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Using the Inheritance Tax (IHT) Gift Exemptions

Inheritance or Voluntary Tax? As Benjamin Franklin observed in 1789 ‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’ More than two centuries on, this statement still rings true! These days however, inheritance tax is often referred to as a voluntary tax, because there are various ways to minimise liability[…] Read more »



The cost of driving a greener company car

Background The financial benefits of driving a company car have continued to erode over recent years, but this benefit remains one of the most popular and potent perks of a job. Broadly, the taxable benefit arising on a car is calculated using the car’s full manufacturer’s published UK list price, including the full value of[…] Read more »



Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Business: Update

Introduction In July, the Government confirmed that the Summer Finance Bill would be published in September, with the measures dropped from the pre-election Finance Bill being reintroduced in more or less the same form, from the initially planned commencement dates. Clauses dropped from the pre-election bill and expected to be brought back include those on[…] Read more »



Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on Second Homes

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is payable on the purchase of residential property in increasing portions of the property price above £125,000. Current rates of SDLT on individual and additional properties are as follows: – Purchase price up to £125,000 – SDLT rate Zero; additional property rate 3% – The next £125,000 (portion from £125,001[…] Read more »



Rent-a-Room Scheme

Summary Although Budget 2017 announced that the Government intends to review the rent-a-room scheme, it currently remains a tax-efficient way of letting out a spare room. Broadly, HMRC’s rent-a-room scheme is an optional exemption scheme, which allows individuals to receive up to £7,500 of tax-free gross income (income before expenses) from renting out spare rooms[…] Read more »



Inheritance Tax (IHT): main residence nil-rate band (RNRB)

From April 2017, each individual spouse or civil partner will be offered a residence nil rate band (RNRB), which is designed to help pass on a home to ‘direct descendants’, including children or grandchildren, tax-free after their death. The rules governing the inheritance tax (IHT) nil rate band are complex and it is always recommended[…] Read more »



Workplace Pension Automatic Enrolment

To encourage workers to start building up retirement benefits, the Pensions Act 2008 introduced certain reforms requiring all employers to offer workplace pension schemes and to enrol eligible workers into their schemes. These reforms are commonly known as the ‘automatic enrolment’ provisions. Automatic enrolment is currently being phased in, starting with the largest UK employers[…] Read more »



Spring Budget 2017 Highlights

Summary Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his first, and seemingly last, Spring Budget Statement.  At the 2016 Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced that, following the spring 2017 Budget, the government would be moving to a single major fiscal event each year. Future Budgets will be delivered in the autumn, which means there will now be[…] Read more »



Changes to IR35 Rules Confirmed

Overview HMRC have recently announced changes to the way the intermediaries legislation (known as the ‘IR35 rules’) will be applied to off-payroll working in the public sector. In particular, contractors who provide their services to a public authority through an intermediary will need to be aware for the changes, which take effect from 6 April[…] Read more »



Tax-free childcare in 2017

Scheme Summary Plans for the introduction of a new scheme called ‘tax-free childcare’ were initially announced way back in the 2013 Budget. The original proposals have since been amended and the scheme is now set to be implemented during 2017. Broadly, the new scheme, which aims to help working parents with the cost of childcare,[…] Read more »




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