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Home to work travel that may be allowed

09/07/2019

Whilst there is usually no tax relief for ordinary commuting - home to work - there are a number of exceptions. The term 'ordinary commuting' is defined to mean travel between a permanent workplace and home, or any other place that is not a

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Its still possible to claim 100% tax allowance for electric vehicles

09/07/2019

First Year Allowances (FYA’s) are available for expenditure on new unused electric vehicles and other cars within the threshold for low CO2 emissions. Businesses can claim FYA of 100% in the year they purchase qualifying low emissions or

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When you can’t reclaim VAT

09/07/2019

For most fully taxable businesses, VAT can be reclaimed on goods and services used in the business. This means that businesses must consider where there is any personal or private use of goods or services purchased for the business as the business

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Disposal of goodwill – capital or income

09/07/2019

The First-Tier Tribunal (FTT), in the case of Villar v Revenue and Customs examined whether the disposal of goodwill was capital or income in nature. The taxpayer in this case was a renowned orthopaedic surgeon specialising in hip arthroscopic

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OpRA’s defined

09/07/2019

The Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OpRA) legislation was introduced with effect from 6 April 2017. The legislation counters the tax and NIC advantages of benefits where an employee gives up the right to an amount of earnings in return for a

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Loss buying restrictions

09/07/2019

Under qualifying circumstances, Corporation Tax (CT) relief is available where your company makes a trading loss. The trading loss can be used by offsetting the loss against other gains or profits of your business in the same or previous accounting

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Changes to the Employment Allowance

09/07/2019

It was announced as part of the Autumn Budget 2018 measures that access to the Employment Allowance was to be restricted. From 6 April 2020, the £3,000 NIC Employment Allowance will only be available to employers with employer NIC liabilities

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New guidance on cookies published

08/07/2019

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published new guidance on the use of cookies and similar technologies, as well as an associated blog. The guidance looks at cookies and similar technologies in detail and it is relevant to any

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New cyber security guidance published

30/06/2019

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has published guidance to help small to medium sized organisations prepare their response to, and plan their recovery from, a cyber incident. The “Small Business Guide: Response & Recovery”

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Reducing penalties for late disclosure of income

30/06/2019

You can use the Digital Disclosure Service (DDS), if you need to make a voluntary disclosure of income or other taxable events that have not previously been reported to HMRC. Other current HMRC campaigns that facilitate disclosure by taxpayers,

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Advising HMRC of changes in your personal details

30/06/2019

If your personal details change, you may be required to notify HMRC as this can affect your entitlement to certain tax breaks and or benefits. For example, you need to tell HMRC if: you get married or form a civil partnership you divorce,

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Tax payment time again

30/06/2019

If you make Self-Assessment payments on account, you will no doubt be aware that the second instalment for 2018-19 is due on 31 July 2019. The amount due for payment is usually the same as the first payment on account made on 31 January 2019. These

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How HMRC measure the profits of different trades

30/06/2019

There is a section of HMRC’s manuals that deals specifically with how you can view the rules for measuring profits of specific trades. The list includes over 50 different trades as diverse as actors, athletes, barristers, bookmakers, motor

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HMRC security deposits

30/06/2019

The security deposit legislation was extended to both Corporation Tax and Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) deductions from April 2019. The security deposit regime allows HMRC to obtain security from high-risk businesses for the protection of

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House of Commons summer recess

30/06/2019

The House of Commons summer recess has been confirmed after parliament voted 223 to 25 in favour of the move. This means that the House will rise on Thursday 25 July and return on Tuesday 3 September. The timing of this five-week break whilst the

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Tax-Free childcare in the school holidays

30/06/2019

As the school holidays fast approach, many parents face having to organise extra school holiday childcare over the summer months. HMRC is reminding parents that the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme can help if you have children aged 0-11 years old.

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Checking business rates relief entitlement

30/06/2019

Business rates are a tax on non-domestic premises, including most commercial properties such as shops, offices, pubs, warehouses and factories. The money raised through business rates is used to help fund local services like the police, fire and

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VAT default surcharge appeal dismissed

30/06/2019

HMRC imposes a VAT default surcharge on businesses that submit late VAT returns. VAT registered businesses are required by law to submit their return and make sure that payment of the VAT due has cleared to HMRC’s bank account by the due date.

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