The awkwardly named “Gift Hold-Over Relief” (GHOR) allows you to give away business assets – including certain shares – or sell them for less than they are worth, and not pay (or pay reduced) capital gains tax (CGT). The person receiving the gift will potentially pay CGT when and if they sell the asset at…Read more
Have you heard of the Prompt Payment Code?
The Prompt Payment Code (Code) is not a fanciful device to access cash from bank machines or a way to secure automatic “prompt” payment from your customers. The Code was actually set up by the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) on behalf of government in order to promote a culture of prompt payment. Signatories…Read more
What exactly is insolvency?
The dictionary definition of insolvency is less than illuminating, it is: The state of being insolvent… Listed synonyms provide more detail: bankruptcy · liquidation · failure · collapse · ruin · financial ruin · ruination · pennilessness · penury · impecuniousness · beggary · administration · receivership · folding · pauperdom What these explanations do…Read more
Complaining to HMRC
Although many of the tax office processes are automated, dealt with by computerised systems, the rest is managed by human beings each subject to the same range of foibles as the rest of us. And we all know how reliable computerised systems have proven to be. If you are certain, or have misgivings, about the…Read more
The real tax cost of benefits in kind
There is a sting in the tail for companies that provide their directors or employees with taxable benefits as part of their remuneration package. Obviously, the directors or employees that receive the benefits will pay additional income tax if the benefits provided are chargeable to tax: for example, the use of a company car. The…Read more
E-bike cycle to work scheme announced
Readers who have been tempted to cycle to work but are challenged by fitness issues or really can’t afford the bike they would like, might be interested in the recent announcement that has extended the existing Cycle to work scheme to include the use of so-called e-bikes. These are bikes with electric motors that assist…Read more
Did you know income rates can be as high as 60 percent?
Most of us know that income tax is charged at three main rates: 20%, 40% and 45%. Unfortunately, there are certain levels of income that trigger a loss of benefits or allowances as well as a charge to income tax. Because of this, the percentage rate of tax charged can be higher than the underlying…Read more
Tax Diary June/July 2019
1 June 2019 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 August 2018. 19 June 2019 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 June 2019. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 June 2019) 19 June 2019 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly…Read more
Employing students in the summer break
If you employ students to manage your staff needs over the summer break period, you will need to add them to your payroll and apply PAYE and NIC rules. Students should be advised that they will pay tax and NIC if: they earn more than £1,042 a month on average, and pay NIC if they…Read more
Tax free perk before annual leave
It is possible to make small tax-free payments to employees, including directors, and this might be an appropriate time to make a small tax-free bonus in advance of the annual holidays. Employers and employees don’t have to pay tax on such a benefit if all of the following apply: it cost you £50 or less…Read more