E-bike cycle to work scheme announced

Readers who have been tempted to cycle to work but are challenged by fitness issues or really can’t afford the bike they would like, might be interested in the recent announcement that has extended the existing Cycle to work scheme to include the use of so-called e-bikes. These are bikes with electric motors that assist with taking on those challenging gradients. Here’s...

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Muras Matters: Forms P11D and P11D(b)

As you will be aware, the above HMRC forms are used to report benefits and expenses provided to employees and directors each tax year. An employer is liable for Class 1A National Insurance Contributions on taxable benefits, at 13.8% (2018/19), as reported on the employers declaration form P11D(b). Form P11D Deadline The deadline for submitting forms P11D (and providing a copy to employees) and also form P11D(b) for...

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Did you know income rates can be as high as 60 percent?

Most of us know that income tax is charged at three main rates: 20%, 40% and 45%. Unfortunately, there are certain levels of income that trigger a loss of benefits or allowances as well as a charge to income tax. Because of this, the percentage rate of tax charged can be higher than the underlying rate of income tax. For example: Joe’s...

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Tax Diary June/July 2019

1 June 2019 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 August 2018. 19 June 2019 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 June 2019. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 June 2019) 19 June 2019 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 June...

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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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