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When you cannot use the Property or Trading Allowances

18/07/2024

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

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The NIC Employment Allowance

18/07/2024

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

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Child benefit for 16 to 19 year olds

18/07/2024

The child benefit rates for the only or eldest child in a family is currently £25.60 and the weekly rate for all other children is £16.95. Taxpayers entitled to the child benefit should be aware that HMRC usually stop paying child benefit on the 31

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Gains on sale of shares

18/07/2024

Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is normally charged at a simple flat rate of 20% (but see comments below) when you sell shares unless they are in a CGT free investment such as an ISA or qualifying pension. Your gain is usually the difference between what you

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Taxable and non-taxable State Benefits

18/07/2024

Whilst there are a large number of state benefits available, it is not clear which of these benefits are taxable and which are tax-free. HMRC’s guidance provides the following list of the most common state benefits that are taxable, i.e., Income Tax

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Ordering documents from Companies House

18/07/2024

Companies House offers interested parties the ability to order certified copies of certificates and documents held on the Companies House register. You can order: a company certificate with certified facts; or a certified copy of a document held

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Responding to a personal data breach

15/07/2024

The Information Commissioner’s Office has a simple guide that explains what you need to do in the 72 hours following a data breach. The seven step approach advocated is set out below: Step one: Don’t panic It’s understandable if you’re concerned

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The new Chancellor’s first speech

15/07/2024

The Chancellor has promised to take immediate action to fix the foundations of the economy, rebuild Britain and make every part of the country​ better off. In her first speech as Chancellor, Rachel Reeves pledged to leaders of some of the UK’s

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Labour win landslide election result

11/07/2024

As had been widely predicted, the results at the polls have seen the Labour Party back in power after 14 years in opposition. Labour have swept into power with their second-largest majority whilst the Conservative Party have had their worst ever

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Inheritance and tax

11/07/2024

As a general rule, an individual who inherits property, money or shares is not liable to pay tax on the inheritance. This is because any Inheritance Tax (IHT) due should be paid out of the deceased’s estate before any cash or assets are distributed

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Company filing obligations

11/07/2024

It is important that anyone responsible for the accounts and tax filing regime for private limited companies is aware of their obligations. After the end of its financial year, a private limited company must prepare full annual accounts and a

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Restarting a dormant company

11/07/2024

HMRC must be informed when a non-trading or dormant company restarts trading and becomes active for Corporation Tax purposes. Companies can use HMRC Online Services to supply the relevant information. When a company has previously traded and then

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Business VAT responsibilities

11/07/2024

The taxable turnover threshold that determines whether businesses should be registered for VAT is currently £90,000. Businesses with turnover below this level can also apply for a voluntary VAT registration. Businesses charge VAT on their sales.

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Are mega sized marshmallows zero-rated?

11/07/2024

In the UK most basic food stuffs are zero rated. However, the definition of 'basic' is not straightforward and many of the foods are zero rated as a result of historical legislation dating back to the introduction of VAT in 1973. Famously, cakes are

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New government

08/07/2024

Our new government, and in particular, Rachel Reeves, the new Chancellor, will be responsible for raising the funds that our new government requires to finance its activities. The government has already declared that it will not increase Income Tax,

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Exit plans

08/07/2024

Exit can be seen as quitting, especially if the exit discussed is your business interests. But actually, business exit planning is an essential part of general business planning. In some respects, it is the most important aspect of business

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CGT Incorporation Relief

04/07/2024

Where a taxpayer owns a business as a sole trader or in partnership, a capital gain will be deemed to arise if the business is converted into a company by reference to the market value of the business assets including goodwill. This could give rise

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What your tax code means

04/07/2024

The letters in your tax code signify your entitlement (or not) to the annual tax free personal allowance. The tax codes are updated annually and help employers work out how much tax to deduct from an employee’s pay packet. The basic personal

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