Tag Archives: Tax Advice

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, […]

Bacon Sandwiches – trivial benefits for employees

bacon sandwiches

There are numerous accounts of tax officers trying to tax the provision of tea and coffee for employees, and whilst some of these amount to an urban myth, the tax rules about providing a bacon (or vegan alternative) sandwich for your employees as a trivial benefit are not straightforward. HMRC […]

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 […]

Should I get a company car?

company car

“Should I get a company car?” is probably one of the most asked questions we receive. The fundamental answer revolves around tax efficiency and sustainability.   A company car is a way your company can pay you back for your hard work, but you should also consider the purpose and values 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 […]