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Recognising Capital Losses

The annual capital gains exemption (currently £12,300) may cover most of the capital gains that you make on your share portfolio. However that exemption will be cut to £6,000 on 6 April 2023 and £3,000 in April 2024. If you are planning to make large…

Mtd for Income Tax Delayed Again

Making tax digital for income tax self-assessment (MTD ITSA) was set to take effect from 6 April 2024. This has been postponed until 6 April 2026. The new regime will require sole traders and individual landlords to keep their business records digitally and to send…

Planning Dividends in 2023

Owners and directors of family businesses often take a small salary from the company and any extra funds as dividends. Other family members may also hold shares in the company and receive a dividend each year. The first £2,000 of dividends received by each taxpayer…

Spring Budget 2023

How to Cope With Corporation Tax Rise The Budget confirmed that the main rate of corporation tax will rise from 19% to 25% on 1 April 2023 but the small profits tax rate will stay at 19% where the company’s profits do not exceed £50,000….

New Vat Late-payment Penalties

In addition to the new penalties for late VAT returns (see above) there is also a new system of penalties for late paid VAT. For VAT periods beginning on and after 1 January 2023 you will have up to 15 days to pay your VAT…

New Vat Late-filing Penalties

All VAT returns must now be submitted digitally using MTD compatible software (unless the business has an exemption) so the VAT penalties have been revised to fit with this new regime. If you submit a VAT return late for a period starting on or after…

Mind the Nic Gap

Do you know whether your national insurance contributions (NIC) record is complete and correct? You can check the NIC record over your entire working life on your online personal tax account (www.gov.uk/personal-tax-account). This will also provide an estimate of the state retirement pension you should…

Vat Changes

The VAT registration threshold has already been frozen at £85,000 since April 2017 and it will now be fixed at that level until April 2026. The Chancellor made the point that the UK’s VAT registration threshold is more than twice as high as the average…

Income Tax

The main income tax thresholds and allowances had already been frozen at the 2021-22 levels until 2026 and that has been extended to 6 April 2028. The main income tax rates are unchanged for 2023-24 at: 20%, 40% and 45%. Individuals in England, Wales and…

Home buyers pay less stamp duty

When buying a residential property in England or Northern Ireland you must pay stamp duty land tax (SDLT) if the purchase price exceeds a minimum threshold set at £125,000 since 2006. In September’s mini-Budget the then Chancellor announced that the entry threshold for SDLT payable…

Dividend Tax

Dividends are taxed at much lower rates than other forms of income and they are not subject to national insurance contributions (NIC). The Chancellor has decided to cut the dividend allowance to £1,000. This can make taking income from your own company in the form…

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