Posts Tagged: HMRC

Reduce the cost of borrowing from your company

A director can borrow £10,000 from their company interest free. However, there are strict anti-avoidance rules which mean that the company has to pay.     As the director shareholder of a company the net value of assets belongs to you, however, in law the company is a separate person. This means when you take… Read more »

Tax relief on personally owned equipment

If you have a personally owned asset which you sometimes use for business, are you entitled to a tax deduction?     HMRC has a “wholly, exclusively, and necessarily” rule, which means you can’t get tax relief for expenses if there is any non-business use. However, this rule doesn’t apply in the same way to… Read more »

Long-term tax planning for children and shares

Your children might be too young to take over the family company, but can you reduce tax by giving your children shares now?     Parents try to mitigate their tax bills by diverting income to their children that are under 18. These schemes fail because of HMRC’s anti-avoidance rules called settlements legislation. These make… Read more »

Accelerated Capital Gains Tax

There will be major changes to the tax rule for gains made from the sale of residential properties which will take effect from April 2020.   At present capital gains made by individuals are reported through self assessment, i.e if you sell a property between 6 April 2019 and 5th April 2020 you must declare… Read more »

Transferring Assets to your Spouse – Is it tax avoidance?

Tax rules have changed considerably over the years. In 1936 the House of Lords famously ruled that “Every man is entitled, if he can, to order his affairs so that the tax is less than it otherwise would be”. But in 2013 the General Anti-abuse rule was introduced. This has given HMRC the power to… Read more »

Cost of Entertaining Staff & Customers

Entertaining is categorized as business entertainment and therefore the cost isn’t tax deductible. There is an exception to this rule as staff entertainment can be tax deductible.     The cost of entertaining staff includes costs relating to the director shareholders. HMRC extends this to all business owners, ie business partners and sole traders, who take… Read more »

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner paid by the Tax Man

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner paid by the Tax Man   HMRC have set scales rates which can be used to reimburse employees without the need to check or retain employee’s receipts. However, you should always retain the receipts for your own records.The following allowances represent the amounts that you claim from the tax man.   Breakfast… Read more »

Get Tax Back for R & D

How much are you missing out on? All the effort you put into researching what you do and how to do it better, all the development you’ve done to get you this far… may qualify for valuable Tax Credits. Are you missing out? How much further can you take your business when you can afford… Read more »

You & Auto Enrolment

There is no choice, no way round it and HMRC will not be lenient; Automatic Enrolment is a Government initiative that all employers must comply with. Whether you employ one gardener or a workforce of hundreds, Auto Enrolment is designed to help more people save for later life, through a pension scheme at work. This… Read more »