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Employees, can you claim tax relief for expenses of working from home?

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that more employees worked from home than ever before. This trend looks set to continue following the Government’s latest advice to continue to work from home where you can do so. Further, many business plan to embrace flexible working beyond the end of the pandemic, allowing employees to work from …

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Employment allowance – Have you claimed it?

The National Insurance employment allowance enables eligible employers to reduce the amount of employer’s National Insurance that they pay over to HMRC. The allowance, which is set at £4,000 for 2020/21, is available to most employers whose Class 1 National Insurance liability was less than £100,000 in 2019/20, with some notable exceptions, including companies where …

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Paying back deferred VAT

At the start of lockdown, the Government announced a number of measures to help businesses weather the pandemic. One of those measures was the option for VAT-registered businesses to defer VAT payments that fell due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020. This window meant payment of VAT for the following quarters could be …

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Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Grants for self-employed people if your business has been adversely affected after 14 July 2020

Claiming the second grant under the SEISS Claims for the second grant under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) can be made from 17 August 2020 onwards. Who can claim? A self-employed individual or member of a partnership who meets the eligibility criteria and whose business has been adversely affected by Coronavirus on or after …

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Company Car for Private Use

The extent to which a company car remains available for an employee’s private use explained.

Company car ‘availability’ during the Covid-19 pandemic For many, their working patterns changed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some employees were required to work from home, some were furloughed, while those with certain health conditions were required to shield. If the employee has a company car, is a deduction available for periods during …

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Late Tax Returns

If you have forgotten to file your tax return or have made a mistake leading to a penalty and you or a family member were ill with coronavirus, this might be allowed as a ‘reasonable excuse’. In today’s blog we explain what reasonable excuses are and how coronavirus might fall into this category.

Twitter: Reasonable excuse – does coronavirus count? HMRC may allow an appeal against a penalty if the taxpayer has a ‘reasonable excuse’ for why, say, they filed a return late or paid their tax late. A ‘reasonable excuse’ is something that prevented a taxpayer from meeting a tax obligation despite the fact that they took …

If you have forgotten to file your tax return or have made a mistake leading to a penalty and you or a family member were ill with coronavirus, this might be allowed as a ‘reasonable excuse’. In today’s blog we explain what reasonable excuses are and how coronavirus might fall into this category. Read More »

Property rent free

Have you reduced your rent or let family and friends stay in one of your properties during the pandemic?

Tax implications of uncommercial lets There are various circumstances in which a landlord may let a property at rate which is below the current market rate or, indeed, allow the property to be used rent-free. For example, during the Covid-19 pandemic, landlords may have agreed a reduced rent with tenants who are struggling financially and …

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Empty Property

Empty properties – does this mean the end of the property rental business?

During the Covid-19 pandemic, landlords may have periods when their properties have been empty. Landlords letting furnished holiday lettings were particularly badly affected due the restrictions imposed during the lockdown period, as letting of holiday homes was prohibited between 23 March 2020 and 3 July 2020. Home moves were also put on hold at the …

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Tax Returns

Most businesses have suffered due to the pandemic, but should you take the option to defer your payment on account to 31 January 2021? Read more…

Deferring self-assessment POA – Is it is good idea? To help those suffering cashflow difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government have announced that self-assessment taxpayers can delay making their second payment on account for 2019/20. The payment would normally by due by 31 July 2020. Under self-assessment, a taxpayer is required …

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Reporting employment income earned abroad on a self assessment tax return

Pro-taxman in Hounslow strongly advises that you initially need to determine your residency status for the tax year in question. This is decided using the ‘Statutory Residence test’. Assuming you were working abroad for 4 months, you would therefore have been resident in the UK for more than 183 days and as a result considered …

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