Accounting

Happy New Tax Year!

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Hopefully you should all have now received the tax packs we sent earlier this month and an invitation to complete your checklist online at our website. Remember you also need to complete the tax return supplementary questionnaire online (Click Here). This replaces the paper ones we used to send – reception will send you a paper copy if you prefer.

This year we are trying to get everybody’s tax returns and accounts produced quicker so please complete the forms and send in your books.

HMRC have announced a consultation on Inheritance Tax and are welcoming views. I’ve included a link to a good article in the Telegraph which talks about peoples confusion and fear over the tax (Click Here) and the actual HMRC site if you would like to take part (Click Here).

April 2018 Tax Insider

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This Months Edition includes:

– Thinktank wants major reform of ‘inefficient’ tax system
– More workers aim to become self-employed
– Small firms not ready for data protection shake-up
– Small businesses ‘hugely’ embrace apprenticeships

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From sole trader to a limited company

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With a new tax year almost upon us, many sole traders will be reviewing their business structure and considering whether it’s worth switching to a limited company.

There’s no denying that incorporating a business proved popular in 2017, with Companies House reporting a 7% rise in the number of actively trading companies – bringing the UK total to 1.9 million.

Last year’s statistics also showed this trend is no flash in the pan as the number of actively trading companies increased by around 610,000 since 2010.

If you’re a sole trader who has weighed up the pros and cons and decided to form a limited company, here’s what you need to know to complete the transition.

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Clipping the wings of phoenix companies

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Companies can fail for several reasons and, for the most part, these aren’t the result of wrongdoing by the directors. For this reason, it’s perfectly legal to start a new company after an old one has become insolvent.

However, there are a number of rules that surround carrying on a similar business through a new company after the original company has gone into insolvency.

Known as ‘phoenixing’, this practice transfers the business, but not the debts, of the insolvent company to a new company.

But what is the problem with phoenixing, and what does the law say about it?

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Cash basis for landlords

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Traders have been able to prepare their accounts using the cash basis since April 2013, as long as they meet certain eligibility conditions.

This option was extended to landlords running unincorporated property businesses from 6 April 2017.

However, while traders must elect for the cash basis, it applies by default to landlords who meet the qualifying conditions.

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Research & Development Tax Credits

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R&D tax relief currently provides an enhanced deduction of 230% of qualifying R&D revenue costs. This is made up of:

  • 100% of the costs which would normally be deducted without R&D tax relief; and
    130% of those tax deductible costs.

This means that for every £100 of qualifying R&D costs, £230 is deducted from the company’s pro ts, or added to the company’s trading losses for tax purposes.

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New Staff and Old

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jemma-jonesWelcome to Jemma Jones, Accountant

Jemma has joined us in October 2016 following a move to Yorkshire, and is studying towards her ACCA qualification.

Prior to joining the team Jemma has over 5 years of accounting experience supporting a range of businesses on areas including VAT, payroll, book keeping, taxation and year end accounts.

De-coding tax codes

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Tax-codesA tax code (also known as a PAYE code) appears on every payslip, but do you know what it means and how it is impacting on the net pay you are receiving?

Common tax codes include ‘BR’, ‘1100L’, ‘NT’, and ‘D0’, but what do these mean and what if they are wrong? HMRC expects everyone with a PAYE code to check it but do you and your employees (if you have them) realise this, and know where to start?

Parking fines – a business expense?

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parking ticketsThe rules relating to the tax treatment of parking fines have been clarified thanks to a recent first tier tax tribunal decision brought by G4S.

Though prohibited under HMRC rules, to date, many companies have treated their employees’ parking fines as a tax deductible expense. However the situation has now been confirmed with a clear precedent for HMRC to reject any future such claims.