Tax implications for the bank of mum and dad

With property prices expected to fall during 2023, parents may be thinking about getting their children onto the property ladder. However, although help with a deposit does not raise that many tax issues, joint ownership can have expensive tax consequences. Nearly half of first-time property buyers aged under 35 have received help from the bank … More Tax implications for the bank of mum and dad

Making Tax Digital delayed once more

With the self-employed and landlords facing a challenging economic environment, the government has again delayed the introduction of the Making Tax Digital (MTD) scheme for income tax self-assessment (ITSA) – this time by two years until April 2026. Although the introduction of MTD ITSA prompted the basis period reform, no corresponding postponement for this has … More Making Tax Digital delayed once more

Dissecting inflation: what a difference a year makes

Annual CPI inflation hit 10.1% in September, but that does not mean every price is showing a double-digit increase. Source: ONS The September Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation reading is probably the most important inflation metric in a given year. Traditionally, this number is the one used by the Government as the basis for increasing … More Dissecting inflation: what a difference a year makes

The marshmallow paradox – VAT or no VAT?

The biggest marshmallows are in fact VAT free. Theintricacies of VAT continue to delight or inflame, with marshmallows the latest food product to come under the spotlight. The outcome of a recent First-Tier Tribunal case means that VAT classification can now differ between miniature, regular and mega-sized marshmallows, highlighting again the importance of accurate understanding … More The marshmallow paradox – VAT or no VAT?

Dividends vs remuneration: the corporation tax quandary

For owner-managed companies, bonuses, dividends and remuneration will become yet more complex in the new tax year. With the corporation tax increase and dividend rates now confirmed by the Government, the dividend vs remuneration decision for owner-managed companies is likely to become more complicated in 2023/24, particularly when it comes to bonuses. Historically, it was … More Dividends vs remuneration: the corporation tax quandary

Making Tax Digital: avoiding VAT penalties

From 1 November 2022, VAT-registered businesses that do not yet comply with the Making Tax Digital (MTD) requirements will face penalties. Businesses should also be aware of the new VAT penalty regime being introduced from 1 January 2023. Although VAT-registered business should already be submitting their VAT returns using MTD compatible software, they have until … More Making Tax Digital: avoiding VAT penalties