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New figures show that a quarter of estates paying Inheritance Tax (IHT) are investigated by HMRC
Posted: August 5, 2019

The response to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request has revealed that as many as one in four estates that are liable for IHT are investigated each year. In 2018-19, more than 5,500 investigations were launched by HMRC into the approximately 22,000 estates that had to pay the tax. Despite the introduction of the Residence _ Read more



Principal Private Residence Relief and Lettings Relief changes due in April 2020
Posted: August 5, 2019

The start of the next tax year in April 2020 will see key changes come into effect in respect of Principal Private Residence Relief (PPR) and Lettings Relief, both of which can be used to soften the impact of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on property disposals. From next April, Lettings Relief will be restricted to _ Read more



Employment Allowance to be restricted from next year
Posted: August 5, 2019

At the moment businesses and charities of all sizes can benefit from Employment Allowance. However, from the start of the new tax year in April 2020, the allowance will only be available to employers with a secondary National Insurance Contributions bill in the current tax year of less than £100,000. Employers need to ensure that _ Read more



Summer childcare costs cooldown with Tax-Free Childcare
Posted: August 5, 2019

The Government wants to remind working parents that they could be entitled to up £2,000 per child per year to help with the costs of childcare, including regulated holiday clubs during the school holidays. The six weeks summer holiday can often be a strain for working families who rely on childcare, but the Government says _ Read more



HMRC outlines changes to Capital Gains Tax treatment on second homes
Posted: August 5, 2019

From April 2020, the date at which Capital Gains Tax (CGT) must be paid on a second home property disposal is changing. After this date, taxpayers will only have 30 days to file their return and make an advance payment towards their tax bill. This differs drastically from the current rules, which allows people to _ Read more



Construction businesses only have weeks left to prepare for the VAT reverse charge
Posted: August 5, 2019

Businesses in the construction industry now have only a matter of weeks left to prepare for the new VAT domestic reverse charge regime. These new rules will be enforced from 1 October 2019, significantly changing the VAT affairs and tax liabilities of companies in the construction industry. The domestic VAT reverse charge will apply to _ Read more



Government’s draft IR35 legislation contains important changes
Posted: August 5, 2019

After much anticipation, the Government has now published its draft legislation for the off-payroll working (IR35) rules, which will be enforced in the private sector from 6 April 2020. The latest policy document for the private sector shares a number of similarities with that already in force in the public sector. However, it does introduce _ Read more



Incorporation no longer automatically resets the two year requirement for sole traders
Posted: July 2, 2019

Entrepreneurs’ Relief (ER) entitles a business owner to significant relief from Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on the disposal of their business, often halving the consequent tax bill. To qualify for ER, the company must normally have been the business owner’s personal company for the whole of the last two years and they must have been _ Read more



Remember to pay the annual data protection charge
Posted: July 2, 2019

Businesses across the UK are being reminded that, if they process personal data, they are subject to a legal requirement to pay the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) an annual data protection charge, unless they have a relevant exemption. Any businesses that fail to pay the correct charge are at risk of a fine of up _ Read more



More than 150 chief financial officers and senior finance executives personally fined by HMRC last year
Posted: July 2, 2019

Research by law firm, Pinsent Masons, has found that more than 150 chief financial officers and other senior finance executives have been fined personally by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in relation to tax accounting issues during the last financial year. This is an increase of 22 per cent on the previous year when 125 _ Read more