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A gift is not just for Christmas

A gift is not just for Christmas

13th January 2022
The cost of seasonal gifts for your business can soon add up. However, tax reliefs can reduce this considerably. When is your business entitled to claim a tax deduction for the gifts? Partner Brona MacDougall advises. While Christmas might be the time of year you most often think about business gifts, the tax system makes...

Easily avoid a life insurance tax trap

25th November 2021
Life insurance policies generally pay out a premium in the event of the policyholder’s death. However, recently published figures from HMRC suggest that many of them are falling into an easily-avoided tax trap. The idea behind a life insurance policy is simple – the individual agrees to pay premiums for a fixed period of time....

The tax implications of writing off loans

12th October 2021
An employee who is being made redundant has asked his employer to write off their outstanding training costs loan as part of their redundancy termination package. But what are the tax implications here?  Tax Expert Brona MacDougall explains. Where a loan to an employee is written off by the employer for any reason, HMRC treats...

When is selling land or buildings “trading”?

8th October 2021
The First-tier Tribunal recently ruled on whether profit made from the sale of land bought as part of a residential property was taxable as trading income or capital gains. What was the outcome and why?  Brona MacDougall looks at this in more detail. The dispute The case of Heather Whyte v HMRC followed a long...

Health and Social Care Levy and the Dividend Tax Increase

21st September 2021
Boris Johnson unveiled plans on 7 September for tax increases that aim to specifically address underfunding in the NHS and social care systems. The new Health and Social Care Levy Bill is currently at committee stage in the House of Commons and is set to be fast tracked to ensure that the relevant changes are...

Spend Now, Pay Later

21st September 2021
The Super-Deduction and the Increase in the Main Rate of Corporation Tax Rishi Sunak’s plan for replenishing the public purse consists of encouraging businesses to invest heavily now to strengthen the economy, so that by 2023 they will be resilient enough to start paying tax at much higher rates. The government anticipates a £10bn loss...

Paying dividends to spouses – how to avoid the tax traps

9th September 2021
Many companies pay dividends to spouses, but what are the tax traps to avoid and how can spouses benefit from splitting company shares? Brona MacDougall advises. It is very common for one-person companies to utilise their directors’ tax-free allowance by paying themselves a small salary. With proper planning, the director incurs no income tax or...

Planning for retirement – tax efficiently 

3rd September 2021
There are not many areas of tax planning where one can say that something is a ‘no-brainer’, but utilising pensions planning wherever possible is one.  Tax and Succession Planning expert Brona MacDougall advises. Income tax savings The saving that most people obtain from contributing to a pension is income tax relief. A basic rate taxpayer...

MTD deadline accelerated

1st September 2021
Whilst the Finance Bill 2021 was fairly low key, one announcement might mean a year has been slashed from a crucial Making Tax Digital (MTD) deadline for many unincorporated businesses. What’s the full story? Kenny Logan takes a look. A major aim of MTD is to bring the payment date for all taxes closer to...
Tax deductions for giving away goods

Tax deductions for your buy-to-let property

26th July 2021
In between tenants you are doing some work on your rental property. How these are categorised, as repairs or improvements, determines whether or not you’re entitled to an income tax deduction. What factors should you consider? Improvement or just repair? As a rule, a “revenue” tax deduction can’t be claimed for the cost of improving...