Monthly Archives: February 2020

Business rates cut for pubs

The government have announced a £1,000 business rates discount for public houses

The relief announced 27 January 2020, will be available to public houses with a rateable value of less than £100,000 and will apply for one year from April 2020.

Central government will reimburse local authorities that adopt this scheme.

Extracts from the January announcement are reproduced...

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Budget predictions 11 March 2020

Following the resignation of Sajid Javid last week, there has been much speculation on how this will affect the direction of the budget to be presented to parliament next month.

Rishi Sunak, who replaces Sajid, is stepping into the Chancellor’s role with little experience but does seem to have “rising star” status as far as number...

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Breathing space for those in debt

In a recent news story published to the Government website it was announced that a new breathing space period will freeze interest, fees and enforcement for people in problem debt, with further protections for those in mental health crisis treatment.

The article is reproduced below:

Millions of people with problem debt, including those facing mental health problems,...

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Tax-free gifts

There are certain gifts you can make that will not create a capital gains tax (CGT) charge, but care should be taken as there are exceptions. This article outlines some of the more common issues that need to be considered.

Gifts to your spouse or civil partner

Ordinarily, you will not pay CGT if you gift assets...

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Do you have a furnished holiday lets business?

Most property owners who let property under the Furnished Holiday Let (FHL) tax rules, submit their income and expenditure details on their tax return each year.

This article considers occupancy, and the need to review occupancy of FHL properties each year.

If your FHL business accounts year is the end of the tax year, 31 March (5...

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Tax Diary February/March 2020

1 February 2020 - Due date for Corporation Tax payable for the year ended 30 April 2019.

19 February 2020 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 February 2020. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 February 2020)

19 February 2020 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for...

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Current Advisory Fuel Rates

To assist with your calculations, see previous article, we have reproduced below the current, HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates. They are:

These rates apply from 1 December 2019.

Engine size

Petrol - amount per mile

LPG - amount per mile

1400cc or less

12 pence

8 pence

1401cc to 2000cc

14 pence

9 pence

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Pay-back to save tax

At first sight, company car drivers whose private fuel costs are met by their employers may seem to be onto a good thing, but there is a nasty tax hit…

Enter, the Car Fuel Benefit charge.

Let’s say the following circumstances apply:

  • list price of your car when new was £30,000
  • your employer pays for all your private fuel
  • CO2...
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Don’t fall for this scam

The Insolvency Service has issued a warning that fraudsters have been contacting investors in insolvent schemes claiming to be from the Official Receiver’s office or to have been appointed by the Official Receiver to help recover funds for a fee.

These approaches are always fraudulent.

Official Receivers or any agent legitimately instructed to act on their behalf...

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Loans to directors and staff

If a company makes loans to its employees (including directors) there may be tax consequences. The same may also apply to loans extended to their family members.

For example, the employer will have an obligation to report a beneficial loan to HMRC (and pay Class 1A NIC) and the deemed benefit would be a taxable benefit...

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