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Tax credits renewal deadline reminder
07/07/2022
31 July 2022 is the final day for families and individuals that receive tax credits to tell HMRC about any changes to their circumstances or income and to renew their tax credit. As in previous years, there is likely to be a huge last-minute rush and it may be difficult to contact HMRC by phone. Renewing a claim online (either on the HMRC Read more...


Childcare top-up to cover summer activities
07/07/2022
As the school holidays fast approach, many parents face having to organise extra school holiday childcare over the summer months. Working families can use the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme to help if they have children aged up to 11 years old (17 for those with certain disabilities). The TFC scheme helps support working families with Read more...


Pensions triple lock to be reinstated
07/07/2022
The triple lock guarantee on pensions that was suspended for the current 2022-23 tax year is to be restored from April 2023. In September 2021, the government announced that its triple lock guarantee on pensions was to be abandoned for one year due to unprecedented fluctuations to earnings caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The triple lock Read more...


Tax if living abroad and selling UK home
07/07/2022
One of the most often used and valuable of the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) exemptions arises on the sale of the family home. In general, there is no CGT to pay on a property that has been used as the main family residence. An investment property which has never been used will not qualify. This relief from CGT is commonly known as private Read more...


Standards for tax agents
07/07/2022
HMRC last published guidance on the standard for agents in January 2018 (updating the first set of standards published in February 2016). The standard applies to all tax agents who transact with HMRC and to any professional who advises or acts on behalf of others in relation to their tax affairs. HMRC’s guidance sets out what agents can Read more...


National Insurance for company directors
07/07/2022
Directors are classed as employees and pay National Insurance on annual income from salary and bonuses that exceeds the Primary Threshold. The annual threshold is pro-rated this year following the increase to £12,570 from 6 July 2022 (£9,880 from 6 April 2022 - 5 July 2022). Many director shareholders take a minimum salary and any Read more...


Potential tax demand scam
30/06/2022
The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) is a well-known organisation that provides independent advice to the government on simplifying the UK tax system. The OTS has issued a press release to warn of a potential new tax scam that is using the OTS logo. The press release reads as follows: We have been made aware of people receiving Read more...


Concerns about tax repayment agents
30/06/2022
HMRC has launched a new consultation seeking views on proposed measures to address consumer protection issues for people who claim tax refunds through repayment agents. The 12-week consultation period started on 22 June and will end on 14 September 2022. HMRC is looking to introduce new measures to stop rip-off agents taking advantage of Read more...


Claiming Child Trust Fund cash
30/06/2022
HMRC has published their latest statistics on Child Trust Funds which reveal that whilst 320,000 accounts have now matured, 175,000 funds that have matured remain unclaimed. If you turned 18 on or after 1 September 2020 there may be cash waiting for you in a dormant Child Trust Fund (CTF). If your children recently turned 18 you should Read more...


Corporation Tax - marginal relief from 1 April 2023
30/06/2022
The Corporation Tax main rate will increase to 25% from 1 April 2023 for companies with profits over £250,000. A Small Profits Rate (SPR) of 19% will also be introduced from the same date for companies with profits of up to £50,000 ensuring these companies pay Corporation Tax at the same rate as currently. Where a company has profits Read more...



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