Taking charge of planning your estate

Increasing house prices raise inheritance tax risk.  Soaring house prices coupled with certain thresholds being frozen in the most recent Budget have the potential to drag more estates into the inheritance tax net over the coming years. Back in March 2021, Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed the main...

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Tax planning for residential landlords

Planning to take advantage of low interest rates? After a challenging year for the UK’s residential landlords, you might have read about improvements to the buy-to-let mortgage market in recent weeks. In the three months to 31 May 2021, the average interest rates for residential landlords had...

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The pros & cons of a company electric car

Should employers shift towards greener vehicles? Despite the potentially high personal tax charge, many employees still enjoy and prefer the convenience of being offered the use of a company car by their employer. Those employers familiar with the benefit-in-kind tax rules will be aware the tax impact...

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The basics of VAT for UK businesses

An introduction to the main business tax. VAT is a business tax on the supply of goods and services. It is charged at varying rates depending on what is being supplied, who it is being supplied to and where it is being supplied to. But with Brexit,...

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Costs you can reclaim on the business

Allowable expenses and allowances in 2021/22. If you’re self-employed, your business will rack up various running costs throughout 2021/22. Some of those you’re able to deduct as allowable expenses. By deducting these allowable expenses as part of calculating your business’s taxable profits, it’s possible for us to...

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The pensions lifetime allowance

How might the big freeze affect you? Traditionally, most people get nowhere near breaching the pensions lifetime allowance, but that’s likely to change over the next five years. The lifetime pensions allowance is currently £1,073,100. In his Spring Budget on 3 March 2021, however, Chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed...

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The tax implications of furnished holiday lets

COVID-19 prompts high demand for UK holidays. Owning and letting out a holiday home, otherwise known as a furnished holiday let (FHL), has always been a popular way of investing and earning income. Not only do FHLs enjoy many tax advantages over normal residential let properties, owners...

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The future of UK corporation tax

What’s ahead for companies, from rate rises to Making Tax Digital. For the past 40 years or so, corporate tax rates have decreased steadily around the world. In 1980, the global average stood at around 40%, but by the end of 2020 it was closer to...

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Personal tax planning in 2021/22

What’s changing for the new tax year? If there’s one thing to take away from Spring Budget 2021, it’s taking charge of your personal finances is going to be increasingly important over the next five years. With the financial fallout from COVID-19 over the last year being...

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