The rent-a-room scheme is a set of special rules designed to help homeowners who rent-a-room in their home. If you are using this scheme, you should ensure that rents received from lodgers during the
The Let Property Campaign
The Let Property Campaign provides landlords who have undeclared income from residential property lettings in the UK or abroad with an opportunity to regularise their affairs by disclosing any
Starting a new business?
One of the issues you will need to consider if you are starting a new business is the business structure. There are three commonly used forms to choose from, each with advantages and
Tax-free savings interest
The Personal Savings Allowance (PSA) was launched in April 2016. For basic-rate taxpayers the first £1,000 of interest on savings income is tax-free. For higher-rate taxpayers the tax-free personal
Take advantage of new pension tax reforms
The new pension tax reforms that were announced in the recent Spring Budget took effect from 6 April 2023. The old £40,000 cap on annual pension contributions has been increased by 50% to £60,000,
Scottish government announces new childcare initiatives
Scotland’s new First Minister Humza Yousaf has announced a new £15 million investment to help tackle child poverty. This investment will see thousands more low-income families benefit from free school
Tax Diary May/June 2023
1 May 2023 – Due date for corporation tax due for the year ended 30 July 2022.
19 May 2023 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 May 2023. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date
What is profit?
When accountants or other interested parties refer to business profits, they are likely to mean the difference between sales and costs, and more concisely, that sales exceed costs.
However, the word
Exempt gifts paid out of income
There is a flexible exemption from IHT for taxpayers who make tax exempt gifts and payments that are paid as normal expenditure out of income. With proper planning this can be a useful tool to enable
Tax-free allowance on trading and property income
A reminder that there are two separate annual £1,000 tax allowances for property and trading income. If you have both types of income highlighted below, then you can claim a £1,000 allowance for
Losing your personal income tax allowance
If you earn over £100,000 in any tax year your personal allowance is gradually reduced by £1 for every £2 of adjusted net income over £100,000 irrespective of age. This means that any taxable receipt
In general, there is no Capital Gains Tax (CGT) due on the disposal of a property which has been used as the main family residence. This relief from CGT is commonly known as ‘private residence
NMW non-compliance penalties
Employers must ensure they are paying staff at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or National Living Wage (NLW). The NMW and the NLW are the minimum legal amounts that employers must pay their
Students and tax
Students that work may need to pay Income Tax and National Insurance. Employers are required to calculate the amount of tax they need to pay on the basis that the students would be working for the
Cause for optimism?
As we have moved into the new tax year, since 6 April 2023, the March hares have had their opportunity for madness and there is just a glimmer of warmer weather ahead. And perhaps, we may even witness
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