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The Inheritance Tax main residence additional nil-rate band

A new additional nil-rate band of £100,000 for Inheritance Tax (IHT) on main residences, when bequeathed to a direct descendent, came into effect at the start of the new tax year in April 2017. In 2018, 2019 and 2020, this will rise to £125,000, £150,000 and £175,000 respectively, before rising in line with Consumer Prices… Read more »


Software that makes you WannaCry – The importance of cyber security

Last month more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries were infected during the WannaCry ransomware attack, including the systems of a number of NHS trusts. This cyber-attack caused mass hysteria and crippled a number of businesses and organisations – often highlighting the vulnerability of some of the world’s largest IT systems. Through their actions the… Read more »


The Big Squeeze – Pay and consumer spending to slow down

With inflation hovering around 2.7 per cent, many businesses are facing a period of higher costs and reduced consumer spending – a trend which could see average pay rises this year hit just one per cent, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). In its latest report, the CIPD said that this… Read more »


Receipts rise as Corporation Tax rates fall

Corporation Tax receipts reached a record high in the 2016-17 financial year, with a total of £56 billion collected, a 21 per cent year-on-year increase. These record figures come despite the main rate of Corporation Tax falling from 30 per cent 2008 to 19 per cent in 2017-18. The most obvious driver for this increased… Read more »


Britain faces ‘a business support black hole’ post-Brexit, according to the FSB

A new study from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has indicated that the UK’s army of small firms will face a funding shortfall of around £3.6 billion by 2021 as a result of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. According to the FSB’s data, around eight out of 10 SMEs have tried to access… Read more »


Can you benefit from capital allowances on your business premises?

If you own your own business premises, you may be entitled to claim capital allowances on some of the costs associated with the ‘intrinsic fabrication’ of the building. The ‘intrinsic fabrication’ of a building includes items such as lighting, heating, plumbing, electrics and fire safety systems. It essentially covers the items that are necessary for… Read more »


Could you benefit from Tax-Free Childcare?

Last month saw a scheme which has the potential to offer major savings on childcare costs start to be phased in. Tax-Free Childcare will be open to working families – defined as couples or individuals who are each expected to earn on average at least £120 per week – including self-employed workers. Under the scheme,… Read more »


HMRC goes “nuclear” in pursuit of unpaid taxes

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) issued a record number of court orders to seize company assets in 2016, indicating that the tax office is happy to go after all businesses suspected of tax evasion. The figures, published by Funding Options, show that the Revenue issued 3,900 applications to wind-up firms with outstanding tax bills in… Read more »


Small tax allowances as of 6 April 2017

The new tax year which began last month and brought with it a series of useful tax-free allowances that you may not currently be aware of, including the Government’s new trading and property allowances. Under the new trading allowance, anyone is able to earn up to £1,000 a year from a personal hobby or start-up… Read more »


HMRC issuing hefty fines to eBay and Amazon traders who fail to pay tax

Small-scale internet traders, including individuals and businesses who sell goods on websites such as eBay and Amazon, are being hit with ‘tougher penalties’ than larger businesses if they do not declare their income and pay the appropriate tax on their sales, according to a new study. The research, which has attracted much media attention of… Read more »