Earn While You Learn – Why being an Apprentice Accountant can pay Dividends!

Written by Kelly Southby on July 20, 2015

Are you interested in the accountancy sector? Think you need to get a degree to become an accountant? University is not the only route to your future success and a fantastic career in the accountancy sector. Apprenticeships are primarily focused on training for a particular career and if you are motivated, dedicated and enthusiastic, a…

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Entrepreneurs’ Relief Restrictions FA 2015

Written by Robert Usher-Somers on June 19, 2015

The disposal of an unincorporated business, or of shares in an unquoted trading company, as well as assets used in such a business or company, can give rise to capital gains tax (CGT) at 18% or 28% of any gain realised depending on the seller’s marginal rate of income tax and subject to any annual…

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Does My Trust Need Reviewing?

Written by Lucy Duncan on June 4, 2015

Most people who run Trusts, the Trustees, follow good practice by actively managing the assets, obtaining appropriate and timely advice and preparing regular accounts. By doing this they are able to comply with any taxation or other reporting requirements and to establish who is entitled to the capital or the income derived from it. A…

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Employment Related Securities

Written by Jennifer Boath on May 27, 2015

Share Scheme Registration Deadline of 6th July 2015 From 6th April 2014, HMRC required companies to register all share schemes, both new and existing with them. From April 2015, HMRC require all information returns to be filed online. These changes include both approved and unapproved share schemes and affect Company Share Option Plans (CSOP), Share…

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Pre Trading Expenditure

Written by Chandni Dattani on May 27, 2015

Many people think about setting up their own business and often incur costs ahead of beginning to trade. So how does it work in getting relief for those costs? How to get relief for pre trading expenses Individuals wishing to set up their own business, should that be a bakery, an accounting firm or wanting…

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Transfer of Assets Between Spouses

Written by Kate Kalina on March 25, 2015

If you are married or in a civil partnership, you may wish to consider making gifts of assets to your spouse or civil partner as there are a number of tax advantages that follow. In this article “spouse” means husband, wife or civil partner. Transfer of Shares to Spouse – Capital Gains Tax Transfers of…

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Tax Planning suggestions before 5th April 2015

Written by Robert Usher-Somers on March 12, 2015

Pensions  During 2014/15 you can pay up to £40,000 gross into a pension plan (provided you have sufficient earnings). To the extent that you have not used up your contribution limit (£50,000 pa for 2011/12 to 2013/14) in any of the three previous tax years, you may be able to increase the contributions in 2014/15…

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ATED Extension

Written by Justin Moore on March 6, 2015

You will recall that in Budget 2014 the Chancellor announced that the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (“ATED”) legislation was to be extended from 6th April 2015 to include residential properties held by non-natural persons and valued at more than £1m. At the same time it was announced that from 6th April 2016 this regime…

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Inheritance Tax (“IHT”) by Instalments

Written by Justin Moore on March 6, 2015

IHT relating to land, certain shares and securities and business assets can, in certain instances, be paid by instalments. Land in the context of this relief can be of any description, situated anywhere in the world. The most common instance where this relief will be relevant and claimed is in respect of a transfer which…

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Pension Contributions – possible cap at £10,000 per annum

Written by Robert Usher-Somers on February 26, 2015

Currently an individual can pay a pension contribution of up to £40,000 gross per annum into a personal pension plan provided he or she has sufficient relevant earnings against which to set the contributions. From 6th April 2015 this will reduce to £10,000 for money purchase pension contributions where the member has dipped into the…

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EC Sales list – Getting it right!

Written by Arnold Hill on February 20, 2015

What is an EC Sales List? Any VAT registered business in the United Kingdom which supplies goods or services to VAT registered customers in another country within the European Union (EU), must report these supplies to HM Revenue and Customs. An EC Sales List includes three separate pieces of information:- The customer’s country code Details…

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VAT – Getting the basics right can be so important!

Written by Arnold Hill on December 23, 2014

Two incredibly important points to note:- VAT invoices must be complete if you’re looking to rely on them to recover input VAT; and Invoices can be corrected before, but not after HMRC has made a decision as to their validity. Sounds very simple, but one straightforward case highlights that this is not always so. In…

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Disguised Fee Income

Written by Arnold Hill on December 18, 2014

The Autumn Statement announced proposals to change legislation in respect of the taxation of management fees received by investment fund managers and draft legislation was subsequently published in the Finance Bill 2015. The proposed new legislation is intended to come into effect from 6 April 2015 with no grandfathering provisions in respect of existing arrangements….

