2017 5 – If a Tax Return has not been received, individuals and trustees must notify HMRC of new sources of income and chargeability in 2017/18 14 –…

  4. Self-assessments: new points-based penalty system to be introduced by HM Revenue & Customs?

    It looks like HM Revenue & Customs may be introducing some changes to late filing penalties based on proposals put forward for the Finance Bill 2018-19. As the rules currently stand, an automatic £100 penalty is issued for failure to submit a self-assessment tax return on time. These penalties can increase significantly depending on how…

  5. Rent-a-Room Relief for Absent Landlords

    If you are thinking of working away from home for a while and taking in a lodger to look after the house and pay you some rent, HMRC says you can receive up to £7,500 per year tax free. However, this tax relief is only available if the letting income is from the only or…

  6. Unpaid Invoices and Tax Deductions

    You may have bad debts for your latest accounts which you have ignored. Can you claim tax relief on these? You accountant can prepare your tax returns and company accounts to the best of their knowledge according to the information you provide, but may not be aware of your bad debts. These need to be…

  7. Making Company Car Purchases Cost Effective for Family Members

    In April 2018 the tax and National Insurance (NI) charges for company cars rose again. The maximum charge did not increase but the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions bands moved so that the majority of company car drivers will pay more in 2018/19 and in 2017.18 for the same car. However, if you use your business…

  8. Carers Who Sleep Over Could be Entitled to National Minimum Wage

    Hiring your own personal car assistant can be a life-changing decision, but for many it is their first experience of becoming an employer – often without realising it. The home-based and personal nature of the work makes the employment relationship much more intense than in the conventional workplace. One of the difficulties encountered is how…

  9. VAT Margin Scheme

    If your company buys and sells second-hand goods you may be eligible to use a VAT Margin Scheme. A VAT Margin Scheme taxes the difference between what you paid for an item and what you sold the same item for. VAT is paid at 1/6 (16.67%) of the difference (margin). Business overheads, repairs and parts/accessories…

  10. At Risk of a Surprise Tax Investigation? Be Protected with FeeWise

    The number of tax enquiries has dramatically increased over the last few years, resulting in more and more people having their tax scrutinised. Any tax payer can be targeted by HMRC to check they are paying the right amount of tax and this can lead to lengthy and expensive enquires , sometimes lasting for years….

  11. Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) Deductions and Joint Contracts

    The Construction Industry Scheme works in a similar way to PAYE for construction firms and self-employed workers in that industry. There are three levels of CIS deduction which contractors must make when they pay a sub-contractor: 30% if the sub-contractor is not registered with HMRC; 20% if they are registered but do not have a…

  12. Claiming Tax for Upgrading Your Travel

    If you upgrade your usual standard or economy class travel so you can work en route, can you claim a tax deduction for the extra cost? Usually, you are allowed to claim a tax deduction for the cost of travelling on business. If you are a director or employee and the employer pays for or…