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Finance (No.3) Bill published

15/11/2018

As expected, the government published Finance (No.3) Bill on Wednesday, 7 November 2018. The Bill is so named as it is the third Finance Bill in the current special two-year session of Parliament. The Bill contains the legislation for many of the tax measures announced by the Government at Autumn Budget 2017 some of which have since been...

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Directors’ loans – tax consequences for your company

15/11/2018

There are tax consequences for both companies and directors relating to the issue of director’s loans. We will examine below some of the implications if a company facilitates loans to a director. A director’s loan comprises not just an actual loan, but can also include other payments made by the company for the personal benefit of a...

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Directors’ loans - tax consequences for the director

15/11/2018

An overdrawn director's loan account is created when a director (or other close family members) 'borrows' money from their company. Many companies, particularly 'close' private companies, pay for personal expenses of directors using company funds. Where these payments do not form part of a director’s remuneration, they are usually posted...

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ISAs and Inheritance Tax

15/11/2018

New rules were introduced by the Government in 2015 that allow for the spouse or civil partner of a deceased ISA saver to benefit from additional ISA benefits. Under the rules, if an ISA saver in a marriage or civil partnership dies, their spouse or civil partner inherits their ISA tax advantages. Surviving spouses are able to save an...

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Employment status of football referees

15/11/2018

A recent First-Tier Tribunal case examined the complex issue of whether a group of 60 football referees should be classified as employees or self-employed. HMRC argued that the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) was the employer of the group of football referees in question. On this basis, HMRC raised assessments for a...

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Holiday let property and Business Property Relief

15/11/2018

Business Property Relief (BPR) is an attractive tax relief for taxpayers with business interests, offering either 50% or 100% relief from Inheritance Tax (IHT) on the value of their business assets if certain conditions are met. The relief can even be used whilst the donor is still alive, and the estate can still get BPR on qualifying...

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Foreign currency considerations

15/11/2018

There are special rules that must be considered when buying and selling assets in foreign currency. This is sometimes known as a barter transaction. As a general rule when a foreign currency transaction takes place at arm's length, the value of the consideration is the sterling equivalent of the amount paid for the asset at the date of...

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UK Living Wage rates rise

15/11/2018

The Living Wage Foundation (an initiative of Citizens UK) recently announced Living Wage rates for London and the UK at £10.55 an hour and £9 an hour respectively. These Living Wage rates are not statutorily binding but represent an increase of 25p in the UK and 35p in London over the current rates. The new Living Wage rates were...

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SDLT payment deadline to be reduced

15/11/2018

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is a tax that is generally payable on the purchase or transfer of land and property in England and Northern Ireland. It is also payable in respect of certain lease premiums. Higher rates of SDLT were introduced on 1 April 2016 and apply to purchases of additional residential property such as buy to let and...

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Security guidance on encryption and passwor

13/11/2018

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published updated security guidance on encryption and on passwords in online services under the GDPR. The GDPR requires data controllers to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure they process personal data securely. Article 32 of the GDPR includes encryption...

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Child Benefit penalties under review

07/11/2018

The High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC) came into force in January 2013. It applies to taxpayers whose income exceeds £50,000 in a tax year and who are in receipt of child benefit. The charge claws back the financial benefit of receiving child benefit either by reducing or removing the benefit entirely. HMRC has confirmed that it...

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VAT reverse charge construction industry

07/11/2018

A change to the VAT rules first announced at Budget 2018 will come into effect from 1 October 2019. This change will make the supply of construction services between construction or building businesses subject to the domestic reverse charge. The reverse charge will only apply to supplies of specified construction services to other...

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Business rates support for the High Street

07/11/2018

The Chancellor announced a number of measures to help many failing high streets up and down the country, as they face a real threat to their existence as footfall continues to be impacted. The growing use of online shopping has caused many large retailers to close down or reduce the number of stores they run, especially in smaller towns...

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Entrepreneurs’ relief changes

07/11/2018

In the Budget, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond announced two changes to the way Entrepreneurs’ Relief (ER) will operate. ER applies to the sale of a business, shares in a trading company or an individual’s interest in a trading partnership. Where this relief is available Capital Gains Tax (CGT) of 10% is payable in place of the standard...

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Digital Services Tax

07/11/2018

One of the more surprising announcements in the recent Budget was the introduction of a new 2% Digital Services Tax (DST) from April 2020. This tax is intended to ensure that the major social media, search engine and online retailers are subject to a 2% tax on revenues generated from the participation of UK users in the use of their...

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Using software to make Income Tax updates

07/11/2018

The introduction of Making Tax Digital (MTD) will fundamentally change the way businesses, the self-employed and landlords interact with HMRC. The new regime will require businesses and individuals to register, file, pay and update their information using a new online tax account. The new regime is due to start in April 2019 for VAT...

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Tax Diary November/December 2018

05/11/2018

1 November 2018 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 January 2018. 19 November 2018 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 November 2018. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 November 2018.) 19 November 2018 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 November...

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Autumn Budget 2018 – Income Tax Rates & Allowances

31/10/2018

The Chancellor has confirmed that from 2019-20 the personal allowance will increase to £12,500 (an increase from the current £11,850 allowance) and the basic rate limit to £37,500. As a result, the higher rate threshold will increase to £50,000 from April 2019. These increases deliver on the government’s manifesto commitment to increase...

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