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New rules for Employment Allowance

17th July 2019
The government has published draft legislation for the new restrictions which will apply to the NI Employment Allowance (EA) from April 2020. Will your business be affected, and if so, how? Head of Payroll Joanne Gibson brings you up to date. Employment Allowance Since April 2014 most employers have been entitled to a deduction from...
Husband and wife companies - tax on dividends

Husband and wife companies – tax on dividends

17th July 2019
By Stuart Hair, JRW CA Tax Team You’re about to form a new company of which you’ll be the main income generator. To save tax your spouse will own shares in the company. Should you subscribe for shares and give some to them, or should you both subscribe? The example below demonstrates why HMRC was...

New DRAFT IR35 legislation

12th July 2019
The new DRAFT IR35 legislation which has just been released by HMRC, could potentially be really good news for many of our smaller sized clients. Of course, this is draft legislation and it could be subject to change but it does include promising signs for many of you, here is a summary of the key...

Should you be charging your company rent?

3rd July 2019
You and your fellow directors own your company’s trading premises. Currently it occupies the property rent free. If this is the case, you should probably think about charging rent to your company as a tax-efficient source of income. But what is the income tax efficiency versus entrepreneurs’ relief? Tax expert Helen Johnstone takes a closer...

Structures and Buildings Allowance

1st July 2019
After some delay HMRC have now published the draft rules for consultation on Structures and Buildings Allowance and in this article we update you with some of the details. This change, announced in the 2018 Budget, provides for capital allowances for expenditure incurred on or after 29th October 2018 on the construction of a building...

Is your van a car?

3rd June 2019
As well as the more obvious practical differences, the difference between a company van and a company car also has an impact on your tax bill. But in March 2019 the Upper Tribunal upheld two differing decisions over ‘combi’ vans provided to employees for private use. Kevin Crowford discusses the tax implications and brings you...

Time saving U-turn on Making Tax Digital

3rd June 2019
The latest Making Tax Digital policy update from HMRC means that supplier statements can now be used to record expenses for input tax purposes, that’s a big time saving for the many businesses which use spreadsheet accounting. MTD for VAT was introduced for all UK businesses making annual taxable supplies of more than £85,000 for...

Are you ready for the new Reverse Charge?

31st May 2019
If you are a businesses involved in the supply of construction services, from 1st October 2019, you will need to change how you account for VAT. This is when the Construction Services Domestic Reverse Charge (CSDRC) is introduced, VAT expert John Craig takes a closer look. If you are a supplier making a supply of...
Letting out space in your premises

Letting out space in your premises?

2nd May 2019
You have reviewed your business premises and realise that you have surplus space that could potentially be sub-let to another business. But what are the VAT issues that need to be considered before you make this decision? Kevin Ferguson  takes a closer look. LIABILITY OF RENTAL INCOME The starting point is that income you receive...

Employing close family – tax efficient or tax trap?

30th April 2019
Putting spouses and children on the payroll of your business can be tax efficient as long as HMRC are willing to accept the validity of doing so, but where do you stand if they decide to challenge your claim for a tax deduction? Tax expert Brona MacDougall provides you with some very good advice. In...