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27th October 2017 Tax Relief on pension contributions – Budget Day looms….

  At the moment, tax relief remains available on pension contributions at an individual’s top rate of tax, making pensions a very tax efficient form of investment. Especially when the new provisions for flexible access of pension funds is taken into account.   But we have yet another Budget approaching, on 22nd November, and it…

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5th October 2017 Simple Assessment

  HMRC have now implemented their ‘Simple Assessment’ project, where they use the information already available to them from employers, pension providers, the DWP and banks to calculate the tax for those with straightforward or ’Simple’ tax affairs, without the need for a tax return to be completed.   In theory this sounds like an…

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19th September 2017 HMRC advice on phishing emails and bogus contact

  I have blogged on this subject before. Unfortunately, this type of fraud is on the increase.   HMRC have published an up-dated warning with examples of bogus emails, text messages, and social media scams purporting to be from HMRC.  They also mention again bogus callers leaving messages about the need to make immediate tax…

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18th September 2017 R&D Tax Relief: HMRC publish take-up report.

R&D tax relief, to provide government subsidies to those companies that develop innovation products, services or systems, has been with us for 17 years now. The latest HMRC R&D tax relief take-up report, encouragingly, shows that the following recent improvements to the scheme have increased the amount of tax relief claimed by 22% over the…

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12th September 2017 Childcare Services compensation

  The government are offering compensation to those who have been affected by problems with the implementation of Tax-Free Childcare. Individuals who have been affected may be able to get a government top-up as a one-off payment for Tax-Free Childcare. The government will also consider refunding any reasonable costs directly caused by the service not…

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6th September 2017 Bank of Mum and Dad!

  A parent with spare funds to invest may like to consider purchasing a property for their student son or daughter to live in whilst at university, in order to save on student accommodation costs.   We recently advised a client that, so long as their son or daughter lives in the property as his…

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31st August 2017 Caution over 2016/17 P800 tax calculations issued by HMRC

If you are employed or getting a pension, HMRC will check that you have paid the right amount of tax for the tax year.  If you have under or overpaid, they will issue a P800 tax calculation.  The calculation is broken down into various sections to show your income, deductions, tax allowances, and the tax…

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31st August 2017 Life Interest Trusts and Mandated Income

With the taxation of dividends and interest having changed with effect from April 2016, many trusts may face the requirement to file an annual tax return and pay income tax on their income, even though the income (and credit for the tax paid) will also be declared by the trust beneficiary.   HMRC allow trustees…

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16th August 2017 Do Company Directors have to file a Tax Return?

    The First-Tier Tribunal recently decided that HM Revenue & Customs were wrong to assume that all Company Directors are required to complete a Self Assessment Tax Return (Mohammed Salem Kadhem v HMRC). The taxpayer appealed against HMRC penalties for failing to submit his Tax Return because he owed no tax – the only…

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10th August 2017 HMRC’s latest update confirms acceptance of tax calculations from agents

  HMRC’s latest Agent Update announces their plan to withdraw paper copies of the SA302 (for mortgage application purposes) for taxpayers whose self-assessment tax returns are submitted by an agent.  This will take effect from 4 September 2017. To date we have been calling HMRC in order to obtain a paper copy of a client’s…

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