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[12 Feb 2016 | Comments Off on Wriggle Room and Late Filing Penalties | ]
Wriggle Room and Late Filing Penalties

Do you have a penalty notice from HMRC relating to the late filing of a 2013/14 or 2014/15 Self Assessment tax return?
Then you may be interested in a working practice which HMRC introduced recently, because they don’t have enough staff to check “reasonable excuse” claims. And whatsmore, they have extended the meaning of “reasonable excuse” which used to be limited to things like . .

Death of a close relative
Burglary
Flood

. . . to include a number of lesser reasons which they previously refused to accept. So “reasonable excuse” now includes . …

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[30 Nov 2015 | Comments Off on Dividend Tax 2016/17 | ]
Dividend Tax 2016/17

Significant changes to the taxation of dividends will take effect from 6 April 2016
Planned changes:

10% notional tax credit being scrapped
Introducing a tax free Dividend Allowance of £5,000
Then, dividends tax rates will be set at 7.5% for basic rate taxpayers, 32.5% for higher rate taxpayers and 38.1% for additional rate taxpayers.

In short, this means that the majority of owners of small limited companies, who take a small salary and large dividend, will see a significant increase in their personal tax bill. With the exception of the first £5,000 tax free band, …

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[16 Nov 2015 | Comments Off on Buy To Let – new tax rules | ]
Buy To Let – new tax rules

Two new sets of rules come into force over the next few years.
No more “10% Wear and Tear” allowance
The allowance is being abolished. Starting on 6 Apr 2016, landlords who rent out furnished accommodation will no longer be able to claim the flat rate 10% allowance every year, and instead will be permitted only to claim the actual costs of like-for-like renewals and replacements.
Restriction of loan interest relief
Over a three year period, starting on 6 Apr 2017, the amount of tax relief you can claim for loan interest paid, will …

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[13 Jul 2015 | Comments Off on Where is BX9 1BX? What happens to HMRC post? | ]
Where is BX9 1BX? What happens to HMRC post?

Have you had a letter from HMRC with the new BX9 1BX address? Did you write back to it? What happened to your letter?
BX9 1BX is an artificial post code and it’s not on the Royal Mail database. It’s a mail handling facility operated by HMRC in Bexley, Kent. Letters are opened and scanned and electronically dispatched to other HMRC offices. Occasionally, bulky items are forwarded as originals (using internal mail) to the HMRC office which is to deal with them.
In Jun 2006 we adopted a policy of sending all …

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[12 Jun 2015 | Comments Off on The Pensions Regulator Letter | ]
The Pensions Regulator Letter

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 Government decided in about 2012 to shake up UK pension provision, and as a result, a lot of smaller businesses have to comply with the new laws from 2015 or 2016. It appears that they launched a campaign in Spring 2015, sending letters like this example, to the smallest of UK employers.

Oddly, if the new legislation does not apply to you, then you …

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[7 Apr 2015 | Comments Off on Director shareholder payments 2015/16 | ]
Director shareholder payments 2015/16

There is an established working practice whereby directors of small limited companies (typically “one man” limited companies) reward themselves with a combination of small salary and big dividend. The point of doing this is to stay within the law, and to hand over the smallest possible sum of money to HM Revenue & Customs. In order to benefit from this working practice you must follow the system precisely. Failure to do so may lead to the imposition of a deduction of PAYE from your income and possibly a charge to …

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[24 Feb 2015 | Comments Off on The New Marriage Allowance | ]
The New Marriage Allowance

The new Marriage Allowance is set to come into force on 6 Apr 2015 when the new tax year starts. It was announced in last year’s Budget when David Cameron and George Osborne made a big deal about it . . .

Prime Minister David Cameron: “I made a clear commitment to the British people that I would recognise marriage in the tax system.”
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne: “Our new Marriage Allowance means saving £212 on your tax bill couldn’t be simpler or more straightforward.”

However, it is not as simple …

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[12 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]
#VATMOSS #VATMESS

VAT MOSS applies to all businesses whether or not they are currently VAT registered! Do you sell (or are you planning to sell) digital products (eServices) over the web?
From 1 Jan 2015 the rules change and as a result, some non-VAT registered business will need to review their business methods and may be forced to register for VAT. Businesses which are already VAT registered may need to collect more data from their customers and charge a different VAT rate depending on where their customer lives.

The rules were developed to make …

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[8 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ]
Should I dissolve my company or put it on ice?

Hopefully, running your own business has been a good experience. When business comes to an end, we know that the double barrelled question “should I dissolve my company or put it on ice” is often asked.
If you have finished with the company and no longer need it, then dissolve it. Keeping it will only add to your costs. A simple dissolution guide is here.
It is not possible to ever make a traded company become truly dormant again. There will always be things to do. A dormant company is one which …

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[3 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
The age of Transparency

There have been a few discussions recently in the press, about this sector or that sector aiming for greater transparency. We were introduced to the idea of transparency, properly, during a visit to Oxford University in 2009. Until then, we only had a fledgling idea on an in-house project which we were calling “openness”.

The transparency report on the Proactive web site http://www.proactive.uk.net

Although businesses are generally slow to take up this new concept (and to date the initiative has been discussed mainly amongst central and local government) we are aiming to …