Posts Tagged: Financial planning

Dividend Tax

1 day to delay tax by 12 months   What is the issue? Dividends are generally taxable on the date they were received. This sounds simple, but if the tax rate changes this can be vital to avoid overpaying tax. For example, a dividend was received on the 5th April 2020, then the tax on… Read more »

Posh Log Cabin → Office → Business Expense?

Find out whether your garden office could be a business expense.     What is it? Working from home has been the dream for countless people across the country, and because of Covid-19 they have been doing, though not quite in the manner many expected. If Covid-19 continues and more people are working from home,… Read more »

Six Month Tax Deferral

Find out how the Government’s Covid-19 tax extension could affect you. What is it? If you are self-employed, and have to pay tax above a threshold amount, you will have to make payments of account towards your tax next year. The second of these payments is normally due on the 31st July, however, due to… Read more »

Golden Arches Deal

Find out how the Governments Eat Out to Help Out scheme can save you money on your next meal out.   What is it? This is the new Government scheme where you can get a 50% discount between Monday and Wednesday each week. These discounts are capped at £10 per person each time. However, there… Read more »

Tax relief on pension contributions

Following HMRC’s victory in court they could reclaim millions of pounds in tax.   What contributions are there? If you are a UK taxpayer you can get tax relief on pension contributions of up to 100% of you earnings, or £40,000 whichever is lower. This means that some money that would otherwise go the tax… Read more »

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

  The scheme is now open for applications. All major banks are offering this scheme. The scheme is delivered through commercial lenders, backed by the Government-owned British Business Bank. The CBILS guarantee is to the lender and not the business. Under this scheme, the Government provides the Lender a guarantee for 80% of the loan…. Read more »

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

What is it? The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) applies to all employers with a PAYE scheme. These employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salaries for those that would have otherwise have been laid off during the crisis. This scheme applies to employees who have been asked… Read more »

Changes to Annual Investment Allowance

Find out how Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) is changing from 31st December 2020.     AIA lets you deduct 100% of qualifying expenditure from your tax bill. It has been capped at £1,000,000 for the years 2019 and 2020. However, from 31st December 2020 the cap is being lowered to its previous level of £200,000.  … Read more »

Claiming VAT on entertaining on Valentine’s Day

Claiming VAT on entertaining non-staff is usually not allowed, but there are certain times when you can do it.     The input VAT is usually not claimable on the costs of entertaining non-staff. This rule also applies to staff whose role is to look after the guests and make sure they enjoy themselves.   It… Read more »

New Credit Note Rules

New rules for credit notes came into effect in September 2019.     You are more likely to reduce the price of goods than increase them, for example if the goods are faulty. Credit notes can reduce the VAT accounted for on the original invoice. Since 1st September 2019 you can only reduce the output… Read more »