How to use Google Analytics effectively

Google Analytics is a free service which allows you to analyse visitors to your website. You could have thousands of visitors to your firm’s website every month, but those visitors don’t mean much if you don’t know anything about them. Google Analytics is one of the...

Taking a lodger? Don’t forget to claim “rent a room” relief

HMRC are carrying out a review of rent a room relief to discover whether the scheme, introduced back in 1992 provides the right incentives for the rental market. The current scheme exempts from tax, gross rents up to £7,500 where rooms within the taxpayer’s main...

Tax efficient extraction of profit from companies for 2018/19

The new tax year means that many directors of family companies will be considering the most tax efficient method of paying themselves. For many years accountants and tax advisors have suggested that director/shareholders should extract profit by paying themselves a...

Scottish income tax rates due to rise from 6 April 2018

The Scotland Act 2016 provides the Scottish Parliament with the power to set all income tax rates and bands that will apply to Scottish taxpayers’ non-savings, non-dividend (NSND) income for tax year 2018/19. From 6 April 2018, there will be significant discrepancies...

Charities gift aid small donations scheme

Whilst on the subject of the reduction in cash transactions, we take the opportunity remind you of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDC). Under this scheme, a charity or community amateur sports club (CASC) can claim top-up payments on small donations up to £20....