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28th June 2018 Understanding Tax Relief Restrictions

Although we hear of decline in the value of development land, particularly for larger developments, growing houses continues to be more attractive to many than growing crops. Onerous Section 102 levies may apply but the tax regime remains gentle. It should not however be assumed that tax reliefs will be available automatically. Legislation imposes qualifying…

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28th June 2018 Trading Allowances Change

Do you remember when eBay first emerged and become a revolutionary trading platform for buying or selling and, yes, turning a profit? As social-media has expanded, so have trading websites to the extent that there’s hardly a town, village or group that does not have a ‘buy’n sell’ page.   HM Revenue & Customs have…

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18th June 2018 EIS Money: Beware how you spend it!

Tech companies that are financed through EIS equity cash will be aware that this ‘tax wrapper’ can be super-generous, but that many criteria have to be met to ensure eligibility. One of these long standing criteria has been that the company must use the proceeds (up to £5m pa) raised: In either a qualifying trade…

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11th June 2018 Changes ahead for CGT payment

HM Revenue & Customs is proposing, in less than two years’ time, to rewrite the rules around Capital Gains Tax, CGT, following the disposal of a residential property. The current timescale for payment is going to be slashed to 30-days. From April 6 2020, a payment-on-account of CGT, will be required following the sale of…

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1st June 2018 Fraud

Fraud is a gigantic area which I would never be able to discuss fully in one blog however, after a recent run-in with a fake HMRC line; I did want to make you aware of a few key things to look out for or to be aware of when dealing with possible fraud. It’s important…

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23rd May 2018 HMRC advisory fuel rates for company car users from 1 June

HMRC has published the latest advisory fuel rates (AFR) for company car users, effective from 1 June 2018 reflecting the upward trend in forecourt fuel prices for higher emission cars  These rates apply from 1 June 2018 and have increased slightly on the previous quarter rates, for petrol cars with engine of 1400cc or more…

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23rd May 2018 The Journey Begins – Exciting new business opens in St Neots

A lot of our blogs are about rules and regulations, however something that happens often in our world is that we get the fantastic opportunity to be part of a new business venture for one of our clients. Shume Bottle Emporium – is a beer shop specializing in locally brewed beer, cheese, coffee, gin and…

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23rd May 2018 EMI Share Options: EU waives opportunity to ‘be difficult’.

Tech companies that have a business plan of developing a new product, with the aim of an eventual trade sale or IPO exit, will be very familiar with EMI share options. These options give generous personal tax breaks, to help recruit, retain and reward middle management and key workers. Under generic EU principles, such tax…

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23rd May 2018 Trading allowance – income tax simplification?

On 6th April 2017 the Government introduced the trading allowance. The aim of this new allowance is to simplify income tax obligations for minor amounts of trading and miscellaneous income.  In essence, if trading and miscellaneous income is less than £1,000 in a tax year:-  The income is exempt from income tax There is no…

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1st May 2018 CITB Levy: Changes in calculation basis

Builders will probably now be aware that the basis for calculating how much their annual payment is under the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has recently changed:     Old Basis New Basis Levy on employees 0.5% 0.5% Levy on labour only sub-contractors 1.25% 0% Levy on payments to sub-contractors with Net CIS status 0%…

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