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September Questions and Answers

3rd September 2019
Can we submit monthly VAT returns? Q. We struggle to pay our quarterly VAT returns on time because we use the VAT money for other business expenses before it becomes due. Would HMRC allow us to complete monthly returns to help our cash flow? A. Unfortunately not. A business can only submit monthly returns if...

How can a quick dividend be legally paid?

2nd September 2019
You’re one of three directors of a company which usually pays dividends once a year but one of the directors needs the money urgently. The trouble is that two of the directors are out of the UK, so how can a dividend legally be paid? Bob Johnstone provides the answers. What kind of dividend? Dividends...

Buying a property through a limited company?

16th August 2019
There is currently a huge shift towards buying property within companies and according to recent figures, up to 80% of new buy to let mortgage applications are now for limited companies. Until 2015, there was no compelling need for most people to make this choice and mortgages for companies were much less competitive. But then...

Accidental landlords’ costs set to spiral

10th August 2019
New capital gains tax rules could cost accidental landlords thousands of pounds when they sell their former home in changes that were confirmed by HMRC. The new rules could affect over half a million landlords when they come to sell, Brona MacDougall takes a closer look at the details and the implications. Measures announced earlier...

August Questions and Answers

1st August 2019
Does the name on the invoice matter? Q. I am the finance director of a large company and have just discovered that hotel bills we pay for in relation to our sales staff working away from home are always made out to the individual employee and not the company. Does this create an input tax...

New business – when is the best time to register for VAT?

23rd July 2019
You have identified a new business opportunity that you want to keep separate from your main business. What should you consider regarding your VAT recovery if you don’t want to register straightaway? VAT expert John Craig advises. You can voluntarily register for VAT at any time if you are either making or intend to make...
Joanne Gibson Head of Payroll

New rules for Employment Allowance

18th July 2019
The government has published draft legislation for the new restrictions which will apply to the NI Employment Allowance (EA) from April 2020. Will your business be affected, and if so, how? Head of Payroll Joanne Gibson brings you up to date. Employment Allowance Since April 2014 most employers have been entitled to a deduction from...

Is it a donation or sponsorship, or both?

17th July 2019
HMRC has recently updated its guidance about when a payment to a charity could comprise of two different elements, with different VAT outcomes for each part. What opportunities does this create for both charities and sponsors? John Craig looks at the change and how this might affect you. HMRC’s approach to philanthropy is very clear,...
Husband and wife companies - tax on dividends

Husband and wife companies – tax on dividends

17th July 2019
By Stuart Hair, JRW CA Tax Team You’re about to form a new company of which you’ll be the main income generator. To save tax your spouse will own shares in the company. Should you subscribe for shares and give some to them, or should you both subscribe? The example below demonstrates why HMRC was...

New DRAFT IR35 legislation

12th July 2019
The new DRAFT IR35 legislation which has just been released by HMRC, could potentially be really good news for many of our smaller sized clients. Of course, this is draft legislation and it could be subject to change but it does include promising signs for many of you, here is a summary of the key...