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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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NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS TO SAVE TAX At this time of year we think about New Year’s resolutions. It is also a good time to start planning your tax affairs before the end of the tax year on 5th April. An obvious tax planning point would be to maximise your ISA allowances for the 2018/19 tax […]

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Christmas is the time for giving Those thinking about making gifts at Christmas should take advantage of the various inheritance tax (IHT) exemptions and reliefs available to them. Note that certain gifts can also have capital gains tax (CGT) implications.   THE IHT ANNUAL EXEMPTION – USE IT OR LOSE IT! Although not particularly generous […]

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MORE MONEY FOR NHS AND AN END TO AUSTERITY? As previously announced, these were the main themes of the Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s third budget but what we were waiting to hear was where the extra money was going to come from? Had he found a “Magic Money Tree”, or would tax and borrowing have to increase? We now […]

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CLASS 2 NICs TO CONTINUE FOR SELF-EMPLOYED In 2016 the government consulted on a proposed abolition of Class 2 National Insurance contributions (NICs) for the self-employed. This flat rate contribution, currently £2.95 a week is payable by the self-employed in addition to Class 4 contributions based on the level of profits. The flat rate contributions […]

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TIME TO DECLARE OFFSHORE INCOME GAINS AND ASSETS WARNS HMRC HMRC is urging UK taxpayers to come forward and declare any foreign income or profits on offshore assets before 30 September to avoid higher tax penalties. New legislation called ‘Requirement to Correct’ requires UK taxpayers to notify HMRC about any offshore tax liabilities relating to […]

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MAKING TAX DIGITAL FOR VAT GUIDANCE ISSUED HMRC have now issued their detailed guidance on the digital record keeping and return requirements for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT. VAT Notice 700/22 clarifies that spreadsheets may still be used to keep business records provided that there is bridging software that links to the Government gateway. […]

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NEW VAT RULES FOR BUILDING TRADE IN 2019 Under new rules due to come in on 1 October 2019 builders, sub- contractors and other trades associated with the construction industry will have to start using a new method of accounting for VAT. The measure is designed to combat VAT fraud in the construction sector labour […]

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OFF-PAYROLL  RULES (IR35) TO BE EXTENDED TO PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS? As mentioned in the Autumn Budget, the Government has opened a consultation into a possible extension of the rules that currently apply to “off-payroll” workers in the public sector to the private sector. This consultation is being undertaken at the same time as the consultation […]

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CHANGES TO TERMINATION PAYMENTS Care is always required when employees are made redundant or payments are made on the termination of employment. Not only are there employment law considerations, there are also important tax implications and this is an area where professional advice is strongly recommended to avoid unnecessary pitfalls. The tax treatment of these […]

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