Posts Tagged: tax deductible

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »