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Reduce CGT on your buy-to-let

29th May 2023
James owns a residential property which has been let for many years and he is considering selling it but will lose a large amount of the proceeds to HMRC. What are the options for reducing his capital gains tax (CGT) bill? Head of Tax Christiaan Hansen highlights some of the options available. Capital gains James...
Christiaan Hansen, Head of Tax, JRW

Introducing Christiaan Hansen

5th May 2023
We are delighted to welcome highly experienced tax expert Christiaan Hansen to the JRW team. Christian is our new Head of Tax, replacing Brona MacDougall who has gone onto pastures new a little closer to home. Although based in Hawick, Christiaan will bring his considerable tax expertise to clients across all 6 JRW offices as...

Claiming relief when family home has been sold

5th May 2023
Mrs Smith’s mother has recently died. During her final years she lived in a care home and sold her property to pay the fees. Mrs Smith believes she has lost the right to claim the residence nil rate band as a result. What is advised? Head of Tax, Christiaan Hansen advises. Residence nil rate band...

Overseas work and travel expenses

4th May 2023
You are sending an employee overseas for several months to complete a job. They have asked what the tax and NI position will be if they pay for family visits during this period. Head of Tax Christiaan Hansen looks at this in more detail. Commuting You are probably aware that if you pay an employee’s...

Production animals and the herd basis

3rd May 2023
You keep various animals for a new fresh produce business. But you may be unaware that there are options as to how the animals are treated for tax purposes.   Elaine Wight from our Accounts Deptartment in Hawick looks at the options. Animals By default, farm animals are treated as trading stock. However, some animals are...

Business mileage payments for bikes

28th April 2023
You have employees who make local deliveries using bikes rather than cars where feasible. Can you still make payments for the business mileage tax free? Naomi Swan CA, based in our Hawick office, discusses below. The tax position will depend on whether the couriers are employees or self-employed. Of course, with HMRC’s increased enforcement action...

Staff entertainment. What should you be reporting?

3rd April 2023
You occasionally provide entertainment to your employees. How do you ensure that you correctly report anything that is taxable, and how can you take advantage of any exemptions to minimise the liability. Naomi Swan provides the answer below. Staff entertainment for benefit in kind (BiK) purposes is prone to errors. Many businesses under-report it. This...

Is buying a car through the company more efficient?

23rd March 2023
You are the owner/manager of a small company, and you want to buy a new car. What are the different ways of purchasing it and is it more tax efficient to buy the car through the business or pay personally? Naomi Swan advises in this article. You are the sole director shareholder of your company...

New corporation tax rate regime begins

20th March 2023
From 1 April 2023, companies with profits in excess of £50,000 will see their corporation tax liabilities increase. This also means that relievable expenses will be more valuable, so what can you do to save as much as possible? Kenny Logan from our Edinburgh office explains. New rates From 1 April 2023 a new set...

Gifts and IHT

10th March 2023
A couple have received conflicting advice about reducing their potential inheritance tax (IHT) liability by making gifts. One view is that they need to survive at least three years from when a gift is made to save IHT. The other advice says they must survive seven. Which view is correct?  Kenny Logan from our Edinburgh...