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Philip Peters
24th February 2017 Renewal Premiums

Tax Investigation Insurance: Premiums for 2017-18 policy year. Prices unchanged from the previous year:   Limited companies with turnover >£20m                    POA Limited companies with turnover £10m to £20m     £540 Limited companies with turnover < £10m                   £185 Partnerships and LLP’s                                                     £155 Sole traders                                                                         £100 Private clients                                                                       £40 Our tax investigation insurance business is…

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Barbara Nicholas
24th February 2017 Pre 5th April Tax Planning

Income Tax Married couples – consider transferring assets between spouses, to ensure income is taxed at the lowest marginal rate, Let properties – if you let property in need of re-decoration, repair, etc, consider bringing forward expenditure to accelerate tax relief, Family businesses – consider employment of spouse or increasing the employed spouse’s earnings, to…

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Catherine Hubbard
24th February 2017 MTD Update

MTD: Revenue hold firm. HMRC have published their long awaited response to the making tax digital (MTD) consultation documents.  In essence the original timeline as detailed in the consultation documents remains unchanged, with the first taxpayers being affected by MTD from April 2018. Therefore for those businesses with an accounting year end of 5 April and…

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Steve Smith
18th February 2017 Growth Funding

Anglia LEP: Offering £1/2m grants towards business expansion. The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership is calling for local businesses wanting to grow and create new jobs to apply for grants up to £500,000 through the Growing Business Fund. Businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk may apply for a grant of up to 20% of the total cost…

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Paul Jefferson
1st February 2017 VAT on Self-Builds

DIY Builder VAT Reclaims:  Get the detail right. A recent tax tribunal case highlighted the point of completion of a new build project in relation to DIY builder VAT claims. It noted that it is not necessarily the date on the Certificate of Completion which represents a building project as being finished. The Certificate can…

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Andrew Winearls
28th January 2017 State Pension Entitlement

Voluntary Payment of Class 2 NIC by Self-Employed: Protect your state pension ? Self-employed individuals and Partners in trading Partnerships now pay class 2 national insurance contributions annually on 31st January following the end of the tax year through their Self-Assessment Return. Prior to 5th April 2015 those on low incomes had to pay Class…

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Whiting’s Advice...
Pre 5th April Tax Planning

Income Tax Married couples – consider transferring assets between spouses, to ensure income is taxed at the lowest marginal rate, Let properties – if you let property in need of re-decoration, repair, etc, consider bringing forward expenditure to accelerate tax relief, Family businesses – consider employment of spouse or increasing the employed spouse’s earnings, to…

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Protect Valuable Assets from Business Risks

We can assist in this process by assisting in assessing risk and then advising on introducing appropriate mitigation: Robust Financial Management Undertaking a voluntary or statutory audit as, both, a preventative and detective measure. Introducing appropriate financial controls, timely financial reporting procedures and other examples of best practice governance. Registering for the Companies House PROOF…

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Tax Loopholes for Middle England

Securing Entitlement to a State Pension ‘Credit’ without actually paying any NIC. Entrepreneurs that trade through a limited company can set how and how much they are remunerated. It is possible to avoid paying any NIC, yet still obtain a ‘credit’ for that particular tax year for future state pension purposes, by paying a salary…

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Top 10 Tax Elections to Minimise Tax

Examples of the most helpful and generous tax elections and claims include: s222(5a) TCGA 1992 (Nomination of main residence) This capital gains tax election, often referred to as ‘flipping’, enables taxpayers, who own and reside in more than one home, to inform HMRC which of these homes is their principal private residence. For those who…

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Obtaining Gross CIS Payment Status

Although the amount of tax ultimately paid on profits will be the same if you obtain CIS gross payment status, improvements in cashflow and reductions in the cost of credit, such as overdraft interest, should easily make the application process worthwhile. To be eligible to gain CIS gross payment status and receive payments from contractors…

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Exit Planning

We have set up a specialist corporate finance team to offer bespoke services in exit planning, including assisting with: Timing the exit: To fit in with your personal goals. To show a record (ideally, 3 years) of growing maintainable earnings and profits. Having a three-year business plan in place which includes strong revenue and profit goals,…

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Continually Minimise IR35 Risk

We can assist in this process, by reviewing your current contractual terms and working practices, to assess “IR35 tax risk” and then suggest improvements. The following badges of trade are some of the factors HM Revenue & Customs would use in assessing whether income from a particular contract is subject to the IR35 tax rules: Badges…

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Tax Efficient Remuneration

Examining whether it is best to run the business as a limited company or otherwise (sole trader, partnership or LLP), If operated as a limited company: Looking at the combined business and personal tax ‘picture’ and optimising the mix of retained profits, salary, bonus and dividends (for the business owner and, where relevant, immediate family…

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Company Pre Year End Planning

Although tax mitigation is usually the key aim of most company directors performing this task, they should not overlook the impression the accounts will give to other recipients: Shareholders, Bankers, Competitors, Credit Rating Agencies, Future Customers or Suppliers, Current Customers/clients (finances looking  too rosy or too weak ???) Business Partners, Employees, Agencies (such as preferred…

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Limited Company v Sole Trader

As the tax calculations below illustrate, based on the UK tax rates and thresholds for 2016/17 (ie applying the new dividend taxation rules), a limited company still results in a lower overall tax/NIC charge than a sole trader (allowing for the extra accountancy fees incurred through trading as a limited company), whilst profits are above…

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Exit Planning

Plant Hire Business: Sale successfully agreed. This plant hire business owner had unexpectedly taken over as managing director of this long established company five years ago, following her husband’s death. Since then she had reorganised the business and improved profitability, but had decided it was now time to retire. Whitings marketed the company for sale…

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Delay Payment of VAT to HMRC

Requests for Payment If you supply goods, the taxpoint for accounting for VAT on these sales is the sooner of: The raising of a tax invoice, or Receipt of payment. To delay this taxpoint, it will usually, therefore, be beneficial, prior to dispatching goods, to raise a “Request for Payment”,  “Application” or “Proforma Invoice” instead…

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Tax Free Benefits in Kind

Certain benefits in kind, however, still remain entirely tax free, and can be used in flexible remuneration and/or salary sacrifice situations: Pension scheme contributions (up to £40,000 per employee per annum, plus potential ‘catch-up’ from previous 3 years). Childcare vouchers or employer supported childcare (up to £55 per week, depending upon personal tax status), Use…

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