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Using your car for work and claiming for passengers

30 Aug, 2017

Do you use your own car for business purposes? If so, you may be able to claim a tax-free allowance from your employer known as a Mileage Allowance Payment or MAP. The allowance is paid when employers use their own car, van, motorcycle or bike for work purposes. It is important to note that this tax-free allowance is not available for journeys to and from work, but is available to employees who use their own vehicles to do other business-related mileage.

Tax-Free Childcare Scheme compensation

30 Aug, 2017

HMRC has announced the launch of a new compensation scheme for users affected by system issues when trying to register to the new Tax-Free Childcare Scheme (TFCS). The TFCS was launched in April 2017 to the first tranche of working parents. The scheme was initially made available to working parents of children aged under 4 on 31 August 2017.

Tax Diary September/October 2017

24 Aug, 2017

1 September 2017 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 30 November 2016.

19 September 2017 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 September 2017. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 September 2017)

19 September 2017 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 September 2017.

19 September 2017 - CIS tax deducted for the month ended 5 September 2017 is payable by today.

What is the wholly and exclusively rule?

23 Aug, 2017

When deciding if an expense is deductible or not for tax purposes it is important to consider if the expenditure was incurred wholly and exclusively for the purposes of your trade or employment. This is a difficult starting point as there is often a fine line dividing what meets the ‘wholly and exclusively’ rule and what does not.

In general, HMRC takes a slightly more relaxed view than a strict reading of the legislation would suggest. HMRC’s own internal manuals offers advice to HMRC inspectors to exercise care when applying the test.

What is Form 17?

23 Aug, 2017

As a general rule, the fall-back position for couples who live together with their spouse or civil partners is that property income held in joint names is divided 50:50. This is regardless of the actual ownership structure. However, where there is unequal ownership and the couple want the income taxed on that basis a notification must be sent to HMRC together with proof that the beneficial interests in the property are unequal. This is done using Form 17 published by HMRC.

Running a business from home?

23 Aug, 2017

Anyone running a business from home should check if they need permission to do so: from a mortgage provider or landlord. Your local council may also need to be notified, for example, if you need a licence to run a home-based business. Running a business from home may also create a charge to business rates and might affect property insurance costs.

Other business costs you may need to consider include:

Terminal losses for the self-employed

23 Aug, 2017

There are a number of different reliefs available to the self-employed or members of a trading partnership that suffer tax losses, and a number of ways these losses can be used.

One commonly used relief, is terminal loss relief. This relief is available to businesses that suffer a loss in the last year of trade. Terminal loss relief allows for the carry back of any trading losses that occur in the final 12 months of trading to be set off against profits made in any or all of the previous three tax years.

VAT partial exemption

23 Aug, 2017

A business that incurs expenditure on taxable and exempt business activities is termed as partially exempt for VAT purposes. In essence, the business has to make an apportionment between the exempt and chargeable activities using a 'partial exemption method'. This is required in order to calculate how much input tax is recoverable.

Costs that qualify for Research & Development Relief

23 Aug, 2017

Small and medium-sized companies can claim R&D tax credits of 230% of qualifying expenditure incurred on or after 1 April 2015. This article lists a summary of costs that can be considered for this relief, broadly, if they contribute directly to seeking an advance in science or technology. They are:

Record £2 million in back pay identified on lastest list of national minimum wage offenders

21 Aug, 2017

Around 230 employers have been named and shamed for underpaying their workers the national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW). This is the 12th “naming and shaming” list to have been published and it covers more than 13,000 UK workers and means they will now collectively receive around £2 million in back pay. In addition to paying workers back the money they are owed, employers named on the list have been fined a record £1.9 million by the government. Retail, hairdressing and hospitality businesses were among the most prolific offenders.

100% write down for qualifying capital expenditure

17 Aug, 2017

The Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) limit has changed significantly over the last number of years. However, the limit has been fixed at £200,000 for all qualifying expenditure on or after 1 January 2016.

Choosing a company name

17 Aug, 2017

Companies House guidance sets out the main requirements for incorporating a company in the UK. The guidance entitled Incorporation and Names also provides advice on checking which names are acceptable to Companies House when naming a company.

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