Working from home

July 1st, 2017

Over recent years, it has become increasingly popular for employers to allow their employees to work from home, and in doing so, pay an amount to cover any additional household costs incurred. What are the tax implications of such expenses for the employee? Broadly, no tax liability will arise where an employer makes a payment […]


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CGT annual exemption: use it or lose it!

June 24th, 2017

Capital gains tax (CGT) is normally paid when an item is either sold or given away. It is usually paid on profits made by selling various types of assets including properties (but generally not a main residence), stocks and shares, paintings, and other works of art, but it may also be payable in certain circumstances […]


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Automatic enrolment for pensions

May 26th, 2017

To encourage workers to start building up retirement benefits, the Pensions Act 2008 introduced certain reforms requiring all employers to offer workplace pension schemes and to enrol eligible workers into their schemes. These reforms are commonly known as the ‘automatic enrolment’ provisions. Automatic enrolment is currently being phased in, starting with the largest UK employers […]


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Tax free savings update

April 29th, 2017

Although interest rates for savings generally remain low, there are still a few tax-efficient savings opportunities on offer, with increased savings thresholds taking effect from 6 April 2018. Individual Savings Accounts Broadly, cash ISAs are available to investors aged 16 and over, who are resident in the UK, and stocks and shares ISAs are available […]


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Apprenticeship Levy

April 22nd, 2017

The new Apprenticeship Levy takes effect from 6 April 2017. Although the levy affects employers in all sectors, it will only be paid on annual pay bills in excess of £3 million – this means that, according to government estimates, less than 2% of UK employers will pay it. However, from 1 May 2017, changes […]


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Registration for tax-free childcare opens

April 14th, 2017

The long-awaited tax-free childcare scheme launches on 28 April 2017 and will be rolled out during the course of the year. In conjunction with this, the government’s new Childcare Choices website is now operative, allowing parents to find out about available support. The website includes a childcare calculator for parents to compare all the government’s […]


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Increase in the cash basis threshold

April 1st, 2017

As announced at the 2017 Spring Budget, the threshold for traders using the cash basis for accounting purposes is increasing from 6 April 2017. This change forms part of the Government’s initiative for simplifying tax paid by unincorporated businesses and runs alongside the Making Tax Digital project. Under the cash basis, small businesses are taxed […]


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Salary v Dividend

March 11th, 2017

The questions surrounding the issue of how best to extract profits from a company in a tax-efficient manner remain as popular as ever. Despite the abolition of the non-repayable tax credit, the introduction of the dividend allowance, and the personal savings allowance, extraction by as remuneration and by way of dividend remain the two most […]


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Changes to IR35 rules confirmed

February 23rd, 2017

HMRC have recently announced changes to the way the intermediaries legislation (known as the ‘IR35 rules’) will be applied to off-payroll working in the public sector. In particular, contractors who provide their services to a public authority through an intermediary will need to be aware for the changes, which take effect from 6 April 2017. […]


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HMRC’s tougher approach to offshore tax evasion

January 25th, 2017

HMRC have implemented various measures over recent years designed to encourage those not paying the right amount of tax across their offshore tax affairs to make full disclosures. Whilst there has been a positive approach to the facilities provided, HMRC have recently reminded taxpayers that things are about to get even tougher for those who […]


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