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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
  • Notifiable avoidance schemes
  • Partnerships

Bank accounts

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

Benefits

  • Assets
  • Benefits-in-kind
  • Cars
  • Company-owned
  • Cycle-to-work
  • Earnings limit
  • Exempt benefits
  • For shareholders
  • Making good
  • Miscellaneous
  • NI contributions
  • P11d notices
  • Personal
  • Reclaiming VAT
  • Records
  • Relocation costs
  • Remuneration package
  • Staff discounts
  • Travel
  • Trivial
  • Vans

Brexit

  • Brexit

Business status

  • Incorporation

Capital allowances

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

Capital gains tax

  • Allowances
  • Annual exemption
  • Antiques
  • Business property
  • Case law
  • Community infrastructure levy
  • Deductible expenses
  • Divorce/separation
  • Domestic property
  • Dwellings
  • Earn-outs
  • Enterprise investment scheme
  • Entrepreneurs' Relief
  • Exemption
  • Gifts
  • Goodwill
  • Holdover
  • Home as office
  • Husband/wife
  • Indexation Allowance
  • Investors' relief
  • 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
  • Unascertainable proceeds
  • 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
  • VAT

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
  • Winding up

Contractors

  • CIS scheme
  • IR35

Coronavirus

  • News

Corporation tax

  • Accounting period
  • Allowances
  • Annual return
  • Associated companies
  • Deductions
  • Disincorporation
  • Employer pension contributions
  • 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
  • Interim or final
  • Maximum
  • Miscellaneous
  • Non-corporate
  • Timing
  • Vouchers
  • Waivers
  • Year-end planning

Domicile

  • Non dom

EIS, VCT, SEIS and SITR

  • Knowledge intensive companies
  • Shares qualifying period

Employees

  • Allowances
  • Benefits
  • Capital allowances
  • Casual
  • Children
  • Compensation payments
  • Contractors
  • Customer tips
  • Damages and compensation
  • Directors
  • Disabled
  • Dividends
  • Employing family members
  • Employment status
  • Expenses
  • Foreign
  • Freelancers
  • Gifts to
  • Home working
  • Income tax
  • Loans to
  • Maternity leave
  • Minimum wage rates
  • Miscellaneous
  • National Insurance
  • Non-executive directors
  • P11D
  • P35
  • Parental leave
  • PAYE
  • Records
  • Redundancy
  • Self-employed
  • Share schemes
  • Statutory maternity pay
  • Statutory sick pay
  • Tax codes
  • Temps
  • Termination
  • Training
  • Training costs

Enquiries/investigations

  • Accelerated payment notice (APN)
  • Assessments
  • Bank account enquiries
  • Closing an enquiry
  • Discovery
  • Fishing letters
  • HMRC information powers
  • Inspectors' visits
  • Interest
  • Investigations
  • Miscellaneous
  • Penalties
  • Taxman's rights
  • Time limits
  • Tribunals

Entertainment

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

Expenses

  • Allowances
  • Annual returns
  • Bad debt relief
  • Benefits-in-kind
  • Case law
  • Dispensations
  • Home as office
  • Medical
  • Miscellaneous
  • Payment
  • Pre-trading
  • Records
  • Reimbursed to employee
  • Repairs/renewals
  • Simplified motor expenses
  • Training costs
  • Travel
  • VAT

Finance

  • Cryptoassets
  • Currency transactions
  • Raising finance

Gifts

  • Business gifts
  • Capital gains tax
  • Charitable
  • Children
  • Employee
  • Gift aid scheme
  • Gifts between spouses
  • Inheritance tax
  • Miscellaneous

HMRC

  • Administration
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Announcements
  • Appeals against
  • Budget
  • Clearances
  • Complaints procedure
  • 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
  • Miscellaneous income
  • 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
  • Probate
  • Property transfers
  • Quick succession relief
  • 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
  • Seed enterprise investment scheme
  • Tax free childcare
  • Trust funds
  • Unit trusts
  • Venture capital trusts
  • Year-end planning

IR35

  • Definition of
  • Factors indicative of
  • Payment of tax
  • Whose responsibility

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax

  • Leases
  • Rates

Landfill Tax

  • Landfill tax rates

Loans

  • Bank
  • Benefit-in-kind
  • Directors
  • Employees
  • Family
  • Interest
  • Interest qualifying for relief
  • Loan accounts
  • Loan charge
  • Loans written off
  • Miscellaneous
  • Mortgages
  • Student loan repayments

Married couples and civil partners

  • Form 17
  • Income splitting
  • Marriage allowance

National Insurance

  • Age exemption
  • Bands
  • Benefits
  • Class 1A
  • Class 2
  • Class 3
  • Class 4
  • Directors
  • Earnings periods
  • Earnings threshold
  • Employee status
  • Employment allowance
  • Enforcement
  • Errors
  • Late payment
  • Miscellaneous
  • Overpayments
  • Rates
  • Rebate
  • Rental income
  • Self-employment
  • Six-year rule
  • Trading losses
  • Voluntary payments
  • Working abroad

