Posts Tagged: Ilyas Patel

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 »

Stripping away what a dancer can and can’t claim

When in dispute with HMRC case law can be helpful. Daniels v HMRC is one such case where HMRC took on an exotic dancer.     Ms Daniels, the dancer in question, had been claiming all the expense incurred when travelling from her home to Stringfellows and back again. Travelling costs are only allowed between… 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 »

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 »

Is employing family tax efficient?

Putting family on your payroll can be tax efficient if HMRC allow it, but what happens if they challenge it?     For an expense to be tax deductible it has to be incurred wholly and exclusively for business purposes. If you employ your family members, this may gain HMRC’s interest.   HMRC will want… Read more »

A Christmas gift from the VAT man

The corporation tax rules for clients gifts are well known, but what about the VAT rules?     The corporation tax rules for entertaining clients or giving them gifts say that the gifts have to: Advertise to the public (i.e. a free sample) or Cost under £50 and include an advert for the company.  … Read more »

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 »

Don’t forget about Investors’ Relief

Investors should always remember Investors’ Relief. It may have some restrictions, but it can be helpful when things like Entrepreneurs Relief doesn’t apply.     The Investors’ Relief is similar to Entrepreneurs’ Relief, however, there are some important differences, they are: Unlike Entrepreneurs’ Relief, the investor can’t be an officer or employee of the company, There… Read more »