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NIC changes for the self-employed

30/11/2023

In the recent Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced two important changes to National Insurance contributions (NIC) for the self-employed. The first change concerns the removal of Class 2 NICs for the self-employed. This means that self-employed people with profits above £12,570 will no longer be required to pay Class 2 NICs from 6...

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NIC changes for employees from 6 January 2024

30/11/2023

In the recent Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced a significant change to National Insurance contributions (NIC) for employees. There will be a cut in the main rate of Employee National Insurance from 6 January 2024. This will see Class 1 NICs reduced by 2%, from 12% to 10%, in a change set to benefit some 27 million...

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Corporation Tax marginal rate

30/11/2023

The Corporation Tax main rate for companies with profits in excess of £250,000 increased to 25% on 1 April 2023. A Small Profits Rate (SPR) of 19% was also introduced from the same date for companies with profits of up to £50,000 ensuring these companies continue to pay Corporation Tax at the same rate as was previously the case. Where a...

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Enterprise Investment Scheme investee businesses

30/11/2023

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) is designed to help smaller higher-risk trading companies to raise finance by offering a range of tax reliefs to investors who purchase new shares in those companies. To claim investor EIS tax reliefs, the company which issues the shares has to meet a number of rules regarding the kind of company...

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Tax relief for R&D intensive SMEs

30/11/2023

In the Autumn Statement it was announced that the existing R&D Expenditure Credit and Small and Medium Enterprise Scheme will be merged from April 2024. It was also confirmed that there will be an enhanced regime for R&D intensive SMEs. The rate at which loss-making companies are taxed within the merged scheme will be reduced...

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Summary of Companies House changes

30/11/2023

The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act received royal assent on 26 October 2023. The new Act provides Companies House with more power to reduce the abuse of corporate structures whilst at the same time tackling economic crime. As part of the measures that will be introduced, Companies House will be streamlining the accounts...

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What now, following the Autumn Statement

30/11/2023

In some respects, the Chancellor’s predicament is deserving of a sympathetic ear; its as if he has a long journey ahead but has one foot firmly nailed to the floor. Stagnant growth in the UK and global economy has driven up taxation in order to meet the goals set to reduce borrowing as a percentage of GDP. Inflation is reducing but is...

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Directors’ duties and responsibilities

28/11/2023

To be a director, you must be over 16 and not currently disqualified. As a director your responsibilities include: filing your company’s annual accounts and reports or appoint an accountant to do it for you reporting changes in you or your company’s situation including changes of address sending a confirmation statement every year...

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IHT – Giving away your home before you die

23/11/2023

The majority of gifts made during a person's life, including gifting a home, are not subject to tax at the time of the gift. These lifetime transfers are known as 'potentially exempt transfers' or 'PETs'. These gifts or transfers achieve their potential of becoming exempt from Inheritance Tax (IHT) if the taxpayer survives for more than...

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CGT - Lettings relief

23/11/2023

In general, there is no Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on a property which has been used as the main family residence. This relief from CGT is commonly known as Private Residence Relief or PRR. However, where part of the home has been let out the entitlement to relief may be affected. Homeowners that let out part of their house may not benefit...

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Income Tax - £5,000 savings zero rate band

23/11/2023

If you have taxable income of less than £17,570 in 2023-24 tax year you will have no tax to pay on interest received. This figure is calculated by adding the £5,000 starting rate limit for savings (where 0% of the interest is taxable) to the current £12,570 personal allowance. However, it is important to note that if your total...

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The badges of trade

23/11/2023

The 'badges of trade' tests, whilst not conclusive, are used by HMRC to help determine whether an activity is a proper economic trade / business activity or merely a money-making by-product of a hobby. Careful consideration needs to be given to deciding whether a hobby has become a taxable trading activity. The approach by the courts in...

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What counts as holiday accommodation?

23/11/2023

HMRC’s VAT Notice 709/3 entitled 'Hotels and holiday accommodation' explains how supplies by hotels and similar establishments such as motels, guesthouses and B&Bs should be treated for VAT purposes. In addition, the notice covers the VAT treatment of holiday accommodation such as caravans and camping facilities. Holiday...

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Gifts of shares to minor (under 18s) children

23/11/2023

The settlement legislation seeks to ensure that, where a settlor has retained an interest in property in a settlement, the income arising is treated as the settlor’s income for all tax purposes. A settlor can be said to have retained an interest if the property or income may be applied for the benefit of the settlor, a spouse or civil...

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Autumn Statement Summary

22/11/2023

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, has delivered his Autumn Statement to the House of Commons. The government continues to be faced with challenging economic conditions as the cost of living crisis continues to affect many families across the UK. The Chancellor, however, had some good news with inflation falling to 4.6% in...

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£4.5bn for British manufacturing from 2025

21/11/2023

The government has announced £4.5 billion in funding for British manufacturing to increase investment in eight sectors across the UK. The funding will be available from 2025 for five years, providing industry with longer term certainty about their investments. Over £2 billion has been earmarked for the automotive industry and £975...

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Fuel price watchdog sharpens its teeth

21/11/2023

UK motorists will be protected at the pumps under tough new powers that will shine a light on any attempt from retailers to unfairly hike up fuel prices. Under new amendments tabled on 15 November 2023, to the Digital Markets, Competition & Consumers Bill, the CMA will become the body responsible for closely monitoring road fuel...

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Tax credits top-up

16/11/2023

The Cost of Living support package has been designed to help over 8 million households in receipt of mean tested benefits. The details for Cost of Living Payments due in the 2023-24 tax year were published earlier this year and have recently been updated. Eligible recipients will receive up to three Cost of Living Payments of £301, £300...

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