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Accounts

  • Bad debts
  • Basis period
  • Case law
  • Checking
  • Errors
  • Fees
  • FRS
  • Generally accepted accounting practice
  • Investigation
  • Miscellaneous
  • Writing off

Anti-avoidance

  • anti-avoidance rules

Bank accounts

  • Funding
  • Interest
  • Investigations
  • Joint accounts
  • Offshore
  • Personal
  • Returns

Benefits

  • Assets
  • Benefits-in-kind
  • Cars
  • Company-owned
  • Earnings limit
  • Miscellaneous
  • P11d notices
  • Personal
  • Reclaiming VAT
  • Records
  • Remuneration package
  • Travel
  • Trivial
  • Vans

Business status

  • Incorporation

Capital allowances

  • Annual Investment Allowance
  • Business property relief
  • Business purchase
  • Cars
  • Construction
  • Enhanced capital allowances
  • Environmentally beneficial
  • First year
  • Fixtures and fittings
  • Industrial buildings allowance
  • Intangible asset
  • Miscellaneous
  • Plant and Equipment
  • Writing down
  • Year-end planning

Capital gains tax

  • Allowances
  • Annual exemption
  • Antiques
  • Business property
  • Case law
  • Divorce/separation
  • Domestic property
  • Enterprise investment scheme
  • Entrepreneurs' Relief
  • Exemption
  • Gifts
  • Goodwill
  • Holdover
  • Home as office
  • Husband/wife
  • Indexation Allowance
  • Joint ownership
  • Losses
  • Market value
  • Miscellaneous
  • Negligible value
  • Offshore funds
  • Private residence relief
  • Roll-over relief
  • Shares
  • Social investment tax relief
  • Taper relief
  • Tax bands
  • Tax breaks
  • Valuation
  • Wine
  • Year-end planning

Cars

  • Advisory fuel rates
  • Allowances
  • Authorised Mileage Rate
  • Benefits-in-kind
  • Capital allowances
  • CO2 emissions
  • Family members
  • Leasing
  • Loans
  • Miscellaneous
  • Private use
  • Scale charge
  • Vans
  • VAT

Children

  • Bank accounts
  • Child benefit
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Company car
  • Education funding
  • Gift
  • High income child benefit
  • Inheritance tax
  • Investments
  • Personal allowance
  • Tax credit
  • Tax planning
  • Trusts

Civil partner

  • Divorce

Companies

  • Associated
  • Close
  • Companies House
  • Corporation tax
  • Dividends
  • Foreign
  • Incorporation
  • Loans
  • Miscellaneous
  • Moving profits
  • Offshore
  • Purchasing
  • Selling a company

Contractors

  • CIS scheme
  • IR35

Corporation tax

  • Accounting period
  • Allowances
  • Annual return
  • Associated companies
  • Deductions
  • Disincorporation
  • Goodwill
  • Joint companies
  • Losses
  • Miscellaneous
  • Offshore
  • Payment bands
  • R&D relief
  • Relief
  • Sponsorship
  • Tax bands
  • Transfer pricing
  • Year-end planning

Dividends

  • Distribution
  • Husband and wife
  • Illegal dividends
  • Maximum
  • Miscellaneous
  • Non-corporate
  • Timing
  • Vouchers
  • Waivers
  • Year-end planning

Domicile

  • Non dom

Employees

  • Allowances
  • Benefits
  • Capital allowances
  • Casual
  • Children
  • Contractors
  • Directors
  • Disabled
  • Dividends
  • Employment status
  • Expenses
  • Foreign
  • Freelancers
  • Gifts to
  • Income tax
  • Loans to
  • Maternity leave
  • Miscellaneous
  • National Insurance
  • P11D
  • P35
  • Parental leave
  • PAYE
  • Records
  • Self-employed
  • Statutory maternity pay
  • Statutory sick pay
  • Tax codes
  • Temps
  • Termination
  • Training

Enquiries/investigations

  • Assessments
  • Bank account enquiries
  • Fishing letters
  • Inspectors' visits
  • Interest
  • Investigations
  • Miscellaneous
  • Penalties
  • Taxman's rights
  • Tribunals

Entertainment

  • Allowances
  • Business
  • Case law
  • Employees
  • Expenses
  • Miscellaneous
  • Tax-free limits
  • Third party
  • VAT

