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Statutory payment rates for tax year 2018/19 confirmed

22 Jan, 2018

Following the written ministerial statement published in November 2017 announcing the proposed new rates for statutory maternity pay (SMP), statutory adoption pay (SAP), statutory paternity pay (SPP), statutory shared parental pay (ShPP) and statutory sick pay (SSP) for tax year 2018/19, the government has now published the draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2018 which confirms the figures.

 

New DBS basic disclosure service goes live

22 Jan, 2018

From 17 January 2018, individuals who need to obtain a basic disclosure check for a job in England and Wales should apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), not to Disclosure Scotland. The DBS now provides the service for England and Wales. Individuals who wish to apply for their own basic check can use the new online service provided by the DBS.

 

What is the herd basis?

18 Jan, 2018

There are special rules which can apply to farmers and market gardeners that prepare their accounts on an accruals basis. This includes special rules for farmers’ averaging relief, dealing with losses and the treatment of compensation for compulsory slaughter.

What to consider when employing family, young people and volunteers

18 Jan, 2018

When a new employee is added to the payroll it is the employers’ responsibility to ensure they meet the employees’ rights and deduct the correct amount of tax from their salary. This includes any employees who are family members.

HMRC’s guidance is clear that if you hire family members you must:

Salary sacrifice examples of tax consequences

18 Jan, 2018

The tax and NIC advantages of certain benefits provided as part of a salary sacrifice arrangement were removed from 6 April 2017. The new rules effectively remove the Income Tax and employer NIC advantages of certain benefits provided as part of salary sacrifice arrangements such as mobile phones and workplace parking.

Projects that count as R & D for tax purposes

18 Jan, 2018

Research and Development (R&D) tax credits were introduced for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in 2000 and for large companies in 2002. R&D credits are a Corporation Tax relief to encourage innovation and enterprise within the UK economy.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) can claim SME R&D tax deductions totalling 230% of any qualifying R&D expenditure (from 1 April 2015). It is also possible to claim a tax credit if the company is loss making.

Buying a rental property?

18 Jan, 2018

The removal of the 10% wear and tear allowance that allowed landlords to reduce the tax they paid on furnished property lets (after the end of the 2015-16 tax year) was a significant loss for many landlords. The 10% deduction was available to landlords regardless of whether furnishings in their property were replaced or not.

A reminder of ways you can pay tax due

18 Jan, 2018

Last week we confirmed that as from 13 January 2018, HMRC will not accept personal credit cards for payment of tax or penalties. We have listed below the payment options you still have available to you:

Can we claim for marketing, entertainment and subscription costs?

10 Jan, 2018

The self-employed are often concerned if an expense is allowable or not for tax purposes. In this article, we will briefly look at the rules for claiming marketing, entertainment and subscription costs.

Most marketing expenses are treated as allowable business expenses. This includes advertising in newspapers or directories, bulk mail advertising (mail shots), providing free samples and website costs.

The cost of entertaining clients, suppliers and customers or event hospitality in relation to the business is not treated as an allowable business expense.

Basic monthly tasks if you run your own payroll

10 Jan, 2018

One of the most time-consuming admin tasks associated with the running a small business can be dealing with the payroll.

Generally speaking, you can:

  • Run your own in-house payroll, or
  • Hire your accountant to do the work for you.

If you operate your own payroll, there are a multitude of tasks that must be completed each tax month. Tax months run from the 6th of one month to the 5th of the next.

This includes:

The end of credit card payment surcharges?

10 Jan, 2018

From 13 January 2018, it will become illegal for any business to charge a fee in addition to the advertised price of a transaction to consumers (widely known as surcharging). For example, a travel company charging more to use a credit card rather than a debit card or cash.

This change is being brought about by the introduction of the EU Second Payment Services Directive (PSDII) which the UK government is required to implement into UK law in order to meet its legal obligations and avoid infraction proceedings.

Who is entitled to claim statutory maternity pay?

10 Jan, 2018

Employees that are pregnant are eligible to take up to 26 weeks of maternity leave (known as ordinary maternity leave) plus an additional 26 weeks (known as additional maternity leave). This means that an employee can take up to a full year of maternity leave once they give their employers the correct notice. All women employees are entitled to both classes of maternity leave from day one of their employment.

SMP is a weekly payment from your employer made over a 39-week period. The SMP is payable at:

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