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Autumn Budget 2017: Summary

The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented his first Autumn Budget on Wednesday 22 November 2017. His report set out a number of actions the government will take including support for more housebuilding. His view is that the economy continues to grow and continues to...

VAT can be Charitable – here’s how your charity can save on VAT

Charities have always had challenges with Value Added Tax. There are, however, concessions available to charities which mean that some goods/services are not subjected to VAT, or are subjected to the lower rate of 5%. VAT Can be charitable. 1. Rent - If a...

It’s no sacrifice: Changes to optional remuneration arrangements

If you have made use of salary sacrifice arrangements in connection with the provision of benefits, you will be aware that they enable employees to pay less tax and NIC’s than if they had been remunerated entirely in cash. In addition, employers may...

Inheritance Tax: The things you need to know

Inheritance tax is a tax on the estate of someone who has died, and with property prices continuing to rise along with the recent introduction of the residence nil rate band (RNRB), the number of people that will become liable for inheritance tax will only increase....

What is an Enterprise Investment Scheme and what are the benefits?

EIS: A brief background In 1994, the Government launched a scheme called ‘The Enterprise Investment Scheme’ or EIS for short, and this scheme was created in order to encourage individuals to invest in companies that were in the early stage of their lifespan. It was...

HMRC – Shopping for undeclared VAT

Retailers – Currently there appears to be a HMRC control exercise, being undertaken across the UK, on all types of retailers.This exercise may involve an Inspector visiting the client’s premises. Please note: HMRC legislation states that the retailer MUST...

Input Tax – Beware of the pitfalls!

VAT expert Tony Nickson outlines the pitfalls to avoid when reclaiming input VAT. 1. Reclaims for purchases made before VAT registration It is important to ensure that the maximum amount of input VAT is reclaimed on your business expenditure. This includes...

Tax payment due 31 July – have you paid?

If you are self-employed or registered for Self-Assessment, then you may be required to make a tax payment by 31 July. This relates to the second instalment on account for the 2016/17 tax year. How do I pay? HMRC offer a number of ways to make your July...

R&D tax incentives – don’t miss out!

Research and Development (R&D) tax incentives can provide additional tax deductions and enhanced cash flow for companies that develop new products, processes or services. Although widely available, many companies wrongly believe they are not eligible for R&D tax...

Making Tax Digital: Government delays introduction

Tax expert Craig Walker comments on the latest twist to the government’s plans for Making Tax Digital (MTD). New timetable Ministers have announced a delay to the roll out of MTD to ensure businesses have more time to adapt to the changes. Implementation...

Farmers’ Averaging: It pays to spread

The tax relief known as farmers' averaging is designed to provide tax relief for farmers who can be affected by fluctuating profits. Averaging rules were first introduced to the UK tax system in 1997. Two consecutive years can be added together and half assessed in...

The Election result: What are the tax implications?

The general election has ended in a hung parliament – the Conservative party have the most seats but do not have an overall majority. Theresa May has announced that she will form a government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). What does this...

Changes to inheritance tax could impact charity legacies

According to the legacy consortium Remember a Charity, over 1,000 fewer individuals could donate to charities as part of their wills as a result of changes to inheritance tax allowances. In the 2015 summer Budget, a new inheritance tax framework was announced which...

Making Tax Digital: An update

What is Making Tax Digital? MTD is the biggest shake-up of the personal tax system in 20 years and will fundamentally change the way taxpayers report to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and keep their business records. Taxpayers will be required to keep records digitally...

National living wage – rising wage costs for employers

The National Living Wage From 1 April 2016, following the introduction of the new National Living Wage, all workers aged 25 and over are legally entitled to at least £7.20 per hour. This was, however, until the Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement, where he...

Manufacturing 2017 Budget review and analysis

The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented the last Spring Budget on Wednesday 8 March 2017. In his speech the Chancellor was keen to point out that he wanted the tax system to be fair, particularly in relation to the distinction between employed and self-employed...

Transport and Logistics 2017 Budget review and analysis

The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented the last Spring Budget on Wednesday 8 March 2017. In his speech the Chancellor was keen to point out that he wanted the tax system to be fair, particularly in relation to the distinction between employed and self-employed...

Tax break to be abolished for short-term letting?

A word of warning to those who rent out their homes on a short-term basis, including users of property sharing websites like Airbnb.  Buried deep within the Spring Budget were a couple of sentences that suggest the tax treatment of short-term letting is about to...

Charity 2017 Budget review and analysis

The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented the last Spring Budget on Wednesday 8 March 2017. In his statement the Chancellor was keen to point out that he wanted the tax system to be fair, particularly in relation to the distinction between employed and self-employed...

Agriculture 2017 Budget review and analysis

The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented the last Spring Budget on Wednesday 8 March 2017. In his speech the Chancellor was keen to point out that he wanted the tax system to be fair, particularly in relation to the distinction between employed and self-employed...

Small business 2017 Budget review and analysis for SMEs

The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented the last Spring Budget on Wednesday 8 March 2017. In his speech the Chancellor was keen to point out that he wanted the tax system to be fair, particularly in relation to the distinction between employed and self-employed...

Hawsons Hot Pension Planning

As we approach the end of the 2016/17 tax year, there are real opportunities to add value to your overall tax planning process. In the lead up to the 5 April 2017, the payment of contributions to a registered pension scheme can bring many tax advantages, as the...

Apprenticeship Levy: Not long to go

The new Apprenticeship Levy will be launched in April 2017. We look at what this is and who will be affected by the government's new levy. What is the Apprenticeship Levy? First of all, only employers with a wage bill of over £3m will be affected by the Apprenticeship...

Tax Rates and Allowances 2017/18

Tax Rates and Allowances 2017/18 Many of the tax rates and allowances are fundamental to our business and personal lives and the most important ones for the 2017/18 tax year are summarised here. We are sure that you will find it a useful point of reference throughout...

Budget 2017 Key Details and Summary

Philip Hammond presented his first and last Spring Budget on Wednesday 8 March 2017. In his speech the Chancellor was keen to point out that he wanted the tax system to be fair, particularly in relation to the distinction between employed and self-employed...

Hawsons year end tax planning ideas

The tax system is undoubtedly complex, but this complexity shouldn't deter you from keeping your taxes as low as possible, as well as maximising your net income. In this article, we look at pre 5th April tax planning opportunities that are available to avoid any...

Spring Budget 2017: Predictions

Philip Hammond will deliver his Spring Budget on 8 March. This will be the first and last ever Spring Budget, as the main tax announcements will be switched to the autumn in future. But what can we expect when the Chancellor delivers his speech next week? Craig...

Making Tax Digital: Full steam ahead

The public consultation on the Making Tax Digital (MTD) project has failed to change HMRC’s plans in any significant way.  The timetable for implementation of MTD remains April 2018 and the income threshold for inclusion in the programme remains at £10,000. What is...

Car-tax-trophe for new car buyers

The way Vehicle Excise Duty (car tax) is calculated is changing. These changes are going to have a significant impact on all new car buyers and care will need to be taken to avoid potentially hefty tax charges. Below are details of the new rules affecting all new cars...

Canny romantics: The tax benefits of marriage

Considering popping the question on Valentine’s Day?  Here we look at some of the tax breaks married couples can benefit from and how it can pay to get hitched. 1. The Marriage Allowance The Marriage Allowance can enable eligible married couples and civil partners to...

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