HMRC's latest consultation on tax agents is creating some excitement (at least for tax editors), so I have summarised the key questions this week.

Other headlines: according to the ICAEW's Tax Faculty the wording in the 2011 Finance Bill creates a potential tax trap when the AIA reduces to £25,000 next year. I have created a worked summary for subscribers, but some clients will need to be warned about the timing of purchases.

Incorporation or not? Lots more updates in our incorporation section, but do scroll down to see what is new and updated this time.

Best wishes


Nichola Ross Martin FCA
Tax Director
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News headlines

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CIOT publishes HMRC's 2009 internal guidance on agents
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Childcare and childcare vouchers
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iXBRL watch
Detailed P & L required by HMRC.

Working with tax agents consultation
We summarise the latest issues.

£2 million of new grants for voluntary sector
Grants to provide tax help for the disadvantaged

Budget changes and CT returns
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Register now for Agent Account Managers
Mobile assistance for agents...More

Adviser's essentials (FREEview)

Salary 2011/12 (avoiding NICs)
What is the optimal salary without incurring a liability for the employer or employee for National Insurance (NICs)?...More

PAYE tolerances

The tolerance for adjustments to tax has decreased from £300 back to £50...More

What is an associated company?
Our summary of the rules from 1 April with links to checklists...More

Guides and updates

For PAID subscribers (because you are so special :)

Recent updates

AIA: rules where there is a change of rate
Time purchases of assets carefully to avoid a tax trap in 2012.

Goodwill: trade related properties
UPDATE: HMRC says new guidance due in August 2011.

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