Accounting for charities & non-profit organisations

Anyone who runs charities knows how it differs from running a business, both in terms of motives and objectives. HMRC treats non-profit organisations and charities very differently to businesses, offering some unique tax breaks in the process.  If a charity is recognised by the tax authority, it will benefit from certain tax reliefs. This is[…]

Businesses basis period rules in line for reform

Unincorporated businesses could be about to see significant changes to the ways in which they are taxed. This is following the launch of a Government consultation. The Government plans to reform the basis period rules in a bid to simplify how unincorporated businesses, such as sole traders and business partnerships, allocate trading profits to tax[…]

Starting a new business after COVID-19

New businesses can still grow and flourish. Not much can stop determined entrepreneurs from building a new business from the ground up. Even during such challenging times as a COVID-19 or its ensuing fallout budding business owners are succeeding. The pandemic has proven a huge challenge for businesses. 396,155 UK firms closed in 2020 according to[…]

Estate Planning: House prices raise inheritance tax risk

Inheritance tax is usually charged at 40% on the value of your estate over the £325,000 nil-rate band. This includes your property, money and possessions. There’s an additional allowance of up to £175,000 if you pass on your family home to children or grandchildren.  If you’re married, you can effectively combine your thresholds and transfer[…]

Tax planning for a residential landlord.

After a challenging year as a UK residential landlord, you might have read about improvements to the buy-to-let mortgage market in recent weeks. In the three months to 31 May 2021, the average interest rates for a residential landlord have declined. A two-year fixed-rate buy-to-let mortgage fell 0.10 percentage points to 2.95%. A five-year fixed[…]

50 Steps to prepare your personal tax return for HMRC

Preparing your personal tax return is one of the most important interactions that you will have with HMRC. Mistakes can have costly consequences and cause concern. At Jack Ross, we understand that you want certainty that your personal tax compliance obligations are met on a timely and accurate basis. That’s why we have a thorough[…]

Making Tax Digital – HMRC to Prioritise MTD

In order to try and build public trust the HMRC charter has been upgraded and updated to clarify the standards of behaviour expected from both them and tax payers. The have also provided clearer guidance on Making Tax Digital, meaning it is more accessible and as clear and authoritative as possible. Support services will be[…]

Personal tax planning in 2021/22

Personal tax planning in 2021/22 If there’s one thing to take away from Spring Budget 2021, it’s taking charge of your personal finances is going to be increasingly important over the next five years. With the financial fallout from COVID-19 over the last year being the fiscal equivalent of fighting a war at more than[…]

Barrister Incorporation

Update on Barrister Incorporation Back in 2015, the Bar Standards Board began accepting applications from Barristers who wish to practice through a separate legal entity, thus paving the way for barristers to operate through a limited company. Since then some 75 entities are now BSB Authorised Bodies meaning that they are fully owned and managed[…]