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Christmas parties and staff gifts – a tax guide

With the festive period now approaching, we are often asked by employers about the tax treatment of providing a staff Christmas party or giving gifts to employees. Here is a quick reminder of the rules.STAFF PARTIESWhat is exempt?There is a tax exemption for employee...

Autumn Budget 2018: Summary

The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented his second Autumn Budget on Monday 29 October 2018. In his speech he stated that ‘austerity is coming to an end - but discipline will remain’. He also promised a ‘double deal dividend’ if the Brexit negotiations are...

Making Tax Digital awareness and planning survey results

ICAEW has conducted a survey of 500 businesses to see if they are aware of the new requirements of the HMRC’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) programme and how they plan to adapt to the changes. The survey took place in July 2018 and at that time only 51% of VAT...

Making Tax Digital Update

The decision has been made to delay implementation of Making Tax Digital until 1 October 2019 for VAT registered businesses with more complex requirements. This 6-month deferral applies to customers who fall within one of the following categories: Trusts...

Budget 2018: Predictions

Philip Hammond will deliver his 2018 Budget on 29 October. But what can we expect when the Chancellor delivers his speech?  Theresa May’s recent promise of the end of austerity has prompted a fresh wave of optimism concerning what Philip Hammond may announce in the...

Making Tax Digital – Update 4

Making Tax Digital (MTD) – Update 4 We have been in regular contact with you to highlight that HMRC will begin phasing in its Making Tax Digital (MTD) regime from April 2019. Initially this will only be for VAT purposes, with the wider roll out of MTD having been...

New figures reveal R&D claims are on the rise

Businesses claimed over £3.5 billion in tax relief on Research and Development (R&D) in the last year, official statistics reported.  This represents an increase of £575 million on the previous year.  But many companies are still missing out on this...

Making Tax Digital Update

Making Tax Digital – September Update We have been producing regular updates to highlight that HMRC will begin phasing in its Making Tax Digital (MTD) regime from April 2019. Initially this will only be for VAT purposes, with the wider roll out of MTD having been...

HMRC increases late tax payment rate

HMRC has increased the late payment rate from 3% to 3.25%, while the repayment rate remains frozen at 0.5% Tom Selby, a senior analyst at investment platform AJ Bell thought that this was “grossly unfair”, commenting: “It seems grossly unfair for HMRC to...

HMRC publish further information on Making Tax Digital (MTD).

HMRC have released further information on Making Tax Digital (MTD) in the run up to the introduction of MTD for VAT in April 2019.  This includes a new HMRC VAT Notice providing some additional clarity for businesses and a list of software providers that...

Requirement to Correct: time is running out to disclose

‘Requirement to Correct (RTC)’ legislation requires UK taxpayers to ensure that all foreign income and assets, where there may be UK tax to pay, have been correctly declared to HMRC by 30 September 2018. HMRC will impose very harsh penalties for those who...

200,000 receive back pay as HMRC enforce National Minimum Wage

BEIS and HMRC are urging underpaid workers to complain about National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) underpayments. Recent figures show that the number of workers receiving the money they are owed has doubled. During 2017/18, HMRC...

More detail on the MTD proposals for VAT

Date introduced Software Exemptions Preservation of records Content of records The VAT account VAT schemes VAT returns Error corrections   Date introduced The new rules have effect from 1 April 2019 where a taxpayer has a ‘prescribed accounting period’ which begins on...

Making Tax Digital and VAT: are you ready?

Making Tax Digital (MTD) will commence in April 2019 under the current Government timetable.  Initially this will only be for VAT purposes, with the wider roll out of MTD having been delayed until the system has been shown to work well for VAT and not...

Hawsons Assist on a Management Buy Out at the Swift Group

Swift Group, the Yorkshire based Caravan, Motorhome and Holiday Home Manufacturer, completed the second phase of a Management Buy Out (“MBO”) on the 12 March 2018, which sees management increase their shareholding. Swift is the largest single brand leisure...

Tax Rates 2018/2019

Introduction We have summarised the key rates and allowances which are fundamental to our business and personal lives. We are sure that you will find them a useful point of reference and have set out below a few examples of how they can be used.   The cost of...

Employing the Millennial generation

They appear to be gaining a notorious reputation for being flighty, demanding and difficult in the workplace. How accurate is this reputation of the millennial, and how do employers retain this “problem” generation? Millennials (the generation born between...

Make Do & Mend?

Hot on the heels of Transport for the North’s Strategic Transport plan published in January which announced such marquee long term projects such as Northern Powerhouse Rail including an exciting brand-new line linking Leeds, Bradford and Manchester, Network Rail...

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...

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...

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...

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