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Spring Budget 2021 – Income Tax Rates & Allowances

04/03/2021

It has been confirmed as part of the Budget announcements that the 2021-22 personal allowance will increase to £12,570 (2020-21: £12,500) and the basic rate limit to £37,700 (2020-21: £37,500). As a result, the higher rate threshold will increase to £50,270 (2020-21: £50,000) from 6 April 2021. The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak revealed that

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Spring Budget 2021 – Corporation Tax

04/03/2021

The Chancellor confirmed that the Corporation Tax main rate will remain at 19% from 1 April 2021 for the next 2 years. The main rate had been expected to increase to help pay the massive costs of the coronavirus pandemic to the public purse. However, the Corporation Tax main rate will increase to 25% from 1 April 2023 for companies with

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Spring Budget 2021 – CJRS and SEISS schemes extended

04/03/2021

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) commonly known as the furlough scheme will be extended until the 30 September 2021. The Chancellor confirmed that employees will receive up to 80% of their salary for hours not worked subject to a monthly maximum of £2,500 until the scheme ends. The CJRS will also continue in its present form

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Spring Budget 2021 - Government backed loan schemes

04/03/2021

The deadline for applications for all the government-backed loan schemes including the Bounce Back Loan scheme, Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans and the Future Fund ends on 31 March 2021. The Chancellor did not announce any further extension to these loan schemes but instead announced that a new successor loan guarantee programme

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Spring Budget 2021 - Capital allowances

04/03/2021

Designed to help offset the increased Corporation Tax main rate and promote investment, the Chancellor announced the introduction of a new ground breaking super-deduction tax relief. The new temporary tax relief applies on qualifying capital asset investments and will apply from 1 April 2021 until 31 March 2023. The new super-deduction is

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Spring Budget 2021 - VAT

04/03/2021

It has been confirmed, by the Chancellor, that the taxable turnover threshold that determines whether businesses should be registered for VAT will be frozen at £85,000 until 31 March 2024. The taxable turnover threshold that determines whether businesses can apply for deregistration will also be frozen at the current rate of £83,000 for

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Budget Summary - March 2021

03/03/2021

More has been disclosed, leaked, of this year’s Budget announcements than in previous years. But we now have the details and there is a lot to consider. The following Budget summary is split into four sections: COVID-19 related support measures for UK businesses Support for the UK housing market Taxation changes Other

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Capital or debt?

02/03/2021

What is the difference between capital and debt, and why is the distinction important? One important distinction is that capital represents the amount of funds introduced by shareholders, partners or sole traders plus any retained profits that the business has created at any particular date. Debt on the other hand is a liability, an

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What is pensions credit?

02/03/2021

Pension Credit is an income-related benefit made up of 2 parts - Guarantee Credit and Savings Credit. Guarantee Credit tops up your weekly income if it’s below £173.75 (for single people) or £265.20 (for couples). You may still be eligible if you have savings, a pension or your own home. Savings Credit is an extra payment for people who

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Claiming Self-Employed Income Support Scheme grants

25/02/2021

Under the third Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant, claimants received up to 80% of average trading profits for November and December 2020, and January 2021. This meant that a maximum grant for the three months of £7,500 was made available to those who met the eligibility requirements. The claim window for this grant has

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Inheritance Tax - tax-free gifts

25/02/2021

We wanted to remind our readers of the Inheritance Tax (IHT) implications of making cash gifts during the current tax 2020-21 tax year that ends on 5 April 2021. You can give away up to £3,000 worth of gifts each tax year. This is known as your annual exemption. Any unused part of the annual exemption can be carried forward, but only for

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Capital Gains Tax exemptions

25/02/2021

As with Income Tax personal allowances, taxpayers have an annual exempt amount for Capital Gains Tax (CGT) which is forfeited if not used. The annual exemption for individuals in 2020-21 is £12,300. A husband and wife each have a separate exemption. This also applies to civil partners who are treated in the same way as married couples for

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Government to publish range of tax consultations

25/02/2021

In a recent HM Treasury press release it has been confirmed that the government will publish a number of tax-related consultations and calls for evidence at the end of March. These consultations would usually be published on Budget day but instead will be published on 23 March. This will allow more time for these consultations to be

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VAT Agricultural Flat Rate Scheme

25/02/2021

Businesses that use the flat rate scheme pay VAT as a fixed percentage of their VAT inclusive turnover. The VAT Agricultural Flat Rate Scheme is a variant of the flat rate scheme specifically designed for farmers and other activities relating to agricultural production (such as horticulture). Farmers cannot join this scheme if the value

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Outcome of the Uber case

25/02/2021

The Supreme Court has handed down a landmark judgement in the Uber case. The Supreme Court unanimously upheld the decisions of earlier courts and has found that Uber drivers are ‘workers’ and not self-employed as Uber has tried to argue. The decision of the Supreme Court as the final court of appeal in the UK marks the end of the case

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Tax Diary March/April 2021

25/02/2021

1 March 2021 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 May 2020. 2 March 2021 - Self-assessment tax for 2019/20 paid after this date will incur a 5% surcharge. 19 March 2021 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 March 2021. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 March 2021) 19 March 2021 -

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Emerging from lockdown

23/02/2021

The Prime Minister has set out the government’s objectives for easing lockdown restrictions. If the planned opening of schools, social interactions and businesses is achieved without significant increases in infection, after 21st June 2021, there will be no legal limits on social contact. Which means, all businesses including hospitality

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What is overtrading?

