Category: Sole Trader

A guide to using simplified expenses for small businesses

Certain unincorporated small businesses may choose to use the ‘cash basis’ when calculating taxable income, under which participants are taxed on the basis of the cash that passes through their books, rather than being asked to undertake complex and time-consuming calculations designed for big businesses. Whilst easing the administrative burdens of preparing ‘traditional’ accounts, using…


What can be done with business losses?

Providing a business is being undertaken on a commercial basis with a view to making a profit, it is generally possible to claim relief for trading losses. Relief for trading losses may be obtained in a variety of ways, including: set-off against other income in the same or preceding tax year, for example against employment…


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…


Letting a property as a furnished holiday let – is it worthwhile?

Where a property is located in a holiday region, a consideration will be whether to let it as a furnished holiday let or on a longer-term basis. As well as differing rental income, there are tax differences to consider too. Furnished holiday lets From a tax perspective, special rules apply to furnished holiday lets, which…


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…


Thinking of selling a rental property? Get in quick before the rules change!

In his Budget on 29 October 2018, the Chancellor outlined a number of changes to main residence relief. The changes affect the final period exemption and the availability of lettings relief, which applies where a property which has at some time been an only or main residence, is let out. Main residence exemption No capital…


Expenses that Landlords can deduct

Landlords must pay tax on any profit from their property rental business (although income from property of less than £1,000 a year can be ignored). In working out the profits, expenses are deducted from rental income. To ensure that the landlord does not pay more tax than is necessary, it is important to deduct all…


Make keeping better business records your New Year’s resolution

To ensure that you pay the correct amount of tax and file correct tax returns with HMRC, it is vital that you keep complete and accurate records. This applies regardless of whether you are running a business as a sole trader or in partnership or operating a limited company. Business records for the self-employed The…


If you make money from a hobby, your earnings might be tax-free!

Spare time earnings The new trading tax allowance for individuals of £1,000 was introduced from 6 April 2017 and applies for the 2017/18 tax year onwards. The allowance means that individuals with trading income below the annual threshold may not need to report it to HMRC and may not need to pay tax on it….


Are zero-emissions company vans worth it?

Cost of using a company van Under the government’s new timetable, any changes to tax rates, allowances and benefits are not generally announced in conjunction with the Autumn Budget each year. This approach is designed to allow employers time to make the necessary changes to payroll systems in advance of the start of the new…