Self-employed tax twisters

January 19th, 2022

We are often asked why a self-employed person is paying so much tax when their drawings from their self-employed business are minimal. The reason for this is that sole traders and partners (individuals) pay tax on the profits they earn not on the amount of cash they withdraw from their business. For example, consider Sue, […]

Landlords and tax – the basics

January 18th, 2022

The following definitions set out how property income is calculated and taxed: Rental income – includes rents, amounts received to cover use of furniture, cleaning of communal areas, hot water, heating and repairs to property. Allowable expenses – any expense that you have laid out “wholly and exclusively” for the purposes of renting out a […]

More time to file tax returns and pay tax due

January 13th, 2022

HMRC is responding to the pressures we all feel as the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, makes normal life difficult once more. The offer by HMRC is generous. Basically, they have announced that taxpayers who have still not filed their self-assessment tax returns for 2020-21, will be granted an extra month to file online without triggering […]

Are you registered to use MTD for VAT?

January 11th, 2022

Businesses are reminded to take steps to prepare for Making Tax Digital for Value Added Tax (VAT) before it becomes mandatory for all VAT-registered businesses from 1 April this year. Making Tax Digital is designed to help businesses eliminate common errors and save time managing their tax affairs. Making Tax Digital for VAT is part […]

Don't forget to declare COVID-19 grants

January 6th, 2022

HMRC have issued the following guidance to taxpayers who may have received COVID-19 grants during the 2020-21 tax year. “If you claimed Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) or received Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants, you’ll need to include details of all the taxable coronavirus support scheme payments you received during the 2020 to 2021 tax […]

Will your earnings exceed any of these amounts in 2021-22?

January 5th, 2022

£100,000 – Loss of income tax personal allowance Your income tax personal allowance – £12,570 for 2021-22 – will be reduced by £1 for every £2 your adjusted net income exceeds £100,000. If your projected earnings for the current tax year are expected to be in excess of £100,000, perhaps for the first time, you […]

Facing 2022

January 4th, 2022

We are now two years into the COVID-19 pandemic and the virus is showing a remarkable ability to adapt. In its latest form, the Omicron variant, it is proving to be more transmissible and successful at seeking out new hosts. If we have learnt anything from the experience of the past two years of anxiety […]

Lockdown survival tactics

January 4th, 2022

We have listed below a number of ideas that might ease your progress through any continuing COVID-19 related disruption during 2022. The following comments are not advice. Every business is different so please call if you have concerns due to a reduction in trade this year. Mothball investment plans. Could you defer decisions on buying […]

Time to dust-off those online shop plans?

January 4th, 2022

Do you have half-completed plans to open an online-shop this year? Even if you have never considered internet trading, could this be an option for 2022? Business owners If you are selling goods, creating a web-based sales platform will vastly expand your reach to willing buyers. Combined with effective social media and other marketing activity […]

January is tax payment time

January 4th, 2022

As you will see from the tax diary notes this month, there are two significant tax payment deadlines this month. 1 January 2022 – Companies with a 31 March 2021 year end date will need to settle their Corporation Tax payment on or before this date. 31 January 2022 – Taxpayers who are subject to […]

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