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[29 Mar 2017 | Comments Off on HMRC Software Errors Affect 2016/17 Tax Returns | ]
HMRC Software Errors Affect 2016/17 Tax Returns

HMRC have incorrectly calculated a series of 2016/17 tax liabilities, and in mid 2016 they sent incorrect sample calculations to software houses. As a result, the software houses have been compelled to write those inaccuracies into their 2016/17 tax return packages.
HMRC were notified of this problem in November 2016. I first learnt of it in January 2017, and now it transpires (on 29 March 2017) that HMRC have not been able to rewrite their internal software in time for the 2016/17 tax return filing season! And, that means that the …

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[8 Feb 2017 | Comments Off on VAT Flat Rate Scheme – The New Rules from 1 Apr 2017 | ]
VAT Flat Rate Scheme – The New Rules from 1 Apr 2017

The VAT Flat Rate Scheme changes from 1 Apr 2017 when new rules come into force in a heavy handed attempt to combat abuse of the system. The FRS differs from standard VAT accounting because you pay a percentage of your business turnover rather than paying the actual VAT arising on the difference between sales and purchases.
You continue to charge clients the headline rate of 20% VAT and you can potentially benefit by remitting a smaller percentage to the taxman. The FRS rates differ from sector to sector, but for …

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[22 Jan 2017 | Comments Off on Public Sector Bodies and Freelancers and IR35 | ]
Public Sector Bodies and Freelancers and IR35

On Saturday 21 Jan 2017 the National Audit Office in Victoria opened its doors to a range of geeks and devotees, both within and beyond Government, for the now annual unconference called UKGovCamp. This one was special, the 10th event, and there was a considerable buzz among the 220 participants.
Somehow, my session ended up in a very early slot (one of eight concurrent streams) and a small, intense discussion of IR35 took place.
This is an extremely complex subject. I have recently concluded an IR35 enquiry for a client. It took …

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[15 Dec 2016 | Comments Off on Can my company claim a Christmas party allowance? | ]
Can my company claim a Christmas party allowance?

There is no specific tax deduction for a “Christmas party” but HMRC does allow a measure of tax relief for “an annual event”.

Generally, staff entertainment is considered as a “Benefit in Kind”, and directors and employees need to pay tax and national insurance on the amount of the benefit.
Here’s the one way to avoid a “Benefit in Kind”.  As a company director, you are entitled to provide an annual event for yourself, any staff you employ, and your partner, and reclaim the costs against the company. Proved that the cost …

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[11 Aug 2016 | Comments Off on Auto Enrolment – the Basics | ]
Auto Enrolment – the Basics

Proactive is not authorised to give pensions advice, and the comments here are a guide to complying with new legislation. It is not a guide to pensions! The figures below relate the tax year 2016/17 and may change every April as each new tax year starts.
Do I need to comply?
You may not need to offer auto enrolment if your business employs no regular staff, but only directors, and none of those directors have a contract of employment. If that’s the case then check this report.
For everybody else, the key points …