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Pre-election publications by HMRC
27/04/2017 - More...
HMRC has announced via one of their blogs that readers will notice that communication will be much less than normal during the pre-election period which started at midnight on Friday 21 April and the general election on 8 June. These rules have been put in place to ensure the impartiality of the Civil Service. A comprehensive document

Initial launch of Tax-Free Childcare Scheme
27/04/2017 - More...
The new Tax-Free Childcare Scheme (TFCS) is now available to the first tranche of working parents. The scheme has initially been made available to working parents of children that will be aged under 4 on 31 August 2017. Qualifying parents can now apply through the new digital childcare service for TFCS and receive a government top-up

Update on Finance Bill 2017
27/04/2017 - More...
Following the Prime Minister’s unexpected announcement that there will be a snap general election on 8 June 2017, Parliament will now be dissolved on 3 May 2017. After this date, no further legislation will be passed until Parliament opens again after the election. Any Bills that have not received Royal Assent by the date of

Non-Resident Landlords Scheme
27/04/2017 - More...
The Non-Resident Landlord (NRL) Scheme is a special scheme for the UK rental income of Non-Resident Landlords. This includes companies or trustees whose 'usual place of abode' is outside the UK. As a general rule basic rate tax (currently 20%) must be deducted from the rent payable to a Non-Resident Landlord either by the letting agent

Government recovers Lloyds investment
27/04/2017 - More...
The government has announced that all of the £20.3 billion invested in Lloyds during the financial crisis has now been recovered. The sale of the latest tranche of shares in the Lloyds Banking Group brings the amount recovered through sales and dividends to £20.4 billion. The government’s remaining stake has now fallen to less than 2%

Tax Diary May/June 2017
21/04/2017 - More...
1 May 2017 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 July 2016. 19 May 2017 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 May 2017. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 May 2017) 19 May 2017 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 May 2017. 19 May 2017 - CIS tax deducted

State Pension age review
20/04/2017 - More...
In March 2016, John Cridland CBE, the former Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) was appointed by the government to lead an independent review of the State Pension age. The State Pension age for both men and women is set to increase to 67 by April 2028. The review was tasked with looking beyond the existing

Furnished holiday lettings
20/04/2017 - More...
The furnished holiday let (FHL) rules allow holiday lettings of properties that meet certain conditions to be treated as a trade for specific tax purposes. Individuals, partnerships, trustees and companies who let furnished holiday accommodation situated within the UK or elsewhere in the EEA can benefit from having a FHL. HMRC’s guidance

Prime Minister calls for snap election
20/04/2017 - More...
In a shock announcement following the Easter weekend the Prime Minister Theresa May declared plans to call a snap election on 8 June. The announcement marked a seismic shift from her earlier declarations that there would be no new elections until 2020. Her dramatic speech on the steps of Downing Street made it clear that she felt she

Tax codes for employees
20/04/2017 - More...
The P9X form is used to notify employers of the tax codes to use for employees. The form shows the tax codes to use from 6 April 2017. The basic personal allowance for the tax year starting 6 April 2017 is £11,500 and the tax code for emergency use is 1150L. The basic rate limit is £33,500 except for those defined as Scottish taxpayers

Claiming the employment allowance
20/04/2017 - More...
An annual employment allowance for businesses and charities, to offset against their employer's Class 1 NICs, was introduced in April 2014. The allowance can be claimed as part of the normal payroll process through RTI using an employer’s payroll software or HMRC’s Basic PAYE Tools. The maximum amount available is currently £3,000 per

EU VAT refund scheme
20/04/2017 - More...
The VAT paid in other EU countries is often recoverable by VAT-registered businesses in the UK, who bought goods or services for business use. The amount refundable depends on the other country's rules for claiming input tax. It is important to note that VAT incurred in foreign countries can never by reclaimed on a domestic UK VAT return.