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BUY NEW EQUIPMENT BEFORE 6 APRIL?

HMRC, Tax

Your business year end, not 5 April, is relevant for capital allowances purposes. If however you are running a business and making up accounts to 31 March or 5 April, you should consider buying plant and machinery to take advantage of the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA).  Note that the AIA was increased from £200,000 to […]

YEAR END CAPITAL TAX PLANNING

HMRC, Tax

Have you used your 2018/19 £11,700 annual capital gains exemption?  Consider selling shares where the gain is less than £11,700 before 6 April 2019. In addition, if you have any worthless shares, consider a negligible value claim to establish a capital loss. You may even be able to set off that capital loss against your […]

CONSIDER OTHER TAX EFFICIENT INVESTMENTS

HMRC, Tax

If you are looking for investment opportunities, have you considered the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)? These investments in certain qualifying companies allow you to set off of 30% of the amount invested against your income tax bill as well as the ability to defer Capital Gains Tax (CGT) until the shares are sold. An even […]

SIMPLIFIED IMPORT PROCEDURES IN THE EVENT OF “NO DEAL”

Brexit, HMRC, Tax

Arrangements have been announced by the government regarding the movement of goods to and from the EU. A simplified import and export system has been implemented by HMRC – in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario – as a mechanism to ensure that goods move to and from the UK, with a reduced administrative […]

NEW WORKPLACE PENSION LIMITS FROM 6 APRIL 2019

HMRC, Pensions, Tax

The amounts that employers and workers will be required to pay into workplace pensions are due to increase from 6 April unless the worker opts out. The new limits will be 5% from the worker and 3% from the employer. The total minimum contribution will therefore increase from the current 5% overall to 8%. In […]

HAVE YOU USED YOUR 2018/19 ISA ALLOWANCE?

HMRC, Money Matters, Tax

Your maximum annual investment in ISAs for 2018/19 is £20,000.  Your investment needs to be made before 6 April 2019.  In addition, have you thought about investing for your children or grandchildren by setting up a Junior ISA? In the 2018/19 tax year, you can invest £4,260 into a Junior ISA for any child under […]

YEAR END PENSION PLANNING

HMRC, Pensions, Tax

For most taxpayers the maximum pension contribution is £40,000 each tax year, although this depends on their earnings. This limit covers both contributions by the individual and their employer. Note that the unused allowance for a particular tax year may be carried forward for three years and can be added to the relief for the […]

DON’T LOSE YOUR PERSONAL ALLOWANCE!

HMRC, Tax

For every £2 that your adjusted net income exceeds £100,000 the £11,850 personal allowance is reduced by £1. Pension contributions and Gift Aid can help to reduce adjusted net income and save tax at an effective rate of 60%. The restriction applies between £100,000 and £123,700 adjusted net income. Another way that you could avoid […]

TERMINATION PAYMENT CHANGES DELAYED TO 2020

HMRC, Tax

HMRC have announced that the changes to the national insurance (NIC) treatment of termination payments and sporting testimonials have been delayed to 6 April 2020. From 6 April 2020 Employer class 1A NIC will become payable on termination payments in excess of £30,000 and on sporting testimonials that exceed £100,000 (lifetime limit). The changes are […]

CORPORATION TAX RELIEF BACK FOR ACQUIRED GOODWILL

HMRC, Tax

A further late change to the Finance Bill will re-introduce relief for acquired goodwill on the acquisition of businesses with eligible intellectual property from 1 April 2019. This relief was withdrawn back in July 2015 and the restoration of relief for goodwill and customer-related assets is very welcome although the new form of relief will […]