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Breathing space for those in debt

In a recent news story published to the Government website it was announced that a new breathing space period will freeze interest, fees and enforcement for people in problem debt, with further protections for those in mental health crisis treatment.

The article is reproduced below:

Millions of people with problem debt, including those facing mental health problems,...

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Tax-free gifts

There are certain gifts you can make that will not create a capital gains tax (CGT) charge, but care should be taken as there are exceptions. This article outlines some of the more common issues that need to be considered.

Gifts to your spouse or civil partner

Ordinarily, you will not pay CGT if you gift assets...

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Do you have a furnished holiday lets business?

Most property owners who let property under the Furnished Holiday Let (FHL) tax rules, submit their income and expenditure details on their tax return each year.

This article considers occupancy, and the need to review occupancy of FHL properties each year.

If your FHL business accounts year is the end of the tax year, 31 March (5...

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We are out, but no immediate change

The 31 January has past and we are out of the EU. But what difference does this make and what is the transition period?

The word “transition” is defined as:

A change from one to another or the process by which this happens…

Essentially, until 31 December 2020 – when the transition period ends – the UK will...

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Loans to directors and staff

If a company makes loans to its employees (including directors) there may be tax consequences. The same may also apply to loans extended to their family members.

For example, the employer will have an obligation to report a beneficial loan to HMRC (and pay Class 1A NIC) and the deemed benefit would be a taxable benefit...

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Don’t fall for this scam

The Insolvency Service has issued a warning that fraudsters have been contacting investors in insolvent schemes claiming to be from the Official Receiver’s office or to have been appointed by the Official Receiver to help recover funds for a fee.

These approaches are always fraudulent.

Official Receivers or any agent legitimately instructed to act on their behalf...

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Pay-back to save tax

At first sight, company car drivers whose private fuel costs are met by their employers may seem to be onto a good thing, but there is a nasty tax hit…

Enter, the Car Fuel Benefit charge.

Let’s say the following circumstances apply:

  • list price of your car when new was £30,000
  • your employer pays for all your private fuel
  • CO2...
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Current Advisory Fuel Rates

To assist with your calculations, see previous article, we have reproduced below the current, HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates. They are:

These rates apply from 1 December 2019.

Engine size

Petrol - amount per mile

LPG - amount per mile

1400cc or less

12 pence

8 pence

1401cc to 2000cc

14 pence

9 pence

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Tax Diary February/March 2020

1 February 2020 - Due date for Corporation Tax payable for the year ended 30 April 2019.

19 February 2020 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 February 2020. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 February 2020)

19 February 2020 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for...

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When assets can become a tax liability

There are certain assets that may be carried on your balance sheet at values higher than their market value or past their sell by date. If so, and if these amounts are written-off against your profits, you will pay less tax.

Three possibilities are sketched out below:

Stock

Businesses that accumulate stocks of goods do so in the...

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