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Pros and cons of charging your company rent

5th December 2023
If you own the trading premises of your business, charging rent can be a good way to extract income. The trouble is it can increase any capital gains tax (CGT) payable if you sell the property. Can the income tax saving justify the extra CGT? Kenny Logan from our Edinburgh office takes a closer look....
Basis Period Reform

Basis Period Reform

7th November 2023
The way we allocate profits to tax years for sole traders and partnership businesses has change in the 2023/24 tax year. The current system used to allocate profits was designed in the 1920s and creates a situation whereby businesses that do not have an accounting period that is aligned with the tax year may pay...

Full expensing explained

31st October 2023
You have heard that all equipment bought for your business now qualifies for 100% relief as a deductible expense, so there’s no need to keep a separate record of it as expenditure. Is this correct and why does it matter? Naomi Swan provides the answer. The Spring Budget 2023 introduced full expensing which temporarily applies...
Kenny Logan, Associate JRW

Benefits v dividends?

1st September 2023
As an owner manager of a company, taking income from it in the most tax and NI-efficient way is probably a top priority. The general view is that dividends are the best option, but when might benefits in kind be better?  Kenny Logan from our Edinburgh office takes a closer look. Benefits in kind are...

Are meals for employees a perk?

31st May 2023
You are thinking about providing free meals to your employees to help them with the rising cost of living. You can buy in bulk and can access discounts not normally open to individual employees. But how do HMRC view this?  Naomi Swan CA, looks at this below. Food inflation While the headline rate of inflation...

Maternity Benefits for Company Directors

30th May 2023
All women in the UK are entitled to a total of 52 weeks of maternity leave from work – made up of 26 weeks ordinary maternity leave and 26 weeks additional maternity leave. There are two types of maternity benefits available, Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) which is paid by an employer and Maternity Allowance (MA)...

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...

Are business membership’s deductible?

23rd January 2023
You are planning to join a local business association to help with networking and promotion. This includes access to a monthly dinner with a guest speaker. Does the business entertainment aspect affect the tax deductibility?  Kenny Logan from our Edinburgh office discusses. Quite often, business organisation meetings are also social occasions where food and drinks...

Notice from HMRC

23rd September 2022
Next quarterly or monthly VAT return must be filed using MTD-compatible software From Tuesday 1 November 2022, businesses will no longer be able to use their existing VAT online account to file their quarterly or monthly VAT returns. Businesses that file annual VAT returns will still be able to use their VAT online account until...
Dividends

Dividend needn’t be ‘unlawful’

11th August 2022
A set of draft company accounts have been prepared and they show that the director shareholders received “unlawful dividends”. What are the tax consequences of this and how can they best be managed? Jane McWilliam provides advice. The last couple of years have been tough with many businesses having had significant contractions in profits compared...