Category: Tax

Dividend Complexities

The dividend allowance, which was originally introduced from 6 April 2016, was cut from £5,000 a year to £2,000 from 6 April 2018. The cut is likely to have a significant impact on employees and directors of small businesses who receive both salary and dividend payments. Many family-owned companies allocate dividends towards the end of […]

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Budget 2018 Newsletter

What was your most interesting part of yesterday’s budget?  For us it was the clear focus on business and the support to help businesses grow.  With new allowances for electric vehicle charging facilities, for building new commercial structures and buildings and an increase in the level of tax relief designed to encourage businesses to spend […]

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Employment allowance – can you benefit?

The National Insurance employment allowance can reduce an employer’s National Insurance bill by up to £3,000 – but not all businesses can benefit. Nature of the allowance Where available, the allowance is set against the employer’s secondary Class 1 National Insurance bill. The allowance, set at £3,000, reduces the National Insurance payable by the employer […]

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New Rules for Cash Basis Accounting for Small Businesses

Cash basis threshold increased The cash basis is a simpler way for smaller businesses to work out their taxable profit. Under the cash basis, profit is calculated by reference to cash in and cash out, rather than by reference to income earned in the period and expenditure incurred, as is the case under the traditional […]

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Tax Relief for Pre-Trading Expenditure

Before any business can start to trade, there is a certain amount of expenditure that is inevitably incurred. For example market research; kitting out of business premises; financial advice in preparing business plans; travel costs; supplies; advertising etc. Although the business bank account doesn’t exist yet, you can still get tax relief on these vital business costs […]

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What’s Appropriate?

One of the tax changes which gained a nanosecond in the budget speech was the TCGA 92 s161(1) rule about appropriations to and from stock. Philip Hammond called this “converting capital losses into trading losses”. Why is this relevant or being tackled at this time? As part of general anti-avoidance the option to convert losses […]

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