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Attracting and Retaining Key Staff with Shares

August 15, 2022

In the increasingly competitive jobs market, it is important that employers are able to attract and retain talented people to help them grow their business. Within certain sectors, the opportunity to participate in the equity of the organisation that they work for is something that more employees are seeking and those employers that do not…Read More

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Making Tax Digital for VAT

July 19, 2022

NEW GUIDANCE ON PENALTIES FOR NON-COMPLIANCE HMRC have issued new guidance on the penalties that they impose for non-compliance with the Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT rules. In particular, there is a penalty of up to £400 for every VAT return a business files without using ‘functional compatible software’. Functional compatible software means a…Read More

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SEISS Grants

July 15, 2022

PENALTIES FOR OVERCLAIMED SEISS GRANTS HMRC are reminding sole traders and partners who have received Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grants that there are potentially penalties of up to 100% of amounts overclaimed in certain circumstances. HMRC may apply the penalty where they believe that the trader knew that they were not entitled to the…Read More

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Buying an Electric car?

June 30, 2022

The shortage of semiconductors has meant long delays in the delivery of new cars. This has caused many company car drivers to choose a second hand car instead, but what are the tax consequences? Unless the car has zero emissions, the capital allowance rules are the same for new and used cars bought by the…Read More

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Cowley Holmes is almost 30 years old!

June 20, 2022

A relaxed staff outing on a beautiful summers evening, chatting about the early 90’s when Barry started up Cowley Holmes almost 30 years ago! We’re looking forward to the celebrations ahead!

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Report employee benefits on form P11D by 6 July

June 17, 2022

P11D forms for reporting expenses and benefits in kind provided to employees and directors in 2021/22 need to be submitted by 6 July 2022. Remember that reimbursed expenses no longer need to be reported where they are incurred ‘wholly, exclusively and necessarily’ in the performance of the employee’s duties. HMRC do however expect internal controls…Read More

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Reimburse Private Fuel for your Company Car?

May 26, 2022

Unless there is full reimbursement of fuel provided for the private use of a company car there is a benefit in kind charge based on a fixed figure of £24,600 which is multiplied by the CO2 emissions percentage that is used to calculate the company car benefit for that vehicle. For a high emission car…Read More

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Changes to VAT Rates from 1 April 2022

May 19, 2022

Many in the hospitality sector were hoping that the Chancellor would extend the 12.5% reduced rate that has applied since 1 October 2021 but, as scheduled, the rate has reverted to 20% from 1 April 2022. The increase applies to hospitality, visitor attractions, catering services including restaurants and takeaways. This has a consequential effect on…Read More

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Super-Deduction for Equipment runs for one more year

May 17, 2022

The 130% super-deduction for companies that invest in new plant and machinery applies where the expenditure is incurred between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2023. Many companies recovering from the coronavirus pandemic have not had the resources to commit thus far and the war in Ukraine may have made them reluctant to invest until…Read More

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Trading Losses – Carry back or carry forward?

May 13, 2022

In the March 2021 Budget, it was announced that the normal one year carry back for trading losses would be extended to three years. That means that many businesses that have made losses during the COVID-19 pandemic may be able to obtain a repayment of tax paid in that earlier three-year period. This enhanced carry…Read More

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Gift aid your donations to help Ukraine

April 11, 2022

For individuals and businesses wanting to donate money to help to support those suffering in Ukraine, there are a number of charities providing humanitarian relief. Ideally this should be done via the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Appeal at Individual UK taxpayers should make sure to tick the Gift Aid box as that will increase…Read More

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The ups and downs of Spring Statement 2022

April 8, 2022

Increase in the starting NIC threshold for individuals The annual level at which employees and the self-employed start to pay NICs was due to increase from £9,568 to £9,880 from 6 April 2022. This increase will go ahead but be further uplifted to £12,570 from 6 July 2022, effectively aligning the point at which an…Read More

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Buy New Equipment Before 6 April

March 14, 2022

Your business year end, not 5 April, is relevant for capital allowances purposes. If, however you are running a business and making up accounts to 31 March or 5 April you should consider buying plant and machinery to take advantage of the £1 million Annual Investment Allowance (AIA). The AIA provides a 100% tax write…Read More

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Don’t lose your 2021/22 Personal Allowance

March 10, 2022

For every £2 that your adjusted net income exceeds £100,000 the £12,570 personal allowance is reduced by £1. Pension contributions and Gift Aid can help to reduce adjusted net income and save tax at an effective rate of 60%. The restriction applies between £100,000 and £125,140 adjusted net income.

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Planning to sell your Business in 2022?

February 14, 2022

Now that the economy is starting to recover, this could be a good time to think about selling your business. Remember that under the current capital gains rules, the first £1 million of an individual’s gains potentially qualify for a 10% rate of tax, provided business asset disposal relief applies. We can check whether or…Read More

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