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Families, Gifts and Tax?

8th September 2020
Your son is struggling with his finances and has come to you for some help. You have been paying some of his household bills until he gets back on his feet. But what are the tax consequences that you and your son should consider? Inheritance tax expert Brona MacDougall provides the answers. You may have...

Preserving ‘Furnished Holiday Letting’ status

7th September 2020
You own and let several holiday lodges but you are now approaching retirement and are planning to sell off the properties in the next few years. Could coronavirus cause a nasty tax trap for you and how can you avoid this? Stuart Hair takes a closer look. If your properties qualify as furnished holiday lettings...
Taking salary again, Business Management

Taking salary again?

10th August 2020
Because of the pandemic, you have not drawn salary from your company for the last three months because its income was significantly reduced. The situation is now improving and you’re restarting your salary next month but is it worth paying yourself the arrears? Bob Johnstone looks at the implications. If you are one of the...
Inherited assets - who is liable for capital gains tax

Inherited assets – who is liable for capital gains tax?

6th August 2020
Mrs A is the executor of her mother’s estate. Some valuable items were left to her and her sister. She wants to sell several of these to pay debts of the estate. Will there be any tax and if so, who is responsible for it? Family tax expert Brona MacDougall provides the answers. Administering an...
tax-free perk for being the boss

Capital Gains Tax Review in time for the Autumn Budget?

27th July 2020
Rishi Sunak has written to the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) requesting a review of the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) regime. He asks the OTS to determine whether the rules are ‘fit for purpose’ and whether they could be simplified. He also asks them to address ‘areas where the present rules can distort behaviour or...

Maintaining your Residence Status throughout lockdown

27th July 2020
The Statutory Residence Test is quite a methodical and precise set of tests which are not open to much interpretation in the main. The application of ‘exceptional circumstances’ has, for most of us, rarely been seen in practice. What Qualifies as Exceptional Circumstances The main characteristics of an ‘exceptional circumstance’ are: 1. It is a...

Covid-19: HMRC delays MTD ‘digital links’ Excel deadline

2nd April 2020
HMRC has deferred by one year the deadline for businesses reporting under Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT to meet the requirement to have ‘digital links’ within their recordkeeping for transferring information from Excel spreadsheets and other data sources to their online VAT filing. Businesses will now be able to continue using their current ad-hoc...

COVID-19 – Practical steps to help every business

20th March 2020
Few businesses could ever have imagined, let alone made plans for, the potential impact of a massive epidemic such as the current coronavirus crisis. As accountants, we want to provide you with some practical steps that you can take. Keep in touch Keep in touch with your accountant. The sooner that they are made aware...
Tax deductions for giving away goods

Tax deductions for giving away goods

2nd March 2020
Your company is about to support a local charity. This will include donating the use of company equipment and employees’ time, as these resources will partly be used for non-business activity, will the related costs be tax deductible? Usually, if your business incurs costs in connection with making a gift, it won’t be entitled to...
tax-free perk for being the boss

Q&A – A tax-free perk for being the boss?

2nd March 2020
Q. A friend has told you that he and his wife are taking a tax-free luxury weekend away on the company. Apparently, because the business has been running a long time HMRC allows this. Is this something you can take advantage of? A. Tax rules include a surprisingly long list of benefits in kind which...