Advisory fuel rates for company cars

New company car advisory fuel rates have been published which took effect from 1 June 2016. The guidance states: ‘You can use the previous rates for up to one month from the date the new rates apply’. The... Read Full Article...

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HMRC guidance for employers

The April Employer Bulletin includes articles on: reporting expenses and benefits in kind for 2015/16 using form P11D Scottish Rate of Income Tax coding notice issues Class 1 National Insurance contributions for apprentices under the age of... Read Full Article...

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Pensions Freedom Update

According to HMRC figures over 230,000 people have used the new pension freedoms introduced one year ago and accessed over £4.3 million in pensions saving. In April 2015, the government introduced significant pension reforms giving people the ability... Read Full Article...

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Savings allowance

A new savings allowance is available to basic and higher rate taxpayers for 2016/17. The amount available depends on the individual’s circumstances: If any of the individual’s income for the year is additional rate income then the... Read Full Article...

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VAT fuel scale charges

HMRC have issued details of the updated VAT fuel scale charges which apply from the beginning of the next prescribed VAT accounting period starting on or after 1 May 2016. VAT registered businesses use the fuel scale... Read Full Article...

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Farmers’ averaging

Changes have been made to the rules which allow farmers to average their profits for tax purposes. Under the new rules unincorporated farmers will be able to average their profits for income tax purposes over five years... Read Full Article...

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Parking fines ruled not deductible

A tribunal has ruled that security firm G4S cannot reduce its profits for tax purposes by deducting parking fines. The company, G4S Cash Solutions, tried to reduce their corporation tax bill by approximately £580,000 but the first-tier... Read Full Article...

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Capital gains tax rates The current rates of capital gains tax (CGT) are 18% to the extent that total taxable income does not exceed the basic rate band and 28% thereafter. The government is to reduce the higher... Read Full Article...

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Lifetime ISA

A new Lifetime ISA will be available from April 2017 for adults under the age of 40. Individuals will be able to contribute up to £4,000 per year and receive a 25% bonus from the government. Funds,... Read Full Article...

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Business rates

Business rates have been devolved to Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The Chancellor has announced cuts on business rates for half of all properties in England from 1 April 2017. In particular the government proposes to: permanently... Read Full Article...

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