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Holiday update

11/05/2021

As lockdown is being eased and opportunity to holiday opens, we felt it might be useful to set out bank holiday dates for the UK regions for the rest of this year. England and Wales - 2021 Date Day Holiday 31 May Monday Spring bank holiday 30 August Monday Summer bank holiday 27

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Taxing your car

11/05/2021

The instructions to tax your car on the GOV.UK website is reproduced below: To tax your car, motorcycle or other vehicle you will need to use a reference number from: a recent reminder (V11) or ‘last chance’ warning letter from DVLA your vehicle logbook (V5C) - it must be in your name the green ‘new keeper’ slip from a logbook if

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Reminder to look out for tax credit renewal packs

06/05/2021

HMRC has begun sending the annual tax credit renewal packs to some 2.5 million tax credit claimants and is encouraging recipients to renew their tax credits claim online. The packs are being sent out over the next 6 weeks and should be with recipients by 4 June 2021. A renewal is required if the pack has a red line across the first page

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Mobile phone exempt costs

06/05/2021

When an employee incurs costs for the provision of mobile phones to employees it is important to understand the correct tax treatment of these expenses. This includes costs for phones provided to employees and reimbursement of employee’s own phone costs. As a rule, the provision of one mobile phone to a director or employee for private

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COVID support grants that are taxable

06/05/2021

We would like to remind readers that existing legislation is in place to ensure that COVID support grants are treated as taxable income in the same way as other taxable receipts. The grants are treated as income where the business is within the scope of either Income Tax or Corporation Tax. This treatment extends to the Self-Employment

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CIS – types of work and businesses affected

06/05/2021

The Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) is a set of special rules for tax and National Insurance for those working in the construction industry. The CIS covers all construction work carried out in the UK, including jobs such as: site preparation alterations dismantling construction repairs decorating demolition Exceptions to

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Impact of residence and domicile

06/05/2021

HMRC’s online guidance note for residence, domicile and the remittance basis: RDR1 is intended for UK residents and non-residents and covers the residence, domicile and remittance basis rules from 6 April 2013 and onwards. For most taxpayers, it will be clear whether they are resident in the UK. However, for taxpayers with complex

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Cryptoassets for individuals - taxes that apply

06/05/2021

In most cases, individuals hold cryptoassets (such as Bitcoin) as a personal investment, usually for capital appreciation in its value or to make purchases. They will be liable to pay Capital Gains Tax when they dispose of their cryptoassets. This includes: selling tokens exchanging tokens for a different type of cryptoasset using

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Debt respite scheme launched

05/05/2021

A new scheme, aptly named Breathing Space, was launched 4 May 2021. Breathing Space will give those facing financial difficulties space to receive debt advice, or mental health crisis treatment, without pressure from creditors or mounting debts. Under the scheme, people will be given legal protections from their creditors for 60 days,

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New self-build initiative

29/04/2021

In a surprise weekend announcement, the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has revealed new plans for £150 million of funding to make it easier and more affordable for people to build their own homes. The new “Help to Build” low deposit mortgage scheme will help self and custom home building become a realistic option to get

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Tax on savings interest

29/04/2021

If you have taxable income of less than £17,570 in 2021-22 you will have no tax to pay on interest received. This figure is calculated by adding the £5,000 starting rate limit for savings (where 0% of the interest is taxable) to the current £12,570 personal allowance. However, it is important to note that if your total non-savings income

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Tax-free capital gains

29/04/2021

As with Income Tax personal allowances, taxpayers have an annual exempt amount for Capital Gains Tax (CGT) which is forfeited if not used. The annual exemption for individuals in 2021-22 is £12,300. Whilst most taxpayers are aware of their annual tax-free allowance and the exemption for the qualifying sale of the family home there are

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VAT – transfer as a going concern

29/04/2021

The transfer of a business as a going concern (TOGC) rules concern the VAT liability of the sale of a business. Normally the sale of the assets of a VAT registered or VAT registerable business will be subject to VAT at the appropriate rate. Where the sale of a business includes assets and meets certain conditions the sale will be

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Restarting a dormant or non-trading company

29/04/2021

HMRC must be informed when a non-trading or dormant company starts trading again and becomes active for Corporation Tax. Companies can use HMRC Online Services to supply the relevant information. When a company has previously traded and then stops, it would normally be considered as dormant. A company can stay dormant indefinitely,

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Changing the terms of a salary sacrifice arrangement

29/04/2021

A salary sacrifice arrangement is effectively an agreement to reduce an employee’s entitlement to cash pay, usually in return for a non-cash benefit. This can include items such as company cars, childcare vouchers and additional employer pension contributions. The tax and NIC advantages of certain benefits provided as part of a salary

