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18th January 2019 CryptoCurrency Taxation: HMRC close loophole?

HMRC are not known for being ahead of the curve, so trying to find official guidance on how exchange gains from selling bitcoin, and other crypto currencies, is expected to be self-assessed and taxed, was always going to be ‘problematic’. At the time of first researching this, the latest HMRC guidance was published in 3…

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11th January 2019 Financing your self-build project

  Borrowing to build Self-builders require more money up front than conventional homebuyers. This is because they have to buy their building plots and fund their planning applications before they can apply for any loans. Self-build mortgages tend to be interest-only as fixed-rate loans have substantial exit fees for those who change loans when the…

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7th December 2018 Budget Changes Encourage Investment

A number of measures contained in October’s budget were designed to increase investment made by UK businesses and aimed at raising the UK’s international competitiveness. Farmers anticipating expenditure on new commercial buildings or a large outlay on machinery, may find Chancellor Hammond’s changes both interesting and useful.   Let’s look first at the Structures and…

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19th November 2018 Charities small trading tax exemption to increase

During the Autumn Budget on 29th October 2019, it was announced that the small trading tax exemption limits for Charities is set to increase.   The exemptions apply to Charities who trade outside of their primary purpose. A Charity will not pay tax on trading profits that are a part of the Charity’s primary purpose…

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16th November 2018 Don’t dwell on your ATED obligations

With only just under 6 months until the 2019/2020 ATED return filing deadline of 30th April 2019. It may be an appropriate time to consider whether your limited company may be obliged to submit an ATED return. The annual tax on enveloped dwellings (ATED) applies to companies which own an interest in a residential property…

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12th November 2018 CGT Reliefs – Hit with Both Barrels!

A gain on sale of residential property is chargeable to capital gains tax (CGT) as follows: 18% to the extent that the gain falls within the basic rate band 28% thereafter An annual exemption is available if not utilised elsewhere (currently £11,700, rising to £12,000 in the 2019/20 tax year). Principal Private Residence Relief (PPR)…

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9th November 2018 Gift aid small donations limit to rise

Following the budget on 29th October 2018, the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme limit has been increased to donations of £30 or less from 6 April 2019. The scheme was introduced for Charities who accept small donations to still claim for Gift Aid despite not collecting the usual declaration paperwork from the donor. This has…

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8th November 2018 EIS: v2?

Observers of recent Budgets will have noticed that the Chancellor has made several references to “EIS Knowledge Intensive Funds”, as a new initiative to help finance growth in innovative firms. He has even invented a new phrase to describe this type of funding: ‘Patient Capital’. The initial March 2018 Consultation Paper has now closed for…

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2nd November 2018 Profit distribution to charitable parent

It is common practice for a trading subsidiary company to pay their profits to their charitable parent as a donation under gift aid. This is tax efficient for the subsidiary company, as the profits that have been donated are treated as a donation expense and therefore there is no corporation tax due if paid within…

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31st October 2018 Budget 2018: IR35 rules change for private sector

The Autumn Budget 2018 confirmed that many private sector contractors will no longer be responsible for deciding if they are caught by the IR35 rules. Engagers who are medium or large organisations will now decide the IR35 status of the PSCs they contract with. What will constitute a medium or large organisation? It is not…

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