Higher Earners Tax Rate

Higher Earners Tax Rate

Higher Earners Tax Rate The highest rate of tax will be paid by more people after the threshold is reduced, following the Chancellor’s Budget announcements. The Chancellor has changed the level at which the 45% additional rate of tax applies from, lowering it...
Childcare Benefit Changes – The Good and the Bad

Childcare Benefit Changes – The Good and the Bad

Childcare Benefit Changes – The Good and the Bad Following the Chancellor’s Budget announcements, there will be some changes to childcare benefit and depending on your personal circumstance, this could be a blessing or a curse. Parents will get up to 30...
A Significant Overhaul for Pensions

A Significant Overhaul for Pensions

A Significant Overhaul for Pensions and Retirement Saving Following the Chancellor’s Budget announcements, pensions got a significant overhaul to make retirement saving more appealing. This comes with an increase in the amount you can put into your pension each...
VAT Returns – The Key Dates

VAT Returns – The Key Dates

It’s important to know the relevant dates and deadlines to look out for when you’re filing your VAT returns; especially if you’ve just become VAT registered. What are my VAT quarters? Each VAT period is 3 months long, making up the 4 quarters of the...
Urgent – Reclaim Married Couple’s Allowance before 5 April

Urgent – Reclaim Married Couple’s Allowance before 5 April

Married Couple’s Allowance can be transferred between spouses and civil partners, and while 2m couples have claimed this since it was introduced back in 2015, there are many more people who are entitled to claim it. Go back four years The allowance, which is worth up...
Rent a Room Scheme

Rent a Room Scheme

You can earn up to £7,500 per year tax-free from letting out furnished accommodation in your home, via the Rent a Room scheme Although the name suggests renting a single room, you can actually rent out as much of your home as you’d like. If you share the income with...
Help if you are struggling to pay your tax bill

Help if you are struggling to pay your tax bill

Financially, 2021 has been a difficult year for many, and you may be struggling to pay your January tax bill in full. Any tax and National Insurance that remains unpaid for 2020/21 must be paid by 31 January 2022, along with the first payment on account for 2021/22....
ITSA registration

ITSA registration

HMRC have published a call for evidence on the case for reforming the rules for registering for Income Tax Self Assessment (ITSA). The call for evidence is interested in hearing views on whether it would be beneficial to bring forward the deadline by which landlords...
File your 2020/21 tax return by 31 January 2022

File your 2020/21 tax return by 31 January 2022

If you need to file a self-assessment tax return for the year to 5 April 2021, you have until midnight on 31 January 2022 to file your return if you have not already done so. You must also pay any tax that you owe for 2020/21 by the same date. Do I need to file a...
Plan ahead for increases in the dividend tax rates

Plan ahead for increases in the dividend tax rates

As part of the Government’s funding strategy for health and social care, the dividend tax rates are to be increased from April 2022, alongside the temporary increases in National Insurance, and, from April 2023, the introduction of the Health and Social Care Levy. The...
3 QuickBooks Basics

3 QuickBooks Basics

Whether you’re brand new to QuickBooks or you use it already, there’s always more to learn to ensure you’re maximising the resources you have available to you. With this blog we are sharing our top 3 QuickBooks Basics. 1. Connecting and reconnecting the bank When you...
Accessing the Government Gateway

Accessing the Government Gateway

From 15 June 2021, all businesses and organisations will need multi-factor authentication in order to sign into the Government Gateway. Multi-factor authentication Businesses and organisations that use HMRC’s online services and which do not currently receive an...
Voluntary Class 2 NICs where 2019/20 tax return filed after 31 January 2021

Voluntary Class 2 NICs where 2019/20 tax return filed after 31 January 2021

If you are self-employed, you will pay Class 2 and Class 4 National Insurance contributions if your profits exceed the relevant thresholds. Class 2 National Insurance contributions are the mechanism by which you build up qualifying years to earn entitlement to the...
Paying CJRS grants back

Paying CJRS grants back

As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) enters its final months, now is the time to review grants that you have claimed under the scheme, and pay back any amounts claimed in error. You may also choose to repay voluntarily funding that you have received under...
SEISS grant 5

SEISS grant 5

Claims for the fifth grant under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will open from late July. If, based on your tax returns, HMRC think that you are eligible for the grant, they will contact you in mid-July and give you a date from which you can submit...
Taxation of company cars in 2021/22

Taxation of company cars in 2021/22

Taxation of company cars What is taxation of company cars? If you are an employee with a company car, you will be taxed on the benefit derived from the car being available for your private use. If you are an employer who makes company cars available to your employees,...
Recovery loan scheme

Recovery loan scheme

Recovery loan scheme If you need to access finance to help your business recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Recovery Loan Scheme may be for you. Nature of the scheme The Recovery Loan Scheme is designed to provide access to finance in order to...
Extended carry-back for losses

Extended carry-back for losses

To help businesses which have suffered losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the period for which certain trading losses can be carried back is extended from one year to three years. The extended carry-back period applies for both income tax and corporation tax...
How long do you need to keep your records for?

How long do you need to keep your records for?

Business records if you’re self-employed You must keep your records for at least 5 years after the 31 January submission deadline of the relevant tax year. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) may check your records to make sure you’re paying the right amount of tax....
Family companies and the optimal salary for 2021/22

Family companies and the optimal salary for 2021/22

If you run your business as a personal or family company, you will need to decide how best to extract profits for your personal use. A typical tax-efficient strategy is to pay yourself a small salary and then extract any further profits as dividends. Where this...
Thresholds and allowances frozen until April 2026

Thresholds and allowances frozen until April 2026

Thresholds and allowances frozen! To help meet some of the costs of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chancellor has opted to freeze various allowances and thresholds until April 2026, rather than increase the rates of income tax and capital gains tax. As incomes rise over...
Gift Aid warning

Gift Aid warning

If you are a taxpayer and you make a Gift Aid declaration when making a donation to a charity, the charity can reclaim basic rate tax on your donation. Tax relief on the donation A donation made under Gift Aid is treated as being made net of the basic rate of tax,...
Checking your tax code – 2021/2022

Checking your tax code – 2021/2022

Checking your tax code – 2021/2022 If you pay all or some of your income tax via PAYE, it’s important to check that you are on the correct Tax Code (CT). As we start the new 2021/2022 tax year, HMRC will be sending out your individual coding notices (usually via...
More time to pay your tax bills

More time to pay your tax bills

: :More time to pay your tax bills In his Winter Economy Plan, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, unveiled measures which will allow self-assessment taxpayers and VAT-registered businesses more time to pay back deferred tax. New Payment Plan for VAT At the start of the...