Tag Archives: Devon accountants

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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….

  7. 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…

  8. 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….

  9. Can Giving Away Shares Be Tax Efficient?

    In the 1980s and 1990s a wide range of companies were privatised and gave many people a few shares which produce very small annual dividends. They can be seen are more trouble than they are worth, so what can be done with them? The shares could be sold but you will need a broker and…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Are Your Contracts of Employment Up To Date?

    You will have heard and read about recent news stories regarding contracts of employment, particularly the changes to dress code requirements. It is vital that your contracts of employment are up to date or you could have problems – expensive problems. The most publicity has been all around high heels and make-up, which may sound…