Tax

TQOTW: SELF-ASSESSMENT PENALTIES

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Now that the self-assessment filing date of 31 January has passed once again, I would like to be able to understand and explain to clients the penalty regime that will apply if their returns have not been filed on time.

February 2019 Tax Insider

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Included in this months issue:

– Auto-enrolment fines rise 146%
– Dual-registration service passes 200,000 milestone
– Partners hit by avoidable ISA tax charge
– Think tank proposes tax changes to save £7bn

The Risks of a Tax Investigation

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It’s a fact – humans are bad at assessing risk. We’re terrified of things that rarely happen (plane crashes, power station meltdowns) but relatively blasé about things that are statistically more likely to harm us, such as unwashed lettuce.

The likelihood of HMRC swooping to investigate your business’s tax affairs seems to be a particularly difficult risk to quantify.

January 2018 Tax Insider

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Included in this months article:

– Businesses getting to grips with apprenticeship levy
– R&D investment grows to £23.7bn in 2016/17
– OTS calls for inheritance tax system to be digitised
– Critics urge delay in rollout of MTD

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December 2018 Tax Insider

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Included in this month’s article:
– Annual investment allowance to rise to £1m
– Small retailers get business rates boost
– IR35 reforms to be extended to the private sector
– Higher-rate earners hit by national insurance rise

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November 2018 Tax Insider

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This months edition includes:

– Most small businesses receive funding boost
– Small firms not ready for no-deal Brexit
– Budget 2018: Tax and business round-up
– Government announces apprenticeship levy reforms

TQOTW: PROFESSIONAL GAMBLING

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My client’s son is a professional poker player and wins around £4,000 a month from playing poker. This is all he does and has no other earnings. Are the winnings taxable if playing poker is his profession?

TQOTW: PENSION CONTRIBUTIONS

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My client takes most of their funds from the company via dividends. How much can they and/or the company contribute to their pension?

October 2018 Tax Insider

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This months edition includes:

– Apprenticeships fall 31% in the last academic year
– Chancellor mulls abolishing dividend allowance
– Treasury shelves plan to scrap class 2 NICs
– IPPR leads call to replace inheritance tax system

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Tax Question of the Week: Property Swap

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Jack and Jill jointly own two investment properties and wish to swap their interests so that they each have ownership of one of the properties. As tenants in common they currently equally own Cornfield with a market value of £210,000 and the original cost of £50,000 and Wheatfield with a market value of £200,000 and the original cost of £49,000. Jack is to have Cornfield and Jill is to have Wheatfield. What are the CGT and SDLT implications?

September 2018 Tax Insider

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This months edition includes:

– Stamp duty tax break saves first-time buyers £284m
– HMRC confirms ‘soft landing’ for Making Tax Digital
– Inheritance tax receipts reach record high of £5.2bn
– SMEs cite VAT as ‘biggest administrative headache’

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Tax on Residential Property

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First-time buyers in England, Northern Ireland – and for a short time in Wales – were the biggest winners in the most recent shake-up to affect property taxes in Autumn Budget 2017.

Philip Hammond’s headline measure was to abolish stamp duty for first-time buyers on homes worth up to £300,000, and the chancellor didn’t stop there.

Making Tax Digital Update: August 2018

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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced its new Making Tax Digital (MTD) in the March 2015 Budget but since then, there have been many consultations and changes in the implementation dates. The aim is for HMRC to be interacting digitally with all taxpayers.

Tax Question of the Week: Rollover Relief use of Proceeds

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My clients are a farming company. They recently disposed of a large piece of fixed machinery used in the business for £60,000, and made a capital gain of £10,000. The actual sale proceeds were used to fund salaries and pension contributions in the month of disposal but six months later, after the company obtained further funding, they spent £100,000 on a qualifying replacement asset, a more modern equivalent of the old one. Is it still possible to rollover the gain in these circumstances, given that the sale proceeds of the old asset were not directly used to obtain the new one?

Tax Question of the Week: Uniforms

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My client has recently enquired about the possibility of claiming relief for the expenses of cleaning of clothing that she wears in her role in nightclub security, having heard that there are flat rate expenses that employees are able to claim.

August 2018 Tax Insider

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This months edition includes:

– Landlords welcome tax incentives for long-term tenancies
– Contractors criticise ‘flawed’ IR35 test
– ‘Tax over-40s to pay for elderly care costs’, say MPs
– BCC calls for further delay to digital accounts rollout

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