Personal Tax Planning

How to reduce what you owe the taxman Nobody wants the taxman to take more than his fair share, and planning your finances early on can ensure you adopt the most tax-efficient strategy for the months and years ahead. Effective tax planning will help protect your wealth and any assets, ready to pass on when[…]

Clipping the wings of phoenix companies

A guide to measures which discourage ‘phoenixing’ of companies Companies can fail for several reasons and, for the most part, these aren’t the result of wrongdoing by the directors. For this reason, it’s perfectly legal to start a new company after an old one has become insolvent. However, there are a number of rules that[…]

Tax and employee benefits

What to expect when providing staff with perks Most employers choose to recognise the ongoing commitment made by their members of staff by providing various benefits and rewards. Whether that’s in the form of the Christmas party or it extends to benefits such as a cash bonus or flexitime, it all helps to ensure employees[…]

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[…]