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Paper Self-Assessment return deadline

18 Sep, 2018

The 2017-18 tax return deadline for taxpayers who continue to submit paper Self-Assessment returns, is 31 October 2018. Late submission of a Self-Assessment return will become liable to a £100 late filing penalty. The penalty usually applies even if there is no liability or if any tax due is paid in full by 31 January 2019.

We would recommend that anyone still submitting paper tax returns, consider the benefits of submitting the returns electronically and benefit from an additional three months (until 31 January 2019) in which to submit a return.

Accommodation expenses and benefits

18 Sep, 2018

There are special rules for the provision of living accommodation to employees under certain circumstances. In most cases, employees will pay tax on any living accommodation provided by an employer unless they qualify for an exception. However, where an employee qualifies for an exception, there is no tax to pay on the provision of living accommodation. The definition of living accommodation includes houses, flats, houseboats, holiday homes and apartments. It does not include hotel rooms or board and lodgings.

Stamp duty and leasehold property

18 Sep, 2018

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is payable whether you buy a freehold property, a new or existing leasehold property or a shared ownership property. SDLT has been replaced in Scotland by the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax and in Wales by the Land Transaction Tax.

The amount of SDLT you pay when you buy a leasehold property, depends on whether it’s an existing lease (an assigned lease) or a new one. There are also different amounts of SDLT payable depending on whether you are buying residential or non-residential property.

Spotless but not tax deductible

18 Sep, 2018

The First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) recently heard three joined appeals that concerned the availability of tax relief for employee expenses. In each of the cases the expense claims related to the costs incurred cleaning and sanitising working clothes together with the cost of toiletries for personal hygiene. The FTT collectively referred to these costs as cleaning expenses. All three taxpayers were appealing against PAYE coding notices where HMRC denied the cleaning expense claims.

Childcare and compensation claims

18 Sep, 2018

The Tax-Free Childcare Scheme (TFCS) helps support working families with their childcare costs. The scheme provides for a government top-up on parental contributions. For every 80p in the £1 contributed by parents, an additional 20p or 20% is funded by Government up to a maximum total of £10,000 per child per year. This gives parents an annual savings of up to £2,000 per child (and up to £4,000 for disabled children until the age of 17) in childcare costs.

CGT record keeping

18 Sep, 2018

The annual Capital Gains Tax (CGT) exemption for individuals is £11,700 for 2018-19. A husband and wife each benefit from a separate exemption. Same-sex couples who acquire a legal status as civil partners are treated in the same way as married couples for CGT purposes.

Help-to-Save scheme launched

18 Sep, 2018

The new Help to Save scheme for people on low incomes was officially opened with effect from 12 September 2018 following an 8-month trial. The new scheme allows those in work entitled to Working Tax Credit, and in receipt of Working Tax Credits or Child Tax Credits to save up to £50 a month for two years and receive a 50% government bonus.

New bereavement allowance for parents

18 Sep, 2018

A new workplace right to paid leave for bereaved parents has been officially enshrined in law after the Parental Leave and Pay Bill achieving Royal Assent. The new law, which is expected to come into force in 2020, was welcomed by charities helping bereaved parents to cope with the distress of losing a child.

Budget date remains to be confirmed

18 Sep, 2018

The Chancellor Philip Hammond, has stated before the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, that he is not yet in a position to announce a date for the Autumn Budget 2018 saying it was 'difficult to fix'. Last year, the Chancellor had used his annual meeting before the Economic Affairs Committee to announce the Budget date.

Tax on rental profits

13 Sep, 2018

A taxpayer, Miss Akan, appealed to the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) against assessments in relation to Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax and penalties relating to income arising from, and from her disposal of, 15 Binnie House, London SE1. The underlying facts in this case are complex. Miss Akan grew up at 15 Binnie House, a third floor flat where her mother was a tenant of the local council. When her mother grew older she was moved to a ground floor flat and Miss Akan took over the tenancy of No 15.

Telephone advice a reasonable excuse

13 Sep, 2018

The First-tier Tribunal (FTT) recently heard an appeal against late filing penalties imposed on both partnership and individual self-assessment returns for 2010-11 and 2011-12. There were also appeals made in respect of the years 2005-6 to 2009-10 but the FTT noted these were made outside the statutory time limits and accordingly, the Appellants applied for leave to appeal out of time.

CGT Rollover Relief

13 Sep, 2018

Capital Gains Tax (CGT) Rollover Relief is a valuable relief that allows for a delay in the payment of CGT on gains when you sell or dispose of certain assets and use all or part of the proceeds to buy new assets. The relief means that the tax on the gain of the old asset is postponed. The amount of the gain is effectively rolled over into the cost of the new asset and any CGT liability is deferred until the new asset is sold.

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