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?

Stamp Duty Land Tax

If you are thinking of buying a house, Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) could be one of the major costs that you need to consider. However it is not always payable on all properties or for all buyers.  For example, did you know that there are different rules if you are buying your first home… Continue reading Stamp Duty Land Tax

UK-EU border changes and how this may affect the importing of goods

The countdown continues! As things stand, the UK will no longer be a member of the EU at some point in the near future.  This means that UK businesses that have only traded inside the EU may need to follow the same procedures used for trading outside the EU. In order to keep imports up… Continue reading UK-EU border changes and how this may affect the importing of goods

MTD for VAT – Are you ready?

From April 2019 VAT registered businesses and organisations with taxable turnover above the VAT threshold of £85,000 are required to maintain their accounting records digitally in a software product or spreadsheet and also submit their VAT returns to HMRC using compatible software. Here are a few programmes that are compatible with MTD for VAT: XeroSage… Continue reading MTD for VAT – Are you ready?

Tax Refund Scams – What to look out for

Now that the Tax Return season has ended you may receive an email claiming you are due a tax refund. Be aware that it’s a scam to steal your personal details. Criminals are targeting the millions of people who file Self-Assessment Tax Returns online. The fraudsters are sending fake emails purporting to be from HMRC… Continue reading Tax Refund Scams – What to look out for

Employer Update March 2019

National Living/Minimum Wage Changes from 1 April 2019 From 1 April 2019 the National Living/Minimum Wage rates will increase as follows: • £8.21 an hour for workers aged 25 and over - previously £7.83 • £7.70 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24 – previously £7.38 • £6.15 an hour for workers aged 18… Continue reading Employer Update March 2019

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