Employing students in the summer break

If you employ students to manage your staff needs over the summer break period, you will need to add them to your payroll and apply PAYE and NIC rules. Students should be advised that they will pay tax and NIC if: they earn more than £1,042 a month on average, and pay NIC if they earn more than £166 a week. Students can also...

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Tax free perk before annual leave

It is possible to make small tax-free payments to employees, including directors, and this might be an appropriate time to make a small tax-free bonus in advance of the annual holidays. Employers and employees don’t have to pay tax on such a benefit if all of the following apply: it cost you £50 or less to provide, it isn’t cash or a cash...

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Holiday entitlements

As we are approaching the annual holiday season it would seem to be a suitable time to set out employees’ rights to receive holiday pay. Almost all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday per year (known as statutory leave entitlement or annual leave). An employer can include bank holidays as part of statutory annual leave. Most workers who work...

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Do you own a holiday let property?

There are a number of tax incentives that you can take advantage of if you own and let a Furnished Holiday Lets property (FHL). They include: you can claim Capital Gains Tax reliefs for traders (Business Asset Rollover Relief, Entrepreneurs’ Relief, relief for gifts of business assets and relief for loans to traders), you are entitled to claim capital allowance deductions for...

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Mileage rates and tax relief

If your employer asks you to use your own car or van to undertake a journey on their behalf, you may be entitled to a payment from your employer to cover your petrol and wear and tear costs. Let’s say that your employer pays you 35p per mile. You may feel that this is an adequate sum to cover your costs,...

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Muras Matters: Company Cars Changes to Advisory Fuel Rates

This Bulletin is aimed at company car drivers (and their employers) who are not provided with fuel for private mileage  HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have changed their advisory fuel rates for company cars with effect from 1 June 2019. The rates are intended to give guidance to employers about what is an acceptable fuel allowance to reimburse employees for use of...

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Brexit – don\’t take your eye off this ball

There is no doubt that many of us are heartily tired of the drawn-out Brexit debate, and yet we should not ignore this topic completely. Opinion seems to be hardening for the so-called “hard” Brexit: where we leave at the end of October 2019 with no agreement. Ignoring the political arguments, this would have an impact if you are in business...

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Adventures in trade

Readers are reminded that if you profit from a hobby – sell what you produce on a regular basis – you may attract the attention of HMRC. If your annual sales (income before any costs are deducted) are below £1,000 you will pay no tax as you can claim exemption under the tax-free trading income allowance. If your annual gross income...

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Keeping an eye on the competition

If your competitor is a company, there is quite a lot of information you can obtain free of charge. For example, from the Gov.uk website you can obtain the following details: company information, for example registered address and date of incorporation current and resigned officers document images mortgage charge data previous company names insolvency information You can also set up free email alerts to tell you when...

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The new State Pension

Prior to April 2016, men born before 6 April 1951 and women born before 6 April 1953, qualified for a basic State Pension and an Additional State Pension. If you were born after these dates you will qualify for the New State Pension and will no longer be eligible for the Additional State Pension (unless you inherit the Additional State Pension...

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