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A new garden office?

23rd March 2021
Something that many people have discovered during lockdown is that it is possible to work effectively from home. But perhaps you are now keen to create a more permanent work space at home and are thinking of investing in a garden office. What are the key things to consider and are there any tax implications?...

How to reduce your corporation tax bill

23rd March 2021
Your company’s financial year ends soon. Despite the difficult trading conditions over the last year the accounts will show a profit. But what steps can you take to legitimately reduce the corporation tax bill? Joanne Gibson advises. Generally, expenses that your company incurs are tax deductible. However, special rules mean that tax relief for some...

Incentive for ‘green’ cars extended

22nd March 2021
Despite the financial pressures caused by the pandemic, the government has gone ahead with the planned extension to tax breaks for environmentally friendly vehicles. What might this mean for your business? Bob Johnstone advises. Businesses wanting to take advantage of the capital allowances (CAs) tax break for environmentally friendly cars and other vehicles have been...

Avoiding the Gift Aid tax trap

21st March 2021
You recently saw a press article about tax and Gift Aid donations, it said that people who donate to charity and whose income has been hit by coronavirus can face unexpected tax bills. Are you at risk of this? Helen Johnstone provides the answer. As you probably know, under the Gift Aid scheme charities and...

Mobile and Home Based Close Contact Services Fund

22nd February 2021
The Scottish Government are providing a new fund for owners and operators of mobile and home-based close contact service businesses and for registered driving instructors. The fund will give eligible applicants a one-off payment of £4,000. The deadline for applications is 16 March 2021 at 6pm. To be eligible for this fund, you must own...

Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund

19th February 2021
The Scottish Government’s fund for Newly Self-Employed Businesses is going to be opening up for a second round. This was originally introduced in May 2020 to support those self-employed individuals who did not qualify for SEISS. Importantly, individuals who previously fell though the gap as they could not evidence the fact that income from self...

VAT Reverse Charge

10th February 2021
New VAT rules for construction In this attached guide we look at the ‘Domestic Reverse Charge’ (DRC) that applies for VAT on construction services from 1 March 2021. This was announced in a consultation in early 2018, with the intention that it should be introduced on 1 October 2019. It was delayed for a year...

Discretionary Business Support Fund

2nd February 2021
Funding has been provided by the Scottish Government to local authorities to provide additional support for businesses where they consider that necessary or justified. The aim of this fund is to mitigate the short term financial challenges being experienced by businesses adversely impacted by restrictions and regulations introduced since October to control the spread of...

Scottish Inbound Tour Operators Fund

26th January 2021
What is the Scottish Inbound Tour Operators Fund? The Scottish Government have recently announced a £6 million fund delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by VisitScotland with input from the Scottish Tourism Alliance, the Scottish Destination Management Association, the Scottish Incoming Golf Tour Operators Association and UK Inbound. The fund is available for inbound...

Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund

26th January 2021
The Scottish Government have announced additional support to Taxi and Private Hire Drivers who are experiencing decreased demand, by way of a one-grant of £1,500 to eligible individuals. This support is separate and additional to any other funding receivable from the Scottish or UK Government. For example, a driver may be eligible even if they...