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Labour win landslide election result

11/07/2024 – As had been widely predicted, the results at the polls have seen the Labour Party back in power after 14 years in opposition. Labour have swept into power with their second-largest majority whilst the Conservative Party have had their worst ever result in terms of the number of seats won. We should expect Labour to fulfil their election … More...

Inheritance and tax

11/07/2024 – As a general rule, an individual who inherits property, money or shares is not liable to pay tax on the inheritance. This is because any Inheritance Tax (IHT) due should be paid out of the deceased’s estate before any cash or assets are distributed to the heirs. However, the recipient is liable to income tax on any profit earned after the … More...

Company filing obligations

11/07/2024 – It is important that anyone responsible for the accounts and tax filing regime for private limited companies is aware of their obligations. After the end of its financial year, a private limited company must prepare full annual accounts and a company tax return. The deadline for filing the first set of accounts with Companies House is 21 … More...

Restarting a dormant company

11/07/2024 – HMRC must be informed when a non-trading or dormant company restarts trading and becomes active for Corporation Tax purposes. Companies can use HMRC Online Services to supply the relevant information. When a company has previously traded and then stops it would normally be considered as dormant. A company can stay dormant indefinitely, … More...

Business VAT responsibilities

11/07/2024 – The taxable turnover threshold that determines whether businesses should be registered for VAT is currently £90,000. Businesses with turnover below this level can also apply for a voluntary VAT registration. Businesses charge VAT on their sales. This is known as output VAT and the sales are referred to as outputs. Similarly, VAT will be … More...

Are mega sized marshmallows zero-rated?

11/07/2024 – In the UK most basic food stuffs are zero rated. However, the definition of 'basic' is not straightforward and many of the foods are zero rated as a result of historical legislation dating back to the introduction of VAT in 1973. Famously, cakes are zero rated but not all biscuits are zero rated. However, biscuits wholly or partially … More...

New government

08/07/2024 – Our new government, and in particular, Rachel Reeves, the new Chancellor, will be responsible for raising the funds that our new government requires to finance its activities. The government has already declared that it will not increase Income Tax, National Insurance or VAT and government borrowing has to remain within tight limits. In … More...

Exit plans

08/07/2024 – Exit can be seen as quitting, especially if the exit discussed is your business interests. But actually, business exit planning is an essential part of general business planning. In some respects, it is the most important aspect of business development planning as it shines a light on the timing and value you can expect when you … More...

CGT Incorporation Relief

04/07/2024 – Where a taxpayer owns a business as a sole trader or in partnership, a capital gain will be deemed to arise if the business is converted into a company by reference to the market value of the business assets including goodwill. This could give rise to a chargeable gain based on the difference between the market value of the assets and … More...

What your tax code means

04/07/2024 – The letters in your tax code signify your entitlement (or not) to the annual tax free personal allowance. The tax codes are updated annually and help employers work out how much tax to deduct from an employee’s pay packet. The basic personal allowance for the current (and next) tax year is £12,570. The corresponding tax code for an … More...

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