08-04-2021 Archiving international trade documents
There are important rules that all businesses must follow to keep business and accounting records accessible if requested by HMRC. The exact documentation that must be held and the time limits for doing so can vary significantly. For example, most ... read more
08-04-2021 National Minimum and Living Wage increases 1 April 2021
The new National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) rates came into effect on 1 April 2021. The new rate for the NLW is £8.91 which is a 19p increase over last year. The NLW is the minimum hourly rate that must be paid to those aged 23 ... read more
08-04-2021 Companies can claim super-deduction from 1 April
The new super-deduction tax break, that will allow companies to deduct 130% of the cost of any qualifying investment from their taxable profits, is available on most new plant and machinery investments that ordinarily qualify for 18% main rate ... read more
08-04-2021 Exempt beneficial loans
An employee can obtain a benefit when provided with an employment-related cheap or interest-free loan. The benefit is the difference between the interest the employee pays, if any, and the commercial rate the employee would have to pay on a loan ... read more
08-04-2021 Claims to reduce payments on account
Self-Assessment taxpayers are usually required to pay their Income Tax liabilities in three instalments each year. The first two payments are due on 31 January during the tax year and 31 July following the tax year.
These payments on account are ... read more
08-04-2021 Annual party benefits
The cost of a staff party or other annual entertainment is generally allowed as a deduction for tax purposes. If you meet the various criteria outlined below then there is no requirement to report anything to HMRC or pay tax and National Insurance. ... read more
01-04-2021 5% late penalties apply from 1 April 2021
Self-Assessment taxpayers that failed to pay their outstanding tax liabilities or set up a payment plan by midnight on 1 April 2021 will be charged a 5% late payment penalty charge.
Under the normal rules a 5% late payment penalty would have been ... read more
01-04-2021 New support for High Streets and sea-side towns
As lockdown measures begin to be eased, a new package of support measures to help high streets and coastal areas across England has been announced by the Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick. The support will be delivered via a new £56 million ... read more
01-04-2021 £1.5bn boost for rates relief
A new Business Rates relief fund will provide a £1.5 billion tranche of support to businesses outside the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors affected by COVID-19.
Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses have not been paying rates during the ... read more
01-04-2021 OTS recommended changes to IHT
The Financial Secretary to the Treasury has written to the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to confirm that HM Treasury strongly supports some key recommendations on changes to Inheritance Tax.
The government announced on 23 March 2021 that it ... read more