The risks of a tax investigation

Will HMRC come knocking on your door? It’s a fact – humans are bad at assessing risk. We’re terrified of things that rarely happen (plane crashes, power station meltdowns) but relatively blasé about things that are statistically more likely to harm us, such as unwashed lettuce. The likelihood of HMRC swooping to investigate your business’s[…]

National insurance planning

Obligations and opportunities National insurance contributions (NICs) are set aside to pay the state pension and other benefits, but due to the UK’s ageing population the National Insurance Fund is under increasing strain, with the state pension taking up more than 90% of its annual outlay in 2018. A review by the Government Actuary’s Department[…]

Capital allowances for plant and machinery

How to minimise business tax in 2018/19 If there’s one thing that keeps us awake at night it’s the thought of how many British businesses are failing to claim capital allowances to which they are entitled – worth billions of pounds across the board, according to some estimates. Capital allowances provide the mechanism for tax[…]

Tax on residential property

How has devolution affected what tax you pay? First-time buyers in England, Northern Ireland – and for a short time in Wales – were the biggest winners in the most recent shake-up to affect property taxes in Autumn Budget 2017. Philip Hammond’s headline measure was to abolish stamp duty for first-time buyers on homes worth[…]

Capital gains tax planning

How can you reduce your capital gains tax bill in 2018/19? Whether you’re a buy-to-let landlord, a shareholder, an art dealer or you fall somewhere in between, the chances are you will be familiar with paying capital gains tax (CGT). CGT is payable when you ‘dispose’ of a certain item and make money from the[…]

Furnished holiday lettings

The pros and cons of letting furnished holiday accommodation When furnished holiday property is let on a commercial basis for short periods, the owner can benefit from certain tax reliefs which wouldn’t otherwise be available to residential landlords, providing certain conditions are met. However, there are also several disadvantages associated with letting property as holiday[…]

Understanding IR35

A brief guide to the tax implications of IR35 IR35 is the shorthand name for tax rules concerning the provision of personal services through intermediaries. These rules came into effect on 6 April 2000, but they were significantly amended from 6 April 2017 for contracts involving public sector bodies. There are now two different applications[…]