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Our team of experts keeps a close eye on developments in tax law and financial regulation. Our blog is where they interpret the ever-changing statutory landscape in plain English, highlighting what’s important and offering practical advice on what businesses can do to avoid pitfalls or seize the opportunities presented.

Off-Payroll Working – Will HMRC Accept CEST Result?

Since 6 April 2021 large and medium sized organisations, based on the Companies Act criteria, have had to determine whether or not a worker supplying his services via their own personal service company would be treated as an employee if directly...

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The Pros and Cons of a Company Electric Car

Should employers shift towards greener vehicles? Despite the potentially high personal tax charge, many employees still enjoy and prefer the convenience of being offered the use of a company car by their employer. Those employers familiar with the...

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Tax Planning for Residential Landlords

Planning to take advantage of low interest rates? After a challenging year for the UK’s residential landlords, you might have read about improvements to the buy-to-let mortgage market in recent weeks. In the three months to 31 May 2021, the average...

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The Basics of VAT for UK Businesses

An introduction to the main business tax. VAT is a business tax on the supply of goods and services. It is charged at varying rates depending on what is being supplied, who it is being supplied to and where it is being supplied to. But with Brexit,...

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Costs You Can Reclaim on the Business

Expenses and allowances in 2021/22. If you’re self-employed, your business will rack up various running costs throughout 2021/22. Some of those you’re able to deduct as allowable expenses. By deducting these allowable expenses as part of...

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Covid-19 – Analysing the Recovery Loan Scheme

Budget 2021 announced a successor loan scheme to support UK business recovery. Earlier coronavirus (Covid-19) loans, like the Bounce Back loan, closed to applications on 31 March 2021. The new Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) launched on 6 April 2021 and...

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The Pensions Lifetime Allowance

How might the big freeze affect you? Traditionally, most people get nowhere near breaching the pensions lifetime allowance, but that’s likely to change over the next five years. The lifetime pensions allowance is currently £1,073,100. In his Spring...

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The Tax Implications of Furnished Holiday Lets

COVID-19 prompts high demand for UK holidays. Owning and letting out a holiday home, otherwise known as a furnished holiday let (FHL), has always been a popular way of investing and earning income. Not only do FHLs enjoy many tax advantages over...

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Personal Tax Planning in 2021/22

What’s changing for the new tax year? If there’s one thing to take away from Spring Budget 2021, taking charge of your personal finances is going to be increasingly important over the next five years. With the financial fallout from COVID-19 over...

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