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Budget date remains to be confirmed

18/09/2018

The Chancellor Philip Hammond, has stated before the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, that he is not yet in a position to announce a date for the Autumn Budget 2018 saying it was 'difficult to fix'. Last year, the Chancellor had used his annual meeting before the Economic Affairs Committee to announce the Budget date. Now the...

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Help-to-Save scheme launched

18/09/2018

The new Help to Save scheme for people on low incomes was officially opened with effect from 12 September 2018 following an 8-month trial. The new scheme allows those in work entitled to Working Tax Credit, and in receipt of Working Tax Credits or Child Tax Credits to save up to £50 a month for two years and receive a 50% government...

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CGT record keeping

18/09/2018

The annual Capital Gains Tax (CGT) exemption for individuals is £11,700 for 2018-19. A husband and wife each benefit from a separate exemption. Same-sex couples who acquire a legal status as civil partners are treated in the same way as married couples for CGT purposes. CGT is normally charged at a simple flat rate of 20% and this...

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Childcare and compensation claims

18/09/2018

The Tax-Free Childcare Scheme (TFCS) helps support working families with their childcare costs. The scheme provides for a government top-up on parental contributions. For every 80p in the £1 contributed by parents, an additional 20p or 20% is funded by Government up to a maximum total of £10,000 per child per year. This gives parents an...

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Spotless but not tax deductible

18/09/2018

The First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) recently heard three joined appeals that concerned the availability of tax relief for employee expenses. In each of the cases the expense claims related to the costs incurred cleaning and sanitising working clothes together with the cost of toiletries for personal hygiene. The FTT collectively referred to...

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Stamp duty and leasehold property

18/09/2018

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is payable whether you buy a freehold property, a new or existing leasehold property or a shared ownership property. SDLT has been replaced in Scotland by the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax and in Wales by the Land Transaction Tax. The amount of SDLT you pay when you buy a leasehold property, depends on...

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Accommodation expenses and benefits

18/09/2018

There are special rules for the provision of living accommodation to employees under certain circumstances. In most cases, employees will pay tax on any living accommodation provided by an employer unless they qualify for an exception. However, where an employee qualifies for an exception, there is no tax to pay on the provision of living...

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Paper Self-Assessment return deadline

18/09/2018

The 2017-18 tax return deadline for taxpayers who continue to submit paper Self-Assessment returns, is 31 October 2018. Late submission of a Self-Assessment return will become liable to a £100 late filing penalty. The penalty usually applies even if there is no liability or if any tax due is paid in full by 31 January 2019. We would...

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Self-employed Class 2 NIC changes cancelled

13/09/2018

In a surprise move, the government has announced that, following a lengthy consultation, the planned abolition of Class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NIC) will not take place in the current parliament. The announcement was made in a written statement by Robert Jenrick MP, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury on 6 September 2018....

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Receipts to cover certain expenses to be abolished?

13/09/2018

A new measure to remove the requirement for employers to check receipts for expense claims made by employees using the HMRC benchmark scale rates or overseas scale rates is to be introduced. The change will be included in the Finance Bill 2018-19. The benchmark scale rates can be used by employers to reimburse staff for subsistence...

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How to tell if a tax office email is fraudulent

13/09/2018

HMRC continues to warn taxpayers to be aware of email phishing scams. Phishing emails are used by fraudsters to access recipients' valuable personal details, such as usernames and passwords. Fake email messages can appear to be genuine but clicking on a link from within the email can result in personal information being compromised and...

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CGT Rollover Relief

13/09/2018

Capital Gains Tax (CGT) Rollover Relief is a valuable relief that allows for a delay in the payment of CGT on gains when you sell or dispose of certain assets and use all or part of the proceeds to buy new assets. The relief means that the tax on the gain of the old asset is postponed. The amount of the gain is effectively rolled over...

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Telephone advice a reasonable excuse

13/09/2018

The First-tier Tribunal (FTT) recently heard an appeal against late filing penalties imposed on both partnership and individual self-assessment returns for 2010-11 and 2011-12. There were also appeals made in respect of the years 2005-6 to 2009-10 but the FTT noted these were made outside the statutory time limits and accordingly, the...

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Tax on rental profits

13/09/2018

A taxpayer, Miss Akan, appealed to the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) against assessments in relation to Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax and penalties relating to income arising from, and from her disposal of, 15 Binnie House, London SE1. The underlying facts in this case are complex. Miss Akan grew up at 15 Binnie House, a third floor flat...

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Acas publishes new guidance on employment references

13/09/2018

ACAS has published new guidance on employment references aimed at both employers and employees based on the questions it receives on its helpline. The guidance makes clear that there is usually no legal obligation on employers to provide a reference, but employers who do give them must make them true, fair and accurate. The guidance...

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