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COVID-19 Update

18th March 2020
Whilst we deal with the uncertainty of the rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to update you on the precautions we are taking at JRW to ensure a safe environment for all of our clients and staff. We want you to know that we are taking all possible measures to ensure that the current Government...
JRW Budget Summary Document March 2020

Budget Summary March 2020

12th March 2020
Following yesterday’s announcements we have attached our Budget Summary Document which is downloadable in pdf format JRW Budget 2020. If you would prefer a printed copy please just let us know and we will send it to you directly. We will, of course, be happy to discuss with you any of the points covered in...
Tips and Tax

Tips and tax

2nd March 2020
Are you and your staff handling tips correctly? If you operate a café or restaurant, your employees will receive tips from the majority of customers. But as a business owner, what do need to do regarding income tax on these tips? Head of our Payroll Team Joanne Gibson explains. The starting point is to confirm...
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...
Vat on sales to account customers

Q&A – Can sales to account customers be excluded?

2nd March 2020
Q. Within my building supplies store, we account for VAT by using a point of sale retail scheme based on our daily gross takings figures. We have quite a lot of account customers who buy goods from the shop but don’t pay until 30 or 60 days later. We include the sale in the till...
VAT claim for a personally owned van

Q&A – VAT claim for a personally owned van

2nd March 2020
Q. I’m the only director of my company and I own all its shares. I bought a van in my name but I intend to use it in the company’s trade. Can the company reclaim the VAT included in the purchase price? A. If the van was purchased and used privately or for a different...
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...

Q&A – Can I claim a mileage allowance while using a courtesy car?

2nd March 2020
Q. I’m a director and co-owner of a company. I use my own car for business journeys for which the company pays me a mileage allowance at HMRC’s official rates. Last month my car was off the road for over three weeks for repair and the insurance company provided me with a courtesy car. Apart...

Q&A – Is a working holiday tax deductible?

2nd March 2020
Q. Mr Jones has arranged to add on a couple days to his family holiday so he can visit colleagues to discuss work matters. His accountant has told him that he can’t claim any of the costs relating to the trip. Is this correct? A. As you probably already know about the general rule for...
Avoiding tax costs on staff uniforms

How to avoid tax costs on staff clothing

28th February 2020
A business provides their staff with workplace clothing but because of a recent change to the rules, they might face a tax and NI bill. What are HMRC referring to and is there any way to avoid these tax costs? Helen Johnstone finds out. ABC Limited provides all staff who might come into contact with...