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Tax is changing in Wales next year
12/12/2017 - More...
From next April, Wales will join Scotland in becoming responsible for some of the taxes paid locally. This will begin with the introduction of the new Welsh land transaction tax (LTT) which will replace the UK stamp duty land tax (SDLT) as well as the new landfill disposals tax (LDT) which will replace landfill tax. These changes will mark the first time that the Welsh have...

What is reasonable care from a tax point of view?
12/12/2017 - More...
The tax penalty system is intended to make penalties simpler to understand and more consistent across many taxes. The penalties can range from 0% where reasonable care is taken, but nonetheless an incorrect return is submitted up to 100% of the tax where an error is deliberate, and the taxpayer attempts to conceal it. HMRC has the power to significantly reduce the amount of...

Selling your business – 10% tax may apply to sale
12/12/2017 - More...
Entrepreneurs' relief applies to the sale of a business, shares in a trading company or an individual’s interest in a trading partnership. Where entrepreneurs' relief is available CGT of 10% is payable rather than the normal main rate of 20%. This can significantly reduce the amount of CGT due and there is a £10 million lifetime limit. The lifetime limit means that individuals...

Coventry named UK City of Culture for 2021
12/12/2017 - More...
In a boost for the Midlands economy, Coventry has been named UK City of Culture 2021. The announcement was made by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, John Glen after Coventry beat four other cities that were in the running. The title of UK City of Culture is awarded every four years by an independent panel of culture experts. There have been two previous UK Cities...

When you can’t claim employment allowance
12/12/2017 - More...
The employment allowance of £3,000 per year is available to most businesses and charities and can be used to be offset against their employers Class 1 NIC bill. The allowance can be claimed as part of the normal payroll process. An employer can claim less than the maximum if this covers their total Class 1 NIC bill. Eligible employers that have not yet done so can still claim...

Spring Statement 2018
06/12/2017 - More...
The Chancellor, Philip Hammond has announced that he will deliver his Spring Statement to the House of Commons on Tuesday, 13 March 2018. This will be the first Spring Statement to take place following the government’s decision to switch to a new cycle with the annual Budget taking place in the autumn and the annual Statement taking place in the spring. The Spring Statement...

Finance Bill 2017-18 is published
05/12/2017 - More...
The Finance Bill 2017-18 was published on 1 December 2017 and runs to relatively modest 192 pages. The Bill contains the legislation for many of the tax measures that have been announced by the Government at Autumn Budget 2017. The Finance Bill introduces a number of diverse measures including the introduction of a new permanent stamp duty land tax relief for first-time...

What happens to the 5p for a plastic bag?
05/12/2017 - More...
HM Treasury has published an interesting response to a Freedom of Information enquiry that wanted to know what happens to the money raised from the sale of 5p plastic bags by retailers. HM Treasury points out that this charge is not a tax and the money from the charge does not go to the government. Therefore, the Treasury has not received any income from this measure. The...

Tax incentives to invest in qualifying assets
05/12/2017 - More...
The Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) limit is a generous capital allowance that will more than cover the annual capital expenditure spend of many small and medium sized businesses. The AIA is a 100% upfront allowance that applies to qualifying expenditure up to a specified annual limit. The limit has been fixed at £200,000 since 1 January 2016. The AIA can be claimed for...

Reminder of current tax relief for pension contributions
05/12/2017 - More...
Many commentators had predicted that the Chancellor would further reduce the annual amount that can be saved into a pension as part of the Budget measures. However, these fears appear to have been unfounded as no changes were announced. The annual allowance for tax relief on pensions will remain at the current level of £40,000 for 2018-19. There is also a three year carry...

Why don’t we still pay Class 2 NIC monthly?
05/12/2017 - More...
Class 2 national Insurance contributions (NICs) are paid by self-employed taxpayers and members of partnerships if their annual profits are over £6,025. Class 2 NICs are payable at a flat weekly rate currently, £2.85. Class 2 NICs count towards payments such as the state retirement pension, the employment and support allowance, maternity allowance and bereavement benefits. The...

Tax win for Spurs
05/12/2017 - More...
HMRC’s appeal to the Upper Tribunal over termination payments made to two football players employed by Tottenham Hotspur has been rejected. The case related to the tax position of termination payments made to two professional footballers in connection with the early termination of their employment contracts. This case had already passed through the First-Tier Tribunal, who...

Fit for Work referral and assessment service to be abolished
03/12/2017 - More...
The government has confirmed that, as a result of “low referral rates”, its national Fit for Work referral and assessment service will come to an end in England and Wales on 31 March 2018 and on 31 May 2018 in Scotland. The Fit for Work service is a free government service that was launched in 2015 to help employers manage sickness absence in the workplace. There are two...

Statutory maternity, adoption, paternity, shared parental and sick pay to rise from April 2018
29/11/2017 - More...
In a written ministerial statement, the government has announced the proposed new rates for statutory maternity pay (SMP), statutory adoption pay (SAP), statutory paternity pay (SPP), statutory shared parental pay (ShPP) and statutory sick pay (SSP) for tax year 2018/19. The proposed revised rates are as follows: the standard weekly rates of SMP, SAP, SPP and ShPP...

New Acas guidance on sexual harassment at work and on avoiding pregnancy and maternity discrimination
29/11/2017 - More...
Acas has published new guidance for employers and employees that outlines what kind of workplace behaviours could be considered sexual harassment and how to report and handle it. The guidance covers: what is sexual harassment? how does sexual harassment happen? sexual assault and physical threats who can it happen to? historical allegations making a...

Company capital gains tax increase
28/11/2017 - More...
As part of the Budget measures, the Chancellor announced that the indexation allowance for companies that make capital gains is to be scrapped. The indexation allowance currently allows companies or organisations to include the effects of inflation and claim tax relief when calculating any chargeable gains that they make. The monthly indexation allowance will continue to be...

First-time buyer bonanza
28/11/2017 - More...
The biggest prize from the recent Budget went to first-time home buyers after the Chancellor announced changes to the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rules. With immediate effect from Budget day, SDLT has been abolished for first-time buyers making a purchase of up to £300,000. Unlike the temporary Stamp Duty holiday that applied from 2010-12 this change has been made permanent....

Low-emission vehicles plug-in grant
28/11/2017 - More...
The low-emission vehicles plug-in grant can help you save up to £4,500 on the purchase price of a new electric or hybrid car. The scheme was first launched in 2011 and is available across the UK and offers a grant towards the price of eligible new cars. The paperwork for the grant application is handled by the dealer you purchase your car from. HMRC publishes a list of...

Born before 6 April 1935?
28/11/2017 - More...
The married couple's allowance (MCA) is available to elderly married couples or those in a civil partnership where at least one member of the couple were born before 6 April 1935. The allowance provides for tax relief by deducting 10% of the allowance from the amount of tax due on taxable income. The MCA can reduce a tax bill to zero but cannot result in a refund of tax. For...

Paying National Insurance at State Pension Age?
28/11/2017 - More...
The State Pension age has been increasing since April 2010. The changes will see the State pension age gradually rise to 65 for women between 2010 and 2018, and then to 66, 67 and 68 for both men and women by 2039. There are now many taxpayers that have reached the State Pension age and continue to work. In most cases they no longer need to pay any National Insurance...

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