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27-02-2020
Coronavirus advice

Coronavirus advice

Acas has published new guidance for employers and employees on the coronavirus. The guidance covers: what to do if employees do not want to go to work sick pay what to do if employers need to close the workplace other steps for employers to ... read more

26-02-2020
Tax Diary March/April 2020

Tax Diary March/April 2020

1 March 2020 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 May 2019. 2 March 2020 – Self assessment tax for 2019/19 paid after this date will incur a 5% surcharge. 19 March 2020 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 March ... read more

26-02-2020
Last chance for pensions relief?

Last chance for pensions relief?

There has been much press speculation that the Government is considering cutting higher rate tax relief for pension contributions in the March Budget. However, many Tory MPs are said to be up in arms at such a move and have been trying to quash such ... read more

26-02-2020
10% reduction in Inheritance Tax rate

10% reduction in Inheritance Tax rate

If your total assets exceed £325,000 then the excess will usually be subject to Inheritance Tax (IHT) at 40% when you die. A reduced rate of IHT of 36% applies where 10% or more of a deceased’s net estate is left to qualifying charities ... read more

26-02-2020
VAT-free shopping

VAT-free shopping

There is a special VAT refund scheme called the VAT Retail Export Scheme or Tax-Free Shopping that allows individuals not resident in the EU to obtain a VAT refund on goods bought in the UK and taken out of the EU. The scheme does not apply to ... read more

26-02-2020
New £20 note launched

New £20 note launched

The new £20 note entered into circulation on 20 February 2020 and features the image of the artist JMW Turner. It will take a few weeks for the notes to become commonplace across the country. The new £20 note includes a number of new ... read more

26-02-2020
P9 Notice of Coding form

P9 Notice of Coding form

The P9 Notice of Coding form is used to notify employers of the tax codes to use for employees. HMRC has begun to send email notifications to employers advising that the coding for the tax year starting 6 April 2020 can be viewed online. The emails ... read more

26-02-2020
Property rental income and bad debt

Property rental income and bad debt

In most cases, property rental income must be brought into account in the year in which the income was earned, even if the invoice has not yet been paid. However, a deduction is allowed in respect of bad & doubtful debts. These are debts which ... read more

26-02-2020
VAT – the concept of business

VAT – the concept of business

The VAT system is policed by HMRC and there are penalties for breaches of the legislation. There are four conditions that must be satisfied in order for an activity to be within the scope of UK VAT. These conditions are that the activity: Is a ... read more

26-02-2020
Meaning of goodwill for CGT purposes

Meaning of goodwill for CGT purposes

Goodwill is a subject we hear about often but interestingly is rarely mentioned in legislation. In fact, the term 'goodwill' is not defined for the purposes of the Capital Gains legislation in TCGA 1992. Most definitions of goodwill are ... read more

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