Your guide to surviving a tax investigation

No matter how careful you are with your tax affairs, there’s no escaping the possibility of a tax investigation. You could be the world’s most responsible person when filing your self-assessment, but the fact that HMRC randomly selects individuals to investigate is...

One Business or Two For VAT?

A recent VAT Tribunal had to decide whether two hairdressing businesses should be treated as a single business for the purposes of VAT registration. The distinction was critical as the two separate businesses were operating below the registration limit (currently...

Motor Racing Sponsorship was Tax Deductible

In order for an expense to be deductible against business profits it must be incurred “wholly and exclusively” for the purposes of the trade. In a recent tax case a hotel owner near Silverstone sponsored his grand-daughter’s career as a racing driver by making...

Changes to dividend taxation and the impact on company owners

How is dividend income taxed? The taxation of dividends changed on 6 April 2016, the Dividend Tax Credit was replaced by a new Dividend Allowance of £5,000 (to be reduced to £2,000 in April 2018). Dividend income that exceeds the Dividend Allowance threshold, will be...

Are you prepared for a costly tax investigation into your business?

Cracking down on tax avoidance has become a clear focus for HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in recent years. And with the creation of 27 new HMRC taskforces for specific industry sectors, the chances of your business going through the process of a detailed tax investigation are higher than ever.