Dormant money scheme to be expanded

February 25th, 2020

Since the launch of the Dormant Assets Scheme in 2011, £600m has been transferred from High Street banks and building societies to various good causes. The funds have come from bank accounts that are classified as dormant: where banks are unable to trace the account holders The scheme is to be expanded. The government is […]

Business rates cut for pubs

February 20th, 2020

The government have announced a £1,000 business rates discount for public houses The relief announced 27 January 2020, will be available to public houses with a rateable value of less than £100,000 and will apply for one year from April 2020. Central government will reimburse local authorities that adopt this scheme. Extracts from the January […]

Budget predictions 11 March 2020

February 17th, 2020

Following the resignation of Sajid Javid last week, there has been much speculation on how this will affect the direction of the budget to be presented to parliament next month. Rishi Sunak, who replaces Sajid, is stepping into the Chancellor’s role with little experience but does seem to have “rising star” status as far as […]

Breathing space for those in debt

February 13th, 2020

In a recent news story published to the Government website it was announced that a new breathing space period will freeze interest, fees and enforcement for people in problem debt, with further protections for those in mental health crisis treatment. The article is reproduced below: Millions of people with problem debt, including those facing mental […]

Tax-free gifts

February 11th, 2020

There are certain gifts you can make that will not create a capital gains tax (CGT) charge, but care should be taken as there are exceptions. This article outlines some of the more common issues that need to be considered. Gifts to your spouse or civil partner Ordinarily, you will not pay CGT if you […]

Do you have a furnished holiday lets business?

February 6th, 2020

Most property owners who let property under the Furnished Holiday Let (FHL) tax rules, submit their income and expenditure details on their tax return each year. This article considers occupancy, and the need to review occupancy of FHL properties each year. If your FHL business accounts year is the end of the tax year, 31 […]

Tax Diary February/March 2020

February 4th, 2020

1 February 2020 – Due date for Corporation Tax payable for the year ended 30 April 2019. 19 February 2020 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 February 2020. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 February 2020) 19 February 2020 – Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly […]