Exclusivity and tax relief

October 11th, 2018

In order to qualify as a deduction for tax purposes we have to demonstrate that the expenditure was incurred “wholly and exclusively” for the purposes of our business or employment. We will also need to consider a further criterion: where the expenditure has a duality of purpose. In a 1980’s case, a barrister claimed for […]


Importing goods from outside the EU

October 9th, 2018

Although the Brexit issue is not yet decided it may be salutary for businesses to consider the changes they will need to face if we depart with a no-deal Brexit. We have touched on these issues in past articles posted on this blog, but today we have reproduced the present regulations you will need to […]


Did your goat eat your accounts?

October 4th, 2018

Companies House have published a list of bizarre excuses for the late filing of their statutory accounts. They include: “goats ate my accounts” “I found my wife in the bath with my accountant” “pirates stole my accounts” “we delivered the accounts to the betting office next door to Companies House” “a volcano erupted and prevented […]


Tax Diary September/October 2019

October 2nd, 2018

1 October 2018 – Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 December 2017. 19 October 2018 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 October 2018. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 October 2018.) 19 October 2018 – Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly […]


Passport issues if a no-deal Brexit

October 2nd, 2018

Guidance on the use of a British passport to travel abroad after 29 March 2019, if there is a “no-deal” Brexit, was issued by government last month. The pertinent facts are reproduced below: After 29 March 2019, if you’re a British passport holder (including passports issued by the Crown Dependencies and Gibraltar), you’ll be considered […]


What is a reasonable excuse

October 2nd, 2018

HMRC is still required to obtain certain returns from you even if there is no income or tax to declare. Failure to submit will likely trigger late filing penalties and unfortunately, pleading ignorance of your obligations to file “nil” returns is not a reasonable excuse. Which begs the question, what is a reasonable excuse? HMRC […]


Invoice discounting with larger customers

October 2nd, 2018

Suppliers who sell goods and services to larger concerns often find that the terms of their supply, limits or bans the process of factoring the debts to release funds into cash flow. Cynically, this could be seen as a method these larger customers have used to control options available to their smaller suppliers. Unfortunately, suppliers […]


About turn, you can use spreadsheets

October 2nd, 2018

HMRC has about-faced regarding the ban on using spreadsheets to work out your VAT return data from 1 April 2019, when the new requirement to file VAT returns using Making Tax Digital (MTD) format is introduced. Bowing to pressure from industry, the accountancy profession and Parliamentary committees, HMRC has now agreed that you can use […]


Not so trivial

October 2nd, 2018

Options for reducing the impact of taxation on our earnings are somewhat limited. That said, there are still opportunities that will keep you the right side of the law and will increase the take home pay of employees. One such opportunity available to employers is to pay so-called trivial benefits. The benefits may be of […]


Powers of attorney

September 27th, 2018

As we will possibly live on until our 80s and beyond, and as that may involve coping with disability of one form or another, the need for consideration of support as we get older is ever more pertinent. Readers will no doubt have heard the term “power of attorney”, but not many, we suspect, will […]