HMRC outlines changes to late payment penalty regime

HMRC has published a policy paper outlining the forthcoming changes to the penalties for late payment and interest harmonisation for taxpayers. The government intends to reform sanctions for late submission and late payments to make them 'fairer and more consistent across taxes'. Initially the changes will apply to VAT and Income Tax Self Assessment (ITSA).  … Continue reading HMRC outlines changes to late payment penalty regime

£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

Time To Pay Tax

If coronavirus means you can't pay a tax bill on time, the government is offering Time To Pay (TTP) as a way of easing cash flow problems. It is important to appreciate that TTP cannot be used to reduce tax liability. TTP is just that - it buys time, giving you breathing space and spreading… Continue reading Time To Pay Tax

Tax calendar: April 19th 2020 Deadlines

Automatic interest is charged where PAYE tax, Student loan deductions, Class 1 NI or CIS deductions for 2019/20 are not paid by today. Penalties may also apply if any payments have been made late throughout the tax year. This deadline is relevant to employers who have made PAYE deductions from their employees’ salaries and to… Continue reading Tax calendar: April 19th 2020 Deadlines

Call for review of High Income Child Benefit Charge

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is calling on the government to address issues with the High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC). The HICBC is designed to claw back child benefit where the claimant or their partner earns in excess of £50,000. According to LITRG some households think making a child benefit claim is… Continue reading Call for review of High Income Child Benefit Charge

Self assessment deadline approaching – 31st Jan 2020

Happy New Year ! Get 2020 off to a good start by making sure you submit your Tax Return by 31st January 2020. The deadline for submitting your 2018/19 self assessment return is 31 January 2020. The deadline applies to taxpayers who need to complete a tax return and make direct payments to HMRC in… Continue reading Self assessment deadline approaching – 31st Jan 2020

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

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