With such an emphasis on taxpayers to keep data safe, wouldn’t it be ironic if HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) cannot do just that? It seems that this may well be the case. During a recent court case, HMRC said in a witness statement that their data retention policy means the tax office do not … Continue reading Double Standards for Data Rentention?
As a part of their continuing drive to become one of the most digitally advanced tax authorities in the world, HMRC have been working with private and public partners with a view to tackling the problem of fraudulent text messages. Text message fraud has been on the increase over the past few years, with taxpayers … Continue reading HMRC to Tackle Scam Text Messages
It comes around almost as fast as Christmas, and here we are again. The 31 January 2018 marks the deadline for filing of the 2016/17 Self-Assessment Tax Return (SATR). Individuals who are required to submit a SATR include, the self-employed and some landlords, investors, company directors, high earners and people who have worked overseas. Those … Continue reading Tax Return Deadline is Approaching
In what will be unwelcome news for many, as from 13 January 2018 taxpayers will no longer be able to use personal credit cards to settle their self-assessment tax bills. This comes as a result of the Government ban on credit and debit surcharges and it is feared the move could be detrimental to many … Continue reading Personal Credit Cards Banned for Tax Payments
If you and your employees club together to take a chance on the Lottery by operating a workplace syndicate, but you do not have a formal agreement in place, a large win could cause tax issues in the future. If ever you are fortunate enough to win the jackpot, the winnings will undoubtedly be … Continue reading Don’t Be a Lottery Loser – Protect Your Syndicate Winnings
HMRC has shopkeepers in its sights at the start of a new crackdown on cash payments. Returns submitted to HMRC by shops and restaurants, whom it believes may not be declaring all of the cash payments they take, are to be crosschecked against the number of card payments taken. HMRC estimate around 30% of transactions … Continue reading HMRC Cash Crackdown
The question of whether medical expenses are tax deductible is one which is frequently posed and we can consider this using the example of a self-employed farmer who seeks treatment from a chiropractor. She believes that the treatment will improve her ability to farm and therefore queries whether she can claim a deduction for this … Continue reading Doctor, Doctor: Are Medical Expenses Tax Deductible?
The Government’s new Tax-Free Childcare scheme will be phased in across the UK from 28 April 2017, and will replace the current Childcare Voucher Scheme. For the first time, the scheme will not only cover full time employees but also those who are part time, on maternity, paternity or adoption leave and people who are … Continue reading Tax Free Childcare
Following a consultation period, HM Revenue and Customs have now released more information regarding the changes to self assessment under their new “Making Tax Digital” project. Some of the more significant details are: Receipts and expenditure recorded on spreadsheets can be linked to HMRC software. Free software will be available to smaller businesses. The cash … Continue reading HMRC Update On Making Tax Digital
The Welsh Assembly has now approved Stage One of the legislative process for the proposed new Land Transaction Tax (LTT), due to take effect from 6th April 2018. The tax will replace the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in Wales, and is expected to receive Royal Assent in Spring of this year. LTT will operate … Continue reading New Land Transaction Tax for Wales