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ELECTION TAX PROPOSALS – MORE MONEY FOR NHS? The various political parties have all made bold promises in the run up to the General Election about increased spending if elected, particularly extra money for the NHS. Although many of the spending pledges will be funded out of increased borrowing, the parties have assumed that they […]

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WHEN WILL BUDGET DAY BE NOW? It was announced on 14 October that Sajid Javed’s first budget would be on 6 November but with a general election in December when will it be now? The current political uncertainty makes it difficult to give clear tax advice as a number of key proposals in the draft […]

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GOVERNMENT U-TURN ON PENSION TAX FOR DOCTORS AND OTHERS? In earlier newsletters we reported that hospital doctors and GPs were lobbying the government to amend the pension tax rules as the current system of restricting tax relief on pension contributions means many doctors paying almost all of the extra salary back in tax if they […]

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OFF-PAYROLL WORKING RULES GOING AHEAD The draft Finance Bill clauses issued for consultation on 11 July include legislation to extend the “off-payroll” working rules to the private sector from 6 April 2020. These changes will have significant implications for workers providing their services through personal service companies and also the end user organisations that engage […]

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A STAFF SUMMER PARTY CAN BE A TAX-FREE BENEFIT Your organisation may have an annual Christmas party for staff, but the tax rules also allow staff parties at other times of the year which are a tax-free benefit if certain conditions are satisfied. The exemption applies to an annual party (for example, a Christmas party), […]

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DOCTORS LOBBYING FOR PENSION TAX CHANGES Hospital doctors and GPs are lobbying the government to amend the pension tax rules as the current system of restricting tax relief on pension contributions means many doctors paying almost all of the extra salary back in tax if they take on additional responsibilities or work additional shifts. This […]

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EXTRACTING PROFIT FROM THE FAMILY COMPANY The start of the new tax year means that shareholder/ directors may want to review the salary and dividend mix for 2019/20. The £3,000 employment allowance continues to be available to set against the employers national insurance contribution (NIC) liability which means that where the company has not used […]

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NO TAX CHANGES ANNOUNCED IN SPRING STATEMENT Despite the continuing uncertainty surrounding Brexit the Chancellor delivered his Spring Statement on 13 March. The purpose of this statement is to update the House of Commons and the country on the state of the economy; it is not intended to include any major tax announcements, and none […]

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DON’T LOSE YOUR PERSONAL ALLOWANCE! For every £2 that your adjusted net income exceeds £100,000 the £11,850 personal allowance is reduced by £1. Pension contributions and Gift Aid can help to reduce adjusted net income and save tax at an effective rate of 60%. The restriction applies between £100,000 and £123,700 adjusted net income. Another […]

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NO DEAL BREXIT – WHAT ABOUT VAT? The Government and HMRC have updated its collection of high-level guides called “partnership packs”, intended to help businesses involved in importing and exporting prepare for changes to customs procedures after 29 March 2019 in the event of a “no deal” scenario. If the UK exits the EU without […]

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