Christa Ackroyd loses IR35 appeal

Former BBC presenter Christa Ackroyd has lost her appeal against a ruling that she was an employee, not a freelance contractor, when she worked for the BBC via a personal service company. The IR35 rules in broad terms mean that those working via a personal service company have to consider whether, if the services were… Continue reading Christa Ackroyd loses IR35 appeal

HMRC countdown: file your tax return

With less than 100 days until the self assessment tax return deadline of 31 January 2020, HMRC is urging taxpayers to complete their tax returns early, in order to avoid the last minute rush. HMRC report that last year more than 2,000 people submitted their tax returns on Christmas Day. Taxpayers should consider submitting their… Continue reading HMRC countdown: file your tax return

Time to switch to an Electric Company Car ?

Big benefits are coming from 6th April 2020 for company car drivers choosing a pure electric vehicle – there will be NO benefit in kind and so NO income tax on the car or fuel to pay in 2020/21 ! This is as a result of the changes to company car tax rates announced for… Continue reading Time to switch to an Electric Company Car ?

HMRC collects record amounts of IHT

The government has announced that HMRC collected a record sum of £5.4 billion in inheritance tax (IHT) during the 2018/19 tax year. The increase comes on the back of a 15% rise in the number of estates liable for IHT. Between 2015/16 and 2016/17, the number of estates paying IHT rose by 3,600 to 28,100.… Continue reading HMRC collects record amounts of IHT

Changes to Capital Gains Tax Private Residence and Letting Reliefs

Who is likely to be affected? Individuals who own one or more residential properties that they have lived in as their main residence at any time. What are the main changes? This measure makes a number of changes to Capital Gains Tax, Principal Private Residence Relief (PPRR) where individuals have more than one residence.  Change… Continue reading Changes to Capital Gains Tax Private Residence and Letting Reliefs

VAT – The New Reverse Charge on Building and Construction

If you are a VAT registered CIS (Construction Industry Scheme) contractor or subcontractor, the way you deal with VAT is changing from 1 October 2019.  Under the new rules, you will not charge VAT to your customers, therefore will not receive payment of the VAT, and will not pay the VAT to HMRC.  It will… Continue reading VAT – The New Reverse Charge on Building and Construction

MTD – now you have the compliant software what do you need to do next?

Now that you have filed the last VAT return under the old system and have Making Tax Digital (MTD) compliant software (or have arranged temporary bridging software) the next considerations are when to register with HMRC – even though you are already VAT registered you still need to register for MTD (timing)how to register (Step… Continue reading MTD – now you have the compliant software what do you need to do next?