News

  • Benefits
  • Brexit
  • Capital allowances
  • Capital gains tax
  • Cars, vans and fuel
  • Companies
  • Coronavirus
  • Corporation tax
  • Expenses
  • HMRC
  • Income tax
  • Inheritance tax
  • IR35
  • National Insurance
  • News
  • Offshore
  • Partnerships
  • Payroll
  • Pensions
  • 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
  • Whether partnership exists

PAYE

  • Construction industry scheme
  • Employees' obligations to pay
  • End-of-year procedure
  • New employee procedure
  • Overpayments
  • P11Dd
  • Payment of via deductions
  • Payroll software
  • Payslips
  • 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
  • VAT

Pensions

  • A-day
  • Allowances
  • Annual allowance charge
  • Annuity
  • Auto enrolment
  • Contribution limits
  • Employer-paid-for advice
  • In specie contributions
  • Penalties
  • Pension input periods
  • Pension sharing
  • Personal
  • Recycling
  • 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
  • During wind-up
  • Miscellaneous
  • Remuneration package
  • Rent
  • 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
  • Community infrastructure levy
  • Damage, loss or destruction of assets
  • Disadvantaged areas
  • Funding
  • Holiday lets
  • Home as office
  • Inheritance tax
  • Joint ownership
  • LBTT
  • Lease
  • Letting expenses
  • Loss relief
  • 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
  • For administration of estate
  • Incentives
  • Late submission
  • Miscellaneous
  • Online
  • Paper
  • PAYE
  • Penalties
  • Personal
  • Posting
  • Quality standard
  • VAT

Self assessment

  • Payments
  • 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

  • Land and buildings transfer tax
  • Land transaction tax
  • Miscellaneous
  • Penalties
  • Rate
  • Stamp duty land tax

Succession planning

  • Family
  • Income tax
  • MBO

Tax credits

  • Tax credits
  • Working tax credits

Tax liability

  • Determination
  • Special relief

Trusts and estates

  • Beneficial ownership
  • Planning
  • Registration

Vans

  • Benefit in kind
  • VAT

VAT

  • Aggregation of businesses
  • Allowances
  • Annual accounting scheme
  • Appeal
  • Assessments
  • Bad debt
  • Barter trade
  • Benefits-in-kind
  • Business gifts
  • Capital goods scheme
  • Case law
  • Charities
  • Construction
  • Delivery charges
  • 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
  • Imports
  • Input tax
  • Late returns
  • Making tax digital
  • Margin scheme
  • Membership fees
  • Miscellaneous
  • Mixed or composite supplies
  • MOSS
  • Online trading
  • Option to tax
  • Output tax
  • Partial exemption
  • Payment
  • Periods
  • Private use of assets
  • Prompt payment discount
  • Property
  • Purchases for private use
  • Rates
  • Reclaiming
  • Records
  • Reduced rate supplies
  • Registration
  • Returned goods
  • Returns
  • Reverse charge
  • Reverse charge construction industry
  • Sponsorship
  • Staff clothes/equipment
  • Standard rate
  • Stock value
  • Surcharge
  • Tax points
  • TOGC
  • Tribunal
  • Voluntary disclosures
  • Vouchers
  • 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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In the most recent issue you'll find advice on...


Year 20 - issue 20 - 09.07.2020

TAX CREDITS

Trouble with tax credits renewal

HMRC has simplified the tax credits renewal process this year but has made an error in the process. What steps should you take if your tax credits renewal pack includes incorrect data?

CORONAVIRUS - HMRC ENQUIRIES

SEISS checks - are you ready?

You claimed a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant. While it wasn’t too tricky to qualify, that’s not the end of the story as HMRC will be checking claims further down the line. What records do you need to back up your claim?

LOSSES

Tax-efficient incorporation of a loss-making business

You’re about to transfer your sole trader business to a company of which you’re the main director and shareholder. The business made losses in the last trading period before the transfer. How can you maximise tax relief for these?

REMUNERATION PLANNING

Restarting salary from your company

You’ve not drawn salary from your company for the last three months because its income was significantly reduced. It’s now improving and you’re restarting your salary next month. Is it worth paying yourself the arrears?

CORONAVIRUS - CORPORATION TAX

Tax return following a delayed start to business

You formed a company in March with the intention of beginning trade immediately. However, this was delayed because of coronavirus. Do you need to notify HMRC and what effect will the delay have on the company’s tax returns?

CAPITAL GAINS TAX

Inherited assets - who’s liable for capital gains tax?

One of our subscribers is the executor of her mother’s estate. She left some valuable items to her and her sister. She wants to sell several of these to pay debts of the estate. Will there be any tax and if so who’s responsible for it?

CORONAVIRUS - VAT

VAT trap for private use of company vehicles

In the last few months there’s been little work for two of your employees but they’ve continued to have use of their company vans, including for personal journeys. Does this affect what you need to report on your next VAT return?

EXPENSES

More news on homeworking expenses

VAT

VAT payment holiday is over

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