In this time's web-update we have new guides covering deductions for accountancy fees, sponsorship and employer pension contributions, plus updated checklists and SME tax news.

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has just published a report recommending an overhaul of the taxation of employee share schemes. Absent from its recommendations is the idea of creating a simplified valuation model for smaller companies which is a great pity for small business owners. If we can have flat rate VAT, flat rate expenses and so-called simplified accounting for smaller businesses then why not simplified valuations too? Anyway, not that this would necessarily lead to any simplification; the OTS' proposals for a "simplified accounting scheme" for small business appear to have snowballed into something of a "yeti", unbelivable and terrifying, yet anything but simple. Perhaps HMRC just don't like the OTS!

A tax case, Mundays LLP v HMRC caught our attention last month. Input VAT was disallowed as a result of different treatment for VAT compared to direct tax. Hardly an ideal outcome and probably embarassing for the advisers. We have prepared a new guide on this topic as well as summarising the case in more detail.

Please read on for news, new guides and updates.

Best wishes


Nichola Ross Martin FCA
Tax Director
Your online Virtual Tax Partner: practical support for accountants, tax advisers and their clients


OTS: share scheme tax rules need overhaul
Independent reviewer recommends big changes to the taxation of unapproved schemes

National Minimum Wage (NMW) & travel
The Low Income Tax Reform Group note that some employers are incorrectly adding in expense payments to calculate the NMW

Case report: disallowed VAT on advisers' fees
Don't rely on HMRC's concessions: in Mundays LLP v HMRC TC02374 input VAT was disallowed on tax advisers' fees in connection with partners' personal tax returns

31 January: time limits for losses
Also for correcting or amending claims on returns (such as for capital allowances)


Dividends: index
Guides to dividends: minutes, warrants and tax on unlawful distributions

Directors' loan accounts: toolkit
HMRC's instruction to its staff is that they examine directors' private expenditure during the course of an enquiry into a close company's books and records

Tax penalties: RTI (Real Time Information)
NEW guidance

Long-life assets
NEW: solar panels are added to the list

Tax relief for Christmas Parties
Guide for employers

Essential reading

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Accountancy & tax fees
NEW: what is allowable and what you need to add back

Employer pension contributions
NEW: last chance for income tax and NICs relief for pension contributions made on behalf of an employee's family

Disappearing tax reliefs
Tax reliefs that are disappearing in April 2013

Advisers' Tax Update: Finance Bill 2013
CPD special: what's new in 2013/14

Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECA) - energy saving plant
100% allowances on ECA it is worth updating clients

Tax planning for income at marginal tax rates
Strategies to avoid unexpected tax charges such as the High Income Child Benefit Tax Charge (HICBC)

Private client tax planning for the 2012/13 year-end
UPDATE: topical tips on dealing with proposed changes in 2013

Directors' tax planning toolkit 2012-13
UPDATE:read this in conjunction with the Private client tax planning checklist above

Property profits & losses: toolkit
UPDATE: our toolkit covers the points made in HMRC's version but adds a great deal more information about what you can and can't claim

Controlled Foreign Companies (CFC)
NEW: an introductory summary for SME owners and advisers

VAT Update

Transfer of a Going Concern - properties
HMRC announces a change of practice where a seller grants a new interest in a land and property business, this follows the Robinson Family Company case. Some scope for repayments of VAT and SDLT

VAT: trading in the EU and abroad
UPDATE: a mini-guide

Recent updates

Employment status checklist
UPDATE: three new cases add some dimension to the existing tests

Capital Gains Tax: Entrepreneurs' Relief
UPDATE: comparing the disposal of part of a business and its assets

Furnished Holiday Letting
UPDATE: a major rewrite to include 2011 FA provisions including examples on Averaging and Period of Grace reliefs

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ABC or alphabet shares: family companies

Can I back-claim capital allowances on residential property?

Tax Data

Striking off a company

Tax penalties: PAYE: late payment

PAYE late payment penalties buster

Overpayment Relief (formerly error or mistake)

What expenses can I claim?

Goodwill & incorporation: tax issues

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Tax planning for directors
Index to guides and updates

Retirement: a purchase of own shares
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