National Insurance & dividend tax rise
Editor | 8 September 2021
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The Government hopes the tax rises will tackle the current backlog in the NHS, and contribute to wider social care, including disease prevention and the cost of care homes.
April 2022 will see an increase in National Insurance contributions for employers, employees and the self-employed.

What is a HMRC compliance check?

Fretting about an HMRC compliance check? This mini guide will tell you everything you need to know.

How small firms should respond to the Chancellor’s new budget

Last week, the Chancellor delivered one of the most significant budgets in recent memory. Before the budget was released, the Government were keen to stress that some tax rises would be needed to help pay for the coronavirus response.

Many small firms will avoid one of the biggest tax hikes, but how should self-employed people, limited company directors and other small business owners be looking to respond to the budget? We’ll look at the most important changes and how they could affect your business below.

5 small business accounting mistakes to avoid if you want to succeed

Mixing personal and business bank accounts: You pop to the shops for office stationery and end up buying a couple of bits for home whilst you are there.
Directors of small businesses are often guilty of mixing their personal finances and business accounts. If you have a limited company, it’s actually a legal requirement to have a separate account, but more than 25% of small businesses don’t have a separate business bank account and this can make it really difficult to track exactly how much money is coming in and out of the business and could result in taxable expenses being omitted or incorrectly categorized. It can also cause issues when applying for a business loan, as lenders will need a detailed and accurate view of the business accounts. If you are someone who blurs the boundaries between personal and business money, break the habit! Get a separate business bank account and you will save hours’ worth of headaches down the line.

HMRC Launches New Online Customer Forum

HMRC has launched a new set of Community Forums designed to make it easier for taxpayers to get their tax questions answered.

If you have a question about property income, VAT, expenses, Making Tax Digital, Self Assessment, Brexit or a whole range of other topics, you can submit a question to be answered by an HMRC expert.

The forums are split into a range of different subject areas and taxpayers can use a search function to search for a question that may have already been answered.

What is a Director’s loan account and what are the tax implications?

Directors can borrow money from their business as long as it is in line with the company’s articles of association, the 2006 Companies Act and - for large loans - approved by a shareholder’s vote.

However, the implications of taking out a Director’s loan can be complicated, especially if borrowed money isn’t repaid promptly.

The New Super Deduction Explained

What is the super deduction?

Businesses can claim 130% first year relief on qualifying plant and machinery bought between 1st April 2021 and 31st March 2023. Under the super deduction, for every pound a company invests, their taxes are cut by up to 25p. The government announced this as part of the 2021 Budget in March, in the hope that the scheme will encourage business investment and stimulate economic growth. The super deduction scheme is only available to Limited Companies. Unfortunately sole traders cannot benefit. To give an example of the available savings, if you spend £100,000, the corporation tax deduction will be £130,000. You will save 19% on £130,000, which is £24,700.

Guide to Tax Relief for Festive Gifts and Christmas Parties

‘Tis the season of giving! We’ve put together this handy guide to explain what tax relief you can receive when you gift employees, clients and charities this festive season.

You may want to thank your employees for their hard work, throw a virtual staff party or give a gift to a client.

It’s important to understand what can and cannot be claimed through the expenses of your Limited company, so as not to overspend and potentially avoid all tax relief.

300,000 Reasons to Double Check Your Self-Assessment

Self-employed workers are being urged to double check their self-assessment for accuracy after it was revealed that HMRC opened more than 300,000 tax return investigations last year.
It has also been revealed that one-third of self-assessors could be paying too much tax.
Just ahead of the January 31 deadline, it has been revealed that the tax authority opened 300,762 new tax investigations in 2019 and received £1.2bn in extra tax from investigations into self-assessment tax returns in 2018/19.

HMRC Last Warning on Making Tax Digital

HMRC has urged businesses that will be affected by Making Tax Digital to submit their first quarterly return using approved software by 7 August.

Under the new rules, which came into effect on 1 April, businesses with an annual turnover over £85,000 need to sign up to Making Tax Digital and submit a quarterly VAT return before the 7 August filing date.

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