Everyone that I have spoken to in the last couple of weeks has said that January has seemed busier than usual. Comparing notes, some of you have reflected that this was due to the knock-on effects of Covid, with many businesses and their owners struggling to get back to normality due to the combination of supply-side shortages, recruitment issues, and owner and staff sickness. Now that Self Assessment returns are all filed, there is, however, little time for introspection: it's time to start planning for the tax year-end. What do you need to consider?

In terms of Corporation Tax planning, companies with profits greater than £50,000 face a tax hike on profits earned after 1 April 2023 when the Corporation Tax rate rises. Conversely, the Capital Allowances Super Deduction ends on 31 March 2023. Companies, therefore, will need to plan carefully to ensure that expenditure is incurred in the correct tax year to obtain the maximum tax relief.

Individuals often sell off investments at the end of the year to utilise their Capital Gains Tax (CGT) annual exemption and make contributions to maximise ISA investments. This year-end is the last time you will have an annual exemption of £12,300, as it reduces to just £6,000 from 6 April. Likewise, the small but valuable dividend allowance is also decreasing from £2,000 to just £1,000 from 6 April. Use it or lose it!

We have prepared year-end planning updates for business owners and private clients to give you some ideas. Do check out our Salary v Dividend v Small salary and dividend combinations calculator, it's a great time saver.

More news, updates and handy guides below. 

That's all for now,

Back soon, 

Nichola Ross Martin FCA CTA (Fellow)
Tax Director


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Campaign: Offshore Companies Owning UK Property
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Nichola's SME Tax W-update 26 January 2022

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  • Register of Overseas Entities
  • Offshore tax penalties: case study
  • Full details of our tax calculators
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  • Tax penalties notices were 'sent' & 'received'
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