Expenses

  • Allowances
  • Annual returns
  • Benefits-in-kind
  • Case law
  • Dispensations
  • Home as office
  • Medical
  • Miscellaneous
  • Payment
  • Records
  • Repairs/renewals
  • Travel
  • VAT

Finance

  • Raising finance

Gifts

  • Capital gains tax
  • Charitable
  • Children
  • Employee
  • Gift aid scheme
  • Inheritance tax
  • Miscellaneous

HMRC

  • Administration
  • Announcements
  • Appeals against
  • Budget
  • Clearances
  • Dealing with generally
  • Digital tax services
  • Enforcement
  • Errors
  • Forms
  • Guidance
  • Interest rates
  • Internal review
  • Miscellaneous
  • Payments
  • Procedure
  • Repayments
  • Self-assessment

Husband and wife companies

  • Dividends
  • Divorce
  • Income shifting
  • Income splitting
  • Inheritance tax
  • Interest split
  • Joint property
  • Miscellaneous

Income tax

  • Allowances
  • Assessments
  • Capital gains tax
  • Cars/fuel
  • Case law
  • Children
  • Codes
  • Deadlines
  • Dividend timing
  • Gift aid
  • Gifts
  • Loans
  • Losses
  • Miscellaneous
  • Overpayment
  • Payment methods
  • Payments on account
  • Penalties
  • Personal allowance
  • Rates
  • Relief
  • Repayments
  • Returns
  • Scottish rate of income tax
  • Tax avoidance schemes
  • Tax credits
  • Underpayment

Inheritance tax

  • Annual exemption
  • Business property relief
  • Case law
  • Deeds of variation
  • Enduring power of attorney
  • Exemption
  • Gifts
  • Insurance
  • Joint accounts
  • Marriage
  • Miscellaneous
  • Nil-rate band
  • Offshore
  • Potentially exempt transfers
  • Pre-owned assets
  • Property transfers
  • Returns
  • Trusts
  • Using a will
  • Valuation

Insurance

  • Bond
  • Claim
  • Fee protection
  • Life
  • Permanent health
  • Recovery

Investments

  • AIM stocks
  • Allowances
  • Bonds
  • Capital gains tax
  • Enterprise investment scheme
  • Exemptions
  • Interest
  • ISAs
  • Offshore
  • Scams
  • Trust funds
  • Unit trusts
  • Venture capital trusts
  • Year-end planning

IR35

  • Definition of
  • Factors indicative of
  • Payment of tax

Loans

  • Bank
  • Benefit-in-kind
  • Directors
  • Employees
  • Family
  • Interest
  • Loan accounts
  • Miscellaneous
  • Mortgages

National Insurance

  • Age exemption
  • Bands
  • Benefits
  • Class 1A
  • Class 2
  • Class 3
  • Earnings periods
  • Earnings threshold
  • Employee status
  • Employment allowance
  • Enforcement
  • Errors
  • Late payment
  • Miscellaneous
  • Overpayments
  • Rates
  • Rebate
  • Rental income
  • Self-employment
  • Six-year rule
  • Voluntary payments

News

  • News

Offshore

  • Amnesties
  • Capital gains tax
  • Companies
  • Homes abroad
  • Income tax
  • Investments

Partnerships

  • Limited liability
  • Tax returns

PAYE

  • Construction industry scheme
  • Employees' obligations to pay
  • Overpayments
  • P11Dd
  • Payment of via deductions
  • Payroll software
  • Repayments
  • RTI
  • Taxable earnings
  • Underpayment of tax

Payments

  • CIS scheme
  • Direct deductions
  • Interest
  • Payment options
  • RTI
  • Self employed
  • Tax summaries

Penalties

  • CIS scheme
  • Interest
  • RTI
  • Self employed

Pensions

  • A-day
  • Allowances
  • Annuity
  • Auto enrolment
  • Contribution limits
  • Pension input periods
  • Personal
  • Relief
  • Schemes
  • SIPPs
  • SSAS
  • Tax-free lump sum
  • Tax rebate

Practice admin

  • Agent authorisation
  • Client contact

Profit extraction

  • Benefits-in-kind
  • Bonuses
  • Dividends
  • Miscellaneous
  • Remuneration package
  • Salary
  • Shares

