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Cars and taxing issues

We have listed below a number of issues that you will need to consider if directors or employees use a car for business purposes. Essentially, if the car is owned by the business any private use of the vehicle will trigger a tax charge for the driver (car user) and a possible NIC bill for …

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Paying tax if you are self-employed

If you are a sole trader or an individual member of a partnership you will likely be subject to income tax, and possibly National Insurance, on your earnings. Unfortunately, tax being taxing, earnings for tax purposes may not be the same as the monthly drawings you take from your business. For example, you may decide …

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Disposing of a UK residential property?

UK readers who are anticipating the sale of a residential property on which a capital gains tax (CGT) charge may apply would be advised to consider the changes to the reporting and payment of this CGT charge from 6 April 2020. The general rule will be that for relevant disposals on or after this date …

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An update for hauliers

If you are involved in the transport of goods to and from the EU HMRC have posted useful guidance on what you will need to do to accommodate a no-deal Brexit on 31st of this month. The guidance can be downloaded as a PDF from from here. Transitional arrangements are in place regarding licenses and …

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Tax Diary October 2019

Important dates for you to note this month: 19 October 2019 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 October 2019. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 October 2019.) 19 October 2019 – Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 October 2019. 19 …

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Enjoy a tax-free Christmas bash

Follow the outline below to ensure that the cost of your annual staff party will not create tax issues for you or your staff. The event must be open to all employees at a specific location. An annual Christmas party, or other annual event offered to staff, generally is not taxable on those attending, provided …

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Why you may need an EORI number

The end of next month, 31 October 2019, is the latest deadline for our exit from the EU and the recent hiatus seems to be pushing the UK ever closer to a no-deal outcome. Accordingly, if you are involved in buying or selling goods to EU countries, you should apply now for an Economic Operator …

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Do you need to file a tax return?

The following guidelines are reproduced from the government’s website: You must send a tax return if, in the last tax year (6 April to 5 April), you were: self-employed as a ‘sole trader’ and earned more than £1,000 a partner in a business partnership You will not usually need to send a return if your …

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All is not lost

If your business makes a trading loss its ability to survive the loss will depend on a number of issues. They include: Did your business have sufficient reserves to absorb the loss? If not, are the business owners able to introduce new capital to cover the losses? Or, Are the business bankers willing to step …

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Getting ready for EU exit 31 October 2019

HMRC has published a check list of issues you will need to deal with prior to 31 October 2019. The check list has been sent to all businesses that already trade with the EU or the rest of the world. The text of the letter is reproduced below, and this contains the links to the …

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Can you claim back the VAT when you buy a car?

The short answer to this question is a resounding “no”, but as always with tax, there are exceptions. Obviously, if you are in business and not VAT registered, you cannot reclaim the VAT added to any of your purchases. If you are VAT registered HMRC has published the following guidance for VAT recovery when acquiring …

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