Category: Tax Planning

New tax year resolution: don’t be careless

The former Chancellor, Nadim Zahawi, is reported to have paid a 30% tax penalty as part of a £5 million settlement with HMRC regarding the disposal of shares in a company he had co-founded.

Mind your allowances

Until fairly recently, it was usually beneficial for tax for shareholder directors to take dividends instead of bonuses, because dividends are taxed at lower rates than earnings.

Cash basis reform: potential turnover threshold changes

With basis period reform now underway, HMRC is looking at further tax simplification for sole traders and partnerships by increasing the cash basis turnover threshold. The cash basis scheme removes complexities such as accruals and most capital allowances. The cash […]

Demise of paper tax returns

More than 12 million taxpayers file self-assessment tax returns, but less than 3% do so using a paper return. Given this low demand, HMRC is reviewing the current paper filing service. HMRC stopped sending out paper tax returns three years […]

The Budget Surprise: changes to the pension tax rules

New measures affecting pension allowances announced in the March Budget could mean your retirement planning strategy needs to be reviewed. If Jeremy Hunt did produce a ‘rabbit-out-the-hat’ in his Spring Budget, it was the announcement of the effective abolition of […]

HMRC Tightening up on R&D Tax Credits  

R&D Tax Credits are a key part of the government’s strategy to support and reward innovation in the UK. It is a good way for companies to be rewarded for investing in improving existing products, inventing next generation products, improving […]

new 2023-24 tax tables

new 2023-24 tax tables

Following the Spring Budget our popular tax tables guide has been updated for 2023-24. You can download a copy of ammu’s Tax Tables for free. For expert tax advice get in touch with Emily Wilson at today or visit […]

Spring Statement 2023: NI Contributions

NATIONAL INSURANCE CONTRIBUTIONS 2023/24 Class 1   Employee – Primary Employer – Secondary NICs rate 12% 13.8% No NICs for employees generally on the first £242 pw £175 pw No NICs for younger employees1 on the first £242 pw £967 […]

Spring Statement 2023: Tax Administration

Charitable reliefs UK charity tax reliefs and exemptions will be restricted to UK charities and community amateur sports clubs (CASCs). The change is effective from 15 March 2023 and affects income tax, CGT, corporation tax, IHT, stamp duty, SDLT, SDRT, […]

Spring Statement 2023: Value Added Tax

VALUE ADDED TAX Registration and deregistration The VAT registration and deregistration thresholds will stay at their current levels of £85,000 and £83,000, respectively, until 31 March 2026, as announced in the Autumn Statement. THINK AHEAD Make sure you submit your […]

Spring Statement 2023: Business Taxes

BUSINESS TAXES Corporation tax rates Corporation tax is charged at 25% (main rate) and 19% (small profits rate) for financial years 2023 and 2024. The Patent Box deduction formula will be amended to ensure the correct amount of relief is […]

Spring Statement 2023: Capital Taxes

Capital gains tax (CGT) annual exempt amount The CGT annual exempt amount for individuals and personal representatives will be cut to £6,000 for 2023/24. The annual exempt amount for most trusts will likewise fall to £3,000 (minimum £600), as previously […]

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