Monthly Archives: October 2019

The uncertainty continues

The Brexit issue continues to drag its heels and it now looks as if we will have a general election until matters are resolved.

Another crucial matter that will be delayed is the presentation of a Budget that will determine any changes to the tax code next year.

However, while the politicians attempt to resolve these issues,...

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Heads up for contractors

Contractors completing energy improvements on the homes of low-income families will need to be registered with a new government quality scheme – the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) - to give residents confidence that they will get a good service.

Work undertaken through ECO offers free energy-saving measures, including insulation and new boilers for low-income and...

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Beefing-up UK exports

UK farmers looking for opportunities to export beef products to China will be encouraged by the recent relaxation of export criteria. A recent UK government press release titled “China opens doors to British Beef” explains what is being offered.

A summary of the press release is reproduced below:

The British beef industry is set to benefit from...

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Win while you save

In a further attempt to incentivise savings our government has created a new saving vehicle called a PrizeSaver account. Here’s what the Treasury press release on the launch says:

Treasury launches pilot of new PrizeSaver account on International Credit Union Day.

  • Savers who put away as little as £1 with participating credit unions have chance to win...
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Cars and taxing issues

We have listed below a number of issues that you will need to consider if directors or employees use a car for business purposes.

Essentially, if the car is owned by the business any private use of the vehicle will trigger a tax charge for the driver (car user) and a possible NIC bill for the...

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Paying tax if you are self-employed

If you are a sole trader or an individual member of a partnership you will likely be subject to income tax, and possibly National Insurance, on your earnings.

Unfortunately, tax being taxing, earnings for tax purposes may not be the same as the monthly drawings you take from your business.

For example, you may decide to take...

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Disposing of a UK residential property?

UK readers who are anticipating the sale of a residential property on which a capital gains tax (CGT) charge may apply would be advised to consider the changes to the reporting and payment of this CGT charge from 6 April 2020.

The general rule will be that for relevant disposals on or after this date (6...

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An update for hauliers

If you are involved in the transport of goods to and from the EU HMRC have posted useful guidance on what you will need to do to accommodate a no-deal Brexit on 31st of this month.

The guidance can be downloaded as a PDF from https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/836920/transporting-goods-between-the-uk-and-eu-in-a-no-deal-brexit-guidance-for-hauliers.pdf

Transitional arrangements are in place regarding licenses and permits.

The EU...

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Tax Diary October/November 2019

1 October 2019 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 December 2018.

19 October 2019 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 October 2019. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 October 2019.)

19 October 2019 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for...

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The loan charge controversy continues

The following press release was published by HMRC last month. Extracts are reproduced below:

Sir Amyas Morse, the former Comptroller and Auditor General and Chief Executive of the National Audit Office (NAO), will lead an independent review of the Loan Charge…

The review will consider whether the policy is an appropriate way of dealing with disguised remuneration...

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