23/02/2021

A reminder that traders who buy and sell goods - wholesalers or retailers - need to be wary of the financial consequences if, as expected, pent up consumer activity leads to a surge in demand for your products from July 2021 or earlier if you can trade before 21st June 2021. What is overtrading? Let’s assume that the past year’s

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Marriage Allowance tax break

18/02/2021

If you are entitled to the marriage allowance and have not yet applied, then you could receive a payment of up to £1,188 from HMRC. HMRC used the occasion of Valentine’s Day to remind couples to make a claim. The marriage allowance is available to qualifying married couples and those in a civil partnership where a spouse or civil partner

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Added protection for pension savers

18/02/2021

The new Pensions Scheme Act received Royal Assent on 11 February 2021. The Act covers a number of important pensions-related issues and has faced a long journey through parliament, starting in October 2019, that included delays due to both Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic. The Act has been described by government as ‘the biggest

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Simplified export declarations

18/02/2021

Following the end of the Brexit transition period, businesses need to make customs declarations when exporting goods to the EU as well as to the rest of the world. Businesses can make customs declarations themselves or hire a third party such as a courier, freight forwarder or customs agent. Businesses can use simplified export

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Guidance for paying deferred VAT updated

18/02/2021

The coronavirus VAT payment holiday gave businesses the chance to defer the payment of any VAT liabilities between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020. The option for businesses to defer their VAT payments ended on 30 June 2020. There are two options available for repaying this VAT. The first option is to pay the deferred VAT in full on or

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Tax breaks working from home

18/02/2021

Employees who are working from home may be able to claim tax relief for any additional costs due to home working. No tax relief will be due if employers reimburse employees for the additional household expenses incurred. The tax relief covers expenses such as business telephone calls or heating and lighting costs. Expenses that are for

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Buying equipment for your job

18/02/2021

Employees who need to buy substantial equipment to use as part of their employment may be able to claim tax relief. In most cases they can claim relief based on the full cost as it usually qualifies for a type of capital allowance called the Annual Investment Allowance. Any tax relief would be reduced if the employer provides a

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How much do your customers owe you?

17/02/2021

Many business owners are buoyed by turnover; if it’s sold it’s as good as money in the bank, but is it? What are your credit terms? How many days do you allow your customers to keep your money before insisting they pay you? 30 days is probably the most widely used credit term, which in real terms probably means customers pay after 40,

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Financial outcomes for your business

17/02/2021

There are three possible financial outcomes for your business, each with their own challenges: Make a profit Breakeven, or Make a loss Making a profit Clearly, this will be your goal. If you make profits - and taxation will never eat up all your profits - this will generate cash resources that can be accumulated in the business or

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Why keeping adequate accounting records is important

11/02/2021

A recent investigation by the Insolvency Service resulted in the sole director of a Leicester clothing manufacturer being jailed for six months after failing to provide adequate company accounting records. The investigation found that the defendant had not kept adequate accounting records which meant the liquidator could not ascertain

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Accounting for import VAT on your VAT return

11/02/2021

Following the end of the transition period, businesses registered for VAT can account for import VAT on their VAT return, often referred to as postponed VAT accounting. For most businesses, this means that they will declare and recover import VAT on the same VAT return. The normal VAT recovery rules that define what VAT can be reclaimed

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Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

11/02/2021

Claims for the third Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant closed on 29 January 2021. Under this grant, the self-employed received up to 80% of average trading profits for November and December 2020 and January 2021. This meant that a maximum grant for the three months of £7,500 was made available to those who met the

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Bounce Back Loans scheme changes

11/02/2021

The Bounce Back Loans scheme was launched in May 2020 to provide financial support to businesses across the UK that were losing revenue and disrupted cashflow as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme allows qualifying small businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 with no fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months. In

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VAT and overseas goods sold to customers in the UK

11/02/2021

Following the end of the Brexit transition period, new rules on tax and duty now apply on goods sent to the UK from overseas. These changes are meant to ensure that goods from EU and non-EU countries are treated in the same way and that UK businesses are not disadvantaged by competition from VAT free imports. For goods sold directly to

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Present criteria for claiming via the furlough scheme

11/02/2021

The detailed Furlough Scheme rules were last updated 4 February 2021. People who are unable to work can receive up to 80% of their wages. This payment is subject to a monthly maximum amount of £2,500 per employee (for hours not worked). Employers have the discretion to top-up the payments if they so wish. To use the extended scheme - to

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Can we supply the coming consumer bounce-back?

