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Mileage rates and tax relief


June 4th, 2019

If your employer asks you to use your own car or van to undertake a journey on their behalf, you may be entitled to a payment from your employer to cover your petrol and wear and tear costs. Let’s say that your employer pays you 35p per mile. You may feel that this is an […]


Brexit – don\’t take your eye off this ball


May 29th, 2019

There is no doubt that many of us are heartily tired of the drawn-out Brexit debate, and yet we should not ignore this topic completely. Opinion seems to be hardening for the so-called “hard” Brexit: where we leave at the end of October 2019 with no agreement. Ignoring the political arguments, this would have an […]


Adventures in trade


May 28th, 2019

Readers are reminded that if you profit from a hobby – sell what you produce on a regular basis – you may attract the attention of HMRC. If your annual sales (income before any costs are deducted) are below £1,000 you will pay no tax as you can claim exemption under the tax-free trading income […]


Keeping an eye on the competition


May 23rd, 2019

If your competitor is a company, there is quite a lot of information you can obtain free of charge. For example, from the Gov.uk website you can obtain the following details: company information, for example registered address and date of incorporation current and resigned officers document images mortgage charge data previous company names insolvency information […]


The new State Pension


May 21st, 2019

Prior to April 2016, men born before 6 April 1951 and women born before 6 April 1953, qualified for a basic State Pension and an Additional State Pension. If you were born after these dates you will qualify for the New State Pension and will no longer be eligible for the Additional State Pension (unless […]


Tax-free gains 2019-20


May 16th, 2019

There are still a number of sales (disposals) that a UK taxpayer can make that will not incur a charge to the UK’s Capital Gains Tax. For most of us they are limited in extent, after all legislators have had plenty of time to close any favourable loop-holes. For most of us, the major tax-free […]


HMRC and the National Minimum Wage rates


May 14th, 2019

Readers are reminded that from 1 April 2019, the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) hourly rates increased to: 25 and over – £8.21 21 to 24 – £7.70 18-20 – £6.15 Under 18 £4.35 Apprentices £3.90 Workers who are entitled to receive these rates as a minimum include: part-time casual labourers, […]


Landlords faced with another tax hit next year


May 9th, 2019

From April 2020, HMRC are changing two important tax concessions that apply to landlords letting property that they as owners have previously occupied at some point as their home (Principal Private Residence (PPR)). The first is the reduction of the present rule that exempts the final 18 months of ownership from any Capital Gains Tax […]


Employers what is Class 1a NIC?


May 8th, 2019

If you have employees, and if one or more of those employees benefit from the use of facilities that you provide, cheap loans, a company car for example, it is well known that you as their employer will need to inform HMRC of the amount of these benefits following the end of the tax year. […]


Tax Diary May/June 2019


May 2nd, 2019

1 May 2019 – Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 30 July 2018. 19 May 2019 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 May 2019. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 May 2019) 19 May 2019 – Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly […]