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Monthly Archives: November 2017

First time buyer bonanza

HMRC have laid out the detail of their budget plans to support first-time home buyers in their quest to buy their first home. There are fears that this strategy will simply drive up prices as demand is stimulated, and that this will replace stamp duty savings with house prices that once again move beyond the…
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The Autumn Budget 2017

Autumn Budget 2017 Prospects for growth, especially for productivity have been downgraded, but the Chancellor was bullish in his forecasts for investment and the Government’s intention to sort out the slow pace of house building in the UK. A few non-tax comments of note were:   • Unemployment at its lowest rate since 1975. •…
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End of year tax planning

We are moving closer to the end of the current tax year – 2017-18 – and as we have mentioned in previous posts on this blog, the opportunity to take advantage of perfectly legal tax planning opportunities expires once the year end date passes: 5 April 2018. To capitalise on these opportunities, we need to…
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Are your bank deposits protected

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) is the place to go if your bank or other regulated organisation is unable to pay claims against it. For most of us this will mean that our deposits with banks authorised to hold deposits by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) will be…
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January 2018 and taxes to pay

January is the month when individuals and businesses are required to pay tax. If your business is a limited company, and your tax year ends 31 March 2017, any corporation tax due for that year is payable 1 January 2018. Unlike your self-employed counterparts – see below - no payments on account are required for…
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Child benefit tax trap

A family claiming the weekly Child Benefit (currently, £20.70 a week for eldest or only child and £13.70 a week for additional children) may get an unwelcome tax bill if either parents’ income exceeds £50,000 during a tax year. A tax charge was introduced a number of years ago, known as the ‘High Income Child…
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Abolition of self-employed NIC to be deferred

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has welcomed a recent announcement by the Government that there will be a one-year delay before the removal of Class 2 National Insurance contributions (NICs) to enable consultation on the impact of its abolition on the self-employed with low incomes. If Class 2 NICs were abolished, those with…
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Smaller businesses to be drawn into the VAT net

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) published a report setting out a range of proposals for simplifying VAT. According to the OTS the tax is showing its age. What was meant to be a simple tax has become highly complex and it has not kept pace with changes in society. The most significant issue identified…
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Clampdown on child maintenance cheats

If a parent owes child maintenance, deductions to recover that debt can currently only be made from a bank or building society account held solely by them. Unfortunately, a small minority of parents are cheating their way out of supporting their children by putting their money into a joint account with a partner. New laws…
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he HMRC are increasing there investigations into businesses

The HMRC are increasing there investigations into businesses. Elan & Co are recomending the tax investigations scheme should you have a tax investigation. Please do also bear in mind that we offer free one hour consultation to businesses looking for an accountant. Please contact Sema on 0207 403 1500 for more details.
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