Is your home a tax-free zone?

In most cases, if you have lived in your home during the entire period of your ownership of a property, then when you sell that property you should pay no capital gains tax (CGT) on any profit you make on the sale. You can claim the Private Residence Relief (PRR) to exempt any profits made. The situation is very different if...

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VAT – leaving the Flat Rate Scheme

The VAT Flat Rate Scheme (FRS) does simplify the calculation of VAT returns, but there are certain circumstances when you may no longer use the FRS. You will need to leave if your turnover on the anniversary of joining was more than £230,000 including VAT in the last twelve months or if you expect your total income in the next thirty...

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Budget day 2020

The treasury has announced that the next budget will be presented by the Chancellor, Sajid Javid, on Wednesday 11th March 2020. In recent years, the Budget has been held in the Autumn. The Autumn Budget 2019 was postponed due to the pre-election uncertainties last year. Now that our government has a significant working majority those uncertainties have been removed. Accordingly, matters...

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Muras Matters: Budget Announcement

Background Last week the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, announced that the next budget will be on 11 March 2020. Mr Javid has said that this budget “will set out ambitious plans to unleash Britain’s potential, level up across the UK and usher in a decade of renewal.” Detail In the run-up to the election, we reported on some of the main...

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Tax Diary January/February 2020

1 January 2020 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 March 2019. 19 January 2020 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 January 2020. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 January 2020) 19 January 2020 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 January...

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Keeping business records if self-employed

Now that we are approaching the end of the 2019-20 tax year it’s worth noting that you are required to keep your self-employed business records – that underpin your self-assessment tax return for 2019-20 - for 5 years after the 31 January 2021 submission deadline. This means that you will need to retain your 2019-20 business records until the end of...

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Spousal CGT tax advantages

It is fairly common knowledge that the UK tax system is biased in favour of married couples or those partners who have entered into a formal civil partnership. Note that from 2 December 2019, the Civil Partnership (Opposite Sex Couples) Regulations 2019 came into effect in England and Wales allowing opposite sex couples to enter into a Civil Partnership for the...

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In Business? Add these to your new year resolutions

The end of the calendar year is a popular accounting date for many businesses, but for those of us with a year-end accounting date of 31 March 2020, reviewing your management accounts for the nine months to the end of December 2019 is a must-do. Please use the following notes as a check list when you undertake this review:   If you...

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What now?

Even though many of the uncertainties that have plagued UK politics during 2019 are still to be decided, at least the hiatus in parliament has been resolved; the Conservatives now have a working majority and we can expect action on a number of fronts. Brexit Business readers with any sort of trading platform with the EU need to consider their options as...

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Minimum wage rates increase from April 2020

Businesses that have a significant number of staff paid at Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rates should take note that from April 2020 the rates are increasing.   In more detail the changes announced 31 December 2019 are: Annual pay rise of up to £930 for a full time worker. National Living Wage (NLW) increasing from £8.21 to £8.72 per hour. New NLW rate...

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