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Accounts

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

Anti-avoidance

  • Accelerated payment notice (APN)
  • anti-avoidance rules
  • Company wind-up
  • Disguised remuneration
  • Partnerships

Bank accounts

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

Benefits

  • Assets
  • Benefits-in-kind
  • Cars
  • Company-owned
  • Cycle-to-work
  • Earnings limit
  • Miscellaneous
  • P11d notices
  • Personal
  • Reclaiming VAT
  • Records
  • Remuneration package
  • Staff discounts
  • 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
  • Part disposals
  • Private residence relief
  • Reporting to HMRC
  • 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
  • Simplified expenses
  • 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 free childcare
  • Tax planning
  • Trusts

CIS

  • CIS returns
  • Subcontractor

Civil partner

  • Divorce

Companies

  • Associated
  • Close
  • Companies House
  • Corporation tax
  • Demergers
  • Dividends
  • Foreign
  • Incorporation
  • Loans
  • Miscellaneous
  • Moving profits
  • Offshore
  • Purchasing
  • Reorganisation of share capital
  • Selling a company
  • Substantial shareholding exemption

Contractors

  • CIS scheme
  • IR35

Corporation tax

  • Accounting period
  • Allowances
  • Annual return
  • Associated companies
  • Deductions
  • Disincorporation
  • Gifts
  • Goodwill
  • Joint companies
  • Loan relationship
  • Loans to directors/shareholders
  • 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
  • Share schemes
  • Statutory maternity pay
  • Statutory sick pay
  • Tax codes
  • Temps
  • Termination
  • Training

Enquiries/investigations

  • Accelerated payment notice (APN)
  • Assessments
  • Bank account enquiries
  • Discovery
  • 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
  • Pre-trading
  • Records
  • Repairs/renewals
  • Simplified motor expenses
  • Travel
  • VAT

Finance

  • Currency transactions
  • 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
  • Making tax digital
  • Miscellaneous
  • Payments
  • Procedure
  • Repayments
  • Scam communications
  • 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
  • Welsh tax rates

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
  • Pensions
  • Potentially exempt transfers
  • Pre-owned assets
  • Property transfers
  • Returns
  • Trusts
  • Using a will
  • Valuation

Insurance

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

Investments and savings

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

IR35

  • Definition of
  • Factors indicative of
  • Payment of tax

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax

  • Leases
  • Rates

Loans

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

Married couples and civil partners

  • Form 17
  • Income splitting

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

  • Benefits
  • Capital allowances
  • Capital gains tax
  • Cars, vans and fuel
  • Companies
  • Corporation tax
  • Expenses
  • HMRC
  • Income tax
  • Inheritance tax
  • National Insurance
  • News
  • Offshore
  • Partnerships
  • Payroll
  • Property
  • Returns
  • Sole traders
  • Stamp taxes
  • Status
  • VAT

Offshore

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

Partnerships

  • Limited liability
  • Mixed partnerships
  • Tax returns

PAYE

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

Payments

  • Capital gains tax
  • CIS scheme
  • Direct deductions
  • Income tax
  • Interest
  • Payment options
  • RTI
  • Self employed
  • Tax summaries

Penalties

  • Appealing against
  • Careless or deliberate
  • CIS scheme
  • Failure to notify tax liability
  • Interest
  • RTI
  • Self employed

Pensions

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

Practice admin

  • Agent authorisation
  • Client contact

Profit extraction

  • Benefits-in-kind
  • Bonuses
  • Dividends
  • Miscellaneous
  • Remuneration package
  • Salary
  • Shares
  • Transfer of assets to or from company

Property

  • Annual tax on enveloped dwellings
  • Business asset taper relief
  • Buy-to-let
  • Capital allowances
  • Capital gains tax
  • Cash basis accounts
  • Disadvantaged areas
  • Funding
  • Holiday lets
  • Home as office
  • Inheritance tax
  • Joint ownership
  • LBTT
  • Lease
  • Letting expenses
  • Main residence
  • Miscellaneous
  • Mixed-use
  • Option to tax
  • Overseas
  • Rental income
  • Rent-a-room relief
  • Repairs/renewals
  • Residency
  • Self-build
  • Stamp duty
  • Transfer
  • VAT
  • Welsh land transaction tax

Returns

  • CIS returns
  • Company
  • Corporation Tax
  • Correction and amendment
  • 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

Trusts and estates

  • Planning
  • Registration

Vans

  • Benefit in kind
  • VAT

VAT

  • Allowances
  • Annual accounting scheme
  • Appeal
  • Assessments
  • Bad debt
  • Barter trade
  • Benefits-in-kind
  • Capital goods scheme
  • Case law
  • Charities
  • Construction
  • Deposits
  • Deregistration
  • Disbursements
  • Discount and promotion schemes
  • E-commerce
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Errors
  • EU sales and purchases
  • Exempt supplies
  • Flat rate
  • Global accounting scheme
  • Groups
  • Holding companies
  • Input tax
  • Late returns
  • Making tax digital
  • Margin scheme
  • Membership fees
  • Miscellaneous
  • MOSS
  • Online trading
  • Option to tax
  • Output tax
  • Partial exemption
  • Payment
  • Periods
  • Private use of assets
  • Prompt payment discount
  • Property
  • Rates
  • Reclaiming
  • Records
  • Reduced rate supplies
  • Registration
  • Returned goods
  • Returns
  • Reverse charge
  • Staff clothes/equipment
  • Standard rate
  • Stock value
  • Surcharge
  • Tax points
  • 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 19 - issue 2 - 18.10.2018

INCOME TAX

Welsh income tax rate announced

From 6 April 2019 the Welsh government will have powers to amend the rate of income tax; it can already alter land transaction taxes. What changes are in store and who will they affect?

INHERITANCE TAX - BUSINESS PROPERTY RELIEF

Is there inheritance tax relief for rental businesses?

A taxpayer has defied the odds and successfully argued at the tax tribunal that a furnished holiday letting business qualifies for inheritance tax relief. Does the decision mean your own letting business is more likely to qualify?

VAT

VAT efficiency for private use of business assets

When you buy equipment for your business and expect to use it for private purposes there are two methods for working out the amount of VAT you can reclaim. Which is the most tax efficient?

COMPANIES

The great divide - demerging your business

Your company operates a few different trades each with unique requirements. You therefore want to split the company to simplify matters. The trouble is this can trigger hefty tax bills. How can you legitimately avoid them?

CAPITAL GAINS TAX

Selling your home - two calculation traps

If you’ve used part of your home for business you might have to pay capital gains tax when you sell it. Calculating this isn’t as simple as it sounds and costly mistakes are often made. How can you avoid these?

CAPITAL ALLOWANCES

The AIA and multiple accounting dates

Your company is planning significant purchases of new equipment. The trouble is it’s part of a group which can affect the amount of annual investment allowance (AIA) it can claim. How can you be sure not to exceed the maximum?

REMUNERATION PLANNING

What’s the best time to draw your salary?

As a director of a small company you can more or less say how and when you would like your salary paid. The trouble is your total income varies each year which makes it tricky to decide what salary to take. Is there a way around this?

INHERITANCE TAX

IHT returns - fewer valuations required

SELF-ASSESSMENT

Filing your tax return on time - tips from HMRC

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