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Tax Diary August/September 2021

29/07/2021

1 August 2021 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 October 2020. 19 August 2021 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 August 2021. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 August 2021) 19 August 2021 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 August 2021. 19 August

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Reforming statutory sick pay

29/07/2021

Following its summer 2019 consultation entitled “Health is everyone’s business: proposals for reducing ill health-related job loss”, the government has now published its response which takes into account the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on work and health. The response confirms that the government: will not be

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SEISS – more red tape

29/07/2021

Government support to the self-employed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is due to end on 30 September 2021. A fifth and final grant covering the period May 2021 to September 2021 will be opened to claims from late July for those who have suffered a significant reduction in trading profits. To qualify for the

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Tax-free gains on gifts to spouse or charity

29/07/2021

In most cases, there is no Capital Gains Tax (CGT) to be paid on the transfer of assets to a spouse or civil partner. There is, however, still a disposal that has taken place for CGT purposes effectively at no gain or loss on the date of the transfer. When the asset ultimately comes to be sold, the gain or loss will be calculated based on

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Who pays Inheritance Tax?

29/07/2021

Inheritance Tax (IHT) is commonly collected on a person’s estate when they die but can also be payable during a person’s lifetime on certain trusts and gifts. The rate of IHT currently payable is 40% on death and 20% on lifetime gifts. IHT is payable at a reduced rate on some assets if 10% or more of the 'net value' of their estate is

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Turnover defined for 5th SEISS grant

29/07/2021

HMRC has published new guidance to help the self-employed calculate their turnover for making a claim under the 5th Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant. The final date for making a claim for the 5th grant will be 30 September 2021. The figures will be used to compare turnover in the pandemic year from April 2020 - April

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Who counts as CIS contractor or sub-contractor?

29/07/2021

The Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) is a set of special rules that affect tax and National Insurance for those working in the construction industry. Businesses in the construction industry are known as 'contractors' and 'subcontractors' and will need to be aware of the tax implications of the scheme. Under the CIS, contractors are

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Continuous employment defined

29/07/2021

When a new employee is added to the payroll it is the employers' responsibility to ensure they meet the employees’ rights. One of the issues that must be considered is the employees’ length of continuous employment. Continuous employment is calculated from the first day of work without a break. The length of continuous employment gives

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National Minimum Wage reminder for summer staff

22/07/2021

We would like to remind any students and seasonal staff that work part time, for example in a summer job, to ensure they are being paid the National Minimum Wage (NMW). All workers are legally entitled to be paid the NMW. This includes temporary seasonal staff, who often work short-term contracts in bars, hotels, shops and warehouses over

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Inheritance Tax Business Relief

22/07/2021

There are a number of reliefs available that can reduce liability to IHT if you inherit the estate of someone who has died. One of these reliefs is known as Business Relief and is a valuable tax relief for taxpayers with business interests, offering either 50% or 100% relief from IHT on the value of the business assets if certain

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Tax if you divorce or separate

22/07/2021

If you are a couple that is getting separated or divorced, apart from the emotional stress, there are also tax issues that can have significant implications. Whilst this is unlikely to be uppermost in your mind it is important that the tax consequences of the break-up are carefully considered. Whilst Income Tax does not automatically

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Income excluded from a property business

22/07/2021

HMRC publishes a list of income streams that are excluded from a UK property business. The list includes fishing concerns, hotels and guest houses, tied premises, caravan sites, lodgers and tenants in your own home, extra services to tenants and letting surplus trade accommodation. In most cases the income from these activities will be

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Rent-a-room: letting as office accommodation

22/07/2021

The rent-a-room scheme is a set of special rules designed to help homeowners who rent-a-room in their home. The current tax-free threshold of £7,500 per year has been in place since 6 April 2016. Homeowners using this scheme should ensure that rents received from lodgers during the tax year do not exceed £7,500. The tax exemption is

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Taxis: what is liable to VAT

22/07/2021

HMRC sets out specific guidance regarding the application of VAT if you are in the taxi and private hire car trade. VAT Notice 700/25 - How VAT applies to taxis and private hire cars - applies. Private hire cars include mini-cabs. The notice is relevant if you are: a driver who owns or rents a vehicle (an owner driver) the owner of a

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Updated working safely guidance to apply from 19 July 2021

22/07/2021

With England having moved to step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown from 19 July 2021, the government has published updated guidance on working safely during coronavirus. The guidance, which is to be kept under review, has been re-categorised into the following six sector-specific guides: construction and outdoor work events and

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New COVID-19 vaccination guidance for employers

22/07/2021

Public Health England has published a new guide for employers on COVID-19 vaccination. The guide encourages employers to support the government’s COVID-19 vaccination programme and it covers the following subjects: why supporting vaccination of employees against COVID-19 is important what employers can do to support the vaccination of

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Card security update

19/07/2021

VISA have issued information regarding changes to card processing security from September 2021. The idea is to reduce online fraud. The changes will apply across Europe. A key part of the new security arrangements is the requirement for Strong Customer Authentication (SCA). This means you may be asked to provide additional information

