Ken Dodd has the last laugh
The recent death of the comedian, Sir Ken Dodd, aged 90, would not usually be the topic of one of our weekly articles. However, the comedian managed to have one last laugh by marrying his partner of 40 years just days before his death. By doing this Read more..

Self-catering and holiday let business rates
One important aspect of a self-catering or holiday let business that should not be overlooked, is whether or not the owner of a holiday let is liable to pay business rates. Business rates are charged on non-domestic properties and help councils and Read more..

HMRC tackling online VAT fraud
Under new rules that came into force on 15 March 2018, HMRC has enhanced powers to make online marketplaces accountable for VAT fraud committed by online sellers on their platforms. These measures are correctly referred to as joint and several Read more..

VAT option to tax land and buildings
There are special VAT rules that allow businesses to standard rate the supply of most non-residential and commercial land and buildings (known as the option to tax). This means that subsequent supplies by the person making the option to tax will be Read more..

Directors beware National Living Wage complications
From 1 April 2018, the National Living Wage (NLW) will increase by 33p to £7.83. This represents an increase of 4.4%. The NLW is the minimum hourly rate that must be paid to those aged 25 or over. For the 21 to 24 year old’s, the hourly rate of the Read more..

Marriage allowance still time to apply
The marriage allowance is available to married couples and those in a civil partnership, where a spouse or civil partner doesn’t pay tax or doesn’t pay tax above the basic rate threshold for income tax. The lower earning partner can transfer up to Read more..

Finance Bill receives Royal Assent
The Finance Bill 2017-18 officially known as Finance (No.2) Bill 2017-19, received Royal Assent on 15 March 2018 following agreement by both Houses. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament to be called the Finance Act 2018. The Act contains the Read more..

Childcare voucher scheme deadline extended
The government has announced that the employer-operated childcare voucher scheme will remain open to new entrants for a further six months, i.e. until October 2018. The childcare voucher scheme, also called employer-supported childcare (ESC), was due Read more..

Tax avoidance scheme scuppered by HMRC
A tax avoidance scheme used by businesses that sought to avoid paying tax and National Insurance on company directors’ bonuses was the subject of a recent Upper Tribunal hearing. HMRC challenged the validity of tax claims by two companies firstly at Read more..

New offshore tax penalties
New legislation that comes into effect from 1 October 2018 will see higher penalties for anyone with undeclared offshore assets. HMRC has published a news release urging taxpayers with undeclared offshore assets to become compliant and warning Read more..