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Toptentaxtips

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Slides from the tax element of this mornings presentation.

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Toptentaxtips

  1. 1. Top Ten Teasingly Topical Tax Tips<br />James Hayes FCCA<br />
  2. 2. 1 - Capital Allowances<br />The annual investment allowance is reduced from 100k to 25k!<br />Purchase or rental of cars is now wholly based on a vehicles CO2 emission levels.<br />Emissions under 110gr/km qualify 100% first year allowance<br />Full rental is tax allowable, provided the CO2 level is not more than 160gr/km.<br />Plant and machinery tax rate reduces from 20% to 18%.<br />Long life and other assets is reduced from 10% to 8%. <br />Cars in excess of 160gr/km will not receive a balancing allowance on disposal.<br />
  3. 3. 1 - Capital Allowances<br />Source www.direct.gov.uk<br />
  4. 4. 1 – Benefits in kind<br />Company cars<br /><ul><li>A car between 76 and 120 gr/km would be taxed at the rate of 10% /13%.
  5. 5. For cars emitting between 1 and 75gr/km percentage is reduced to 5% (8% for diesel).
  6. 6. Zero emission cars -0%.</li></ul>Vans<br />BIK of £3,000 plus a further £550 if fuel is provided by the employer for private travel.<br />Can avoid a benefit if do not to use the van for personal journeys.<br />BIK reduced to nil for vans which cannot produce C02 emissions at all. <br />
  7. 7. 1 – Private Cars for Company Business<br />Rate for business mileage in a private car now 45p a mile for the first 10,000 business miles.<br />Where an employer pays a lower rate than this the employee can make a claim for tax relief.<br />
  8. 8. 2 – Research and Development <br />The rate of SME Relief increased from 175% to 200%<br />From April next year:<br /><ul><li>the £10,000 de-minimus threshold is abolished
  9. 9. SME credit limit re PAYE and NICs is to be abolished; 
  10. 10. claiming of subcontractor costs easier
  11. 11. the rate of relief increases further to a whopping 225%  </li></ul>When the work that you do seeks, through the resolution of scientific or technological uncertainty, to achieve an advance in overall knowledge or capability in a field or science or technology.<br />
  12. 12. 3 – VAT Flat Rate Scheme<br /><ul><li>The flat rate scheme is a simplified way of calculating VAT.
  13. 13. Is designed for small businesses with turnover under 150k pa
  14. 14. Applying a fixed percentage to gross turnover and ignores VAT incurred on purchases.
  15. 15. It makes keeping books and records easier.</li></ul>“Oh No it’s VATman !”<br />
  16. 16. 4 - CGT - Entrepreneurs Relief <br />£10million, gains on qualifying business disposals taxed at only 10%. <br />Be careful of disposals where business property is concerned.<br />
  17. 17. 5 – Associated Companies<br />Meaning :-<br /><ul><li>Financial and economic interdependence.
  18. 18. Organisational interdependence. </li></ul>Tax bandings are shared between companies that are associated.<br />The definition of who is associated rested called “common control.” <br />The law has recently changed.<br />Attribution now based on substantial commercial interdependence.<br />
  19. 19. 6 – Stamp Duty Land Tax<br /><ul><li>SDLT multiple dwellings relief.
  20. 20. A new relief for purchasers of residential property who acquire interests in more than one dwelling.
  21. 21. Buyers of two or more residential properties which are “linked” claim a relief to have the total consideration taxed at a lower rate. </li></li></ul><li>7 – NIC Holiday<br />The National Insurance contributions holiday is available to new businesses start ups.<br />A years exemption to employers national insurance. <br />A NIC(e) Holiday<br />
  22. 22. 8 – Salary vs Dividend<br />
  23. 23. 9 – IR35<br />Personal service companies “PSC’s”, avoid being treated as an employee by forming a company.<br />PSC’s are still effective, infact more so.<br />Key is mutuality of obligation and control.<br />If<br /><ul><li>There is no obligation to offer a particular amount of work.
  24. 24. Cancellation could occur at anytime.
  25. 25. no payment if no work is done.</li></ul>Then<br />It is difficult for HMRC to argue that IR35 should apply.<br />
  26. 26. 9 – Income Shifting<br />But the transactions were exempt under inter-spousal settlement exemptions.<br />Key is shares are not just a right to income.<br />Arctic Systems case.<br />Pay dividends to a spouse to minimise tax.<br />HOL contended that dividends paid were bounteous and not commercial .<br />In effect tax her income as the husbands. <br />
  27. 27. 9 – New Penalty Regime for SA Cases <br />“Get out of jail free card” - capping the late filing penalty to the amount of tax outstanding has been abolished.<br /><ul><li>1 day late – an initial penalty of £100.
  28. 28. 3 months late – a daily penalty of £10 per day, up to a max of £900.
  29. 29. 6 months late – the greater of 5% of tax due or £300.
  30. 30. 12 month late – the greater of 5% tax due or £300. In more serious cases up to 100% of the tax due .
  31. 31. On top of this, penalties for late payment exist.
  32. 32. 30 days late – 5% of the tax unpaid.
  33. 33. 6 months late- a further penalty charge of 5%.
  34. 34. 12 months late- a further penalty charge of 5%.</li></li></ul><li>10 – ISA’s<br /><ul><li>You can now invest £10,680 into an ISA. A married couple can invest £21,360 each year.
  35. 35. Junior ISA scheme replacing the reportedly unaffordable child trust funds.
  36. 36. Junior ISAs allow parents, family and friends a way to save and invest for a child’s future.</li></li></ul><li>That’sAll Folks<br />

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