VAT Domestic Reverse Charge for Building and Construction Services

From 1 October 2019 a new VAT reverse charge comes into effect for building and construction services, where payments are required to be reported under the Construction Industry Scheme.  Broadly it means that when a business receives a supply of building and construction services for onward sale, the recipient of the services (the contractor) accounts… Continue reading VAT Domestic Reverse Charge for Building and Construction Services

Why is an Accountant Good for my Small Business?

Accountants can sometimes be seen as too expensive, or a luxury only needed for bigger companies, but there are a number of ways in which accountants are helpful for even the smallest of businesses. Saving Tax I was speaking to a business owner recently who had prepared his own accounts and tax return for a… Continue reading Why is an Accountant Good for my Small Business?

Get help with saving.

If you are entitled to Working Tax Credit or are receiving Universal Credit, or know someone who is, then this could be for you. The “Help to Save” is a type of savings account; it allows people who are entitled to Working Tax Credit or receiving Universal Credit to get a bonus of 50p for every £1… Continue reading Get help with saving.

Law changes on tips for waiters

Restaurant owners are now banned from deducting money from tips earned by waiters and other staff. Tips can be paid to employees using the following methods: Cash received direct from a customer This is an allowable method of receiving tips, however the person receiving the tip is responsible for declaring and paying tax on the… Continue reading Law changes on tips for waiters

Hot Topic! Maximise your capital allowances

Changes were announced to capital allowances in the Autumn Budget. These include an increase in the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) available. Make sure your business does not fall foul of the transitional rules which apply. Increased AIA from 1 January 2019 You will no doubt be aware that the maximum AIA has been set at… Continue reading Hot Topic! Maximise your capital allowances

Gift Aid – The benefit rule

When someone makes a donation, you might want to give the donor something in return (an item or service) to say thank you. This is known as a ‘benefit’. Literature that tells donors what your charity does eg a newsletter, or a simple plaque to thank a donor, doesn’t count as a benefit. The value… Continue reading Gift Aid – The benefit rule

Have you taken advantage of the Marriage Allowance?

A married couple or civil partnership can apply to transfer 10% of the income tax personal allowance from one to the other. Although called the marriage ‘allowance’, it is a transfer rather than an additional allowance. To qualify for the allowance, neither of the partners can be higher rate taxpayers and cannot be claiming the… Continue reading Have you taken advantage of the Marriage Allowance?