Thinking of selling your business?
Business Asset Disposal Relief (BADR) applies to the sale of a business, shares in a trading company or an individual’s interest in a trading partnership. When the relief if available, Capital Gains Tax (CGT) of 10% is payable in place of the standard rate. This can mean a substantial CGT saving for someone looking to exit from their Read more...

Considering a significant gift?
There are special rules concerning the liability to IHT of a transfer made during one’s lifetime. For example, most gifts made during a person's life are not subject to tax at the time of the gift. These lifetime transfers are known as 'potentially exempt transfers' or 'PETs'. These gifts or transfers achieve their potential of becoming Read more...

Current CGT rates
Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is normally charged at a simple flat rate of 20% and this applies to most chargeable gains made by individuals. If taxpayers only pay basic rate tax and make a small capital gain, they may only be subject to a reduced rate of 10%. Once the total of taxable income and gains exceed the higher rate threshold, the Read more...

The marginal rate of Corporation Tax
The Corporation Tax Main Rate applies to companies with profits in excess of £250,000. The applicable rate is currently 25%. A Small Profit Rate (SPR) of 19% applies to companies with profits of up to £50,000. Where a company has profits between £50,000 and £250,000 a marginal rate of Corporation Tax applies that bridges the gap between Read more...

Let Property Campaign
The Let Property Campaign provides landlords who have undeclared income from residential property lettings in the UK or abroad with an opportunity to regularise their affairs by disclosing any outstanding liabilities whether due to misunderstanding the tax rules or because of deliberate tax evasion. Participation in the campaign is open Read more...

Register for VAT One Stop Shop Scheme
The VAT Import One Stop Shop (IOSS) Scheme applies to goods imported in consignments with a value of £135 or less (known as low value goods) from countries outside the EU and Northern Ireland, to consumers in the EU, Northern Ireland, or both. The IOSS Scheme can be used to report and pay VAT due on imports of low value goods to Read more...

The ‘fiscal’ goal posts will be moving
In the coming months we will start to see how our new government intends to change the UK tax rules to further its economic growth agenda. Whatever they decide to do, readers who presently benefit from tax and/or business planning strategies, should be prepared to revise their plans as fiscal changes are announced. For example, if you Read more...

Your stake in your business
Ever wondered how your stake in your business is represented in your accounts? The answer can be found at the bottom of your balance sheet. Simply put it is the value of your physical business assets less any liabilities; usually described as net assets. But this is not the full story as there is a further intangible asset that is Read more...

When you cannot use the Property or Trading Allowances
Two separate £1,000 tax allowances for property and trading income were introduced in April 2017. If you have both types of income highlighted below, then you can claim a £1,000 allowance for each. The £1,000 exemptions from tax apply to: If you make up to £1,000 from self-employment, casual services (such as babysitting or gardening) Read more...

The NIC Employment Allowance
The Employment Allowance benefits eligible employers by reducing their National Insurance liability. The current allowance is £5,000. An employer can claim less than the maximum if this covers their total Class 1 NIC bill. The allowance is only available to employers that have employer NIC liabilities of under £100,000 in the previous Read more...

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