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Tax-free help with childcare costs

Tax-free help with childcare costs Childcare costs can be very expensive and any help is welcomed, particularly where you can benefit from that help tax-free. There are various routes by which this is possible. Government tax-free top-up scheme ...

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What to do if you need to change your tax return

What to do if you need to change your tax return You made it and filed your self-assessment tax return for 2018/19 by the 31 January 2020. However, having felt pleased with yourself, you realise to your horror that you have made a mistake and need to correct your return. ...

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Do you know about this tax exemption for business trips?

Incidental overnight expenses A tax exemption enables an employer to meet small personal expenses when an employee stays away from home for work, without the employee suffering a tax charge and without any need to report the expenses to HMRC. What are incident...

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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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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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Tax Savings – when is a car a pool car?

Tax Savings - when is a car a pool car? Rather than allocating specific cars to particular employees, some employers find it preferable to operate a carpool and have several cars available for use by employees when they need to undertake a business journey. From a tax pe...

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Here’s how to apply for tax-free childcare

Government childcare scheme – tax-free top-up Working parents can receive a tax-free top up from the Government to help with their childcare costs. The top up is worth £500 every three months (£2,000 a year). A higher top-up of £4,000 a year (£1,000 every three mon...

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Electricity for electric cars – a tax-free benefit

Electric cars - a tax-free benefit. The Government is keen to encourage drivers to make environmentally friendly choices when it comes to choosing a car. As far as the company car tax market is concerned, the tax policy is used to drive behaviour. Therefore, rewarding driv...

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