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Tax update week ended 24 September 2010

25th September 2010

5 October deadlineIf you’ve never filled in a tax return but have received some form of untaxed income or gain – e.g. selling a rental property, you have until 6 months before the tax payment deadline. The most recent completed tax year is the year ended 5 April 2010. Therefore, if you have something to report (relating to that year), ...read more

Tax update week ended 17 September 2010

20th September 2010

Naming and ShamingThe ability to “name and shame” is one of HMRC’s most controversial powers.4 conditions must apply:1. After deliberately evading tax, the individual has suffered at least one penalty.2.The penalties relate to wrongdoing, tax returns and VAT returns for periods after 1 April 2010.3.The underpaid tax is £25,000 or more.4.The individual has not fully co-operated, hence HMRC levied more ...read more

Tax update – week ended 10 September 2010

13th September 2010

NI HolidayThis “holiday” scheme started last Monday (6 September 2010), so HMRC clarified matters. The scheme only applies to:

  • The first 10 employees employed in a business during the first trading year. If an employee leaves in this time, his “place” can’t be taken by another.
  • Earnings paid to employees on or after 6 September 2010, where his/her first year expires
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Tax update – week ended 27 August 2010

3rd September 2010

VAT reclaims in timeA married couple opened a pub in County Durham, April 2004. They submitted VAT returns, paying sales tax (VAT) to the government every 3 months. However, they didn’t realise that they could reclaim the VAT on purchases – up until they de-registered for VAT in March 2006.Somebody pointed out to them that they had lost out on ...read more

Tax update – week ended 20 August 2010

25th August 2010

Update 1. Employers lending cycles to employees The HMRC ordinarily taxes loans of cars, equipment etc. as a "benefit in kind". Essentially the benefit of this loan is considered part of the employee's wages. This is generally subject to income tax (20%/40%) and national insurance both for employers (12.8% national insurance) and employees (11% national insurance)Lending a cycle (and helmet) to ...read more