Posts Categorized: Friday Tax Tip’s

Avoid The Additional 3% SDLT On Property Purchase

  The additional 3% Stamp Duty Land Tax surcharge has been implemented since 1 April 2016. Therefore, if you own more than one residential property then you have to pay 3% more stamp duty than would be applicable based on normal rates. There are various scenarios that require careful planning to avoid paying the additional 3%… Read more »

Wages Whilst On Jury Service

During jury service there is no statutory entitlement for an employee to be paid by his employer, unless there is a clause in their contract regarding such a situation.     Employees are however entitled to claim allowances from the court to cover travel and subsistence costs whilst they are on jury service. They can also claim a financial… Read more »

Tax Efficient Children’s University Fees

The cost of going to university and living away from home can come up to £20,000 per year. Because students usually don’t have enough time to get a decent job to cover their expenses, the bills often fall to Mum and Dad. Mum and Dad are often higher rate taxpayers. Therefore, it will cost them £33,333… Read more »

Dodgy Excuses And Expense Claims

Every year, following the 31 January Self-Assessment deadline, HMRC exposes a number of interesting excuses for not completing tax returns online. The most interesting ones are the following:  Late Filing Excuses I couldn’t file my return on time as my wife has been seeing aliens and won’t let me enter the house. I’ve been far too… Read more »

January Tax Return Traps

The deadline for filing a paper tax return has already passed. However, you still have a few weeks to submit your online tax return. This needs to be filed by midnight on 31 January 2018.   You need to file a self-assessment tax return if you: are self-employed earn more than £100,000 a year have… Read more »

FREE Champagne From The Taxman

Treat your employees with tax-free champagnes this holiday season ! As long as it doesn’t exceed the trivial benefit threshold and certain conditions are met, your other presents could also be tax-free ! THE RULES   The cost of providing the benefit should not exceed £50 per employee The benefit is not a cash or cash… Read more »

Weird And Wonderful Things With Family Companies

There is a misconception that “Family Investment Companies” are complicated and are only relevant to rich families. However, this is clearly not the case ! A Family Investment is simply a company where the shares are held by family members. It’s possible that one can do weird and wonderful things with the share capital, but this… Read more »

Get On Your Bike

You can get a bike and cycling equipment worth up to £1,000. Here’s how . . . The HMRC “Cycle-to-Work” scheme allows you to enter into a hire agreement with your employer or your business in order to pay back the amount. This is typically done through monthly salary sacrifice over the period of 12… Read more »

Tax Savings For Employees And Directors

  6 Things You Need To Know 1. Season ticket loan If you are a commuter, you can ask your employer if they can give you a tax-free loan to buy your season ticket. 2. Pool cars Use a pool car for occasional business travel if your employer provides these. 3. Childcare schemes and tax credits… Read more »

Tax-free Mileage Allowance of 60p

The approved HMRC mileage allowance payment is a maximum of 45p per mile. This means that you can pay your directors and employees the maximum amount for using their own vehicles for business journeys. You can also pay your employees more than the HMRC’s approved rates of 45p for the first 10,000 miles and 25p… Read more »