09/02/2021

Will the Government’s endeavours to nail the COVID virus with the vaccine roll-out have the desired effect of opening up the UK economy, the easing of lock-down and a gradual return to “normality”? Fingers crossed… One thing is for sure, when the pubs can open, when we can start to book a holiday and when High Street

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Protecting your capital

09/02/2021

Business owners in vulnerable sectors: predominantly retailers, leisure and entertainment trades, will have seen their hard-won capital all but exhausted by the needs to meet fixed costs when income generation has been restricted or eliminated by lock-down directives. And this is in spite of the valiant attempts by Rishi Sunak and his

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New funding boost for young people

04/02/2021

The government has announced a new £1,000 cash bonus to encourage employers to take on new trainees. The traineeship scheme supports young people to gain the skills and experience they need from the very start, helping them to get a job, an apprenticeship, or pursue further study. The traineeship programme has helped nearly 120,000

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Accounts and tax for companies

04/02/2021

If you have recently setup a new limited company or are thinking of doing so then one of the areas that you need to be aware is the accounts and tax filing regime for companies. After the end of its financial year, a private limited company must prepare full annual accounts and a company tax return. The deadline for filing the first set

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Keeping pay and tax records

04/02/2021

Following the 31 January 2021 deadline for submission of Self-Assessment tax returns for 2019-20, it can be a useful exercise to review the rules for keeping your pay and tax records. There are no set rules for how to keep your records, but you must usually hold them on paper, digitally or as part of a software program. If you are

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Did you miss the Self-Assessment deadline?

04/02/2021

HMRC has announced that more than 10.7 million people submitted their 2019-20 Self-Assessment tax returns by the 31 January deadline. This leaves over 1.8 million taxpayers that have missed the deadline and are yet to file. Are you among those that missed the 31 January 2021 filing deadline for your 2019-20 Self-Assessment returns? HMRC

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Scottish Budget Statement 2021-22

04/02/2021

Scotland’s Finance Secretary, Kate Forbes delivered her second Budget statement to the Scottish parliament on 28 January 2021. The date was selected to allow the Scottish Government time to deliver their Budget and have it approved before the start of the next tax year. This is the second time that Scotland has held a Budget before the

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New Treasury Directive re furlough scheme

04/02/2021

An updated Treasury Direction under sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 concerning the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was published on 25 January 2021. The new direction formally extends the CJRS until 30 April 2021. There were no changes to the amounts that employers can claim for the period from 1 February

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Companies House to pause strike off process

04/02/2021

Companies House has announced that they have once again temporarily paused the voluntary and compulsory strike off processes. The hiatus is set to be in place for one month from 21 January until 21 February 2021. When a company is struck off, the company's legal existence is removed from the Companies House register. The strike off can be

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Claims to adjust payments on account

04/02/2021

Self-Assessment taxpayers are usually required to pay their Income Tax liabilities in three instalments each year. The first two payments are due on: 31 January during the tax year e.g., for 2020-21 the first payment on account was due on 31 January 2021. 31 July following the tax year e.g., for 2020-21 the second payment on account

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Tax codes for employees

04/02/2021

The P9X form is used to notify employers which tax codes to use for employees. The latest version of the form has just been published and shows the tax codes to use from 6 April 2021. The forms states that the basic personal allowance for the tax year starting 6 April 2021 will be £12,570 (£12,500 in 2020-21) and this means that the tax

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Landlords – year end planning tips

02/02/2021

A few housekeeping tips for readers with buy to let or holiday let properties to think about and action - if applicable - before the end of the current financial year, 5 April 2021. Buy-to-let Have you experienced a drop in rental income since April 2020? If yes, make sure you let us have estimates of your buy-to-let income and

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Business owners – year end planning tips

02/02/2021

A few housekeeping tips for readers with business interests; especially those with an upcoming financial year end at the end of March 2021. Don’t forget to include any grants received to support COVID challenges in your accounts as income. These grants are taxable. If you have furloughed staff at any time during 2020-21, check to make

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Tax Diary February/March 2021

28/01/2021

1 February 2021 - Due date for Corporation Tax payable for the year ended 30 April 2020. 19 February 2021 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 February 2021. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 February 2021) 19 February 2021 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 February

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No late online filing penalties until 28 February 2021

28/01/2021

HMRC has announced that fines for taxpayers that file their Self-Assessment returns late will be waived until 28 February 2021. The filing deadline for 2019-20 returns remains at 31 January 2021. HMRC is still encouraging taxpayers to try and meet this deadline. Taxpayers remain obliged to pay their tax bill by 31 January and interest

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Keep your business moving

28/01/2021

An interesting press release published jointly by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Business Minister, Paul Scully has highlighted some important actions that businesses should ensure they undertake now that the UK has left the EU single market and customs union. In his message to keep business moving, the

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Carry a company trading loss back to previous years

28/01/2021

Corporation Tax relief may be available where your company or organisation makes a trading loss. A qualifying trading loss may be used to claim relief from Corporation Tax by offsetting the loss against profits in previous years. This could be an especially useful option for the many companies that have been adversely affected during the

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Making good fuel provided for private motoring

28/01/2021

Where an employee with a company car is provided with fuel for their own private use by their employer, the default position is that the employee is required to pay the car fuel benefit charge. The charge is determined by reference to the CO2 rating of the car, applied to the car fuel benefit multiplier, currently £24,500. The car fuel

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