A round up of our latest blogs, commentary or office news. Get in touch if you need more details on any of the topics covered.
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Cassandra Graham, Tax manager at Bates Weston, explains the elections you can make to protect your Entrepreneurs' Relief on dilution of your shareholding. As ever, this article is general in nature and you should take no action based upon it without first consulting...
Watch out for the impact of Off-Payroll working rules in sale transactions from April 2020 If you own a private limited company and make payments to a personal service company (PSC) then from April 2020 it will be the clients responsibility to police the IR35 regime....read more
This guide looks at some common areas where you and your family can make tax-related choices, in line with the tax law. We have tried to explain the ideas in brief and without jargon, but everyone’s financial circumstances are different, so it is essential that you...read more
ACT NOW - Do you have clients that are in a disguised remuneration scheme? If you have clients with an EBT or EFRBS arrangement where they have outstanding loans then action is required now. HMRC have introduced legislation to treat all loans outstanding on 5 April...read more
Defer the grant of EMI options until the UK Government has secured continuing EU State Aid approval from the European Commission. The EU state aid approval on EMI schemes expired on 6 April 2018. If you have clients in the middle of implementing an EMI do not grant...read more
The Office of Tax Simplification has just published its Business Lifecycle Report. In it, it explores the tax issues which affect businesses as they start up, incorporate, finance growth, succession and disposal or cessation of business. The OTS summary indicates they...read more
As an SME ourselves, we wanted to get to the GDPR point. What do we need to do differently on 25 May that we don’t do now? We couldn’t find a simple summary, so we set about condensing the Information Commissioner’s Office published content on the subject. Here it is....read more
Many taxpayers are unaware of the “Requirement to Correct” legislation which has recently been introduced and has potentially enormous consequences for non-compliance. Richard Coombs, Tax Partner at Bates Weston explains: The legislation is very much targeted at...read more
Craig Simpson, Tax Partner at Bates Weston draws attention to the dangers of paying wages to relatives. A recent First Tier Tribunal Case finds that wages paid by a self-employed individual to his son were not deductible for tax purposes. The case of Nicholson v...read more
When a system is so complex, that it defeats HMRC’s own online system and they resort to asking you to submit your return on paper, alarm bells should be ringing. Graham Buckell, Bates Weston tax partner, sheds some light on the complex interactions between allowances...read more
Year end tax review 2017/18 The key to minimising your tax bill is planning ahead and working with your advisors to make sure they understand your plans, both in the short and the long term. If your personal or business circumstances are changing, if you are thinking...read more
Childcare Vouchers Using Government childcare vouchers to pay for childcare can save parent thousands of pounds a year. The scheme is operated by employers and allows childcare to be paid for from pre-tax salary. Basic rate taxpayers can buy up to £55/week voucher,...read more
The Charity Commission expects trustees to take compliance with accounting requirements seriously. It was not impressed with the 97 charities, with a collective income of almost £195 million, who filed accounts where their auditors stated that the accounts were or...read more
Breaking up Company demergers can be complex, but in most cases it should be possible to demerge trades and businesses tax efficiently. Craig Simpson considers the alternatives. In any demerger there needs to be a clear view on the commercial, legal and practical...read more