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Quick news (freeview)
Autumn Statement date announced
Chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver his first Autumn Statement on Wednesday 23 November 2016, this will outline proposals for Budget 2017.
A Scottish approach to taxation: call for evidence
The Scottish Parliament is seeking views ahead of developing a new approach to taxation.
Childcare providers: sign up now for Tax-Free Childcare
HMRC has begun contacting registered childcare providers inviting them to sign up online to make sure that they are eligible to receive payments from the tax-free childcare accounts being introduced from early 2017.
No Class 1A liability? Tell HMRC online
Employers and agents no longer have to submit a paper form P11D(b) to HMRC if they have not submitted any P11D forms.
Directors receiving salaries shortly before company liquidation
Two contrasting decisions on PAYE Reg 72 were published by the First Tier Tribunal in August 2016. In both cases the directors had taken salaries prior to liquidation.
In Phillip Marsh and David Price  TC05288 the directors were held liable for their company's unpaid PAYE: they took increasingly large salaries in the months running up to liquidation, despite ongoing and consistent PAYE and VAT arrears. The amounts that they paid themselves also did not agree to the payroll records available.
In Stephen West v HMRC  TC05285 the director was not held liable for his company's PAYE: the company’s liquidator suggested a payment of salary which then was properly processed to clear a director’s loan account. The accounts showed PAYE/NICs to be deducted.
No ER on disposal of business property
In Dilip Amin v HMRC  TC 05265 the partial disposal of an accountant's business premises did not qualify for CGT Entrepreneurs’ Relief just because he also disposed of some goodwill at the same time.
HMRC phone delays are a reasonable excuse
In McNamara Joinery Ltd v HMRC  TC 05278 problems getting hold of HMRC by phone were found to be a reasonable excuse for late payment of VAT.
Change in flat rate scheme percentage can be backdated
In JJK Engineering Ltd v HMRC  TC05351 a company was allowed to backdate the change to their business category from "Architect, civil or structural engineer" to "Any other activity not listed elsewhere”.
Practical Tax Guides and Updates
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How to pay a dividend: step-by-step guide
NEW: A step-by-step guide for sole director/shareholder companies.
Dividend index (freeview)
Tax and tax planning, dividend vouchers, legal formalities, tax on illegal dividends.
VAT: Annual accounting
NEW: Prepare one VAT return a year instead of four; a guide to HMRC's annual accounting scheme.
VAT: Cars and vans
UPDATED: A guide to determining what is a car and what is a van, and what the different VAT implications are.
UPDATED: our guide to company car taxation
Deadlines: compliance (individuals & companies)
A guide to the key filing and payment deadlines for companies and individuals.
Directors: tax planning toolkit for 2016/17
Our comprehensive guide to tax planning with links to guides on all issues affecting directors.
Tax-efficient extraction of profits: toolkit
A guide designed to help a company and its owner decide how company profits are to be extracted.
Tax planning for university: a parents' guide
A topical guide.
How to gift your shares to the family
A guide to gifting some of your private company shares to members of your own family.
Family companies: alphabet shares
A guide examining the tax consequences of creating different share classes in a family company.
Family Investment Company
A guide to the tax consequences for holding family investments in a corporate vehicle; includes a case study.
Buy to let: incorporation
Tax implications when incorporating a property business: CGT, SDLT, VAT and ATED.
Featured consultations (FREEVIEW)
Taxing small companies
The Office of Tax Simplification has published two consultations for two new trading entities. Response required by 30 September 2016:
- 'Lookthrough' taxation: shareholders being taxed directly on the company’s profits instead of the company paying corporation tax. Read more...
- A ‘sole enterprise protected assets’ vehicle (SPA) which would provide the self-employed with limited liability for their main home. Read more...
Missed last time's update?
- Self employed update
- Accounting periods and tax basis periods
- VAT registration, de-registration and place of supply of services
- Farming and market gardening
- Consultations: Tackling the hidden economy, Worldwide disclosure facility
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