The State Pension – will you qualify?

The State Pension – will you qualify?

To receive the new state pension you have to have paid a minimum of 10 years National Insurance Contributions (NIC). To receive the full state pension, you need to have paid in for at least 35 qualifying years. Qualifying years don’t have to be paid consecutively, so...
Tax benefits of being married

Tax benefits of being married

Since the Valentines day is only a few days away, I thought it is the perfect time to highlight some of the tax advantages of being married. Inheritance Tax (‘IHT’) IHT is charged at 40pc on estates that are worth more than £325,000. If you are married or in a civil...
Businesses urged to prepare for post-Brexit Customs Declarations

Businesses urged to prepare for post-Brexit Customs Declarations

HMRC is urging VAT-registered UK businesses which trade exclusively with the EU to be prepared for a no deal Brexit. In a letter sent to 145,000 affected businesses, HMRC explains changes to Customs, Excise and VAT procedures in the ‘unlikely event’ that the UK leaves...
MTD for VAT – pilot extended to all eligible businesses

MTD for VAT – pilot extended to all eligible businesses

HMRC has extended its Making Tax Digital for VAT (MTDfV) pilot scheme to all eligible businesses. For most businesses, compliance with the regulations is mandated for VAT return periods beginning on or after 1 April 2019. However, MTDfV for some ‘more complex’...
Budget Key Tax Highlights

Budget Key Tax Highlights

The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented his second Autumn Budget on Monday 29 October 2018. In his speech he stated that ‘austerity is coming to an end – but discipline will remain’. He also promised a ‘double deal dividend’ if the Brexit negotiations are...
HMRC warning: time to declare offshore assets

HMRC warning: time to declare offshore assets

HMRC is warning that taxpayers could face penalties if they fail to declare their income on foreign assets before new ‘Requirement to Correct’ legislation comes into force. HMRC is urging UK taxpayers to come forward and declare any foreign income or profits on...