Tax News and Updates

When must you register for VAT?

17-08-17

The taxable turnover threshold, that determines whether businesses should be registered for VAT is currently £85,000. Businesses are required to register for VAT if they meet any of the following conditions: At the end of any month, the value of… Read more..

BPP holdings Supreme Court decision

17-08-17

The Supreme Court has dismissed HMRC’s appeal in a long running case between the BPP Group of companies (who provide professional and academic education) and HMRC. The case initially centred on the VAT liability of supplies of books and education by… Read more..

What are overlap profits?

17-08-17

The assessment of self-employed or partnership profits is relatively straight-forward if the accounting date, to which accounts are prepared, falls between 31 March and 5 April. However, year ends that fall outside these dates create overlap profits.… Read more..

Dormant company obligations

17-08-17

If a company has stopped trading and has no other income then HMRC should be informed that it’s dormant for Corporation Tax purposes. HMRC can also send a notification if they think a company is dormant. This notice will state that a company or… Read more..

100% write down for qualifying capital expenditure

17-08-17

The Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) limit has changed significantly over the last number of years. However, the limit has been fixed at £200,000 for all qualifying expenditure on or after 1 January 2016. The current £200,000 limit is a generous… Read more..

Choosing a company name

17-08-17

Companies House guidance sets out the main requirements for incorporating a company in the UK. The guidance entitled Incorporation and Names also provides advice on checking which names are acceptable to Companies House when naming a company.… Read more..

What qualifies for 10% Entrepreneurs’ Relief?

10-08-17

Entrepreneurs' Relief applies to the sale of a business, shares in a trading company or an individual’s interest in a trading partnership. Where Entrepreneurs' Relief is available CGT of 10% is payable rather than the normal main rate of 20%. This… Read more..

How to roll-over capital gains

10-08-17

Business Asset Rollover Relief allows for the deferral of Capital Gains Tax (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… Read more..

Holiday lets occupancy rules

10-08-17

The furnished holiday let (FHL) rules allow holiday lettings of properties that meet certain conditions to be treated as a trade for tax purposes. In order to qualify as a furnished holiday letting, the following occupancy criteria need to be… Read more..

Claiming back VAT on fuel

10-08-17

HMRC offers a number of alternative methods for claiming back VAT on car fuel where there may be a mix of business and private mileage. They fall into a number of broad categories: Standard scale charge - HMRC operates a useful simplification… Read more..

VAT capital goods scheme

10-08-17

The VAT Capital Goods Scheme (CGS) adjusts the initial VAT recovery in respect of certain assets over either 5 or 10 year period. The scheme seeks to agree a fair and reasonable attribution of VAT to taxable supplies and non-taxable supplies relating… Read more..

Carry back charitable contributions

10-08-17

Donations to charities are a recognised way to benefit charities and certain tax payers. To facilitate these advantages, taxpayers must ensure they keep a proper record of all donations to back up claims on their tax return. Donations that are made… Read more..