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Retail therapy

20th September 2018
As a retailer, it is very likely that you will on occasion run special offers and promotions to boost sales, but what do you need to consider in order to avoid unexpected VAT consequences? JRW’s Bob Johnstone provides you with some good advice. Correct amount Normally VAT is due on the price charged if that...

Are you ready for Making Tax Digital?

30th August 2018
Making Tax Digital is without doubt the most significant change to the UK tax system in a generation and businesses really do need to take action now. We look at the implications and provide a valuable checklist for the transition across to the new system. The new digital method of tax collection and administration known...

VALUE ADDED MOTORING

1st May 2018
VAT rules for cars used in your business are notoriously strict but for some types of motor running expenses, they are surprisingly generous. John Craig explains what are they and how can you take maximum advantage of them? Except in the rare situation that you can prove to HMRC that a car is used 100%...

PUTTING IT THROUGH THE BUSINESS

27th March 2018
You are buying new IT equipment, mainly for use at home, but occasionally it will be used for work. Can you reclaim the VAT on the cost of the equipment and is there any advantage in doing so? VAT expert John Craig takes a closer look. ‘Putting it through the business’ is the old chestnut...

REDUCING THE VAT THRESHOLD

11th December 2017
Last month, the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) published its long overdue report on modernising the VAT system. The report suggests that significantly reducing the VAT threshold could bring in an additional £1.5 billion revenue each year but this might this lead to an unexpected and nasty surprise for smaller businesses as John Craig explains...

CLAIMING VAT ON WORKWEAR

3rd April 2017
You want to provide your staff with uniforms in keeping with your firm’s corporate image and buy clothing that is suitable to be worn at work, but what is the position regarding claiming the VAT back, and what happens if you give the clothing to your staff? Bob Johnstone investigates. The fact that employees can...

HOW DOES THE DEVALUED POUND AFFECT YOUR TAX?

27th January 2017
Whenever the Brexit vote result in the UK leaving the EU, it has already caused the pound to slide against other currencies. But if you decide to sell foreign assets to take advantage of this, how will your tax position be affected? Alan Simpson takes a closer look. Foreign assets advantage The recent devaluation of the pound...

WORKING IN THE GARDEN?

27th January 2017
If you have limited space (and privacy) in your home for an office or workspace, then you might be one a growing group of people who are considering creating an outbuilding in the garden. Bob Johnstone takes a look at the pros and cons of building an office in your garden and what sort of tax...

THE VATMOBILE

1st November 2016
Kevin Ferguson looks at whether it is possible to reclaim VAT on the purchase of a car. The issue of VAT on cars is something that we get asked about on a regular basis, in particular ‘VAT Qualifying Cars’. The phrase ‘VAT Qualifying Car’ is more relevant to the motor trade than to the public...

TRANSFERRING PROPERTY

16th June 2016
You can legally transfer your property at any time, even while you are still living in it, but there are complex rules to be aware of as Alister Biggar outlines below.   In this article we look at some of the issues which arise from property transfers and concentrate on the main property taxes which come...