Property

  • Business asset taper relief
  • Buy-to-let
  • Capital allowances
  • Capital gains tax
  • Disadvantaged areas
  • Funding
  • Holiday lets
  • Home as office
  • Inheritance tax
  • Joint ownership
  • Lease
  • Main residence
  • Miscellaneous
  • Mixed-use
  • Option to tax
  • Overseas
  • Rental income
  • Repairs/renewals
  • Residency
  • Self-build
  • Stamp duty
  • Transfer
  • VAT

Returns

  • CIS returns
  • Company
  • Corporation Tax
  • Deadlines
  • Enforcement
  • Entries
  • Errors
  • Incentives
  • Late submission
  • Miscellaneous
  • Online
  • Paper
  • PAYE
  • Penalties
  • Personal
  • Posting
  • Quality standard
  • VAT

Self assessment

  • Penalties
  • Procedure

Shares

  • Buy-backs
  • Capital gains tax
  • EMI scheme
  • Employer share schemes
  • Gifting
  • Husband/wife
  • Inheritance tax
  • Loss relief
  • Miscellaneous
  • Negligible value
  • Valuations
  • year-end planning

Stamp Duty

  • Miscellaneous
  • Penalties
  • Rate

Succession planning

  • Family
  • Income tax
  • MBO

Tax credits

  • Tax credits
  • Working tax credits

Tax liability

  • Determination
  • Special relief

Vans

  • VAT

VAT

  • Allowances
  • Appeal
  • Assessments
  • Bad debt
  • Barter trade
  • Benefits-in-kind
  • Capital goods scheme
  • Case law
  • Charities
  • Construction
  • Deposits
  • Deregistration
  • E-commerce
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Errors
  • EU sales
  • Exempt supplies
  • Flat rate
  • Global accounting scheme
  • Groups
  • Input tax
  • Late returns
  • Margin scheme
  • Membership fees
  • Miscellaneous
  • MOSS
  • Option to tax
  • Output tax
  • Partial exemption
  • Payment
  • Periods
  • Prompt payment discount
  • Property
  • Rates
  • Reclaiming
  • Records
  • Registration
  • Returned goods
  • Returns
  • Staff clothes/equipment
  • Standard rate
  • Stock value
  • Surcharge
  • TOGC
  • Tribunal
  • Voluntary disclosures
  • Zero-rated

Wages/salaries

  • Benefits
  • Bonuses
  • Directors
  • National Insurance
  • National minimum wage
  • PAYE
  • Pay in lieu of notice
  • Payroll
  • Remuneration packages
  • Sacrifice schemes
  • Sick pay
  • Spouses
  • Tax codes

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Year 17 - issue 7 - 09.01.2017

INCOME TAX

Errors in HMRC’s tax calculations

Reports are coming in of fundamental errors in HMRC’s P800 tax calculations for 2015/16. What problems should you be looking out for?

BENEFITS

When does the tax break for late night travel apply?

Over Christmas you were roped into entertaining clients and it was late in the evening when you finally took an expensive cab ride home. A colleague says that you’ll have to pay tax on the cost of the journey. Surely this can’t be right?

CAPITAL GAINS TAX

Tax-efficient options for earn-out losses

You sold your business three years ago under an earn-out arrangement and in 2015/16 you received the second tranche of cash from the deal. It’s less than you expected. How can you turn this loss into a tax refund?

PROPERTY

Do you have to declare property rental income?

You’ve let out a house for years, but your total income has always been less than your tax allowance so you haven’t declared it to HMRC. Will you need to reconsider in view of the impending major changes to the tax rules for landlords?

EXPENSES

Dealing with advance expenses under the new regime

As an employer if you reimburse an expense to an employee you’re required to decide if it’s tax deductible. If it’s not, PAYE tax and NI are payable as it if were salary. But how can this rule work if you pay employees an advance of expenses?

INHERITANCE TAX

Can investments held in your business qualify for BPR?

A colleague tells you that he’s moved his personal investments into his company because it will mean if the worst happens to him they’ll escape inheritance tax. It sounds too good to be true, but is he right?

VAT

HMRC’s U-turn on pre-registration VAT

In 2011 HMRC changed its guidance on how much pre-registration VAT businesses can reclaim. However, in November 2016 it issued a statement saying its revised guidance was wrong. What’s the position now?

TERMINATION PAYMENTS

PILON tax let off

INVESTMENTS

Junior ISA and CTF limits increase (slightly)

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