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19th July 2019 Changes to Entrepreneurs Relief from 6 April 2019

Entrepreneurs’ relief allows a reduced rate of capital gains tax on disposals of all or part of your business assets. The reduced tax rate is 10% on up to £10 million of lifetime gains. There have been a number of significant changes to entrepreneurs’ relief in the last year, tightening the rules on qualifying conditions…

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15th July 2019 IR35: private sector off-payroll rules for contractors

This week HMRC have published draft legislation that will affect private sector personal services companies (PSCs)  from 6 April 2020. PSC’s supplying services to medium or large-sized organisations will no longer decide if they are employed or self-employed, the end engager will assess this. If caught by these rules, known as IR35, employment taxes and…

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15th July 2019 Company car tax changes – Government will remove BIK company car tax on Electric Vehicles from 2020/21

The government has provided positive news for Company car drivers announcing that a pure electric vehicle (EV) will no longer pay benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax in 2020/21 following a review which looks set to boost sales of emissions-free cars. HM Treasury’s response to its review of the fallout from the roll-out of the Worldwide Harmonised Light…

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9th July 2019 31 July: Can you elect to reduce your tax payment?

Most individuals who are required to prepare and submit a self-assessment tax return to HM Revenue & Customs in each tax year should now be preparing for their next half-yearly tax payment which is due by July 31.   This tax is the second payment-on-account for the 2018/19 tax year. It is automatically calculated as…

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5th July 2019 Utilising the share premium account

For some privately owned companies, negative profit and loss reserves means that they are unable to pay out dividends as they do not have enough distributable reserves. However, they might have a significant share premium reserve, which is a non-distributable reserve. The Companies Act 2006 allows a private company to utilise the share premium account…

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4th July 2019 PAYE Settlement Agreement Deadline – 6 July 2019

A PAYE Settlement agreement allows employers to make one annual payment to cover the tax and National Insurance liability on minor, irregular or impracticable expenses for any employees. HMRC have now changed the process for PSAs and, instead of applying for a new PSA annually, from 2018-19 employers will have an enduring agreement and therefore…

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19th June 2019 Let’s get trivial

Trivial benefits are exempt from income tax and Class 1A NIC and therefore not reportable on a P11D. With the P11D deadline of 6th July fast approaching, I thought now would be the perfect time to review exactly what criteria needs to be met in order to qualify as ‘trivial’. Benefits are exempt from tax…

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10th June 2019 Employee vehicles: Mileage Allowance Payments (MAPs)

MAPs are what you pay your employees for using their own vehicle for business journeys. You can pay your employees an approved amount of MAPs each year without having to report them to HMRC. To work out the approved amount, multiply your employee’s business travel miles for the year by the rate per mile for…

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7th June 2019 Digitalising stocktaking

As the world becomes more digital, it leaves us wondering where further efficiencies could be achieved through switching to more high-tech methods. One possible area for auditors is stocktaking. For an audited entity with significant levels of stock at the year end, it is likely the auditor will want to perform test counts of the…

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6th June 2019 Don’t take record keeping for granted

It is common for entities who undertake research and development to receive grant funding for projects that they undertake. Grants will often be paid on the basis of expenditure incurred or a proportion thereon and may be awarded with certain conditions attached.   One such condition for grants above a certain level will be the…

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