Winter 2018

Gains from off-plan purchases

Most people understand that when you sell your main home the profit you make on the sale is exempt from tax. However, for this exemption to apply in full you must generally occupy the residence throughout your period of ownership. If the property has been acquired before it is fully constructed, the ownership condition will be met for the period before it is inhabited but the occupation condition will not.

Autumn Budget 2018

Entrepreneurs’ relief curtailed

When you sell a business or shares in your personal company, the gain made on that disposal will normally qualify for entrepreneurs’ relief which applies capital gains tax (CGT) at 10%. Up to £10m of gains can qualify for this relief in your lifetime.

Autumn 2018

MTD: What, when and how

If your business is VAT registered, and the turnover for the last year has exceeded £85,000, you should soon receive a letter from HMRC stating that you must comply with the making tax digital (MTD) rules from April 2019.

Summer 2018

Time to choose childcare support

Parents are faced with a bewildering choice of how to fund childcare costs. Employers can help by giving employees tax- and NIC-free childcare vouchers; by directly contracting with a childcare provider to provide places for employees’ children; or by running a workplace nursery.

Spring 2018

Paying your child from the business

Winter 2017

Simple assessments have arrived

The self assessment tax return system has been with us for over twenty years now and it is certainly not simple. Pensioners in particular find that they are required to submit a tax return each year to report their various different sources of pension and savings income and to pay a small amount of tax.

Autumn Budget 2017

Diesel bad, electric goodish

The benefit of having a company car is taxed as a percentage of the vehicle’s list price when new. For 2018-19 this percentage will range from 13% for a car with zero CO2 emissions, to 37% for emissions of 180 g/km or more.
Diesel cars tend to have lower CO2 emissions than petrol-powered vehicles of a similar engine size. However, diesels also emit more harmful particles, so a diesel supplement is added to the percentage of list price to increase the taxable benefit of using a diesel company car.