Benefit in kind

Tax Card 2018/19 (Part 1)

TAXABLE INCOME BANDS AND TAX RATES   2018/19 2017/18 Starting rate* of 0% on savings up to £5,000 £5,000 Basic rate band £34,500 £33,500 Higher rate band £34,501 – £150,000 £33,501 – £150,000 Additional rate band Over £150,000 Over £150,000 Basic rate 20% 20% Higher rate 40% 40% Additional rate 45% 45% Dividend ordinary rate[…]

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Tax investigation

HMRC investigations

What to expect when the Revenue comes knocking. Anyone whose business comes under the Revenue’s microscope is usually in for a roller-coaster ride. HMRC has upped its game in recent years when it comes to probing businesses or sole traders who may be suspected of falsely reporting or underpaying tax. Nobody appears to be beyond[…]

Charity

Giving to charity in life and death

How to include charitable donations in your tax planning strategy. Incorporating charitable giving into your tax planning strategy can be a useful way to reduce both your income tax and the inheritance tax (IHT) that will eventually become payable on your estate. As such, gifts may become an important component of both the estate planning[…]

Autumn Budget

Autumn Budget 2017 round-up

A range of measures designed to boost business and productivity were announced in Autumn Budget 2017. Amid a background of discontent surrounding business rates, chancellor Philip Hammond revealed future increases will be determined by the Consumer Prices Index measure of inflation from April 2018. The measure comes into effect two years earlier than originally planned[…]

Business investments

Cautious Businesses Delaying Investments

Businesses are in no rush to make investments amid the ongoing uncertainty of Brexit, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). More than one in four businesses are delaying investment decisions as the government continues negotiations with the EU. As a result of their collective cautiousness, 61% of those firms[…]

Tax Deadline

Start planning for the New Year Personal Tax deadline

Personal tax returns need to be submitted to HMRC before 31st January. As of today, that leaves just 61 working days to get the return finalised. This year, there is an earlier deadline which may be relevant to you. HMRC have announced from 13 January 2018 (i.e. only 49 days away), they will no longer[…]