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  1. Apprenticeship Levy Help for Smaller Firms

    In a bid to make apprenticeship schemes more accessible, the Treasury has raised the amount of the apprentice levy that larger companies can transfer to smaller firms in their supply chain from 10% to 25%. The change, which was announced by Chancellor Phillip Hammond at the Conservative Party conference, aims to provide additional flexibility for…

  2. The End of Austerity – Autumn Budget 2018

    Continuing our commitment to keep you informed about government decisions which influence your finances, here is our summary of the Budget announced on 29 October. The Prime Minister has announced the end of austerity but Chancellor Philip Hammond wants to keep a tight rein on the country’s finances, especially with the unknown consequences of Brexit….

  3. Employees with Electric or Hybrid Cars?

    Legislation is to be introduced to exempt from income tax and National Insurance Contributions, any liability arising from the provision of charging facilities (including electricity) to employees recharging all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles at or near the workplace, where facilities are made available generally to the employer’s employees. It does not cover reimbursements for charging…

  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. 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…

  10. Changes to Tax on Company Loans to Directors and Shareholders

    All loans to directors and shareholders (participators) from a company must now be taxed under Section S455 of the Corporation Tax regulations. The aim of this change is to prevent company directors avoiding personal tax and national insurance contributions by paying themselves via loans which are not repaid, rather than taking a salary or dividends….

  11. Buy Goods for Personal Use and Potentially Save VAT

    You may believe you can reclaim VAT for any purchase you put through your business account, but you can’t. You cannot reclaim VAT on a purchase which is not for your business. However, if you purchase an item for both business and personal use, the amount of VAT which can be reclaimed depends on which…

  12. 2018 Spring Statement Summary

    We always try to keep you up-to-date with the latest changes which could affect you, so here is our summary of the Chancellor’s statement issues recently. Mr. Hammond commented that UK economic growth remains disappointing, now forecast at 1.5% growth. In addition, inflation at 3% in January was above the government’s target. However, with the…