Employer Provided Cars

The scale of charges for working out the taxable benefit for an employee who has use of an employer provided car are now announced well in advance. Most cars are taxed by reference to bands of CO2  emissions. There is a 3% diesel supplement. The maximum charge is capped at 37% of the list price...

National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates

Following the recommendations of the independent Low Pay Commission, the government will increase the National Living Wage from £7.20 to £7.50 from April 2017.   The government will also accept their recommendations to increase the NMW rates from April 2017 for: • 21 to 24 year olds from £6.95 to £7.05 per hour • 18...

Changes to the VAT Flat Rate Scheme

An anti-avoidance measure will be included within the Flat Rate Scheme. A new 16.5% rate will apply from 1 April 2017 for businesses with limited costs, such as many labour-only businesses, using the Flat Rate Scheme. Businesses using the scheme, or considering joining the scheme, will need to decide if they are a ‘limited cost...

HAVE YOU DECLARED ALL OF YOUR CREDIT CARD SALES?

Where credit card sales have been omitted from business takings, HMRC are encouraging taxpayers to come forward and make a disclosure of the income that has been omitted to avoid incurring interest and penalties on top of the unpaid tax. As you may be aware HMRC now receive information from third parties such as banks...

SPLITTING THE INCOME OF MARRIED COUPLES

Where a married couple hold savings accounts and other investments in joint names, the income from those investments is split 50:50 for tax purposes, unless there is an election to allocate the income in accordance with their beneficial interests. This is particularly important where the couples’ marginal tax rates are different now that there are...

CHRISTMAS IS COMING! – NEW RULES FOR GIFTS TO STAFF

From 6 April 2016 new rules were introduced to allow employers to provide their directors and employees with certain “trivial” benefits in kind, tax-free. The new rules are a simplification measure so that certain benefits in kind will not need to be reported to HMRC, as well as being tax free for the employee. There...

Restricting Finance Cost Relief for Individual Landlords

New provisions will take affect from April 2017, which will see tax relief for finance costs on residential properties being gradually restricted over a period of three years, until, by 2020/21, all financing costs incurred by a landlord will be restricted to the basic rate of income tax. Such finance costs include mortgage interest, interest...

Dividend Allowance

Legislation included in Finance Bill 2016 implements the new 0% rate for dividend income, as well as changing the rates of tax for dividend income. Once enacted, the changes will apply from 6 April 2016. Broadly, the new nil rate applies to the first £5,000 of a person’s dividend income and is available annually.  ...

SEED EIS RELIEF DENIED

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and the recently introduced Seed EIS provide generous tax breaks for investors who subscribe for shares in qualifying companies provided the correct procedures, and in particular the correct forms, are used to claim tax relief. Seed EIS provides income tax relief of 50% of the amount invested and EIS 30%...

NEW RULES FOR BUY-TO LET LANDLORDS

The 2016 Finance Bill sees the introduction of important tax changes for property investors that were originally announced in the 2015 Budget. From 6 April 2016 onwards there are important tax changes affecting the replacement of furnishings for buy to let landlords. 6 April 2017 will see the start of mortgage interest being restricted to...