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SDLT rates from 4 December 2014

Written by Arnold Hill on December 17, 2014

Residential land or property SDLT rates and thresholds From 4 December, SDLT for residential property is charged at different rates depending on the portion of the purchase price that falls within each rate band. There is no change to how SDLT is calculated on purchases of non-residential property or on the rent payable when a…

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Reduced Administrative Burden for ATED Returns

Written by Arnold Hill on December 11, 2014

The Finance Bill has introduced a new type of ATED return called ‘the relief declaration return’.  For each type of relief being claimed, the company will submit a ‘relief declaration return’ stating that a relief is being claimed in respect of one or more properties held at that time.  No details will be required of…

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Autumn Statement 2014

Written by Arnold Hill on December 5, 2014

Further to yesterday’s Autumn Statement we set out below a very brief note of some of the key items announced Stamp Duty With effect from midnight on 3 December 2014 the method of calculating the stamp duty chargeable on the purchase of residential property by a natural person has changed.  Previously the stamp duty rate…

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Importance of taking professional advice

Written by Arnold Hill on November 9, 2014

Sometimes the failure of clients to take professional advice can mean paying significantly more tax than is necessary. This failure may result from not realising that there might be a different way of structuring a transaction or simply a reluctance to incur professional fees. The following cases are examples of where significant tax savings may…

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The guidance on the application of the remittance basis rules

Written by Arnold Hill on September 17, 2014

HMRC published new guidance on 4th August 2014 in respect of the remittance rules surrounding offshore loans to non domicilaries. Previously, non-doms were able to secure their offshore loans against offshore assets (income/gains) and bring the loan to the UK without triggering a remittance as long as the interest/capital loan repayments were not made from…

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HM Treasury Consultation Document: “Implementing a capital gains tax charge on non-residents”

Written by Arnold Hill on May 7, 2014

Last month the UK coalition government released a consultation document proposing the implementation of a capital gains tax charge on non-residents in respect of sales of UK residential property.  The details of the proposal remain relatively vague and are likely to be amended throughout the consultation and legislation process.  However at this stage the following…

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Relief and restrictions for trade losses

Written by Arnold Hill on March 14, 2014

Relief When an unincorporated business makes a trading loss, there may be some consolation to the sole trader or partner, if for tax purposes he or she may be able to claim relief for that loss by deducting it against other income and possibly obtain a tax refund.  The tax legislation allows some flexibility over…

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Tax Planning Suggestions before 5th April 2014

Written by Arnold Hill on March 7, 2014

Pensions During 2013/14 you can pay up to £50,000 gross into a pension plan (provided you have sufficient earnings). That limit reduces to £40,000 with effect from 6th April 2014.  To the extent that you have not used up your £50,000 contribution limit in the three previous tax years, you may be able to increase…

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Environmental Week!

Written by Arnold Hill on February 26, 2014

Arnold Hill is currently mid way through its inaugural environmental awareness week.  All of our staff members have been tasked with challenging the policies and processes currently adopted within our workplace.  By doing so we hope to better understand the impact that we are having, both locally and globally.  At the end of this week…

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LLPs and treatment of salaried members

Written by Justin Moore on January 13, 2014

Ever since LLPs were introduced it has been HMRC’s practice to treat all members as self-employed even if they would otherwise have been regarded as salaried partners/employees. This led to significant numbers of individuals being made members of LLPs because of the significant National Insurance Contributions savings which were possible. Perhaps with this in mind,…

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Bah, Humbug!

Written by Justin Moore on December 10, 2013

The festive season is upon us and although the first thought should not be of the taxman, he’s worth bearing in mind! Most employers should be aware of the long-standing rules whereby staff entertaining (e.g. Christmas parties) are tax-free if the cost, including VAT, is not more than £150 per head. This ‘per head’ limit…

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Autumn Statement – Main Issues

Written by Arnold Hill on December 6, 2013

Income Tax and National Insurance From 2014/15 a spouse/civil partner will be able to transfer £1,000 of his or her personal allowance to his or her spouse/civil partner. Employer National Insurance Contributions for employees under the age of 21 are to be abolished from April 2015 (unless their annual earnings exceed the upper earnings limit,…

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Airbnb – Tax Pointers

Written by Justin Moore on December 2, 2013

Many people will be aware of Airbnb, the online community marketplace for people to list accommodation and to invite guests to stay. Indeed, Airbnb (www.airbnb.co.uk) suggests that it has assisted more than 9,000,000 guests with their stays away from home and its success and take up is incredible.  Whilst we understand that tax would not…

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Internationally Mobile Employees

Written by Jennifer Boath on September 24, 2013

Increasingly, individuals are travelling abroad to carry out duties in relation to their employment in addition to carrying out some of their duties in the UK. It is important for those individuals to consider the tax implications surrounding this and the effect on their UK tax position. If you are a non-domiciled individual who has…

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Trusts – October 2013 Deadlines for Tax

Written by Lucy Duncan on August 22, 2013

Trustees are taxed under the Self Assessment regime in the same way that individuals are.  Tax Returns for the year ended 5 April 2013 should be submitted by 31 January 2014 if they are submitted online, however if a paper Return is being filed the deadline is 31 October 2013.  If Returns are submitted after…

