EXTRACTING PROFIT FROM THE FAMILY COMPANY

The start of the new tax year means that shareholders/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 employer’s national insurance contribution (NIC) liability which means that where the company has not used this allowance it may be set against[…]

ADVISORY FUEL RATE FOR COMPANY CARS

In line with recent reductions in fuel prices, HMRC has reduced its suggested reimbursement rates for employees’ private mileage using their company car from 1st March 2019. Where there has been a change the previous rate is shown in brackets.   Engine Size Petrol Diesel LPG 1400cc or less 11p (12p) 7p (8p) 1600cc or less[…]

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 a deal, UK businesses will have to[…]

LBTT – Land and Buildings Transaction tax

I know!  The accountancy world does not make it easy for you with all of these acronyms – ABC this, and EDF that….  Here we are referring to the additional dwelling supplement, covered by the land and buildings transaction tax.  This means if you buy an additional dwelling, such as holiday home or a buy-to-let[…]

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 at £3,000 per donor per[…]

The Residence Nil Rate Band and Downsizing

Downsizing your home can come at a cost.   The Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) did not initially include provisions for downsizing. But, following a consultation, new provisions were introduced for those downsizing their home after 8 July 2015. These provisions take account of downsizing in two cases:- The deceased downsized to a lower value[…]

The Residence Nil Rate Band

It’s important that your accountant is there to give you the best advice when you need it, in good times and in bad. When a loved one passes away it can bring a number of important decisions that will affect the surviving family. That is why it’s important to develop a relationship with your accountant[…]

Dividend changes: are you ready?

In his 2015 Budget, Chancellor George Osborne introduced significant changes to the taxation of dividends. Owners of small businesses need to take note. It’s quite usual for directors of small companies to extract profits as dividends, which form a regular income. The main reason is tax efficiency, as when the dividend is paid out to[…]