Tag Archives: tax efficiency

  1. Making Tax Digital Webinar

    Many VAT registered businesses are getting ready to submit their first digital VAT return through Making Tax Digital software. If this includes you, find out about Making Tax Digital for VAT with online help and support from HMRC. Join this live webinar, where you’re able to ask questions using the on-screen text box. This webinar…

  2. VAT: Reverse Charge for Building and Construction Services

    This anti-fraud measure will introduce a VAT reverse charge on certain building and construction services. The final version of the legislation was published at Budget 2018, and will come into effect on 1 October 2019. It will affect businesses involved in buying and selling construction services. It does not apply to zero-rated supplies of construction…

  3. Tax on Trivial Benefits

    Giving your employees benefits and not sure if you have to pay tax on them? If the benefit meets ALL the following conditions then you do not have to pay tax: The benefit cost you £50 or less to provide The benefit is not cash or a cash voucher The benefit is not a reward…

  4. Zero-Rating VAT of Transport of Disabled Passengers

    HMRC have issued Brief 3 (2019), which aims to clarify that the Department’s policy on the scope of the VAT zero rate for transport services has not changed following the Upper Tribunal (UT) decision in Jigsaw Medical Services Ltd (2018) UKUT 0222. In this case, the UT heard an appeal by HMRC against the First-tier Tribunal’s…

  5. Childcare Costs Scheme Update

    Parents and guardians could receive up to £2,000 a year per child per year towards childcare costs. You could receive top-ups of £2 for every £8 you pay into a tax-free childcare account, up to a maximum of £2,000 per child.  This is available to all working parents or guardians with children under 12, or…

  6. Making Tax Digital for VAT Update: How to Deal with Petty Cash Transactions

    HMRC has published an updated version of their guidance for businesses on Making Tax Digital for VAT. In particular, the guidance now includes information on how businesses should deal with petty cash transactions. Petty cash is traditionally a small amount of cash on hand that covers day to day expenses of a business, such as…

  7. Choosing the Right Accounting Software for Your Business

    So you have decided to take the plunge, you want to follow your dream of becoming a successful business entrepreneur, you have the knowledge of your chosen product, the contacts and the funds to get started, just one thing is getting in your way to becoming the next Peter Jones or Deborah Meaden and that’s…

  8. Can Employers Still Claim the Employment Allowance?

    In broad terms, the Employment Allowance (EA) is available to most employers and should enable them to reduce the amount of National Insurance Contributions (NICs) they have to pay by up to £3,000 per year. The eligibility rules changed from April 2016, and the Autumn Budget 2018 announced further changes expected to take effect from…

  9. Efficient Tax Savings

    As the end of the current tax year approaches, it is worthwhile making a check to ensure that the various tax-efficient saving opportunities have been utilised wherever possible. The following paragraphs highlight some of the areas where savings may be made. ISAs The maximum annual investment limit for Individual Savings Accounts (SAs) will remain at £20,000 for…

  10. New Capital Expenditure Rules from January 2019

    Businesses considering investing more than £200,000 in plant and machinery could benefit from a change to the capital allowances rules in January 2019, which should allow them to obtain tax relief at an earlier time.  Capital allowances are treated as a trading expense of a particular accounting period, so they can potentially increase a loss,…

  11. Making Tax Digital – Be Ready

    The April deadline for Making Tax Digital is rapidly approaching so we all need to be prepared, which includes using a software programme compatible with HMRC. Making Tax Digital will help bring the tax system into the 21st century by providing businesses with a modern, streamlined system to keep their tax records and provide information…

  12. Making Tax Digital: MTD for VAT

    From April 2019 all VAT registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold of £85,000 will be required to: Maintain their accounting records digitally in a software package or on a spreadsheet. Paper records will no longer meet the legal requirements in tax legislation. Submit their VAT returns to HMRC using MTD compatible…