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Tax Diary May/June 2021

29/04/2021

1 May 2021 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 30 July 2020. 19 May 2021 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 May 2021. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 May 2021). 19 May 2021 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 May 2021. 19 May 2021 - CIS tax

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End to COVID-19 adjusted right to work checks

29/04/2021

The government has confirmed, in its updated guidance on carrying out right to work checks during the coronavirus pandemic, that the temporary COVID-19 adjusted right to work check process will come to an end on 16 May 2021. This temporary process, in place since 30 March 2020, has allowed right to work checks to be carried out over video

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The Mortgage Guarantee Scheme

22/04/2021

One of the measures announced at the Budget was the introduction of a new Mortgage Guarantee Scheme to help home buyers purchase property. The scheme was officially made available from Monday, 19 April 2021. The new scheme is designed for prospective home buyers who only have a small deposit and are therefore unable to obtain mortgage

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Recovery Loan Scheme

22/04/2021

The new Recovery Loan Scheme was launched on 6 April 2021. The new scheme allows businesses of any size to access loans and other kinds of finance between £25,000 and £10 million. The scheme will remain open until 31 December 2021 (subject to review). The scheme is intended to provide further support to businesses to help them recover

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Keeping self-employed tax records

22/04/2021

If you are self-employed as a sole trader or as a partner in a business partnership, then you must keep suitable business records as well as separate personal records of your income. For tax purposes, the business records must be held for at least 5 years from the 31 January submission deadline for the relevant tax year. For example,

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Treasury directive re fourth SEISS grant

22/04/2021

HM Treasury has published a further Treasury Direction made under the Coronavirus Act 2020, ss. 71 and 76, which modifies and extends the effect of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). The new Direction mainly deals with the expansion of the SEISS from 1 February 2021 to 30 April 2021, officially referred to as the SEISS

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Correcting errors on VAT returns

22/04/2021

Where an error on a past VAT return is uncovered, businesses have a duty to correct the error as soon as possible. As a general rule, any necessary adjustment can be made on a current VAT return. However, in order to be able to do so, there are three important conditions that must be met: The error must be below the reporting

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Small trading tax exemption for charities

22/04/2021

The tax treatment of charities can be complex. Many charities trade either as part of their charitable interests or to raise funds. As a first step, any charity hoping to benefit from any beneficial tax treatment needs to be recognised as a charity for UK tax purposes by HMRC as well as meeting other criteria. A charity will not pay tax

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Vaccine for your business

20/04/2021

There is a poignant similarity between the effects of COVID on us personally and our businesses. Thankfully, the possible dire consequences of catching the Coronavirus bug are being countered by a variety of vaccines. Fingers crossed that these will ease the pressure on the NHS and minimise the distress that this dreadful virus has

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A reminder that not all costs are costs…

20/04/2021

Costs are defined as something that has to be paid or spent to acquire something. Costs include the acquisition of: An object, say material required to convert into saleable goods. A service, for example, sub-contact labour or A right, the rates you pay to occupy business premises. In your accounts, these costs would appear as

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HMRC’s new penalty regime

15/04/2021

HMRC’s new points-based penalty regime for late submission and payment will start from 1 April 2022. The changes will apply in the first instance to the submission of VAT returns for VAT return periods beginning on or after 1 April 2022. The penalty regime will then be extended to Making Tax Digital (MTD) Income Tax Self-Assessment

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One-off £500 payment for working households receiving tax-credits

15/04/2021

As part of the March 2021 Budget, the Chancellor announced that the temporary £20 weekly uplift in Universal Credits would continue for a further six months, until the end of September 2021. It was also confirmed that Working Tax Credit claimants would receive equivalent support. It appears that it was operationally difficult for this

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Property repossessions from 1 April 2021

15/04/2021

There have been a significant number of measures introduced to help those experiencing financial difficulties because of coronavirus. Throughout the course of the pandemic, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has sought to ensure that lenders provide tailored support to mortgage borrowers who continue to face payment difficulties due to

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Repaying overclaimed SEISS grants

15/04/2021

Self-employed individuals (including partnerships) who have overclaimed the Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) must pay back the overpayment to HMRC. The rules for repaying HMRC state that you must tell HMRC if you were not eligible to have claimed the grant. For example: for the first or second grant, your business was not

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Lockdown changes 12 April 2021

15/04/2021

Even the unseasonably cold weather does not seem to have stopped people in England getting their first taste of normality for many months as many restrictions were lifted on 12th April 2021. The full list of changes that came into effect in England from 12 April 2021 are listed on GOV.UK as follows: non-essential retail can

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