Category: Financial

Read our quick guide on whether you should pay voluntary National Insurance Contributions

Voluntary NICs – should you pay? The payment of National Insurance contributions provides the mechanism by which an individual builds up their entitlement to the state pension and certain contributory benefits. Different classes of contribution provide different benefit entitlements. Employed earners pay Class 1 contributions where their earnings exceed the lower earnings limit – set…


Wanting to employ a family member? Read this first #familybusiness #tax

Employing family members It is permissible for a business to claim a tax deduction for the cost of a reasonable wage paid to a family member who helps in the business. Their duties could, for example, include answering the phone, going to the bank, bookkeeping and other administrative tasks. The tax legislation specifies that ‘in…



Do you provide your employees with a van?

In this article, we explain the tax aspects of using a works van If an employee is able to use a work’s van for private use, which generally includes home-to-work travel, there will be a taxable benefit and a subsequent tax charge. From 6 April 2019, the flat-rate van benefit charge has risen from £3,350…


Employees: tax-free benefits to keep them healthy

More than 25 million working days are lost annually due to work-related ill health matters, including the two leading causes of workplace absence, namely back injuries and stress, depression or anxiety. There are however, several areas where employers can use tax breaks and exemptions to help promote health and fitness at work. Gym facilities and…


Thinking of buying a doer upper as a buy-to-let? Get tax relief on the interest

Interest relief for renovation or development costs Often, when a property is purchased there is work to be done before it can be let out or sold. Where this work is financed by a mortgage or other loan, the way in which and the extent to which relief is available for the interest costs depends…


Using allowances are an easy way to save tax

Lets look at the main allowances available The tax system contains a number of allowances which enable individuals to enjoy income and gains tax free. In seeking to maximise your tax-free income, it makes sense to take advantage of available allowances. The following are a selection of some of the allowances on offer. Personal allowance…


It’s not too late to save tax this year

Whether you are employed or self-employed here are 7 last-minute tax planning tips that may save you money As the end of the 2018/19 tax year approaches, it is worthwhile taking time for some last-minute tax planning. Here are some simple tips that may save you money. Preserve your personal allowance: the personal allowance is…


Salary Vs Dividends: how to be tax efficient for 2019/20

A popular profits extraction strategy for personal and family companies is to extract a small salary, taking further profits as dividends. Where this strategy is pursued for 2019/20, what level should be the salary be set at to ensure the strategy remain tax efficient? Salary As well as being tax effective, taking a small salary…