HMRC resumes investigations after COVID-19

What to expect from tax probes in 2020/21 After temporarily pausing tax investigations as COVID-19 business support measures rolled out earlier this year, HMRC has restarted probes into businesses and individuals’ tax affairs. The Revenue has also started to direct its attention towards the misuse of coronavirus support schemes, such as the furlough scheme and[…]

Cash basis for landlords

The default basis for landlords’ accounts Traders have been able to prepare their accounts using the cash basis since April 2013, as long as they meet certain eligibility conditions. This option was extended to landlords running unincorporated property businesses from 6 April 2017. However, while traders must elect for the cash basis, it applies by[…]

Tax

Managing automatic re-enrolment

Once you’ve been running auto-enrolment for three years you’ll need to re-enrol workers. Over the last five years there has been a seismic shift in attitudes towards retirement saving. Auto-enrolment means workplace pensions are now regarded by many employees as a normal part of working life. Although detractors argue that minimum contributions lull people into[…]

buy-to-let

Buy-to-let property

A guide for individual landlords on the recent tax changes.  Whether you own one or 50 let properties, you need to be aware of the tax changes that have already started to take effect – and which will accelerate over the coming years. Restricted interest For periods before 6 April 2017, all the interest and[…]

Healthy finances

Sick pay valued over other benefits

Self-employed people would prefer to receive sick pay than any other statutory benefit, a study has found. FreeAgent and The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) polled 900 micro-business owners and found 76% do not currently offer sick pay and other benefits such as maternity leave, holiday or redundancy pay. Attitudes towards statutory benefits varied[…]

Spring Budget 2017

Introduction Chancellor Philip Hammond described his first and last Spring Budget as one that “takes forward our plan to prepare Britain for a brighter future”. The economic forecasts outlined by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) were broadly in line with those from the Autumn Statement in November 2016. Inflation is forecast at 2.4% in[…]