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.

Directors: How to Claim Work From Home Expenses

Many limited company directors find it cheap and convenient to work from home.
Working from home also gives limited company bosses the opportunity to claim certain expenses against their company’s tax bill.
If you work from home for some or all of the time, there are three main ways that you can claim home working expenses such as electricity, gas and telephone bills through your limited company.

Submitting Your Self-Assessment Fast This Christmas

Christmas is a popular time for submitting Self-Assessments to HMRC ahead of the 31 January deadline.

Last year, 16,000 people submitted their tax return online between 24 and 26 December. This included more than 2,500 submissions on Christmas Day and almost 7,700 the day after on Boxing Day.

More than 17,000 people also submitted their Self-Assessments on the New Year’s Day bank holiday.

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.

Amazon Charges HMRC More than It Pays in Tax

HMRC paid Amazon £11 million for web hosting services in 2018, more than six times the £1.7 million than Amazon’s main UK business paid in corporation tax.

A new report from the GMB union reveals that Amazon received more than £460 million worth of public contracts in the last four years.

Choosing Making Tax Digital for VAT Software

There is less than a month left for VAT-paying businesses to prepare for Making Tax Digital (MTD).

MTD is the government’s flagship tax digitalisation scheme that will require all businesses to keep digital records and file and pay tax online.

MTD for VAT is the first stage of the digital roll-out and takes effect from 1 April 2019.

Will Making Tax Digital Apply to My Business?
Editor | 30 October 2018
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Making Tax Digital is the latest HMRC campaign to modernise tax collection and make life easier for business owners.

The first raft of changes, which affects VAT payers, will come into force on 1 April 2019. But a survey from the British Chambers of Commerce reveals that 24% of firms have never even heard of the measure.

Making Tax Digital for VAT will apply to all VAT-registered businesses that have a taxable income over the VAT threshold of £85,000.

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