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Make the most of the dividend allowance until April

Make the most of the dividend allowance The 2020/21 tax year comes to an end on 5 April 2021. The last few months of the year are a good time to undertake a review and to ensure that your dividend allowance for the year is not wasted. Nature of the dividend al...

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Changing a will after death

Changing a will after death As long as certain conditions are met, it is possible to change a will after death. This is known as a post-death variation, and it can be a useful tax planning tool. A post-death variation can be made to: ...

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Making the most of pension tax allowances

Making the most of pension tax allowances There are many ways in which you can make the most of your pension tax allowances. Pension savings can be tax efficient, as contributions to registered pension schemes attract tax relief up to certain limits. Limit ...

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Using company vans for tax-free home to work travel

Using company vans for tax-free home to work travel   As a general rule, travel between home and work is regarded as private travel and if the employer meets the cost of that travel, a benefit-in-kind tax charge will be triggered. However, it is possible for employ...

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Utilising the 2019/20 dividend allowance

Utilising the 2019/20 dividend allowance The dividend allowance is quite unusual in that it is available to everyone and everyone has the same allowance. For 2019/20 the allowance is set at £2,000. In common with many allowances, it is a case of use it or lose it. ...

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Gift cards and the trivial benefits exemption

Gift cards and the trivial benefits exemption The trivial benefits exemption allows employers to ignore benefits in kind that cost £50 or less for tax purposes, as long as the conditions of the exempt...

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Should an LLP partner be treated as a salaried partner?

Should an LLP partner be treated as a salaried partner?   As a general rule, the individual partners in a partnership are treated as self-employed for tax purposes. Consequently, they pay tax under the self-assessment system and pay Class 2 and ...

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Wondering what chattels are and how they relate to Capital gains tax? Wonder no more!

Capital gains tax and chattels (an item of tangible movable property) For capital gains tax purposes, not all chattels are equal. In some cases, it is possible to realise a profit on the disposal of a chattel and enjoy that profit tax free, whereas in other cases, capital ...

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Don’t assume HMRC is right – check your tax calculation

Check your tax calculation Each year HMRC undertake a PAYE reconciliation for employed individuals who are not required to submit a tax return to check that the correct amount of tax has been paid. Where it has not, HMRC will send out either a P800 tax calculation or a PA3...

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Directors’ loan accounts – avoiding the risks

Directors’ loan accounts – avoiding the risks HMRC produce a series of toolkits which set out common errors that they find in returns. The hope is that by being familiar with the mistakes that are routinely made, you can take the necessary steps to...

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