Category Archives: Self assessment

When are tips taxable?

April 26th, 2018

The summer season usually sees a rise in the number of casual staff taken on by restaurants and cafes. Whilst the tax and NIC implications of wages is generally straight-forward, confusion often arises regarding tips and gratuities as the necessary tax and NIC treatment depends on how they are paid to the recipient. Cash tips […]


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Offshore income and the RTC rule

April 19th, 2018

HMRC are getting noticeably tougher on those who try to evade tax by hiding their assets or income offshore. They are increasing the size and range of penalties charged, and increasing the number of prosecutions of serious evaders. Broadly, a UK-resident taxpayer has a responsibility to notify HMRC of any taxable offshore income they receive. […]


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Consider a Partnership

January 10th, 2018

Whilst forming a partnership can be an extremely flexible way for two or more people to own and run a business together, it is important to appreciate that under this type of trading vehicle, the partners themselves do not have individual protection. If one of the partners resigns, dies, or goes bankrupt, the partnership has […]


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Abolition of Class 2 NICs delayed

December 6th, 2017

On 2 November 2017, the Government announced a one year delay to the abolition of Class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NICs). Class 2 NICs will now be abolished from 6 April 2019 rather than 6 April 2018. The delay will allow time for the government to engage with interested parties and Parliamentarians with concerns relating […]


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The OTS outlines future work plans

November 17th, 2017

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has published a paper outlining its future works programme, identifying areas of interest that the office will be looking at in the next twelve months and beyond. The OTS is currently working on a review of VAT, and expects to publish its report in October or November 2017. Work […]


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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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Self-Assessment and disclosure

November 10th, 2016

Finance Act 2016, which became law on 15 September 2016, contains provisions designed to help clarify the time allowed for making a self-assessment. The time limit is four years from the end of the tax year to which the self-assessment relates. This is the same time limit as for assessments by HMRC. The provisions will […]


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Restriction of tax relief on finance costs for individual landlords

October 28th, 2016

New provisions will take affect from April 2017, which will see tax relief for finance costs on residential properties being gradually restricted over a period of three years, until, by 2020/21, all financing costs incurred by a landlord will be restricted to the basic rate of income tax. Such finance costs include mortgage interest, interest […]


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HMRC Focus on Contractor Loan Schemes

August 15th, 2016

HMRC have recently published new guidance on ‘contractor loan schemes’, which have been widely marketed by scheme promoters as a method of receiving non-taxable income. HMRC are adamant that such schemes do not work and they are likely to challenge anyone using them. In a contractor loans scheme, an individual is paid in the form […]


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