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Ban on personal credit card surcharges

As of January 13, 2018, businesses will be prohibited from adding surcharges to recoup transaction fees on purchases made using a personal credit card. One of the first organisations to impose this ban is HMRC. As of 13th January 2018 HMRC will no longer accept personal credit cards as a method of paying tax bills.

The surcharge ban extends to bank […]

Let us deal with HMRC while you concentrate on other things.

If you receive dividend income of more than £5,000 are liable to income tax on the excess. You must include that information on your self-assessment tax return.

If you have not submitted a tax return in previous years, you must now register with HMRC and submit a return. The registration process involves a couple of steps, and is likely to take […]

Tax Changes – affecting buy-to-let residential properties

Begin with the end in mind

It is always essential to keep a clear head and remain focussed on your goals before considering any new challenge or possible opportunity. Property market conditions, tax and legal changes, should all be assessed in relation to their impact on your priorities.

For example, if your priority is long-term capital accumulation, focus on which market development […]

HMRC make it more difficult to reimburse personal expenses to drivers

The RHA recently commented on the difficulties it faced when negotiating with HMRC over the random checking process now required in support of tax-free payments made to drivers to cover personal expenses incurred for overnight stays. The payment is designed to cover basic expenses during an overnight stay, such as evening meal, breakfast, washing facilities and upkeep of bedding in […]

ad+ seminar: Get your business ready for new HMRC requirements

REGISTER NOW to learn what your business must change in order to comply with new the HMRC Making Tax Digital requirements.

Every quarter, your business will be required to provide an on-line update to HMRC of the amount of ‘taxable profit’ produced. That requires a lot of extra work by your staff and your accountant.

Will your bookkeeping staff cope with that […]

Small businesses need to prepare for increased VAT bills as of 1st April

The VAT Flat Rate Scheme is welcomed by many small business owners because it simplifies the record keeping and calculation requirements associated with their quarterly VAT bill.

Although the VAT Flat Rate Scheme will continue, as of 1st April, HMRC is introducing a new system which will increase the amount of VAT payable by many businesses using that scheme.

HMRC defines a […]

Surprise employees with tax-efficient benefits

It’s very hard to find and keep good employees. Therefore, you might be looking for ways to surprise your team.

Luckily, two planning opportunities are currently available to surprise your team in a tax-efficient manner.

Tax exemption for trivial benefits in kind

Most employees would be pleasantly surprised to receive a bottle of wine, tickets to a football match or the cinema, or […]

What income tax allowances are you entitled to when you rent out residential property?

If you receive rental income from residential property you are required to pay income tax on the profit you make.

Your profit is added to your other income to determine how much income tax you pay.

In order to arrive at your taxable profit, you are allowed to deduct qualifying revenue expenses (day-to-day running costs) and tax allowances. Recent change in one […]

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