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When a new employee is added to the payroll it is the employers’ responsibility to ensure they meet the employees’ rights and deduct the correct amount of tax from their salary. This includes any employees who are family members.HMRC’s guidance is cl... Read More

The tax and NIC advantages of certain benefits provided as part of a salary sacrifice arrangement were removed from 6 April 2017. The new rules effectively remove the Income Tax and employer NIC advantages of certain benefits provided as part of sala... Read More

The removal of the 10% wear and tear allowance that allowed landlords to reduce the tax they paid on furnished property lets (after the end of the 2015-16 tax year) was a significant loss for many landlords. The 10% deduction was available to landlor... Read More

Research and development (R&D) tax credits were introduced for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in 2000 and for large companies in 2002. R&D credits are a corporation tax relief to encourage innovation and enterprise within the UK ec... Read More

Last week we confirmed that as from 13 January 2018, HMRC will not accept personal credit cards for payment of tax or penalties. We have listed below the payment options you still have available to you:Electronic payment. HMRC’s preferred method of p... Read More

Changes to the way you can pay tax

Posted by: Amy Patterson

From 13th January 2018, HMRC no longer accepts personal credit cards for payment of tax or penalties. Below are the payment options you still have available to you:Electronic payment. HMRC’s preferred method of payment is by electronic bank transfer... Read More

The artificial separation of businesses (also known as disaggregation) happens when a business with two or more activities (for a public house this could be the sale of drinks and the sale of food) are split and each 'separate' entity continues to op... Read More

The self-employed are often concerned if an expense is allowable or not for tax purposes. In this article, we will briefly look at the rules for claiming marketing, entertainment and subscription costs.Most marketing expenses are treated as allowable... Read More

From 13 January 2018, it will become illegal for any business to charge a fee in addition to the advertised price of a transaction to consumers (widely known as surcharging). For example, a travel company charging more to use a credit card rather tha... Read More

One of the most time-consuming admin tasks associated with the running a small business can be dealing with the payroll.Generally speaking, you can:Run your own in-house payroll, or Hire your accountant to do the work for you.If you operate your own... Read More

Employees that are pregnant are eligible to take up to 26 weeks of maternity leave (known as ordinary maternity leave) plus an additional 26 weeks (known as additional maternity leave). This means that an employee can take up to a full year of matern... Read More

The furnished holiday let (FHL) rules allow holiday lettings of properties that meet certain conditions to be treated as a trade and therefore qualify for additional tax benefits.In order to qualify as a FHL, the following criteria need to be met:The... Read More