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27th May 2021 DEFRA’s Lump Sum Exit Scheme

DEFRA have now issued the consultation document regarding the lump sum payment for exiting agriculture. Having listened to the NFU webinar concerning this it seems to me that the lump sum, whilst being attractive from a cash flow perspective, has little else too recommend it. Clearly we have a lot more to learn and in…

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17th May 2021 2019/20 NHS Pension Scheme Pay Election – what are the next steps?

It is widely known in the healthcare industry that NHS England announced last year they would make good any annual allowance excess charge arising for staff in 2019/20 only. This came off the back of the announcement that the thresholds for tapering to the annual allowance would be increased from 2020/21, with no intention to…

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26th March 2021 6 April: A Guide to Off-Payroll Working Tax Rules

The proposed new rules apply regarding who determines IR35 status for freelancers hired by medium and large companies are imminent. Our Brief Guide will help find out how this affects you and what you can do: A Brief Guide to Off-Payroll Working Blog entry by: Vanessa Pearson

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25th March 2021 I hear a rumour…

I hear a rumour that Lloyds Agricultural banking team based in Edinburgh has been disbanded and merged within other teams around the country. Although some within the new regional teams may have some knowledge of agriculture it has been suggested that customers felt that this was not important. It seems that the agricultural specialism within…

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18th March 2021 Holding residential lettings in a company

There has been an ongoing debate since the government started to reduce tax relief available on mortgage interest that having property in a company could be more beneficial.   In order to transfer the property from personal ownership there could be a CGT charge depending on the difference in value from when you bought it…

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11th March 2021 Don’t miss the deadline for applying for Countryside Stewardship Schemes

With the reduction of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) starting in 2021, many farmers may be looking to other income streams to bolster their finances.   If this is you, then don’t delay looking into and applying for Countryside Stewardship Schemes (CSS). The window is open now for applications for schemes beginning on 1 January…

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8th March 2021 Budget 2021: Super Capital Allowances

In what was seen my many as a Budget lacking in ideas to kick start the economy back into life, Rishi Sunak’s announcement of a notional 30% uplift to eligible capital allowances headlined as the proverbial ‘rabbit out of the hat’. The tweaked allowances will give businesses purchasing brand new plant and machinery more tax…

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28th February 2021 1-Mar-21: Are you ready for new VAT Domestic Reverse Charge rules for construction services?

VAT registered businesses working within the construction sector should be aware that new domestic reverse charge VAT administration rules are being introduced wef 1 March 2021 (delayed from original October 2019 launch date). The Government announced in the 2018 Budget that they are trying to reduce missing trader fraud; where builders collect VAT from their…

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18th February 2021 IR35 – HMRC announce ‘light touch’ approach to penalties

The new private sector off-payroll rules are due to start from 6 April 2021 and HMRC have published their latest guidance – here.   The changes move the responsibility for determining a contractor’s IR35 status from the worker’s personal service company to the end client engaging them, where the end client is a medium/large business.…

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20th January 2021 Charity funds – which can I use during Covid?

During this unforeseen prolonged period of economic downturn charities may need to re-assess their short to long term aims. Certain planned activities may need to be delayed or even cancelled while more crucial expenditure takes priority. Charities may find it necessary to make use of their reserves to cope, or even just survive, this on-going…

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