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Stage 4 COVID roadmap implemented 19th July

15/07/2021

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, spoke to the nation and confirmed that the vaccines have significantly weakened the link between coronavirus cases and hospitalisations and deaths. This has allowed the government to confirm that many COVID restrictions will be lifted in England on 19 July, known as Freedom Day. The main changes will

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VAT – what you can and cannot reclaim

15/07/2021

For most fully taxable businesses, VAT can be reclaimed on goods and services used in the business. This means that businesses must consider where there is personal or private use of goods or services bought for the business and can usually only reclaim the business proportion of the VAT. For example, VAT is recoverable on all the costs

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Current Capital Gains Tax rates

15/07/2021

Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is normally charged at a simple flat rate of 20% and this applies to most chargeable gains made by individuals. If taxpayers only pay basic rate tax and make a small capital gain, they may only be subject to a reduced rate of 10%. Once the total of taxable income and gains exceed the higher rate threshold, the

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OTS – making better use of third party data

15/07/2021

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) was established in July 2010, to provide advice to the Chancellor on simplifying the UK tax system. The OTS has recently published a new report titled ‘Making better use of third-party data: a vision for the future’. The report sets out proposals for making better use of data held by third parties,

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Associated company rules

15/07/2021

As announced in the Budget earlier this year there will be two rates of Corporation Tax from 1 April 2023. When the new rules take effect, taxable profits up £50,000 will continue to be taxed at 19% under the new Small Business Profits Rate. Taxable profits more than £250,000 will be taxed at 25%. The introduction of the two new rates

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IHT – settled and excluded property

15/07/2021

A trust is an obligation that binds a trustee, an individual or a company, to deal with the assets such as land, money and shares which form part of the trust. The person who places assets into a trust is known as a settlor and the trust is for the benefit of one or more 'beneficiaries'. The act of transferring an asset - such as money,

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Tax credits renewal deadline reminder

08/07/2021

The 31 July 2021 is the reporting deadline for families and individuals that receive tax credits. By this date they will need to tell HMRC about any changes to their circumstances or income and to renew their tax credit application. As in previous years, there is likely to be a last-minute rush and it may be difficult to contact HMRC by

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Changes to furlough scheme from 1 July 2021

08/07/2021

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) commonly known as the furlough scheme is open to all UK employers to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. The end date for CJRS has been extended multiple times since the scheme was launched

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New EU VAT Import One Stop Shop (IOSS) rules

08/07/2021

There have been significant changes to the EU VAT rules for the sale of goods for businesses selling goods to consumers (B2C) located in the EU from 1 July 2021. The changes mean that EU VAT must be applied on all goods that are sold online in the EU regardless of price including those through online marketplaces such as Amazon or

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VAT – which supplies does reverse charge apply to

08/07/2021

The VAT domestic reverse charge accounting mechanism was put in place to help prevent criminal attacks on the UK VAT system by means of sophisticated fraud. The domestic reverse charge procedure applies to the supply and purchase of the certain specified goods and services. The specified goods that the reverse charge applies to

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Reporting foreign income for UK tax purposes

08/07/2021

Income Tax is generally payable on taxable income received by individuals including earnings from employment, earnings from self-employment, pensions income, interest on most savings, dividend income, rental income and trust income. The tax rules for foreign income can be complex. However, if you are resident in the UK you will need to

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CGT on second property sales – 30 day rule

08/07/2021

The Capital Gains Tax (CGT) reporting and payment date for UK residents that sell a residential property changed with effect from 6 April 2020. This change means that any CGT due on the sale of a residential property now needs to be reported and a payment on account of any CGT due made within 30 days of the completion of the

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Resilience

06/07/2021

One of the lessons we should take away from the COVID experience - in a business context - is the ability to recover quickly from unexpected challenges. Firms in the hospitality and entertainment sectors are excused as they have had no power to act in their own best interest due to government lockdown directives. The rest of us, to

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Deadline for EU Settlement scheme

30/06/2021

EU workers already living in the UK before 31 December 2020 have been required to apply for the EU Settlement scheme. Settled or pre-settled status gives the holder the right to work in the UK as well as other important rights including access to the NHS and the right to travel in and out of the UK. In most cases, the deadline for EU

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Reminder for reporting expenses and benefits for 2020-21

30/06/2021

The deadline for submitting the 2020-21 forms P11D, P11D(b) and P9D is 6 July 2021. Employees must also be provided with a copy of the information relating to them on these forms by the same date. P11D forms are used to provide information to HMRC on all Benefits in Kind (BiKs), including those under the Optional Remuneration

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Taxable benefit charge – returning office equipment

30/06/2021

A taxable benefit charge can apply when employees return office equipment they used to work from home. There was a significant rise in the provision of office equipment to employees working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualifying home office equipment is that deemed necessary for an employee to work from home and can, for

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UK Infrastructure Bank opens for business

30/06/2021

The new UK Infrastructure Bank has officially opened for business. The new bank, which is headquartered in Leeds, will be tasked with accelerating investment into ambitious infrastructure projects, cutting emissions and levelling up every part of the UK. The establishment of the bank comes in the wake of the pandemic but is expected to

