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Here you can keep up to date with our latest news, as well as the latest goings-on in the world of accounting.

The P9X form is used to notify employers of tax codes to use for employees. The form confirms expectations that the basic personal allowance for the tax year starting 6 April 2020 will remain at £12,500. The emergency tax code will re... Read More

There are special VAT rules that allow businesses to standard rate the supply of most non-residential and commercial land and buildings (known as the option to tax). This means that subsequent supplies by the person making the option to tax will be s... Read More

We have included updates in our newsfeed earlier this year that sales of residential property subject to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) – from 6 April 2020 - will need to be reported and paid to HMRC within 30 days of completing the sale. Here’... Read More

The First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) has recently published its decision in a long running case that focused on tax planning arrangements. This important decision represents a significant win for HMRC against a tax avoidance promoter in a case that has been... Read More

The Help to Save scheme can assist those on low incomes to boost their savings. The scheme was launched in September 2018 and new figures just published by HMRC have revealed that over 163,000 people have signed up depositing more than £53... Read More

Special rules apply to transfers of income streams. The rules make it clear that the sale of an income stream - designed to turn economic income into a return that is treated by tax law as capital - is unlikely to work. For example, shareholders... Read More

Savings income and dividends are taxed at the recipients' highest tax rate. The relevant legislation in ITA07/S16 sets out the following rules. If a person has savings income but no dividend income, the savings income is treated as the h... Read More

The VAT treatment of land and property is one of the most complex areas of the VAT legislation. Under certain situations, supplies of building materials can be zero-rated or reduced-rated at 5% for VAT. For the supplies of building materials to be z... Read More

Acas has published new guidance for employers and employees on the coronavirus. The guidance covers: what to do if employees do not want to go to work sick pay what to do if employers need to close the workplace other steps for employers to tak... Read More

The new £20 note entered into circulation on 20 February 2020 and features the image of the artist JMW Turner. It will take a few weeks for the notes to become commonplace across the country. The new £20 note includes a number of new secu... Read More

The P9 Notice of Coding form is used to notify employers of the tax codes to use for employees. HMRC has begun to send email notifications to employers advising that the coding for the tax year starting 6 April 2020 can be viewed online. The ema... Read More

In most cases, property rental income must be brought into account in the year in which the income was earned, even if the invoice has not yet been paid. However, a deduction is allowed in respect of bad & doubtful debts. These are debts wh... Read More