Paying family members

Regardless of the business structure (for example limited company or sole trader) it is possible to employ family members. This has some obvious advantages including matters of trust, reliance and…

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Renting out a property at a rate below the commercial level might sound like a great idea – but it might cost you dearly if you try to seek tax relief for your expenses!

Properties not let at a commercial rent There may be a number of reasons why a property is occupied rent-free or let out at rent that is less than the…

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Landlords – you must file your self-assessment tax return by 31 January 2020 to avoid a late filing penalty. Here’s what you need to know:

The self-assessment deadline is looming. Self-assessment tax returns for the year to 5 April 2019 must be filed online by 31 January 2020 if a late filing penalty is to…

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From 6 April 2020, the way in which carbon dioxide emissions for cars are measured is changing – read more here.

Zero charge for zero emission cars From 6 April 2020, the way in which carbon dioxide emissions for cars are measured is changing – moving from the New European Driving…

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Wondering whether to use dividends or a salary? Read this blog to find out why dividends are more cost-effective.

Director’s salary or bonus? Given current tax rates, paying a dividend rather than a salary will often be a more cost-effective way of withdrawing profits from a company. Tax is…

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If you’ve received a tax calculation or simple assessment from HMRC, don’t assume that it’s correct – HMRC can and do make mistakes.

Check your tax calculation Each year HMRC undertake a PAYE reconciliation for employed individuals who are not required to submit a tax return to check that the correct amount of…

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Inspired by Grand Designs? You are entitled for a VAT refund if you build your own home.

VAT refunds for DIY builders If you build your own house or convert an existing property into a home, you may be eligible to apply for a VAT refund on…

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