Buy to let mortgages

Buy to let mortgages

The gradual restriction of tax relief for buy-to-let mortgage interest has received much publicity since the process commenced 5 April 2017. From that date, tax relief is converted from a straight forward deduction against business profits into a basic rate tax deduction. If you continue to be a basic rate taxpayer as these changes roll-out, … Read more

Changes to rent-a-room relief

Changes to rent-a-room relief

A new test is to be added to the qualifying criteria for rent-a-room relief from April 2019. The test will require that the individual or individuals in receipt of income – the home owner(s) – will need to share occupancy of the residence in question with the individual whose occupation of the furnished accommodation is … 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

What to do if you can’t pay your tax

What to do if you can’t pay your tax

HMRC will consider extended options for settling your outstanding tax bill. The key is to contact HMRC, explain why you can’t pay on time, and discuss how you can settle any outstanding liabilities. If you can’t pay before the deadline, call the Business Payment Support Service. Anyone can use this service, not just businesses. Business … Read more

How long should you keep your records

How long should you keep your records?

If you are self-employed, and obliged to submit a self-assessment tax return, you must keep your tax records for at least five years after the 31 January submission deadline of the relevant tax year. For example, if you sent your 2017-18 tax return online by 31 January 2019, you must keep your records until at … Read more