Latest Private Client Tax

3rd April 2020 Marriage allowance can you cash in?

The marriage allowance allows you to transfer £1,250 of your unused personal allowance to your husband, wife or civil partner in a given tax year.   In order to qualify the one receiving the transfer must not be a higher rate tax payer and the lower earner must have income below their personal tax free…

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25th March 2020 Marriage Allowance: Are you eligible?

As the Covid-19 outbreak begins to tangibly affect personal finances, there may be some good news, as a short HMRC form could potentially result in you receiving a £1,150 cheque.   The Marriage Allowance was introduced in 2015, but recent figures reveal that only a small percentage of eligible couples have claimed. With only weeks…

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12th March 2020 Can’t file because of Coronavirus?

All companies must file their accounts with Companies House every year, and there is an automatic penalty applied if they are filed late.   Companies House have today released guidance regarding coronavirus. If you are unable to file your company accounts due to the virus, you must make an application to extend the filing deadline…

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24th February 2020 An update for NHS staff on the annual allowance charge for 2019/20

Current Issues The introduction of the tapered pension annual allowance from 6 April 2016 has been a contentious issue for many, in particular senior NHS staff members. The legislation change means that, for high income individuals, the annual pension allowance may be reduced from £40,000 to a minimum of £10,000. Pension inputs in excess of…

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24th February 2020 How taking a pension lump sum could save you money

  If you reached state pension age after 6 April 2016 and deferred taking your pension, you will receive a higher weekly amount when you start receiving it. However, if you reached state pension age before 6 April 2016 there is a second option, which is to receive a state pension lump sum rather than…

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14th February 2020 5th April: Pre Year End Tax Planning

As we approach the end of another personal tax year (5 April 2020), there are a number of tax planning opportunities for individuals to consider to ensure best use is made of currently available allowances, exemptions and favourable tax rates:   Tax year end planning Brief Guide_Feb 2020   With the 2020 Budget also just…

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12th December 2019 VAT Surcharge

Have you or your business received one between 23 April 2018 and 31 January 2019?   If so, you may want to check if it has been dated. If it has not been dated you may be in for a refund. Any surcharge liability notice or surcharge liability notice extensions are invalid if they have…

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25th November 2019 Don’t let your tax bill affect your festive joy. Instead, spread your tax payments throughout the year!

With the festive period fast approaching, it is easy to lose sight of your self-assessment tax return!   If you are employed or receiving a pension and you file your return before 30 December 2019, you can elect to have your tax collected through ‘Pay As You Earn’ (PAYE) rather than paying one lump sum…

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12th November 2019 Finance charges for landlords – The knock on effects

  Since 6 April 2017, changes are being gradually introduced to restrict the relief available to landlords in respect of their finance costs. Under the old rules, the interest element of the mortgage payments was 100% allowable for income tax purposes. However, this is gradually being replaced with a 20% tax reducer instead. The timetable…

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28th October 2019 Off-Payroll Worker Tax Rules: Be prepared!

Knowledge based contractors working in the private sector will hopefully now be well aware that, subject to any possible Government last minute change of heart, new tax rules are coming next April. For many, who are not currently following IR35 rules, this will mean a large increase in the tax they pay; perhaps tens of…

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