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Managing a rental business from home

A landlord will often manage their property rental business from home, and in doing so will incur additional household expenses, such as additional electricity and gas, additional cleaning costs, etc. As with other expenses, the landlord can claim a deduction for these when working out the profits of the rental business. Most unincorporated landlords will…


Property partnerships

A person may own a property jointly that is let out as part of a partnership business. This may arise if the person is a partner of a trading or professional partnership which also lets out some of its land and buildings. A less common situation is where the person is in a partnership that…


Rental deposits

A landlord will usually take a deposit from a tenant when letting a property to cover the cost of any damage caused to the property by the tenant. Where a property is let on an assured shorthold tenancy, the tenants’ deposit must be placed in an official tenancy deposit scheme. The purpose of the deposit…


Student loan deductions from employers

Employers fulfil many collection roles for HMRC, one of which is the collection of student loan repayments. There are now three types of student loans for which employers may be responsible for deducting loan repayments from an employee’s pay. These are: Plan 1 Student Loans;Plan 2 Student Loans; andPost-graduate Loans (PGLs). Repayment thresholds Employees must…


Penalties for late self-assessment returns

The normal due date for a self-assessment return where filed online is 31 January after the end of the tax year to which it relates. This means that self-assessment tax returns for 2017/18 should have been filed online by midnight on 31 January 2019, and self-assessment returns for 2018/19 must be filed online by midnight…


IR35: Getting ready for off-payroll working changes

From 6 April 2020 the off-payroll working rules that have applied since 6 April 2017 where the end client is a public sector body are to be extended to large and medium private sector organisations who engage workers providing their services through an intermediary, such as a personal service company. There are tax and National…


FreeAgent Expert Practitioner

This morning (Tuesday 9th July 2019), I decided to take a day trip from our sunny office in Bishop’s Stortford to The Hilton Garden Inn, Luton North in order to enhance my FreeAgent skills and functionality at the FreeAgent masterclass. When I arrived after my one hour fifteen minute journey, I was greeted by the…


Tax-free mobile phone

Mobile phones are ubiquitous – they are also subject to a tax exemption which enables employees to enjoy a mobile phone provided by their employer without suffering a benefit in kind tax charge. However, as with all exemptions there are conditions to be met for the exemption to apply. Nature of the exemption The exemption…


Electricity for electric cars – a tax-free benefit

The Government is keen to encourage drivers to make environmentally friendly choices when it comes to choosing a car. As far as the company car tax market is concerned, tax policy is used to drive behaviour, rewarding drivers choosing lower emission cars with a lower tax charge, while penalising those whose choices are less green….


The dividend allowance explained

The dividend allowance, which was originally introduced from 6 April 2016, was cut from £5,000 a year to £2,000 from 6 April 2018. The cut is likely to have a significant impact on employees and directors of small businesses who receive both salary and dividend payments. Many family-owned companies allocate dividends towards the end of…