The Treasury Solicitor's decision to drop its £4,000 concession in relation to Bona Vacantia will raise an eyebrow or two.

 This leaves HMRC free to drop ESC C16. More administrative burdens for small business, you ask? Not so. If you are striking off your company you are not in business any more... This week we focus on Ceasing Trading.

The "haves and the have-yachts": HMRC made an £8 million "error" in agreeing a settlement with Goldman Sachs, but watch out lecturers and tutors (and anyone else) under the T-Cup - a new tax disclosure opportunity ordinary taxpayers pay penalties when they make errors.

Some good news for teachers and lecturers concerning NICs, the CAT regs look to be reformed.

Do read on...

Best wishes


Nichola Ross Martin FCA
Tax Director
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Guides and updates

Recent new guides and updates

Ceasing trading: overview
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Essential reading this time:

Capital reduction: distributing capital reserves
UPDATED: why and how to guide for advisers

Bona Vacantia & striking off
UPDATED: a summary of the key issues for advisers to watch out for and advise clients

Solvency statement: reduction of capital (winding up)
Template: as required for a reduction in capital

Capital reduction with a purchase of own shares
UPDATED: this is a very complicated combination, so we have created this checklist

Capital reduction: tax treatment
This guide examines the position where a capital reduction is used and trading is ongoing.

Broadband (Employer's guide)
NEW: our at a glance guide summarises the different combinations and their tax treatment.

Tax penalties: grounds for appeal
UPDATE: cases added for reasonable excuse and reliance on accountants. Note VAT and direct tax differences.

Finance Act 2011: tax planner
UPDATE: our rolling CPD tool is designed to keep you on top of key legislative changes and announcements.

Can I back-claim capital allowances on residential property?
UPDATE: a rewrite of this guide with improved links.

Recent updates

Running an LLP in tandem with a company
UPDATE: in tandem or corporate partners? Lots of plusses and minuses for professional practices.

Employment status checklist
UPDATE: following the Autoclenz decision clients may wish to review their working relationships with self-employed subcontractors.

Employment status: directors
UPDATE: the difference in treatment of office holders under tax and employment law.

Employment status: partners
NEW: this guide considers a problem for some professional firms.

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

Business Property Relief: holding companies
UPDATE: following recent queries we have included further examples to deal with mixed trading groups.

Joint property elections
UPDATE: new links, following new guidance from HMRC.

Goodwill: trade related properties
UPDATE: new tabs, clearer guidance on valuation with new links.

Interest: paid on loans from directors
NEW: mini-guide. Is interest paid gross or net? At what rate? Tax relief when irrecoverable.

Capital Gains Tax: Entrepreneurs' Relief
UPDATE: new sections including planning points and pitfalls for private company shares

Valuation (of goodwill) on incorporation
UPDATE: new examples for small & lifestyle businesses.



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