HMRC launch new business support service

HMRC launch new business support service

HMRC have launched a new service designed to directly help mid-sized businesses as they expand and grow. The new Growth Support Service (GSS) will be open to some 170,000 mid-sized businesses registered in the UK who are undergoing significant growth, and who either...
OTS outlines future work plans

OTS outlines future work plans

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has published a paper outlining its future works programme, identifying areas of interest that the office will be looking at in the next twelve months and beyond. The OTS is currently working on a review of VAT, and expects to...
All change for termination payments

All change for termination payments

As confirmed in the 2017 Spring Budget, the tax rules governing termination payments will change from 6 April 2018. The term ‘termination payment’ is typically used as a generic summary for a lump sum payment, which is normally (but not always) made to an...
Using the IHT gift exemptions

Using the IHT gift exemptions

As Benjamin Franklin observed in 1789 ‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’ More than two centuries on, this statement still rings true! These days however, inheritance tax is often referred to as a voluntary tax,...
Switching to the cash basis

Switching to the cash basis

Many small, unincorporated businesses choose to use the ‘cash basis’ for working out taxable income. Under this method, participants will be taxed on the basis of the cash that passes through their books, rather than having to undertake complex and...
Paying Class 2 NICs

Paying Class 2 NICs

Whether or not Class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NICs) can be paid depends on whether an individual falls within the definition of a ‘self-employed earner’ for NIC purposes, and if so, whether profits are in excess of the existing small profits threshold...