IR35 in the private sector

Key considerations for contractors before April 2020 Large and medium-sized organisations have just six months left to prepare for changes to off-payroll working rules, which are due to extend to the private sector next spring. From 6 April 2020, firms that engage private-sector contractors will be responsible for deciding if the rules should apply and[…]

Changes to Principal Private Resident’s tax treatment from 6th April 2020

Now that the summary of responses on the Government’s Principal Private Residence Relief consultation has been published, we wanted to take the opportunity to confirm the taxation reforms that are coming into effect on 6 April 2020 in relation to disposals of property that have at some time been your Principal Private Residence. Currently, the[…]

Tax implications of working from home

Advice for contractors and the self-employed Working from home offers all kinds of benefits, from the opportunity to create the perfect environment in which you can be most productive, to the improvements to work-life balance that come with ditching the commute. There are advantages for businesses, too, assuming they trust their employees to work without[…]

Registering for Making Tax Digital for VAT

MTD zero-hour is here The moment has come: if your business has a taxable turnover above the VAT-registration threshold, which is currently £85,000, you’re now obliged to keep records in digital form and to file your VAT returns using HMRC-approved software. You probably got a bit fed up of being reminded about the deadline for[…]

The politics of tax breaks

How did we end up with such a complex system of tax reliefs? If there’s one thing accountants love, it’s identifying obscure tax reliefs to which you may be entitled and using them to reduce your tax bills. Tax reliefs, or tax breaks as they are sometimes called, aren’t without controversy, however. There are too[…]

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[…]