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Further grants for the self-employed

Further grants for the self-employed The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) has provided grants and support for self-employed individua...

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Giving money to charity to save inheritance tax

Giving money to charity to save inheritance tax One way to reduce the amount that the taxman takes from an estate in inheritance tax is to make a donation to charity. This is can be particularly tax effective. The donation is taken off your estate before inheritance tax is...

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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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Make use of the capital gains tax inter-spouse exemption

Make use of the capital gains tax inter-spouse exemption There are a number of tax concessions available to married couples and civil partners which recognise that their financial affairs may be interlinked. One of these concessions relates to the transfer of assets betwee...

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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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Is it time to go electric? Zero charge for zero emissions car!

Zero charge for zero emission cars From 6 April 2020, the way in which carbon dioxide emissions for cars are measured is changing – moving from the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) (used for cars registered prior to 6 April 2020) to the Worldwide Light Testing Procedure...

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Have you heard of ‘bed and breakfasting’ a director’s loan?

Directors’ loans – Beware of ‘bed and breakfasting’ It can make sense financially for directors of personal and family companies to borrow money, in the form of a director's loan, from the company, rather than from a commercial lender. Depending on when in the fina...

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Changes to the off-payroll working rules

Changes to the off-payroll working rules -how will your business be impacted?   From 6 April 2020 the off-payroll working rules that have applied since 6 April 2017, where the end client is a public sector body, are to be extended. The changes will see the rules ex...

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