Private Client Tax

Private client taxes, often refered to as personal taxes (income tax, national insurance contributionscapital gains tax and inheritance tax) are arguably the most understood of all of the taxes, as most of the population pay some of them often and in a very visible way. Since the introduction of self assessment taxpayers need to understand these rules, to ensure correct disclosure to HMRC and to minimise their overall tax exposure.

If you are requested by HMRC, or otherwise required, to fill in a self assessment tax return, because you are self employed, a higher rate taxpayer, a director, a trustee, a property investor, or another reason, you need to make sure than this return correctly discloses all taxable income sources/gains and claims all valid tax deductions.

Specific private client tax areas which we are typically asked to advise on include:

  • Income and capital gains tax on buy-to-let residential properties,
  • Disclosure and taxation of benefits in kind,
  • Taxation of trusts,
  • Exercising and taxation of share options,
  • Income tax on pension and investment income,
  • Share pooling rules for sales of quoted shares,
  • Claiming maximum tax relief for contributions into pensions,
  • Minimising exposure to inheritance tax,
  • Other tax planning,
  • Dealing with HMRC tax enquiries.

Disclosing and then agreeing your personal tax liability with HMRC is principally achieved by the completing and submission of a self assessment tax return. Clients who are fearful that these disclosures may be investigated by HMRC may wish to consider taking out our tax investigation insurance.

Understanding this complicated tax system and paying the correct (minimum) amount of personal tax, at the correct time, disclosed through the correct mechanism, is what most clients seek. Speak to our tax technicians and put your mind at ease.

Our Tax Group Commentary on Private Client Tax Aspects of:

2017: Budget 

2016: Autumn Statement Budget 

2015: Autumn Statement | Summer BudgetSpring Budget 

2014: Autumn Statement | Budget 

2013: Autumn Statement | Budget

2012: Autumn Statement | Budget 

2011: Autumn Statement  

Our Tax Group “A Brief Guide to...” Publications:



 
Latest Blogs in Private Client Tax
 
Neil Groom
27th June 2017 A taxing calculation

Calculate your own tax… The introduction of the so-called dividend and savings allowances from April 2016 was intended to reduce the tax liability for taxpayers with modest dividend and interest income, possibly removing them from the need to prepare a tax return altogether. For other taxpayers however, the interaction of these changes, together with the…

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Barbara Nicholas
19th June 2017 Capital Gains Tax when you sell your house – make sure you disclose all the facts to HMRC

HMRC’s ongoing scrutiny of private residence relief is in the news again, with another case going before the First Tier Tribunal. Mr & Mrs Ritchie were partially successful in their claim for relief on the sale of their home, which cost them less than £200,000 but which they sold to a developer for £2 million.…

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Jodie Tarbin
29th March 2017 Tax Relief Restriction

Buy-to-let Mortgages: Tax relief restrictions soon to commence. The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) issued a press release today reminding residential property landlords that the first phase of the restriction of tax relief for mortgage interest commences in April. The change means that finance costs (including mortgage interest) will no longer be deductible in full…

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Barbara Nicholas
13th March 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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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
2nd February 2017 Beat the Budget

Wed-8-Mar-17: Consider Advance Pension Contributions? Another budget looms, on 8th March. Tax planning would be much easier if we all had the benefit of a crystal ball, but we don’t.   We expect that there will be some announcements in the Budget surrounding Making Tax Digital and the promised review of the R&D regime, but…

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