The long-awaited tax-free childcare scheme launches on 28 April 2017 and will be rolled out during the course of the year. In conjunction with this, the government’s new Childcare Choices website is now operative, allowing parents to find out about available support. The website includes a childcare calculator for parents to compare all the government’s childcare offers and check what works best for their families, including the new 30-hour free childcare offer, tax-free childcare or universal credit. Through the website, parents can also pre-register for email alerts that will notify…Read More
The Government has confirmed that the proposed increase in the rate of Class 4 National Insurance Contributions, paid by the self-employed on profits from a business, will not now take effect from April 2018. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, had announced that the rate would rise from 9% to 10% from 6 April 2018, and again to 11% from April 2019.
In a letter to MPs informing them of the decision, Mr Hammond said ‘however difficult the fiscal challenges we face, the tax lock and spending ring-fence commitments…Read More
The new Apprenticeship Levy takes effect from 6 April 2017. Although the levy affects employers in all sectors, it will only be paid on annual pay bills in excess of £3 million – this means that, according to government estimates, less than 2% of UK employers will pay it. However, from 1 May 2017, changes are also being made to the way that apprenticeships are funded in England. The changes are designed to make it easier for employers of all sizes to navigate and choose the apprenticeship training they…Read More
In this analysis we have mainly concentrated on the tax measures that will directly affect individuals, employers and small businesses.
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It is a brave Conservative Chancellor who tinkers with Inheritance Tax, or who even speaks the words out loud, but imminent new rules are set to lift millions of family homes out of the reach of Inheritance Tax entirely – with some important caveats.
The new regime will take effect within weeks and it is a major shift that anyone with an estate to pass on to their family should look at carefully.
Currently set at 40 percent, Inheritance Tax is levied on everything that is left by someone to…Read More
8 – Spring Budget 2017
19/22 – PAYE/NIC, student loan and CIS deductions due for month to 5/3/2017Read More
Q. Will I have to pay stamp duty land tax on a property I am about to inherit?
A. Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) is generally payable on land transactions. There is a land transaction when land passes to a beneficiary under a will, or by virtue of the law on intestacy. However, the legislation governing SDLT (Finance Act 2003, Schedule 3, para. 3A) provides that the acquisition of property by a person:
– in or towards satisfaction of his entitlement under or in relation to the will of a deceased…Read More
Initially announced at the time of the 2016 Budget and following a period of consultation, Finance Bill 2017 contains provisions to reform the tax treatment of certain types of carried-forward loss for corporation tax purposes with effect from 1 April 2017.
Losses arising from 1 April 2017, when carried forward, will have increased flexibility and can be set against the total taxable profits of a company and its group members (referred to as the ‘loss relaxation’).
For all carried-forward losses, whenever they arose, companies will be able only to use the losses…Read More
The questions surrounding the issue of how best to extract profits from a company in a tax-efficient manner remain as popular as ever. Despite the introduction of the dividend allowance, and the personal savings allowance, extraction by as remuneration and by way of dividend remain the two most widely used methods. The tax effects of these methods may be broadly contrasted as follows:
– Provided the amount is justifiable, remuneration is generally allowed as a deduction in arriving at the taxable profits of the company. The recipient is taxed…Read More
The Treasury has confirmed details of the new Pension Advice Allowance, which will take effect from April 2017, and which will enable people to withdraw £500, on up to three occasions, from their pension pots tax-free to put towards the cost of pensions and retirement advice.
Following an eight-week consultation period, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Simon Kirby, confirmed that the £500 allowance:
– can be used a total of three times, only once in a tax year, allowing people to access retirement advice at different stages of their lives, for…Read More