Self assessment deadline approaching – 31st January 2021

The deadline for submitting your 2019/20 self assessment return is 31 January 2021. The deadline applies to taxpayers who need to complete a tax return and make direct payments to HMRC in respect of their income tax, Classes 2 and 4 National Insurance Contributions (NIC), capital gains tax and High Income Child Benefit Charge liabilities. … Continue reading Self assessment deadline approaching – 31st January 2021

£1 million Annual Investment Allowance cap extended

The Treasury has confirmed that the £1 million cap on the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) is to be extended for an additional year as the government continues to look at ways to stimulate the economy. The AIA provides a tax write off against profits for expenditure incurred on plant and machinery by businesses and owners… Continue reading £1 million Annual Investment Allowance cap extended

Self assessment customers to benefit from enhanced payment plans

Self assessment taxpayers are now able to benefit from enhanced payment plans and can apply online for additional support to help spread their tax bill into monthly payments. The online payment plan service was already able to set up instalment arrangements for paying tax liabilities up to £10,000. From 1 October 2020, HMRC increased the… Continue reading Self assessment customers to benefit from enhanced payment plans

Hot Topic: Job Support Scheme

As part of the Winter Economy Plan Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the introduction of the government’s new Job Support Scheme Open (JSS Open). The JSS aims to protect jobs and support businesses over the coming months. Following the initial announcement, the Chancellor announced an extension of the JSS.  The Job Support Scheme Closed (JSS Closed)… Continue reading Hot Topic: Job Support Scheme

Employer Update

National Living/Minimum Wage Changes from 1 April 2020 From 1 April 2020 the National Living/Minimum Wage rates will increase as follows: • £8.72 an hour for workers aged 25 and over - previously £8.21• £8.20 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24 – previously £7.70• £6.45 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20… Continue reading Employer Update

Budget 2020 – 5 Changes That May Affect Your Business

On 11 March 2020 the new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, presented his first Budget, just a month into the job.  It was always going to be a challenge for him to prepare for the budget in such a short space of time and this wasn’t made any easier for him with the rapidly changing situation with… Continue reading Budget 2020 – 5 Changes That May Affect Your Business

Capital gains fall-out for couples and family homes

Married and divorcing couples, including civil partners, should be alert to change to the capital gains tax (CGT) rules on private residence relief. Divorcing couples Tax is never at the top of the agenda when a relationship ends, yet the tax consequences can be far-reaching. A jointly-owned family home is often the most important asset… Continue reading Capital gains fall-out for couples and family homes

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

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

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?