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Tax Gap Remains Low

15th July 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Budget, HMRC, HMRC, News, Personal Tax, Tax
Tax Gap Remains Low

HMRC has published a report showing that the UK tax gap in 2017/18 is estimated to be £35 billion.  This is 5.6% of total theoretical tax liabilities, and a small increase of 0.1% from 5.5% in 2016/17. HMRC therefore secured 94.4% of all tax due. The tax gap is the difference between the amount of tax that should be paid Read the full article…


Cash Accounting for Landlords

28th June 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Accounts, Limited Companies, News, Personal Tax, Self-Employed, Tax
Cash Accounting for Landlords

Landlords – remember to prepare your accounts on the cash accounting basis. Unless you have specifically opted out of cash accounting (which you need to do each year on your tax return), remember that the cash basis now applies automatically to all unincorporated property businesses so long as their rental income is less than £150,000 per annum. What does ‘the Read the full article…


Marriage Allowance in 2019

27th June 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : HMRC, News, Pensions and Payroll, Personal Tax, Tax
Marriage Allowance in 2019

So, perhaps not a reason to pop the question, but if you are married, and are eligible you should definitely check whether you have been claiming any marriage allowance available to you. What are the tax benefits for married couples in 2019/20? Did you know that marriage allowance for married couples and civil partners allows an individual, who earns less Read the full article…


Tax Free Childcare – what you need to know

26th June 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : HMRC, local interest, News, Personal Tax, Tax
Tax Free Childcare – what you need to know

Tax Free Childcare is something which all new parents and parents to be should be aware of. For many working parents, childcare costs can play a large role when planning a return to work, or considering their career options and working hours. As traditional childcare vouchers have now closed to new entrants, some working parents and parents to be are concerned Read the full article…


Cycle to work scheme – updated June 2019 to include E-Bikes

19th June 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Accounts, Business, Client Focus, HMRC, Limited Companies, Miscellaneous, News, Personal Tax, Tax
Cycle to work scheme – updated June 2019 to include E-Bikes

As cycling continues to grow in popularity with e-bikes leading the way in getting more and more people using pedal power, the government has at last lifted its cap on the value of bikes and associated safety equipment which can be bought through a cycle to work scheme. In the period from 2013-2017 only 4% of people cycled to work, Read the full article…


Pension rules impact successful small business owners

29th April 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Business, HMRC, Pensions and Payroll, Personal Tax, Tax
Pension rules impact successful small business owners

  There has been a great deal in the news recently about pensions, and specifically about how changes to pensions rules are impacting on certain individuals’ ability to save for their retirement. Doctors and other high income employees who have final salary pension schemes and who therefore aren’t in control of the amount being contributed into their pensions have made Read the full article…


Reporting Benefits in Kind – Forms P11D

23rd April 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Accounts, Business, Client Focus, HMRC, Personal Tax, Tax
Reporting Benefits in Kind – Forms P11D

The forms P11D which report details of benefits and some expenses provided to employees and directors for the year ended 5 April 2019, are due for submission to HMRC by 6 July 2019. The process of gathering the necessary information can take some time, so it is important that this process is not left to the last minute. Employees pay Read the full article…


Changes to Income Tax for 2019/20

20th April 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Budget, Business, Client Focus, HMRC, Personal Tax, Tax
Changes to Income Tax for 2019/20

The new tax year brings changes to income tax bands and allowances. The personal allowance is £11,850 for 2018/19 and increases to £12,500 for 2019/20. There is a reduction in the personal allowance for those with ‘adjusted net income’ over £100,000. The reduction is £1 for every £2 of income above £100,000. So for 2018/19 there is no personal allowance Read the full article…


Households With Landlines Should Be Vigilant

1st April 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Business, Client Focus, HMRC, HMRC, Miscellaneous, Personal Tax, Uncategorized
Households With Landlines Should Be Vigilant

Over recent years HMRC has increasingly cracked down on email and SMS phishing,  and a number of criminals are turning to cold-calling publicly available phone numbers to steal money from taxpayers. These calls are often made to landline numbers. According to Ofcom, nearly 26 million homes have a landline, many of which could be at risk from scams, especially if Read the full article…


April 2019 – Tax Update and News in Brief

April 2019 – Tax Update and News in Brief

At last the clocks have gone forward, days are becoming longer and some warmth is in the air (well, almost, although it didn’t feel like that from the side lines of the football pitches I was at over the weekend!!). It is also the start of the new tax year, which means there are a number of updates to which Read the full article…