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Statutory Residence Test (SRT)

Written by Jennifer Boath on August 8, 2013

The SRT, which came into effect on 6th April 2013, allows individuals to determine whether they are UK resident for tax purposes in any tax year. The following steps should be followed in order and as soon as you have determined your residence status, no further steps are required: Individuals are separated into 3 different…

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Close Company Loans to Participators

Written by Arnold Hill on August 8, 2013

HMRC has launched a consultation on the possible reform of close company loans to participators.  The proposed changes will affect many companies.  A close company is one controlled, directly or indirectly, by five or fewer participators (these are usually the shareholders), or by any number of directors.  The current rule is that where a shareholder…

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VAT registration – when to register

Written by Justin Moore on July 15, 2013

HMRC’s website sets out the registration threshold and the time limits for registering when the threshold is exceeded, but there are a couple of planning points to be aware of that are not so clearly flagged. Reverse Charge Rules The reverse charge rules require UK VAT registered businesses to account for purchase VAT and sales…

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High Income Child Benefit Charge

Written by Jennifer Boath on June 27, 2013

The high income child benefit charge which came into effect on 7th January 2013 maybe a key consideration whilst gathering the information necessary to prepare your tax return for the year ended 5th April 2013. How does it work? Individuals (or their partners) whose income lies between £50,000 and £60,000, will be subject to a…

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Property Let to Tenants: whether a business incorporation?

Written by Robert Usher-Somers on June 18, 2013

An individual who transfers his business to a company avoids an immediate capital gains tax charge on chargeable assets that are transferred to the company, provided that the whole of the business or the whole of business excluding cash, is transferred to the company in exchange for the issue of shares.  Whilst this relief is…

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Insurance Bonds – Beware of the traps!

Written by Robert Usher-Somers on June 18, 2013

Drawing more than the 5% annual allowance Insurance Bonds are commonly used by investors to provide a regular form of income, which if limited to withdrawals each year of 5% of the initial premium, will be not be taxed for the first 20 years. These bonds, which may be taken out in the UK or…

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Capital Gains Tax – Main Residence Exemption

Written by Robert Usher-Somers on June 18, 2013

Gains realised on the disposal of the house or flat which an individual occupies as his or her main residence are generally exempt from UK capital gains tax.  Nevertheless clients’ affairs are often not as straightforward as this. For example an individual may have more than one residence, spending part of the time in each, or…

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S455 Tax Rules from 20th March 2013

Written by Arnold Hill on May 30, 2013

Funds taken out of the company as a loan (i.e. not salary or dividend) that is not repaid within nine months of the end of accounting period will attract a liability to Section 455 tax of 25% of the outstanding loan balance. Where the loan is repaid within 9 months of the year end the…

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Cars – Capital Allowances

Written by Arnold Hill on May 21, 2013

For cars purchased prior to 6 April 2009 (1 April 2009 for companies), expenditure was required to be allocated to a separate pool for each vehicle costing more than £12,000. These were known as “expensive” car pools. Annual writing down allowances were limited to £3,000 per annum for each car until its tax value fell…

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Machinery or Plant: Withdrawal of ‘Renewals’ Basis

Written by Arnold Hill on May 7, 2013

By concession, if a taxpayer incurs capital expenditure on replacing plant or machinery in a trade or a property business, a claim can be made for a deduction for the replacement expenditure when calculating taxable profits. This concession is withdrawn in relation to expenditure on replacing plant and machinery which is incurred: (a) on or…

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VAT – Land and Property – Pitfalls

Written by Justin Moore on April 26, 2013

Taxpayers can sometimes overlook the fact that when moving into a new leasehold property and undertaking substantial refurbishment work, they might be inadvertently be entering the Capital Goods Scheme for VAT purposes. Input tax recovered on refurbishment or fitting out of land and buildings, where the cost of taxable supplies is more than £250,000, is…

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Key Announcements from the Budget 2013

Written by Arnold Hill on March 22, 2013

Fuel and Alcohol 1p off the price of a pint of beer, and the fuel escalator has been scrapped. The 3p per litre increase in the fuel duty scheduled for September is cancelled.   Income Tax The personal allowance limit to be increased to £10,000 from 6th April 2014 a year earlier than originally planned….

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Partnerships – removal of assumption of self-employment

Written by Arnold Hill on March 20, 2013

Partnership tax rules have been a feature of many avoidance schemes closed down by HMRC in recent years. The Government announced in Autumn Statement 2012 that it would consider whether partnerships should be reviewed, as part of the rolling examination of high risk areas of the tax code. In the Budget 2013, the Government has…

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Charities Online

Written by Arnold Hill on March 19, 2013

From 22 April 2013, Charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs can sign up with HMRC to make repayment claims electronically using Charities Online. HMRC intends that the Charities Online service will go live on 22 April 2013. They expect to provide a step-by-step guide on what you will need to do to sign up for…

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