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Stamping documents goes digital

30/06/2021

HMRC has confirmed that the 300-year-old process used to manually stamp documents to show the duty has been paid will officially come to an end on 19 July 2021. A new electronic process was introduced during the pandemic as traditional physical stamping could not function under COVID-19 restrictions. As this process has worked well,

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Off-payroll working rules best practice

30/06/2021

The rules for individuals providing services to certain private sector organisations via an intermediary such as a personal service company (PSC) changed from 6 April 2021. The new rules mean that medium and large-sized clients are now responsible for deciding whether the intermediaries’ legislation applies to their workers. This includes

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Mandatory vaccinations for those working in care homes

24/06/2021

The government has published its response to its consultation on making COVID-19 vaccination a condition of deployment for workers in care homes in England and has confirmed that it will now bring forward regulations to implement a mandatory vaccination requirement to protect all care home residents who are clinically vulnerable to

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Tax Diary July/August 2021

24/06/2021

1 July 2021 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 30 September 2020. 6 July 2021 - Complete and submit forms P11D return of benefits and expenses and P11D(b) return of Class 1A NICs. 19 July 2021 - Pay Class 1A NICs (by the 22 July 2021 if paid electronically). 19 July 2021 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended

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Childcare top-up to cover summer activities

24/06/2021

As the school holidays fast approach, many parents face having to organise extra school holiday childcare over the summer months. HMRC is reminding working families that the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme can help if you have children aged up to 11 years old (17 for those with certain disabilities). The TFC scheme helps support working

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Boost to UK tourism

24/06/2021

In a boost to UK tourism, the government has launched a new Tourism Recovery Plan to help the sector bounce back from the pandemic. The plan is to recover domestic tourism to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2022 and international visitor numbers and spend by the end of 2023. If achieved, this would be at least a year faster than

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Replacement of domestic items relief

24/06/2021

The replacement of domestic items relief has been in place since April 2016. The relief allows landlords to claim tax relief when they replace movable furniture, furnishings, appliances and kitchenware in a rental property. The allowance is available for the cost of domestic items such as free- standing wardrobes, curtains, carpets,

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VAT – what is partial exemption?

24/06/2021

A business that incurs expenditure on taxable and exempt business activities is partially exempt for VAT purposes. This can happen where a business makes or intends to make both taxable and exempt supplies and incurs input tax that relates to both kinds of supply. Under this scenario, the business must make an apportionment between the

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What is net income for pension relief purposes?

24/06/2021

The lifetime allowance is the maximum amount of pension and/or lump sum that benefits from tax relief. The lifetime allowance is currently set at £1,073,100. The annual allowance for tax relief on pensions is currently £40,000 and there is a three year carry forward rule that allows taxpayers to carry forward unused annual allowance from

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Exempt beneficial employee loans

24/06/2021

An employee can obtain a benefit when provided with an employment-related cheap or interest-free loan. The benefit is the difference between the interest the employee pays, if any, and the commercial rate the employee would have to pay on a loan obtained elsewhere. These types of loans are referred to as beneficial loans. There are

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Are you taking advantage of trivial benefits?

17/06/2021

The trivial benefits in kind (BiK) exemption applies to small non-cash benefits like a bottle of wine or a bouquet of flowers given occasionally to employees. By taking advantage of the exemption employers can simplify the treatment of BiKs whilst at the same time offering a tax efficient way to give small gifts to employees. Although

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How are dividends taxed?

17/06/2021

The dividend tax allowance was first introduced back in 2016 and replaced the old dividend tax credit with an annual £5,000 dividend allowance with tax payable on dividends received over this amount. The tax-free dividend allowance was reduced to £2,000 with effect from 6 April 2018 and has remained fixed at that level. The tax rate for

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Are you a landlord that owes tax to HMRC?

17/06/2021

The Let Property Campaign provides landlords who have undeclared income from residential property lettings in the UK or abroad with an opportunity to regularise their affairs by disclosing any outstanding liabilities whether due to misunderstanding the tax rules or because of deliberate tax evasion. Participation in the campaign is open

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Building a new home and VAT

17/06/2021

The VAT DIY Housebuilders scheme is a special scheme that enables someone building their own home to benefit from special VAT rules that allow the qualifying construction costs of new homes and certain conversion works to be zero-rated. The scheme has been designed to effectively place DIY housebuilders in a similar VAT position to a

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Self-employed NIC charges

17/06/2021

There are two types of National Insurance contributions (NICs) payable by the self-employed. These are known as Class 2 NICs and Class 4 NICs. Class 2 NICs are paid by all self-employed taxpayers unless they earn under the Small Profits Threshold (SPT), currently £6,515, which remove the necessity to pay NICs. Class 2 NICs are currently

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Agent Dedicated Line relaunched

17/06/2021

HMRC has confirmed that the Agent Dedicated Line (ADL) that offers priority access to HMRC staff has been relaunched on a trial basis from 14 June 2021. HMRC has also made it clear that the ADL is not expected to be used to handle certain types of calls where digital services are available or where the pertinent information could have

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