Making Tax Digital: what you need to know so far

The Making Tax Digital (MTD) initiative was first proposed in the 2015 Spring Budget. It is an essential part of the government’s strategy to make the tax administration system more efficient, effective and easier for taxpayers.   What does this mean for you? Making Tax Digital aims to make it simpler for business-owners, landlords, and…

Industry reactions to IR35 legislation and its complexities

Many in the contractor industry appear to be disappointed in HMRC’s response to the complications surrounding IR35 legislation. Industry feedback so far has brought to light various issues impacting contractors from the efficiency of HMRC’s customer service to their response and management of IR35 legislation. As a whole, many feel as though there is still…

Income Tax Rates and Allowances 2018/19 and 2017/18

As a contractor, it's important to know the rates and thresholds when operating payroll or calculating expenses and benefits. We cover the changes in income tax rates and allowances in 2018/19. You can also scroll down a little further to see the rates, allowances and duties for tax year 2017/18. Please click the drop-down options below…

HMRC wins first IR35 case in seven years against former BBC presenter Christa Ackroyd

Former BBC presenter, Christa Ackroyd has lost her legal battle with HMRC and is now facing a fine of £419,151 in outstanding income tax and national insurance contributions covering tax years: 2006/07 to 2012/13. This ruling made by the first tier tribunal (FTT) was based on the judgement that despite Ackroyd working through a PSC…

How to claim tax relief from charity donations and Gift Aid

While it’s exciting to prepare for holiday celebrations with your friends and family, the festive season is also a time to stop and reflect on the joys and blessings of our lives and share this with those in need. If you are planning to make a donation to a registered charity there are some opportunities…

Annual Christmas Party Expenses for Contractors

As we are now weeks away from Christmas, and the holiday season is in full swing, we cover the most common queries about festive and annual event deductible expenses.   Annual Christmas party as deductible expenses Your limited company can claim its festive or annual party as deductible expenses for corporation tax purposes. The cost…