Want to join the making tax digital vat plot?

HMRC have announced that they are looking for suitable businesses to sign up for the pilot testing of the new system of digital reporting of VAT information. Turkeys voting for Christmas springs to mind? After a period of testing the new system is scheduled to go live...

Exceeding the Annual Pension Allowance

If your pension savings exceed the annual pension input limit (generally £40,000) then there is an annual allowance charge. The effect of the annual allowance charge is to reduce tax relief on any pension saving over the annual allowance. The annual allowance charge...

HMRC rejected Self Assessment expenses and excuses

HMRC have released the latest list of imaginative excuses made by individuals who failed to submit their self assessment return by 31 January deadline in 2017. Excuses include alien sightings and being too busy touring with a one-man play. HMRC’s annual list of...

HMRC gets tough on self-assessment taxpayer errors

HMRC returns from personal tax investigations have jumped by 64% in the last year, as the threat of expensive and drawn out court action has discouraged people from fighting their tax claims. HMRC has collected £1.4 billion in 2016/17 from investigations into...

HMRC Tackles Employers Who Used EBTs Schemes

With tax planning schemes as with many things in life, what looks too good to be true generally turns out to be so. This seems to be true for tax avoidance schemes using Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs) as during the summer HMRC won a landmark case at the Supreme Court...

HMRC Have Updated Their Guidance on Salary Sacrifice Schemes

The rules for salary sacrifice arrangements changed with effect from 6 April 2017 and HMRC have updated their guidance for employers. Apart from 5 exceptions the amount assessed as employment income for new salary sacrifice arrangements is now the greater of the...