Category: Tax

Comments Off on Potential changes to capital gains tax ahead – a Heads Up!

Potential changes to capital gains tax ahead – a Heads Up!

Potential changes to capital gains tax ahead – a Heads Up!

The Office of Tax Simplification’s Report last week on capital gains tax made a number of suggestions to the Chancellor which if introduced would fundamentally change the capital gains tax rules in the UK.  This Report and the proposals made therein clearly point to the intention to align the capital gains tax rates with income … Continued

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Sunak hints at spring tax hikes to ‘balance the books’

Sunak hints at spring tax hikes to ‘balance the books’

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has promised to “balance the books” in a bid to plug a £208 billion hole in the UK’s public finances caused by COVID-19. In September, Sunak postponed Autumn Budget 2020 and last month the Chancellor suggested tax hikes could be around the corner next spring. Figures published by the Office for National … Continued

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Tax group calls for extension to the annual investment allowance

Tax group calls for extension to the annual investment allowance

The temporary increase to the annual investment allowance should be extended, according to the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT). The allowance enables firms to fully offset the cost of qualifying capital items of plant and machinery against taxable profits. Since 1 January 2019, businesses have received faster tax relief for plant and machinery investments up … Continued

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Video-witnessed wills become legal in England and Wales

Video-witnessed wills become legal in England and Wales

The witnessing of wills over video-conferencing platforms in England and Wales has been temporarily legalised, the Government has confirmed. The law still requires a will to be made “in the presence of” at least two witnesses to be legally valid, while the use of video should be a last resort. However, some people have understandably … Continued

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Applications open for second phase of self-employed income support

Applications open for second phase of self-employed income support

The second and final round of grants under the self-employed income support scheme (SEISS) opened this month, offering a smaller lump sum grant. From 17 August 2020, self-employed individuals who meet the scheme requirements will be able to access HMRC’s online service and claim up to £6,570 to cover three months’ worth of profits. This … Continued

Comments Off on Capital gains tax under review as Treasury considers overhaul

Capital gains tax under review as Treasury considers overhaul

Capital gains tax under review as Treasury considers overhaul

The Government has called for a comprehensive review of the capital gains tax system. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has commissioned the Office for Tax Simplification (OTS) to review how asset sales are taxed. Capital gains tax applies on the sales of assets such as second homes, stocks and shares, most personal possessions, and business assets. The … Continued

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HMRC resumes investigations after COVID-19

HMRC resumes investigations after COVID-19

What to expect from tax probes in 2020/21. After temporarily pausing tax investigations as COVID-19 business support measures rolled out earlier this year, HMRC has restarted probes into businesses and individuals’ tax affairs. The Revenue has also started to direct its attention towards the misuse of coronavirus support schemes, such as the furlough scheme and … Continued

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Self-employed grants ‘are liable for tax and national insurance’

Self-employed grants ‘are liable for tax and national insurance’

Recipients of self-employed income support grants may not realise they are taxable, a tax group has warned. The grants are worth up to 80% of trading profits, paid in a lump sum to cover three months, and capped at £7,500. More than 2.6 million lump sums worth £7.6 billion had been provided through the scheme … Continued

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Builders’ cashflow chaos prompts further reverse charge VAT delay

Builders’ cashflow chaos prompts further reverse charge VAT delay

The domestic reverse VAT charge for construction services has been delayed until 1 March 2021. The way VAT is collected in the building and construction industry was originally due to change from 1 October 2019. Less than a month before it was due to kick in, the change was put on hold for 12 months … Continued

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Three Months until Reverse Charge VAT for Construction Services Comes in

Three Months until Reverse Charge VAT for Construction Services Comes in

A major change to the way VAT is collected in the building and construction industry comes into force on 1 October 2020 The domestic reverse charge VAT for construction services will put the onus on the customer receiving a service to pay the VAT element to HMRC, instead of paying the supplier. It will apply … Continued