File your tax return by 30 December

The 2018/19 self-assessment tax return must be filed online by midnight on 31 January 2020 if a late filing penalty is to be avoided. A later deadline applies where the notice to file a return was not given until after 31 October 2019 – in this case, the deadline is three months after the date…Read More

Marriage Allowance

Marriage allowance is a government scheme which provides tax relief to married couples. Marriage allowance allows you to transfer 10% of your personal allowance, £1,250 in the current 2019/20 tax year to your spouse or civil partner, which could save you up to £250 in tax. Marriage allowance can be backdated up to 4 years.…Read More

Abbie’s ten tips to extract £65,000 of funds from your Ltd Company

If you are a limited company director and owner, you should prioritise working out the most tax-efficient methods to draw funds from your company. Below are some useful tips you can use to extract profits tax efficiently from your limited company: 2019/20 Basic director salary Take a director salary of £8,460 to pay a small…Read More

Private Residence Relief – Changes from 6 April 2020

Private Residence Relief (PRR) is designed to keep out of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) those gains or losses that arise when a person sells or otherwise disposes of a dwelling that has been used as their only or main residence. In the 2018 budget, the government announced the following changes: the final period exemption will…Read More

Have you ever been an Entrepreneur? There’s a relief for that

If you have been skilful or lucky enough to build a business and now think it’s time to pack up or sell, Entrepreneur’s Relief could be the answer for you. While there is more to cover than in this blog, this should give you a beginner’s guide to the Entrepreneur’s Relief. Why use it? On…Read More

Inheritance Tax Planning

Save on Inheritance Tax by making pension payments into a Self-Investment Pension Plan (SIPP) Funds held in a Self-Investment Pension Plan (SIPP) on the death of the member may be transferred to the ‘nominated beneficiaries’. The member should complete an ‘expression of wish’ form for each pension plan stating to whom they wish the benefit to…Read More

Accounting after university

Have you recently left university, and are you wondering if an accountancy career is for you? As a graduate looking to get your first job in accountancy, it is important to first evaluate whether you are willing to put in the work and dedicate another 3 years of your life to studying. Whether it be…Read More

Company Car Tax

Company cars are a great way for businesses to reward staff as a benefit on top of their salary, unfortunately, HMRC is aware of this and levies tax on the perk, this is referred to as a Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) as the car is seen as an additional taxable benefit. The amount of tax you pay…Read More

Inheritance Tax – Taper Relief & Gifting allowance:

Inheritance and the associated tax implications may not be something that you are familiar with or concerned with yet, however with careful planning there are ways of ensuring that that tax payable on possessions passed on to your beneficiaries are minimised. Under current legislation, Inheritance Tax (IHT) is payable on the total value of your…Read More

Uniform Allowance

Wearing a work uniform may not be seen as a benefit – but you can gain Tax relief from it! HMRC give you the opportunity to claim up to 4 years’ worth of uniform allowance. What is classified as a uniform? ‘A uniform is a set of specialised clothing that’s recognisable as identifying someone as…Read More

Mother’s Day (Trivial Benefits)

Does your mother work for you? The trivial benefit exemption could be a tax-efficient way to treat your mother this Mother’s day – 31st March 2019. What qualifies as a trivial benefit? Employers that provide a gift or expense to their employee or director, under a statutory exemption. All of the conditions below have to…Read More

Love is in the air (and lots of tax benefits too!)

Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches. From recent research, it has been found that over one million people will get engaged on Valentine’s Day this year. If you have that niggling feeling that your loved one is thinking of asking you for your hand in marriage, it could come with a number…Read More

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In the corporate world, sometimes things aren’t exactly black and white when it comes to accounting procedures.

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