Posts Tagged: friday tax tip

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 »

Local Lockdown Cash Grant

Find out about the cash grant for businesses affected by local lockdowns.     What is it?   The government has announced several local lockdowns, during which some businesses have to close their doors. To help these businesses, and to protect jobs, the Government has announced a new cash grant. You will only be eligible… Read more »

5% VAT applies to more than you think

Find out about the Government’s temporary VAT cut and how you could potentially benefit. What is it? On the 8th July, the government announced that they would temporarily reduce VAT to 5% for certain supplies for hospitality, hotels, and holidays. This reduced rate started on the 15th July, and continues to the 12th January 2021…. Read more »

Get back on your bike!

Find out about the Government’s new “Fix Your Bike” initiative, which aims to get the country cycling!     What is it? The Government is handing out thousands of £50 vouchers for people to get their bikes fixed. The hope is that this will boost the retail sector and get cash flowing again, as well… Read more »

Can Evolution and Innovation Reduce Tax?

Could you be missing out on tax relief by misinterpreting Evolution and Innovation?   Are we Innovators? If you ask most business owners if their business is at the forefront of innovation they will probably say no. However, if you ask them whether the business has kept up with the market trends to keep commercially… 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 »

Big Change with Capital Gains

From 6th April 2020 there are three changes that will affect Capital Gains Tax.   Currently you file your Capital Gains Tax in your Tax Return. This means you have until the 31st January to declare it. However, from the 6th April 2020 you will have 30 days following the sale to submit your provisional… 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 »

Tax Allowances When working From Home

The amount you can claim when you work from home depends on several conditions.     The general tax rule is that deductions are only allowable where the expense has been incurred wholly and exclusively for work. This means that the tax relief can only be allowed for; The additional cost of gas and electricity… Read more »