Childcare voucher scheme deadline extended
The government has announced that the employer-operated childcare voucher scheme will remain open to new entrants for a further six months, i.e. until October 2018. The childcare voucher scheme, also called employer-supported childcare (ESC), was due to close from 6 April 2018 and be replaced by the government-backed childcare payments scheme, also called tax-free childcare (TFC). The government announced the extension during a debate in the House of Commons in response to concerns expressed by ... read more
Tax avoidance scheme scuppered by HMRC
A tax avoidance scheme used by businesses that sought to avoid paying tax and National Insurance on company directors’ bonuses was the subject of a recent Upper Tribunal hearing. HMRC challenged the validity of tax claims by two companies firstly at the First-Tier Tribunal and then at the Upper Tribunal.
The two cases were heard together as the underlying appeals raised similar issues and were designated as related cases by the Tribunal. In addition, there were also over a hundred other ... read more
New offshore tax penalties
New legislation that comes into effect from 1 October 2018 will see higher penalties for anyone with undeclared offshore assets. HMRC has published a news release urging taxpayers with undeclared offshore assets to become compliant and warning taxpayers that they will prosecute the most serious cases of tax evasion. These new penalties are part of HMRC’s plans to target overseas tax avoidance.
From 1 October 2018, any new disclosure will be subject to the new failure to correct (FTC) penalties ... read more
ISAs transfer of benefits upon death
New rules were introduced in April 2015 that allow for the spouse or civil partner of a deceased ISA saver to benefit from additional ISA benefits. Under the rules, if an ISA saver in a marriage or civil partnership dies, their spouse or civil partner inherits their ISA tax advantages.
Surviving spouses are able to save an additional amount in an ISA or ISAs up to the value of their spouse or civil partner’s ISA savings at the date of death. This additional allowance does not count against the ... read more
Tax break to help black cabs turn green
The government has confirmed that a new tax allowance for electric taxis will come into effect from April 2018, a year earlier than had been expected. The new exemption will be worth £1,550 for anyone purchasing a new zero emission black cab. In addition, zero emission taxis worth over £40,000 will no longer have to pay the Vehicle Excise Duty charge from this April.
It is hoped that these changes will help encourage more taxi drivers to replace old diesel taxis for a cleaner and greener ... read more
Inflation proofing corporate gains ceased December 2017
As part of the Autumn Budget measures, the Chancellor announced that the indexation allowance for corporate chargeable gains would cease on 31 December 2017. The indexation allowance allowed companies to compensate for the effects of inflation and claim tax relief when calculating any chargeable gains.
The monthly indexation allowance was frozen from 1 January 2018. This means that the indexation relief available for any gain after 1 January 2018 will be calculated based on the indexation ... read more
Claiming legal and financial costs
The self-employed are often concerned as to whether an expense is allowable for tax purposes. As a general rule, the self-employed can deduct running costs of the business when working out their taxable profit as long as the expenses are classed as 'allowable expenses'. In this article, we briefly look at the rules for claiming expenses relating to claiming legal and financial costs.
HMRC provides the following guidance on the matter.
Accountancy, legal and other professional fees can count ... read more
Information Commissioner’s Office publishes introduction to the Data Protection Bill
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a 77-page introduction to the Data Protection Bill, to help businesses navigate their way around the Bill and focus on the areas that are most relevant to them. Assuming it receives Royal Assent and becomes the Data Protection Act 2018, the Bill is expected to come into force on 25 May 2018, i.e. on the same date as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The two pieces of legislation will then work alongside each other in place ... read more
Spring Statement 2018
As you would expect, the Spring Statement delivered by the Chancellor Philip Hammond, to Parliament on 13 March 2018, was peppered with party political jibes no doubt intended to lift the spirits of his own party and dismay the opposition parties.
There was very little “promised” in terms of new tax or other strategic items that we are used to in a Budget speech; we will need to wait until autumn 2018 for news of changes to government spending and changes to the tax code.The new-style spring ... read more
Company fined £297,845 for paying VAT one day late
We have often warned our readers of the importance of submitting and paying VAT returns in a timely manner. In a recent article we wrote that it is imperative that VAT returns are submitted and paid on time as a delay of even one day can have significant consequences in the future. Unfortunately, a company by the name of Global Switch Ltd does not appear to have taken heed of our warning.
A recent First-Tier Tribunal case examined an appeal by Global Switch Ltd against a penalty for a late ... read more