Tax planning

Tax / MPs slate HMRC failure to support vulnerable taxpayers

The Treasury Committee is calling for an overhaul of the way HMRC deals with vulnerable taxpayers, saying the tax authority is failing to support them and needs to go back to basics 

Tax / Investors’ relief – how to reduce capital gains tax liability

Stephanie Webber, tax writer at Croner-i, explains how to use capital gains tax (CGT) relief of up to £1m on gains by taking advantage of the reduced tax rate using investors’ relief, effective from April 2019, highlighting potential pitfalls and interplay with entrepreneurs' relief

Tax / Errors on self assessment statements are a 'fiasco'

Some taxpayers face unexpected tax bills due to a technical error with HMRC’s IT system which means that self assessment statements were sent out with the wrong information

Tax / Number of inheritance tax investigations increases

One in four estates face investigations over their inheritance tax (IHT) payments as HMRC ramps up anti-avoidance activity with probes into £1.3bn worth of tax liability

Tax / Company cars: statutory mileage allowance - part 3

Julie Clift, tax writer at Croner-i, looks at the tax implications when a company reimburses an employee for using their own car on company business, taking into account the latest statutory mileage rates

Tax / FTSE 100 United Utilities awarded Fair Tax Mark

The UK’s largest listed water company, United Utilities, is the latest organisation to be certified as an accredited Fair Tax Mark business

Tax / Construction industry reverse charge VAT ‘chaos’

Just over two months before major changes to VAT invoicing take effect for the construction industry, two thirds of SMEs in the sector know nothing about the new reverse charge regime, reports Pat Sweet

Tax / Advance loans in disguised remuneration schemes break tax rules

HMRC is warning that some disguised remuneration schemes used by umbrella companies to avoid income tax and National Insurance contributions (NICs) by using loan advances contravene tax rules

Tax / Will Boris suffer a bedroom tax?

As Boris Johnson prepares to become prime minister, Chris Etherington, partner at RSM, examines his potential tax bill from income to property taxes on multiple residences, personal earnings to tax reliefs, not to mention the future prospect of the public duty cost allowance (PDCA)                           

Tax / Higher rate taxpayers see hike in Scottish tax bills

The number of higher and additional rate taxpayers in Scotland is growing at a faster rate than the rest of the UK as the tax burden has shifted to higher earners

Tax / Q&A: 'main' residence versus bolt-hole for higher rate stamp duty

In our regular Q&A, Alexandra Fielding CTA, tax adviser at Croner Taxwise, considers the capital gains tax implications if a couple sell one of their homes, currently used as the family home but not designated as the primary residence for tax purposes

Tax / Company cars: fuel benefits - part 2

In the part two of our series on company cars, Julie Clift CTA, tax writer at Croner-i, explains how to assess fuel benefits and tax liabilities

Tax / Top tax tips: when expenses are non deductible against income

Jonathan Amponsah, founder of The Tax Guys, gives a rundown of 10 expenses which cannot be claimed against income even if incurred for business, highlighting potential tax traps after HMRC wins in Healy and Samadian expenses cases

Tax / Trade and asset sales: tax implications - part 1

Croner-i tax writer Paul Davies FCA CTA unpicks the tax implications of trade and asset sales by a company to an unconnected third party looking at how every component of the sale can have an impact on tax efficiency

Tax / ECJ ruling sees red diesel outlawed for pleasure boats

Private pleasure crafts will no longer be able to use red diesel on UK waterways as a result of a European court ruling
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