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When must you register for VAT?
17/08/2017 - More...
The taxable turnover threshold, that determines whether businesses should be registered for VAT is currently £85,000. Businesses are required to register for VAT if they meet any of the following conditions: At the end of any month, the value of the taxable supplies made in the past 12 months or less has exceeded £85,000. At any

BPP holdings Supreme Court decision
17/08/2017 - More...
The Supreme Court has dismissed HMRC’s appeal in a long running case between the BPP Group of companies (who provide professional and academic education) and HMRC. The case initially centred on the VAT liability of supplies of books and education by BPP. BPP had a corporate restructure in 2006 and began to use one company to supply the

What are overlap profits?
17/08/2017 - More...
The assessment of self-employed or partnership profits is relatively straight-forward if the accounting date, to which accounts are prepared, falls between 31 March and 5 April. However, year ends that fall outside these dates create overlap profits. Overlap profits can be created in the first 3 years of the business or in any year in

Dormant company obligations
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If a company has stopped trading and has no other income then HMRC should be informed that it’s dormant for Corporation Tax purposes. HMRC can also send a notification if they think a company is dormant. This notice will state that a company or association is dormant and is not required to pay Corporation Tax or file Company Tax

100% write down for qualifying capital expenditure
17/08/2017 - More...
The Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) limit has changed significantly over the last number of years. However, the limit has been fixed at £200,000 for all qualifying expenditure on or after 1 January 2016. The current £200,000 limit is a generous allowance and will more than cover the annual capital expenditure spend of many small and

Choosing a company name
17/08/2017 - More...
Companies House guidance sets out the main requirements for incorporating a company in the UK. The guidance entitled Incorporation and Names also provides advice on checking which names are acceptable to Companies House when naming a company. Choosing a company name can be one of the most important considerations for a new business. The

What qualifies for 10% Entrepreneurs’ Relief?
10/08/2017 - More...
Entrepreneurs' Relief applies to the sale of a business, shares in a trading company or an individual’s interest in a trading partnership. Where Entrepreneurs' Relief is available CGT of 10% is payable rather than the normal main rate of 20%. This can significantly reduce the amount of CGT due. When the relief was first introduced there

How to roll-over capital gains
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Business Asset Rollover Relief allows for the deferral of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on gains when you sell or dispose of certain assets and use all or part of the proceeds to buy new assets. The relief means that the tax on the gain of the old asset is postponed. The amount of the gain is effectively rolled over into the cost of the new

Holiday lets occupancy rules
10/08/2017 - More...
The furnished holiday let (FHL) rules allow holiday lettings of properties that meet certain conditions to be treated as a trade for tax purposes. In order to qualify as a furnished holiday letting, the following occupancy criteria need to be met: The property must be let on a commercial basis with a view to the realisation of

Claiming back VAT on fuel
10/08/2017 - More...
HMRC offers a number of alternative methods for claiming back VAT on car fuel where there may be a mix of business and private mileage. They fall into a number of broad categories: Standard scale charge - HMRC operates a useful simplification measure that allows businesses to use a standardised scale charge to value fuel costs for

VAT capital goods scheme
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The VAT Capital Goods Scheme (CGS) adjusts the initial VAT recovery in respect of certain assets over either 5 or 10 year period. The scheme seeks to agree a fair and reasonable attribution of VAT to taxable supplies and non-taxable supplies relating to the use of an asset over its lifetime. In effect, the recovery of VAT input tax

Carry back charitable contributions
10/08/2017 - More...
Donations to charities are a recognised way to benefit charities and certain tax payers. To facilitate these advantages, taxpayers must ensure they keep a proper record of all donations to back up claims on their tax return. Donations that are made through the Gift Aid scheme allow for the recipient charity to claim 25p worth of tax