To the latest edition of Tax Tips & News, our monthly newsletter designed to bring you tax tips and news to keep you one step ahead.
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RTI Penalties Around The Corner
This tax year (2013/14) is the first year in which the majority of employers have submitted their PAYE data using real time information (RTI). HMRC has not yet imposed penalties for late RTI submissions made within the tax year, but that is about to change.
From 6 April 2014 penalties will start to accrue after the first failure in each of these situation – Click here to read more >>
If you have used an ‘EFRBS’ (employer financed retirement benefit scheme) since 2006, you should shortly expect to receive a letter from the Taxman. This will allow you to pay tax which may have been avoided by using the ERFBS. – Click here to read more >>
Loans to Reduce IHT
Have you used a loan to reduce the inheritance tax (IHT) which may be due when you die? A common IHT planning technique has been to take out a mortgage on the family home and use those borrowed funds to invest in assets that qualify for 100% exemption from IHT, such as farmland or shares quoted on the AIM stock market. The loan reduces the value of home subject to IHT, and the assets acquired don’t attract an IHT charge. – Click here to read more >>
VAT Due Payment Date
When must your VAT payment reach HMRC? The correct answer is: seven days after the end of the month following the end of your VAT quarter. Not seven working days, seven calendar days. – Click here to read more >>
December Question and Answer Section
Q. In September 2013 I started working through my own company but I haven’t drawn a salary yet. Can I award myself tax free childcare vouchers as an employee of my company? I was previously on a salary of £50,000 with my former employer. Would that affect the amount of childcare vouchers I can receive tax free in this tax year?
A. As an employee of your company you can receive childcare vouchers. The other conditions of a childcare voucher scheme must also be met, For example, all other employees of your company should be offered childcare vouchers on the same terms. Your previous salary is not relevant to the amount of tax free childcare vouchers you can receive from your current employer. If your expected salary for this tax year (don’t include dividends or bonuses you may receive), will be less than the basic rate band – pro rata over the rest of the year, you can receive the maximum of £55 of tax free childcare vouchers per week.
Q. I act as a DJ for parties and other events. For themed parties (e.g. Halloween, 1970s) I wear clothes to suit the occasion. Can I claim the cost of those clothes as an expense in my self-employed accounts?
A. The Taxman will not allow a deduction for the cost of ordinary clothes which are required ‘for warmth and decency’. However, where the item is needed for safety purposes, like a hard-hat on a building site, the cost is allowable. The same applies for the cost of a costume worn to identify the person in a role, such as a barrister’s legal wig and gown.
If your clothes amount to a costume for entertaining, then the cost is allowable. If you also wear those clothes for warmth and decency then the cost is not allowable. Try asking yourself: ‘would I wear this when I am not working as a DJ’. If the answer is ‘yes’, the cost is not allowable.
Q. My company is considering purchasing a VW Caravelle for me to use as my family vehicle. It is sold by the commercial van centre rather than the VW car dealer. Does that mean the company can claim back the VAT on it?
A. VAT can only be reclaimed on commercial vehicles such as; lorries, vans, buses, or cars used for daily rental to customers or as demonstration vehicles in the motor industry. Irrespective of who sells the vehicle, if it is designed to carry people rather than goods it is a car not a van, unless it’s a bus designed to carry 12 or more people. To qualify as a van it must have a payload of at least 1000Kg.
December Key Tax Dates
19/22 – PAYE/NIC and CIS deductions due for month to 5/12/2013
30 – Deadline for 2012/13 self assessment online returns to be filed if you are an employee and want tax underpaid to be collected by adjustment to your 2014/15 PAYE code (for underpayments of up to £3000 only)