Making Tax Digital

Making Tax Digital

A reminder that from April 2019, HMRC’s much vaunted Making Tax Digital (MTD) scheme will apply to certain businesses. The April 2019 launch will only apply to VAT registered traders. More specifically, MTD will apply to businesses who have a turnover above the VAT threshold – the smallest businesses will not be required to use … Read more

Construction drawn into VAT reverse charge process

Construction drawn into VAT reverse charge process

It would seem, that HMRC is keen to plug the apparent drain from VAT receipts when contractors and sub-contractors charge their customers VAT and then go missing, keeping the VAT for themselves. This is described in legislation as “missing trader fraud”. Their preferred method for dealing with this abuse is to make customers responsible for … Read more

Director minimum salary levels 2018-19

Director minimum salary levels 2018-19

Many director shareholders take a minimum salary and any balance of remuneration as dividends. This tends to reduce National Insurance Contributions (NIC), and in some cases Income Tax. The planning strategy is to pay a salary at a level that qualifies the director for state benefits, including the state pension, but does not involve payment … Read more

Self-employed tax bills

Self-employed tax bills

Whether you pay Income Tax or National Insurance, the effect on your cash flow is the same. The payments are a necessary part of our obligation to fund the activities of State, but the self-employed are often surprised that their bi-annual tax payments cover both “taxes” – NIC and Income Tax The weekly NIC Class … Read more