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G7 Historic Tax Agreement

G7 tax reform

It is no secret that many governments have struggled to tackle the tax challenges that arise from an increasingly globalised and digital economy.   However, following years of discussion, on 5 June 2021 G7 agreed to back an historic international agreement on a global tax reform, which will push for […]

Clothing – can clothing for work be set against a tax bill?

Many of us buy clothing that, in reality, we only wear for work – and we are often asked if the cost of these clothes can be set against the tax bill. The short answer is no: HM Revenue & Customs is adamant that such expenditure has a purpose not […]

Concession on employee benefits during COVID

employee benefits

In the 2020/21 tax year, just ended on 5th April 2021, as an employee you may have received extra support from your employer to enable you to continue to work. HMRC introduced a number of concessions so that these necessary support measures are not taxable benefits for employees. They include, […]

OTS Report 20 May 2021 – The future of Capital Gains Tax?

capital gains tax

On 20 May 2021 the Office of Tax Simplification published the second part of its review of Capital Gains Tax (CGT). Whilst most taxpayers encounter income tax, National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and VAT every day, the report is concerned that many taxpayers are strikingly unaware of their obligations to report […]

Bad Debt – what are the tax reliefs on bad debt?

bad debt tax

Not many businesses operate without a bit of bad debt, although hopefully it is just the odd one! However, for tax purposes, there are different rules depending on the tax involved. VAT There are detailed instructions for VAT relief on bad debts which is set out in VAT Notice 700/18, […]

Is 2021 the year to get an electric car?

electric car tax

Whether you’re environmentally conscious or just after something practical – the choice of electric car models has skyrocketed over the last year or so. More and more well-known brands have launched their own take on electric cars to try and complete with the market leader – Tesla. Not only is […]

Incorrectly claimed SEISS

HMRC Enquiry

As the 2021 Tax Return gears up, HM Revenue & Customs has confirmed that it will issue harsh penalties to tax payers who have incorrectly claimed SEISS, and subsequently not taken advantage of opportunities to voluntarily repay the excess amounts. The rules state that overpayments must be notified to HMRC […]

Transfer of Shares – tax issues to consider

shares transfer

The dawning of a new tax year commonly sees a flurry of share transfers as business owners seek to ensure their extractions of profits are tax-efficient.  However, transfers of shares between family members and employees can hold lots of hidden tax charges. Here are three of the main types of […]

Another unusual letter from HMRC?

HMRC Enquiry

Due to increased activity by fraudsters during the pandemic as they attempt to illegally access Covid-19 grants and loans, HMRC has decided to be more wary when submitting tax (including VAT) payments to taxpayers. Accordingly, HMRC is now writing to taxpayers who have claimed a recent tax refund that is […]

Tax Day Highlights

Tax Day Highlights

After the excitement of the Budget and the issue of the Finance Bill, 23rd March was billed as “Tax Day” with the government issuing a raft of consultations and policies. In the end, the day was – correctly – overshadowed by the anniversary of the first Covid-19 lockdown, but as […]