Are you missing out on R&D tax credits?

Are you missing out on R&D tax credits? There are thousands of pounds being lost in tax relief by eligible companies every year. This reflects the common misconception that Research and Development (R&D) is confined to manufacturing plants, tech giants or research laboratories, when in reality, the ideas and inspirations [...]

2017-10-10T08:37:19+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Business, Tax|Comments Off on Are you missing out on R&D tax credits?

Spring budget 2017

Spring budget 2017 Whilst the budget was relatively uneventful, there have been some controversial changes aimed at the self-employed and small business owners. However, the main point of controversy, the rise in Class 4 National Insurance Contributions has now been reversed.  The key points are as follows:Self Employed National InsuranceThe budget initially outlined an [...]

2017-03-27T12:59:44+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Business, Tax|Comments Off on Spring budget 2017

VAT flat rate scheme changes

Limited cost traders - Flat rate scheme Summary From April 2017, a new Flat Rate Scheme category is being introduced called “limited cost trader”. Any business that spends less than 2% of their turnover or < £1,000 a year on “goods” will fall into this category and will use a [...]

2017-03-08T09:23:42+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Business, Opinion, Tax|Comments Off on VAT flat rate scheme changes

Will businesses really have to do four tax returns a year?

Quarterly tax returns – You're kidding right? In winter 2015 the government announced it’s ‘Making tax digital – roadmap’ promising to transform HMRC into “One of the most digitally-advanced tax administrations in the world”. The business community reacted somewhat dubiously to this news. It seems unbelievable that an organisation that still prefers to [...]

2017-01-12T16:58:03+00:00 November 13th, 2016|Business, Opinion, Tax|Comments Off on Will businesses really have to do four tax returns a year?

Landlords hit in 2016 budget

Landlords hit hard in 2016 budget When the 2016 Budget came out it was clear to see that the chancellor was on the warpath against landlords. In a two-pronged attack the budget imposes a higher rate of stamp duty on second home owners, as well as limiting tax relief on mortgage interest. As [...]

2017-01-12T16:58:04+00:00 April 14th, 2016|Business, Tax|Comments Off on Landlords hit in 2016 budget

Budget 2016 – Small business comes out on top!

Budget 2016 - Small Business comes out on top Small Business rates cut! The big headline announcement in this years budget is the cut to business rates by the extension of the small business rates relief scheme. Currently the scheme means that all properties with a rateable value of < £6,000 don't pay [...]

2017-01-12T16:58:04+00:00 March 16th, 2016|Business, Tax|Comments Off on Budget 2016 – Small business comes out on top!

Dividend changes from April 2016

Dividend changes from April 2016 Many business owners have heard there is a change coming to dividend tax, but what is the actual impact? The Autumn Statement produced an unexpected headline for small business owners: the favourable tax situation for dividends is being severely diminished. We explore exactly what difference this will [...]

2017-01-12T16:58:04+00:00 January 29th, 2016|Tax|Comments Off on Dividend changes from April 2016

Summer Budget 2015

Summer Budget 2015 The Chancellor has presented his Summer Budget to Parliament, the first for a majority Conservative government since November 1996 - here's a summary of what was announced: Individuals A new national living wage will be introduced for all workers aged over 25, starting at £7.20 an hour from April [...]

2017-01-12T16:58:04+00:00 July 17th, 2015|Tax|Comments Off on Summer Budget 2015

Budget Summary 2015

The Chancellor has presented his Budget to Parliament. Here's a summary of what he announced: Tax and employment Personal tax-free allowance will be increased to £10,600 in April 2015, £10,800 in April 2016, and to £11,000 in April 2017. The higher rate band will also increase by £315 in 2016-17, and by £600 in 2017-18 [...]

2016-02-02T10:00:39+00:00 March 18th, 2015|Tax|Comments Off on Budget Summary 2015

A belated Valentines Day gift from HMRC?

Registration opens for Married Couples allowance The Government has fulfilled its pledge to recognise marriage in the tax system by opening registration for its Married Couples allowance on 20 February. Full story: http://ow.ly/Juhoc Summary The  new Married Couples allowance (not to be confused with the Married Couples allowance for those born before 6/4/1935) essentially allows [...]

2017-01-12T16:58:04+00:00 February 20th, 2015|Tax|Comments Off on A belated Valentines Day gift from HMRC?