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Boost for small businesses

In a recent press release, HMRC underlined the benefits to smaller businesses from the increase in the VAT registration threshold and the business rates freeze. Here’s what they said: “Small businesses have received a boost as the VAT registration threshold is raised from £85,000 to £90,000, and £4.3 billion of business rates relief comes into…
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Tax on savings interest

If you have taxable income of less than £17,570 in 2024-25 you will have no tax to pay on interest received. This figure is calculated by adding the £5,000 starting rate limit for savings (where 0% of the interest is taxable) to the current £12,570 personal allowance. In addition, there is a Personal Savings Allowance…
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A new acronym

Most readers of our posts will recognise the acronym CGT or IHT -Capital Gains Tax or Inheritance Tax. And the myriad of other taxes that affect most UK taxpayers in or out of business: IT – Income Tax NIC – National Insurance VAT – Value Added Tax But what about MTD? What is MTD? MTD…
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Register for the Marriage Allowance

The marriage allowance applies to married couples and those in a civil partnership where a spouse or civil partner does not pay tax or does not pay tax above the basic rate threshold for Income Tax (i.e., one of the couples must currently earn less than the £12,570 personal allowance for 2024-25). The allowance works by permitting…
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Check your National Insurance record

There is an online service available on HMRC to check your National Insurance Contributions (NIC) record online. The service is available at https://www.gov.uk/check-national-insurance-record In order to use this service, you will need to have a Government Gateway account. If you do not have an account, you can apply to set one up online. By signing…
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Tax Diary April/May 2024

1 April 2024 - Due date for corporation tax due for the year ended 30 June 2023. 19 April 2024 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 April 2024. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 April 2024). 19 April 2024 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly…
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HMRC helpline changes on hold

HMRC has been forced into an embarrassing climbdown on plans to close the Self-Assessment, VAT and PAYE helplines from early April until September this year. HMRC has now confirmed that these helpline changes have been abandoned following feedback from many concerned stakeholders, including MPs, accountants and members of the public. This means that the helplines…
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Underlining planning options for FHL owners

If you read our post of last week, Property Tax Changes, you will be aware that the Chancellor recently confirmed – as part of his Spring Budget – that the present tax advantages that owners of Furnished Holiday Let (FHL) property enjoy will be abolished from April 2025. While a deadline in a year’s time…
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Journey out of debt

Hopefully, this post will be of help to individuals that find themselves in debt and are struggling to keep up with repayments. It’s interesting to consider how easy it is to get into debt and how difficult to get out of debt. In times of rising prices and high interest rates the temptation to use…
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Is this a good time for property owners?

The recent Spring Budget did little to make the life of those letting, buying or selling property any easier. For example: The reduction in the higher rate of CGT on affected property sales from 28% to 24%. The removal of multiple dwellings relief for Stamp Duty Land Tax purposes. These competing changes must make life…
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